Wow I got to say I think you are starting to see the light.
Yes; pessimism is always the way to the light, isn't it? If you're optimistic and happy about the way you live (no matter who you are), you must be
"blind", or "asleep."
First off, I'll agree that we're not completely free. Nobody is. When you are born, you are under the rule and supervision of your parents, and
right about the time when you get your first job, the transition of power is being made to the government. However, I would not agree that anything
has gotten any worse. Perhaps in the past couple of years, but in the long run we've made a lot of improvements. You spoke of your credit card
company raising their rates again. But who do you feel should dictate whether or not they
should be allowed
to raise their rates?
Wouldn't that be another example of the government limiting our freedoms? The beauty of capitalism is that you can go and switch to another credit
card company of it gets too bad.
Any of you who have ever worked the second or third shift can attest. I get pulled over, on an average, about once a week. Not because I'm
speeding, or have a headlight out. But because its 1 am. No other reason. I've been told "You swerved a little", or they wanted to know where the
dent in the front came from. All BS. I've seen the same ones do it over and over. I mean, I almost know them on a first name basis.
I can partially agree with you on this point. It's sort of like fishing for cops, isn't it? I agree that it gets pretty annoying, but you can sort
of see where the cops are coming from. At 1AM in the morning, the chances of finding someone who's driving drunk must quadruple at least. The only
people out driving during those times are most likely either A.) People like you who work late, or B.) teenagers coming home from partying. They see
someone at 1AM driving around with a dent in their car, they probably just want to investigate. Of course, that's really no excuse for them being
rude about it.
They do it to us. Have you looked up at any stop lights lately? Notice anything new up there? I am pratically recorded the whole way home.
Whats next? Perhaps they could time me from one stop light to the next and determine if I broke the speed limit and mail me a ticket. (this allready
happens....Anyone use an "I-Pass"?
The cameras on the stop lights, as SO already mentioned, are not recording you. They snap shots if you run the red light. And actually, those
cameras aren't even distributed by the government! A co-worker of mine (she could be wrong) told me that apparently, it's a seperate company that
sells these things to the government. Ever wonder why those "Phantoms" and other devices that make your plate invisible to the camera are legal?
That would certainly explain it...
The cameras recording you on the freeway gets into a whole seperate issue. I'm actually not sure how I feel on this one either. I mean, if it
weren't for the government, would we even have these freeways and streets that we have today? The whole driving thing has pretty much been strictly
the governments business from the start. Registering your car, getting your plates, speed limits, road signs, the list is endless. Couldn't the
government pretty much do what they want with their own roads? And it most likely will
save lives. Isn't saving even 25 lives worth being
recorded on certain portions of the freeway? Then again, it is
limiting our freedoms which is seldom a good thing.
I cant download a song off the net, although dual cassette recorders were perfectly legal, now I'm faced with $300k lawsuits if I do.
People all over are downloading millions of songs as we speak, and none of them are being caught. And I can certainly see this from the perspective
of the record companies, the artists, the distributors, and everyone else involved with creating a CD. When you illegally download their songs,
you're driving their CD sales down yet another CD. If it were just you, it might not be so bad, but when people all over the country can get their
music free and not buy it in stores?
If I want to smoke a little green stuff in bed with the wife, I can go to prison and lose my house and family, yet I am constanly bombarded
with ad after ad for alcohol, which destroys more lives in a year then marijuana has since it began it's existance.
I can pretty much agree with you here. But to play devil's advocate, why legalize something that's just going hurt more
people in the long
run? We can't very well make alchohol illegal (We've seen what happens), so why not at least keep other harmful substances illegal in effort to
save people who might otherwise be harmed by it?
Some might say "Vote!". I do, but does it matter? No. Only the electoral does. Is that all that freedom means anymore? The right to vote a
I can agree with you here, but what other method do you suggest other than everyone getting one vote? Should some people get more votes than others?
It's not a perfect system, but it sure is the best we have...
So lets see here.... I can't be out late, and if I am, I better have ID.
Yes you can, and what ID are you talking about? A driver's license? You always need one of those...
I can't travel freely without being harrassed.
I'll admit I haven't been driving for too long (about 2 and a half years), but I've never been pulled over. Not once, and I've been out driving
at pretty much any time you can think up.
If I dont want the whole CD full of crap, I better hope its on the radio (which costs 50 a month now).
There was a day when there was no other option other than buying a whole Record, tape, or CD. Until recently, the option to download a song or two
that you like was never available. I say we've become spoiled.
I can get wasted, but it better be with what the government says I can (they DO know best).
I'll agree with you here.
I can try to vote in people with whom I hope to change things, but since its like trying to drain the Atlantic with a straw, its hopeless.
Again, is there a better method?
We're losing freedoms? Tell that to the slaves of the 1800's, to the minorities of 50 years ago, or even to the women of 50 years ago. Tell that
to the meat packing industry before strict regulations were put in place, or to the government that can't do anything anymore without all of us
knowing about it. Tell that to so many people who were drafted
by our government into World War II. Yes, restrictions have been put in place,
but can you honestly tell me that you feel it breaks even with all of the improvements we've made since becoming a country?