Those words were uttered by Obama recently in response to the unfolding scandal surrounding the revelation that the NSA is collecting data on every American, and I have to agree with him. If we can’t trust our very own government, made up of elected officials who have taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and if we can’t trust the army of bureaucrats employed by government to execute these laws and policies, then we do indeed have a problem.
And for all of those Americans currently engaged in weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth, who are acting as if this monitoring of the private thoughts of every American is somehow sinister and unconstitutional, who “… warn that tyranny [is] always lurking just around the corner,” as Obama said to the students at Ohio State University; well, as Obama also said, “You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.”
And why shouldn’t we trust our government? It’s not like the NSA (National Security Agency) has been collecting data on virtually every phone call, text message, email, Internet search, Facebook post, and pretty much all other forms of digital communication used by more than 300 million Americans.
It’s not like the FBI director admitted earlier this week that his agency is using drones to perform surveillance of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, or that it took a half-day long filibuster by a senator to get the attorney general of the United States to concede that the president does not have the power to assassinate U.S. citizens on U.S. soil using armed versions of these drones.
It’s not like the president has authorized spying on members of the press, or has read the email of a reporter after convincing a judge to authorize a warrant to do so by labeling him as a co-conspirator to a terrorist plot, and it is certainly not like that same government then tapped the phone calls of that reporter’s parents.
We also know that government is just there to protect us, and would never, ever use the IRS to attack, harass and intimidate the political opponents of Obama and his policies, or release the private tax information to his political allies in order to let them go attack his political enemies.
And it’s not like Obama’s Department of Homeland Security issued an internal report in 2009 called “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” that warned law enforcement agencies across the country of the growing threat of “right-wing extremism,” and categorized Americans as part of that threat just for being veterans returning from a combat zone, or opposing abortion, or opposing the increasing size and scope of the federal government, or just those who “are antagonistic toward the new presidential administration and its perceived stance on a range of issues, including immigration and citizenship, the expansion of social programs to minorities, and restrictions on firearms ownership and use.” Clearly, the DHS would not treat American citizens as potential terrorists simply for opposing Obama’s policies because, as Hillary Clinton told us, it is patriotic to oppose the president.
And it’s also not like the president would allow Americans to die in Benghazi in order to maintain a narrative, during a tight election, that he’d single-handedly killed Osama bin Laden and defeated Al Qaeda, and he would certainly not lie about what really happened. It’s not as if he allowed those Americans to be murdered by terrorists, calling off the military forces ready to step in and save them, and he would never blame it all on an anti-Muslim YouTube video and have the person who made the video arrested.
Likewise, his Department of Health and Human Services would never strong arm private businesses into coughing up money to cover the cost of implementing ObamaCare when they ran out of appropriated funds, and it’s not like the administration lied about whether tax dollars would cover abortions, or that there would be conscious-clause exemptions, or that the law’s mandates would overrule religious freedoms … or that the cost of ObamaCare would more than double in just three years, or that premiums would not only NOT go down, but would rise by more than $3,000 per year for a family. And it’s not like the very politicians who forced this ObamaCare monstrosity on us are now secretly negotiating to exempt themselves from the expensive, onerous provisions that the rest of us are stuck with.
Our government can also be trusted because it would never implement an operation out of the DoJ called “Fast and Furious,” where our own government would sell assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels who would use those weapons to kill U.S. law enforcement agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens, and they would never lie about having knowledge of the program when it was exposed.
We can also trust them because they would never institute “security” policies whereby every airline passenger would be given a hernia check and prostate exam before getting on a plane, while those same agents would also refuse to use a mountain of evidence as to who are the people most likely to engage in acts of terrorism, thereby increasing the chance of actually catching a terrorist so that we can have minimal encroachments on personal liberty … because that would be profiling.
It’s not like government has engaged in an all-out assault to eradicate our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, using emotional manipulation and outright lies to convince the people to give up those rights.
And it’s not like government can’t be trusted to make wise use of our taxpayer dollars, because those in power would never shovel billions of dollars to companies in the “green energy” industry which are run by people who just happened to donate large sums of money to their political campaigns. And it’s not like certain politicians would place vast oil and gas reserves off limits for exploration and production, artificially restricting supply and causing the price of gas to double in just four years, just so that “green energy” looks more attractive and affordable. And it’s not like government would use the EPA, and statutory and regulatory law to destroy private property rights, and try to bankrupt and/or imprison anyone who opposed such an unconstitutional taking of property.
And it’s not like many legislators disdain constitutional restrictions on government power, or that the Supreme Court routinely rules based not on what the Constitution says, but on what they want it to say.
So stop worrying America! Government is made up of people much smarter than we are, who only have our best interests at heart, who would never, EVER use their power for personal gain or to destroy their enemies, and who can at all times be trusted to do the right thing. So go back to sleep … there’s nothing to see here.
Louis DeBroux is a Taylorsville resident, married, with eight children. He is chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party. He owns Gatekeeper data backup and recovery. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.