In discussing the issues related to the above link with a person, a self described “patriot”, I was told that I not only didn’t understand, but if I truly believed what I was saying I was a part of the problem.
That may or may not be true if the right to privacy and certain Constitutional guarantees are a “problem”, if the concept that government serves the people rather than the opposite, but I won’t be losing any sleep over this persons opinion, and in fact consider the position they hold to be not only ovine like but problematic as well.
If people want to surrender their rights seems to me there ought to be an opt in opt out clause instead of trying to drag everyone along with them into what is becoming a fascist surveillance state – just because an individual doesn’t have that option in “social media” sites like FaceBook etal doesn’t imply to me it should be a universal standard.
This “fight back” movement as portrayed in the link should become a viral global effort, one that people aren’t afraid to add their name to…..if the reader is compelled not to for fear that big brother will add them to a list they need to examine those fears and ponder a future they will help create, a legacy they will leave for their children and the children of others.
If that is true then slavery was patriotic, the genocide directed at the nations was patriotic, the corporate exploitation of the environment ably assisted by legislation must also be considered patriotic, Bush’s bogus invasion of Iraq was patriotic, the drone killing of innocent non combatants merely patriotic collateral damage, the continued unlawful detention of eighty plus individuals at Gitmo who have been cleared is patriotic.
A part of any government’s role is national defense. Basically what they get paid for with the tax revenue they collect, it is the responsibility of every sentient being to maintain a balance, to protect against the unwarranted and Constitutionally illegal acquisition of intrusive and oppressive power.