Friday, June 12, 2015

Go Ahead And Spy On Us - We'll Be Good

Had to comment on this topic, since it keeps arising in the media, in the news and - sadly - in some of my friends.

When people respond to the idea of government surveillance or warrant-less police searches with "Well, if you're not doing anything wrong than why have a problem with it" we have to consider something very important to all of us whether we reflect on it or not: Natural Law.

In short, there are natural boundaries we all hold. 
  • Our locked front door
  • Our private journals
  • Our territories of auto, home and body
"Go ahead and search if you want. I have nothing to hide."

These boundaries keep our autonomy intact, create a state of respect with neighbors, and basically honors our freedom and equality. To give that up, no matter what logic the invader reasons, is to give permission for that person, group or nation to use their leverage and will over our own. In the breaking of this law (which is natural to all living beings requiring self-determination) we open the door to the invader who will never truly respect our boundaries moving into the future. No matter how slight that door is cracked open and how supposedly "minor" that over-step reaches, the Natural Law is broken, and the final outcome can only reside in an owner/slave relationship.

The Founding Fathers knew this clearly, and therefore the writing in the Constitution reflects on no uncertain terms the sort of Natural Law that would keep us all safe, self-determining and free. 

Don't let any lazy logic steer you away from these principles.  

James Anthony Ellis is a writer and producer living in a free society of Lemon Grove. He can be reached at

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