Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Arab Spring...

The spring of 2011 saw the Arab world erupt with the desire for changes of governments. Egypt's president left office, and the violence in Libya is still ongoing. Here in the Western World, we have heard how Twitter and Facebook helped drive these uprisings, and helped synchronize the actions of protestors.

Personally, I'm much more hesitant (since I understand the networks involved) in attributing these things to social media, instead consider cells and text messaging a much more likely suspect.

That said, one kind of expects countries that base their entire regimes on personal power and the crushing of what we Americans consider natural rights, to periodically stop such things as cell service going to its populace. Especially if said populace is planning on some type of protest.

But, we, here in America, don't expect that to happen on American soil. After all, we have the concept of natural rights--which are by definition rights that we're born with, and not rights given to us by some obscure civil organization.  After all, we're a republic, our government is supposed to be OF THE PEOPLE and FOR THE PEOPLE.

Sadly, as in too many things in this day and age, our government has failed in this task.

The BART system in San Fransisco (which is a government agency) decided that it too can be a dictatorship and deny the citizens of this country the ability to communicate.  They did this by disabling the network which allows cell service to make its way into the tunnels where the BART system runs. All because of the rumor that protests were planned for August 11th during the "busiest 15 minutes of the day."

Get that.

Government officials decided to deprive Americans of the ability to communicate--and likewise I would view it as impingement of First Amendment rights--because of the possibility of a protest that could possibly interrupt service.

Sure, the disruption of service was for only a few hours, but it's not the length of the outage that's at issue; rather its the sheer gall that the government would take steps to prevent American citizens from communicating with one another.

I have long held the belief that as more and more of the Liberal policies are enacted, that more and more of our natural rights are eroded. Consider, Liberals hate guns, thus they decide that we should not have the natural right to protect ourselves.  Consider, Liberals want to buy votes, thus they decide that it is okay to take money from my pockets and distribute it out to whom they deem worthy.   And now consider, a government agency has deemed a potential protest too disturbing, thus they deprive the citizenry of the ability to communicate.

This is a deep and harmful, slippery slop. Personally, I pray and hope that the BART gets ruled against, in a hefty fee-based lawsuit, and that this judgment comes down against them fast enough that no other government agency thinks that this is a good idea.

I wished, that the individuals responsible could also be held responsible (fiscally and legally) for this gross attack on our natural rights.   Sadly, personal responsibility is still a tad too much to ask for from our government (at least in most cases--Florida's gun laws look promising).

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