To my dear fellow ATS members ...
Earlier today I had the opportunity to read the following thread called CPAC's
Conservative-Libertarian Split Could Be Hard To Bridge
and I followed the links and read the source article.
NOTE: Now that thread I linked to is specifically about ...
what effect this split will have on the 2016 elections.
... and that is NOT the premise of THIS thread so please direct any political answers along those lines to that thread ok. Thanks.
Because, during the course of reading it I noted the following portion of the
Gilmore, who once served as a military intel officer, said Snowden seriously damaged U.S. intelligence efforts. He also accused political leaders
who've used Snowden's disclosures to suggest that there's widespread surveillance of average citizens by the federal government of
Responding to Gilmore, Bruce Fein, a libertarian lawyer who's been involved in a lawsuit against the federal government, said that he ignores the
more rampant lawlessness which is "government violating the rule of law."
"All these examples of government lawlessness, total silence on Gov. Gilmore's side," Fein said. "And when the government becomes a
lawbreaker,it invites every man and woman to become a law unto themselves."
And that bold and underlined statement illicited an emotionally driven train of thought (hopefully logical & rational) from me along the lines of
"Why is that considered a bad thing?"
"Shouldn't people govern themselves?"
"Is it because we don't trust others at all?"
"Aren't we supposed to treat others as if they were our equals?"
"If we don't trust others then we mustn't trust ourselves either and that isn't a sovereign or a publicly decent standpoint!"
"If one is not sovereign then one IS a slave!"
"Slavery is illegal and is also publicly indecent!"
"Self Determination is Sovereignty!"
4 pointed questions and 4 unqualified personal opinions.
It is this mindset that I bring to you ATS and wish to discuss and dissect its implications for us all.
Note: I will brutally point out at this moment that not trusting oneself is a recipe for disaster because fear will be thy master! [This is non
They who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Benjamin Franklin. Reply to the Governor (11 Nov. 1755)
I felt this was the best way to introduce myself along with my deep feelings and thought processes on subjects that are IMO vital to our human rights
“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?".
- (Act III, scene I).”
― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Please grace this thread with your comments about my thoughts and feelings on the subject matter at hand, as I invite and seek your guidance on the
Thank you for reading!