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BAA, BAA, SAY THE SHEEPLE
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Date: Mon, 23 Sep 1996 08:24:36 -0700
To: <other people>, [email protected]
Subject: BAA, BAA, SAY THE SHEEPLE
COLORADO SENATOR CHARLES DUKE ON THE LOSS OF LIBERTY
By Senator Charles R. Duke, September 16, 1996
Colorado District 9, (719) 481-9289
BAA, BAA, SAY THE SHEEPLE
Who would have thought America would be where it is today?
Earlier in the week, news stories appeared announcing that a
proposal to do background checks on regular passengers came from
a commission studying terrorism.
This, of course, would do absolutely nothing to stop
terrorism. Any decent terrorist knows enough to not travel under
a real name. In any case, most airline terrorist incidents will
likely be caused by someone who doesn't fly on the same plane for
which the incident is planned.
Since these ideas are patently obvious to the most casual
observers, what, then, is the purpose of this tyranny? Is it
simply to get the American sheeple so accustomed to government
spying that we don't mind?
To do this would require some sort of identification number
and what better number to use than the Social Security number?
Having the SSN flying around all these databases would also allow
those who have access to such numbers to examine our bank records
and credit history, along with many other records.
Oh, nuts, I say. This proposal is just too depressing. So
I pick up the Wall Street Journal for Friday the Thirteenth of
September. Might as well read a little financial news to get in
a better mood. I mean, our economy is really doing okay, or at
least so the government would have us believe.
I never got to the stock tables. There, on the front page,
is a story from San Mateo, California, where den mothers,
coaches, and other volunteers who work with children will now be
subjected to fingerprinting and background checks. The idea, you
see, is to keep our children safe from child abuse. Don't look
now, Toto, but this doesn't feel like Kansas, anymore.
This will be totally ineffective at curbing child abuse, but
you probably already knew that. This writer knows something
about child abuse and can assure everyone that the overwhelming
majority of child molesters become neither den mothers nor
We have a Fourth Amendment to our U.S. Constitution that
flatly prohibits these unreasonable searches and seizures.
Specifically, the Amendment states, "The right of the people to
be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no
Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath
or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be
searched and the persons or things to be seized."
It means that our private effects and our private lives are
none of any civil authority's business, unless they have probable
cause, and can obtain a warrant, sworn to by an oath or
affirmation before a judge. The only way any nosy government
gets away with this open and flagrant violation of constitutional
rights is if the sheeple allow it.
Where is the hue and cry from everyone about these measures?
Have we become so conditioned to prying eyes that we have
forgotten what privacy is about? Why are you, who have the
courage to read this column, just standing idly by and letting
our God-given rights be stripped from us on a daily basis? Where
are the letters to the editor and civil demonstrations about this
Our forefathers paid for these rights with their lives and
their blood. They must be churning in their graves with the
lackadaisical attitude we have today about our Constitution. They
fought a War for Independence because King George was allowing
warrantless searches and incarcerations. It was considered by
our Founding Fathers to be a sacrilegious violation of rights
granted to us by our Creator and not subject to the rule of Man.
Somehow, in 1996, we have been lulled into complacency and
apathy by a government totally dedicated to the absolute
subjugation of our free will. Most of us have never really been
free. We have been enslaved so long it is not clear we would
know how to behave if by some process we had our real freedom
It is possible the American people actually deserve what is
about to happen to us. We deserve it because of our collective
inaction, our collective morals, our collective set of values,
and our collective embrace of a failed political process.
There are many examples in history where societies created
and led by moral and just people have lasted for long periods.
Almost without exception, the collapse of these societies were
preceded by a loss of character in the people governed. Where
would you put America today?
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Robert Hettinga ([email protected])
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