Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Boob....tube, that is, and Not our Governor, for once....

I love Criminal Minds. Its a TV show on CBS. I like the science and I just absolutely adore all the characters....

So last night, there was an anthrax episode and at the end they posed the question about would the public be better off knowing all the stuff the Government has thwarted since 9/11. The character asked if we would feel safer.....

These 2 questions are diametrically opposed to each other... We would NOT feel safer, but it WOULD be better.

To know the attacks that the Country has undermined would do several things.

1 - It would make people more responsible...... for their own surroundings.....for fellow citizens. To know that you might be under attack at any time would make every citizen responsible, not only for themselves but for those around them. It would knit us together like in the aftermath of that horrible day.

Israel is the best example. That tiny country is under attack perpetually. If someone isnt blowing themselves up in a market, there is a country next door or 2 doors down threatening to wipe them off the face of the earth. These people know how to protect themselves - its taught at a young age to notice their surroundings - bags, suitcases, people wearing coats when its hot.... And when was the last time something happened on one of their planes? It might be a pain to get on board, but they know what they are doing!


2 - It would make the Government more responsible TO us. I fear that when something else happens they Government line will be something like "well, its been such and such years with no attack, look how well we did...." Yeah, maybe.... But this puts all the responsibility on the Government - there arent any backup, no mulligans, no do-overs - just this ONE FRONT.... It goes back to #1, we are all responsible. In regards to the Government, it ties them closer to us - be responsible TO us in regards to terrorism and that cant be anything but a good thing. They are SUPPOSED to be responsible TO us (not FOR us, you moochers).


3. It makes people get prepared. FEMA, Katrina, PSA can all tout having water and food and a few batteries, but we need daily reminders. We get complacent - tired - want to take a break. And that IS ALRIGHT - hear me, taking a break is good and is needed. But you cant stay there. If we knew the plots that have been thwarted, it would make prepping and storing and saving a national past-time. It would put these things in the mainstream, something talked about over the BBQ grill with neighbors.


Letting everyone know would make everyone safer which I would think would be the ultimate goal. I want to be responsible for my family - I DO NOT want the Government being their safety net.... Let me know whats going on and let me decide.... This is MY country and YOU WORK FOR ME, WASHINGTON....

3 comments:

Meadowlark said...

Surely you don't BELIEVE that they work for us? Oh sure, they're SUPPOSED to... but they're in it for themselves.
SIGH.

Good thoughts here. I am not so sure that knowing would do much more than make the sheeple demand that the government become even MORE intrusive in our lives. But we'll never know, because transparency and government are two words that will never go together.

Peace out, chica.

Chickenista said...

I watched it too and I thought the same thing! I would totally want to know! I wouldn't be letting my kids take off just anywhere. It would allow us to get prepared if it got uglier. All around a good idea to let the citizens in on whats happening.

I drive my tractor in pearls... said...

Meadowlark - you make an excellent point in that it might give the Govt more of a reason to grab control....

The Govt will never be transparent until it is tiny enough I can see through it....

LOVE YA - Pearls

Chickenista - If I was that mom who had asked if things were ok, and even getting the answer she got, I would have loaded my kids up and left anyway...

Listen to the Gut people!!