Michael Engel: Dangerous time for our country
To the editor:
Our civil liberties are safe only as long as we are vigilant in protecting them. And the fact that the U. S. government is now spying on all our communications indicates that we have not only failed to do that, we have actively encouraged their destruction.
Daily on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, millions of us broadcast to the entire world what we are doing every moment of the day, where we have been, and where we are going. We display our personal histories, all conveniently located chronologically on a “Timeline”. Our likes and dislikes and our political views are there for all to see. We proudly show off our families and so-called “friends” without any regard for the fact that our social networks are totally exposed to anyone who might have a hostile interest. So why should our rulers feel obliged to respect our privacy when we throw it away?
I do not believe it is an exaggeration to say that some form of fascism may be just around the corner. Much that goes on in our country today is reminiscent of the social and political decay that affected the pre-Hitler German “Weimar Republic.” We have a choice at this point in American history between holding on to what little is left of our democracy, or letting it go down the drain due to our own carelessness, apathy and narcissism. It is not too late for us to assume our responsibilities as citizens of a free country and stop those who would end that freedom.