Admittedly this particular person might not be of the highest caliber, but he is a person nonetheless. It is this alarming behavior that validates the extent with which our judiciary and law enforcement agencies operate above the law of the land. This young man's life is now completely ruined forever because of a few poor-taste words he chose while constructing a rap lyric. Congratulations America, after being crowned the first nation in the world to have 2.5 million people in prison (picture graph), to include Rome, you've just made another convict for life. At this point, the United States has 5 percent of the world’s population, yet 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.
What was said in his lyric is far more innocent than many I've encountered growing up in a quasi-hip-hop-pop culture; the 90's and 00's of last decade.
Is it only legal and legitimate, now, when you are either syndicated or have "big music" lawyers to protect your every move? Have we relegated free speech to the confines of what money can pay for?
Could 18 year old Cameron be a legitimate threat? Yes, but he is probably not. Statistics show that you are eight times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist or gunmen. Shall we ban assault cops? Ha, right? The problem is that we are taking a guilty-before-innocent ham-handed approach to our own fear. The mere fact is, 2012 was a bad year, and so has been 2013 thus far, but relativistically speaking, these incidents are not significantly on the rise as the mainstream media would lead you to believe in fear and terror.
Will I be punished for writing this e-mail? I'm probably being watched. We all are.
Everything on the Internet is being recorded whether you like it or not. The last thing the people had left, the last thing that we could call our own, our free Internet. They took it from us, like a bone from a dog, and scolded us for dreaming of freedom. Whether you realize it or not, we are now in the era where the FBI will bust down your door, steal your computer and apparently Xbox (see original article) and lock you up. This is thought crime. I hope you use encryption, I do.
Scared pitifully afraid Americans, parents, children, and above all, corrupt politicians, have helped legislate this country into oblivion. Do you even recognize it anymore? Do you?
What particularly worries me is the speed with which all of this has been conducted. In only a few year's time, it could be commonplace to hear about domestic drone strikes efficiently erasing "militant," "terrorist threats," like that of OWS, a peaceful movement that started nearly two years ago. Some people are confused as to what their purpose truly was. It is simple, it was a last ditch effort to inform the people of these injustices by exposing the true nature of law enforcement operations across the nation, and in my eyes and many others, it was more than successful. (Which was its original intent, I can't help that it was a free conglomerate of people with some bad apples joining in to resonate with the crowd)
Your country is scared of you. It is reacting against its own fear of its own populace, and that's incredibly frightening. At this very moment, many people are wondering why the DHS is buying an egregious amount of ammo. No one knows for sure why yet, to include our own GAO of the legislative branch, apparently they are "investigating."
And finally, four days ago, 33-year-old David Sal Silva, a father of four young children was bludgeoned to death by 9 police officers on the streets of Kern County, California, in front of a hospital. Normally there is something fishy surrounding the suspect, but this time there is just too much video evidence (FROM THE PUBLIC!) not to question the police's motives. The story is so bizarre that it is difficult to convey in my own words, especially the part where self-inflated brazen murderous cops bully and threaten innocent civilians to turn over their phones, or face retribution; yet another trampling of a famous amendment our forefathers worked so hard to implement. I and many others see this as inexcusable level of behavior for which all parties and people need to be held accountable.
I understand that this is a lot to take in, It's a fairly long email too, but I urge you to take your time and look at the links that I have cited if possible. You have my full permission to forward this if you please.
I will leave you with two quotes from the late Benjamin Franklin:
"Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins. Republics and limited monarchies derive their strength and vigor from a popular examination into the action of the magistrates."
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
This has been your actual State of the Union, vote responsibly and thanks for listening. Take care.