NSA limits our Independence

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 12:53 PM.

Today, the Founding Fathers would be an NSA "community of interest." Their communications, their stirring words, and the Declaration of Independence would receive "rigorous oversight" and be ended well before inspiring 40 percent of the population to stand with them.

If the British had the means leading up to 1776 to stop the Declaration of Independence, to shackle the Patriots’ volley of ideas of liberty, independence and freedom, and to ensure the provoking and inspirational words of our Founding Fathers — to the British they were terrorists — fell silent, would they have used those means? You betcha. In a New York minute.

I’m a patriot. I love my country and respect my government. But what our government’s prying — even potentially — into our private communications means for us, today, Independence Day 2013, is this: We had all better pray that "in the course of American events, it never again becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them to another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them."

Why? Because we’d surely fail.

Barry Fetzer is a columnist for the Havelock News. He can be reached at fetzerab@ec.rr.com. 

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