Surveillance

War and death

Problem: Our country spends too much time and money policing the world (and our own citizens), and blowing up people has become common practice. 

WWII was the last legal war. It benefited Americans and the American economy, but war doesn’t work like that anymore. Now, the President can simply drop bombs pretty much whenever and wherever he wants as long as he calls it a “conflict” instead of a “war”. Don’t you love how words can change the law and allow us to blow the crap out of people? Kill a few people here and there? Eh…no biggie. It was “necessary” for whatever bullshit reason. War doesn’t need to be declared by Congress anymore. The President just wakes up and starts dropping bombs. Well, ok, it’s not that random. $$ really decides who gets blown up.

But who really cares? Me. As I write this, the President is considering bombing Syria. Really? Another war? How are we going to afford it? I’m pretty sure we’re broke. I mean, if we’re bringing in less $$ than we’re shelling out…doesn’t that mean we’re broke (I’m sure there’s some wacked explanation why that isn’t true)? Why are we getting involved with other countries problems in the first place? Why do we hand other countries many billions of $$ every year when we can’t afford to give our children a proper education? Especially countries that are already rich as shit. I understand, innocent people are being killed, and I don’t like seeing that. It happens in other parts of the world and we let it happen. Oh yeah, because killing with gas is a no-no. Killing with machetes is all thumbs up. Makes me think something’s up. Something doesn’t smell right here. Killing is killing, bro. I’m sorry it happens, but we’re in no position to be spending $$ we don’t have on business that isn’t ours. Especially when it means WE will be the ones doing the killing. Maybe the United Nations should do something. I wonder…how much $$ the ruling class will make off of this “conflict”?

BAM!! You’re dead. OK, maybe not you, but some innocent person. Yeah, maybe a terrorist, or someone the government calls a terrorist. Sure, there’s a time and place for war and death. That time and place isn’t “all the time and everywhere”. Who decides where and when we go to war? That job belongs to Congress, but the President has assumed the responsibility. Not just the current President, but also all future Presidents. Are you comfortable with that? I’m not.

In fact, I’m not comfortable with the US policy on war and death. Should we be the world police and force our morals on other countries and people? We might not agree with things that happen in other countries, but is it really our business? “Well…it affects our national security!!” Really? Is that the standard we want to set? “Anything that affects our national security in any way, whether direct or not, is fair game for US intervention in any way the President deems necessary, including dropping bombs from drones that will kill innocent people.” Why stop there? Lets not limit this to foreigners and foreign countries, lets include our own country, and our citizens. “We’re gonna watch what you do and where you go, keep record of who you talk to (and listen to your conversation if we want to, without a stupid warrant), monitor your emails (and read them if we want. Na na na na na! You can’t stop us!), keep an eye on your bank account and credit card activity, and whatever else we want to do. We’ll take that information, compile it, mix it around some, and determine if you’re a threat to national security. If you are, we’ll come get you and ship you off to Cuba (Guantanamo Bay, which was suppose to be shut down, but it’s not) where you’ll sit until we decide it’s time for you to go home. It’s for your own good. It’s to protect you from terrorism. Don’t worry, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about. But remember, if we think you’re hiding something, or if we think you in any way are a threat to national security (we’ll define this however we want) then we can send a drone and blow the crap out of you. But don’t worry, we’re only protecting you from big, bad terrorists. We’re the Government, we’re here to help!” says the Government.

In case you didn’t get the sarcasm, and don’t follow politics very closely, the above paragraph is actually happening. Maybe you should re-read that paragraph. It’s some scary shit for sure.

Solution: Protect Oregonians against federal government intrusion, and actively try to influence our national policies by refusing to simply go along.

There really isn’t much a Governor can do about national security policy. But a Governor can protect the citizens of his state from unlawful federal intrusion. (Try hard to keep an open mind here…) Basically, the Governor can prevent the President from blowing the crap out of you. He can keep the federal government out of your bank account; he can keep them from listening to your private conversations and collecting your personal information; he can prevent the federal government from spying on your email conversations and on-line activity. “You’re Crazy! The Governor doesn’t have that kind of power over the federal government!!” Yes, I’m Crazy. Crazy enough to do just that. Protect you and everyone in Oregon from unlawful attacks by the federal government. Whether it’s looking at your email, or shooting you down with a drone that you won’t see coming. Oh wait…you’re OK with the current President doing all of that? Well, how will you feel when a President is elected from the other party, and he does the same thing? Actually, they don’t do the same thing, they make it worse.

A Governor can’t directly affect foreign policy, but he can raise a stink about our countries involvement in the rest of the world. He has the bully pulpit and can bring attention to an issue like no one else. Think about what 20 Crazy Governors could do? It’s kind of a strange notion to most people, but it’s true…the power in this country is in the states, and the citizens of the states. It’s not the federal government, like most people think. We, the states, allow the federal government to have the power they have. If the states simply said, “enough”, there’s nothing the federal government could do about it. Don’t believe me? Read the Constitution and keep in mind that it’s supreme.