Well folks if we were not concerned about our liberties before, just hold on to your seats, because change, that’s coming.
In the shadow of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.
“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex word where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”
IN probably the ultimate act of hypocrisy he went on to say “Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11,” he said.
Now I don’t disagree that these acts including 9/11 were horrible, I know this better than many, my wife was there, I see her PTSD from the event. I feel her pain when she talks about it (which is not very often) But this does not mean that I condone further annihilation of my freedoms as provided by the constitution.
Then he says “We have to understand that in the world going forward, we’re going to have more cameras and that kind of stuff. That’s good in some sense, but it’s different from what we are used to,” he said.
Now I am all for some CCTV, I operate a retail store, and sadly without it people steal stuff. It is just a reality. But I do not think this means that we should subject ourselves to being watched every moment of every day, and where do you draw the link on personal privacy, well it seems to Mayor Bloomberg that there IS NO LINE.
Does Mayor Bloomberg have camera’s in his home, in his bedroom? (Bad question) the point is that I don’t want cameras watching my every move, and it’s not because I have something to hide, I don’t. But it is because
IT’S CONTROLING in a way that just feels not okay, and to say that it does feel okay, just because you are scared, that is just silly. Take action to protect yourself, be villigant on your own, trust your gut instinct.
So after the attack on our privacy the Mayor reached out once again to smack the 2nd amendment in the face. And said in regard to the gun debate.
“Clearly the Supreme Court has recognized that you have to have different interpretations of the Second Amendment and what it applies to and reasonable gun laws … Here we’re going to to have to live with reasonable levels of security,” he said, pointing to the use of magnetometers to catch weapons in city schools.
Okay Mayor talk about reaching, I agree that there is a need for REASONABLE gun laws, I mean we can’t have the Hatfields and Mccoys all over again, I mean the bloods and the crips, I mean, Oh you know what I mean Mr. Mayor yes we need reasonable gun laws. But our laws for the most part are already reasonable, except of course the laws of New York which are very much unreasonable. I mean hell you can’t even buy a soda of a reasonable size in NY
“It really says something bad about us that we have to do it. But our obligation first and foremost is to keep our kids safe in the schools; first and foremost, to keep you safe if you go to a sporting event; first and foremost is to keep you safe if you walk down the streets or go into our parks,” he said. “We cannot let the terrorists put us in a situation where we can’t do those things. And the ways to do that is to provide what we think is an appropriate level of protection.”
NO, It really says something bad about BIG government that they think they have to do it. Life has Risks we accept that, we drive cars, they are tiny high speed death traps of transport, we eat fast food, smoke, drink, etc. When we get on a plane some of us like myself fear that there will be some horrible techincal malfunciton and I will come crashing down to my death. But I KNOW this risk, I accept it.. It’s part of living… I do not want my government getting so ingrained in my life that I cannot move unless I’m told “it’s time to move.”
And we are NOT talking about weapons in schools Mayor Bloomberg, you’re comparing apples and oranges again, the only thing they have in common is they can be round. But apples are NOT oranges, and the schools are NOT sporting events, nor are they parks. They are places we EXPECT our children to be safe, and instead of doing the most intelligent thing which would be to arm your teachers and train them as first responders. You point to cameras and scanners. Have you ever heard of prison murders, pretty tight security there too, but people still get killed.
You say that “We cannot let the terrorists put us in a situation where we can’t do those things” but don’t you think they are winning, don’t you think Mr Bloomberg that every time we restrict our lives further, tighten the security noose, and limit our enjoyment of life, that they are winning, I mean their objective is to terrorize right? Does it not make more sense that to win against them, we have to live our lives, be free, enjoy life without excessive restriction of an overreaching government.
IF YOU WANT TO BE WIN AGAINST THE TERRORISTS! STAY FREE AND ENJOY LIFE!
Yet Still, Mr. Bloomberg argued the attacks shouldn’t be used as an excuse to persecute certain religions or groups.
“What we can’t do is let the protection get in the way of us enjoying our freedoms,” he said. “You still want to let people practice their religion, no matter what that religion is. And I think one of the great dangers here is going and categorizing anybody from one religion as a terrorist. That’s not true … That would let the terrorists win. That’s what they want us to do.”
I ask you Mr Bloomberg, to which freedoms are you referring? The ones we have had in the past? The freedoms we have now? Or the Freedoms you plan to allow us to have in your new world order?