William Thien

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We have the same cameras here. You’ll see them in particular at intersections. I do not know to what extent the software and operating systems capture your information and the media does not look into it for some reason. Sometimes, when I’m sitting there wondering why I am waiting so long at the light and there is no traffic at all moving crosswise, I flip the camera the bird. Or when I am stopped at every intersection as I move along alone on the road in the very early morning and it feels like my progress is being slowed for some reason, I flip the camera the bird. I’m sure they have a file on me.

 

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The inability of our elected who claim to be conservative even when in the majority to curtail the activity of or control the size and cost of all levels of government indicates that the government itself has at once burst from the reins of democracy.

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This is a reprint of an observation published in 2018

The problem with a political system that caters primarily to two parties, in America’s case it is the Democrats and the Republicans, is that the public loses out, almost always.

Though the two parties as I’ve mentioned appear to be in opposition, it is in fact the opposing actions of the two parties that is most damaging to the rights of the American public.

The two opposing parties constantly working against each other, as they will to gain superiority over the other, create a pincering or scissoring effect upon the public like the two opposing cutting blades of a scissors, coming together on each issue, slicing at it and simultaneously shearing away at the constitutional rights of the American public simply so that the parties can win an election or maintain control of the elected body.

What is the solution? I think it is necessary to have a strong third party come on line, a 3rd party that prevents the shearing away of the constitutional rights of the American public simply for political party gain. It must be done before what remains of the constitution is left in little shreds and snippets of scissored paper on the capital floor that nobody can piece back together once the damage is done.

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This Monday morning following the weekend attack in Pittsburgh The CBS Morning Show had a so-called “analyst” on who said that The FBI is restricted from monitoring social media for certain types of speech. Maybe, the implication was, the attack in Pittsburgh could have been stopped were The FBI or some other government body monitoring social media.

The woman , the “analyst,” dressed in a shape revealing, tight-fitting black shirt skirt that probably cost a lot of money who obviously had numerous plastic surgeries to her face and had spent thousands of dollars on her hair recently said that maybe it is time for the government to start monitoring social media, a blanket search warrant on us all, another one following the various iterations of The Patriot Act.

Naturally, the thought came to mind of the quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

Let me elaborate on what Benjamin Franklin said. Franklin essentially said that CBS deserves neither liberty or security. That’s what that means.

CBS didn’t waste any time attempting to hack away at your liberties, no time at all. None. Started it off first thing Monday morning, shoving you back in to submission. Make no mistake, that’s what they are up to with that type of rhetoric.

Let’s stop letting the media determine policy.

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I don’t know about you but I’m getting sick of hearing and seeing campaign ad after campaign ad suggest that if you vote for the other guy, you will practically end up dead, destitute, or homeless and out of work.

Your medical insurance will be canceled. Voting for the other guy is akin to getting cancer in some ads with a medical angle.

Mass murderers and thug rapist inmates will be freed from jail if you vote for the other guy in some ads.

You will all lose your jobs and then your houses.

People will practically die in the streets if you vote for the other guy.

Do our politicians have that much control over our fates? Because they should not. The media would have us all believe though that it is so with the amount of ads they are running and making a killing on themselves.

Ugh! Another campaign season. Another season of fear.

Makes you want to vote for the third party candidate. They don’t have any money to run such ads, yet.

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With the media constantly telling you what’s right and what’s wrong and what’s good for you and what’s not and with the Congress giving you a tax break for one thing and not the other, well, this really ain’t no free country anymore, is it?

Yeah, you can still do what you want but now more than ever the government or some corporation is making you do what they want you to do and making you pay if you don’t instead of you doing what you want or what is best for YOU. Because what is best for everyone else might not be what’s best for YOU, whether the government or some corporation wants you to do it or not.

It’s still a free country if you don’t mind letting some media corporation, agency, or shopping or social media web site follow your every move on the internet and sell that information or profit from it or photograph/video you if you merely step outside your door or stand in front of your window where there is no reasonable expectation of privacy.

No, this ain’t no free country anymore.

When you examine the costs to your liberties, the encroachment upon your privacy, the constant and previously illegal searches, that ain’t free. That’s expensive, extremely expensive! Free country? Don’t believe it!

So, when someone lashes out at one of those institutions, I can’t say I don’t agree with them to a certain extent. Americans are constantly probed and their privacy is bought and sold so frequently nowadays while they profit very little from their own activity yet are made completely vulnerable (look at all the data breaches), that even though such activity may not on the surface feel very invasive, it is invasive, in its entirety and over long periods of time it is even more invasive, and as a result it is difficult to disagree with someone defending their place from all of that, even if their response seems to be to the extreme.

Free country? I hate to disillusion you, ladies and gentlemen, but this ain’t no free country anymore. It just ain’t.

Note: Ain’t was used for emphasis. The correct usage is “Isn’t a,” not “ain’t no.” 

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An observation based on experience:

One of the major differences between Republicans and Democrats is that both parties will pontificate about your behavior and attempt to regulate your personal and consensual activities but the Democrats are more likely to tell you there is something wrong with the way your living your life while sanctimoniously taking your hard-earned dollars in the form of taxes.

That is the case for the most part on almost all issues except the methods for addressing consensual behaviors that involve drug or alcohol usage. Republicans are more likely to adopt a prohibitive position on such activities as drug usage, for example, and instead of offering treatment for what is essentially a sickness, instead seeking to incarcerate drug users instead. That is the wrong approach. We have seen that time and time again.

But for the most part, Democrats are the party that assume the most righteous posture on social issues and then turn around and tax you till you have nothing left, which in my opinion negates all the so-called good they are trying to accomplish in the first place.

Do you like the wool?

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