Trust the People (Constitution), Not the Government, for Your Rights! My Thoughts on Collecting Metadata.
By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
I don’t like the federal government collecting metadata on any of us, without probable cause. Heck, otherwise why have a Fourth Amendment which guarantees us with security within our persons and properties against unreasonable searches and seizures without warrants?
Government’s goal is to limit your rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution. The government doesn’t really like the Bill of Rights. But, American Citizens historically have not trusted government. In fact, without the express commitment by the First Congress to add the First Ten Amendments (Bill of Rights) to the freshly minted U. S. Constitution, the States probably would not have ratified this new Constitution (needed two-thirds of them to ratify).
I don’t like it when the Republicans try to limit our freedoms. I don’t like it when the Democrats try to limit our freedoms. Mining for metadata against its own Citizens is reprehensible, unconscionable, and, I think, unconstitutional. I understand the need for security. But, look at those for whom you have probable cause or at least some articulable suspicion. Don’t try to be so damned politically correct. I understand that mosques are off-limits for federal agents to peep into. What? Isn’t this where most of the terrorists congregate? Oh, I’m sorry. It’s more politically correct to look at the telephone calls of grandparents living in Des Moines, Iowa or the emails of businessmen in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Good grief. At least be consistent. Quit chipping away at the freedoms of law-abiding Citizens and go after those who actually are intent on causing great damage to our Republic.
The irascible Gouverneur Morris penned the majestic words of the U. S. Constitution.
In the name of political correctness, this administration is just throwing a freedom-suffocating net around all Americans, hoping not to look politically incorrect…or just because it is about control and power. Don’t trust the government. The government is not United States. The People are the United States. When the many, many bundles of papers were gathered up in Philadelphia and assigned to a committee (after months of arguing and debating) to put the thoughts together coherently in two or three days, it took the genius of the irascible Gouverneur Morris to do so. It was not James Wilson or James Madison (two brilliant minds at the Constitutional Convention) who wrote the document, though their geniuses are also reflected in the document itself. No, it was the very irascible, lady-charming, forever loquacious, and often criticized and dismissed Gouverneur Morris who wrote this sublime document, including the majestic words, “We the People of the United States of America…” I am glad that he did.