On government surveillance, Americans complicit by John de Leon
Read the Original Piece in the Miami Herald The most vexing issue the world has dealt with is how the German people allowed the machinery of the German government to turn into a killing machine before its very eyes. How did evil triumph among one of the most civilized groups of people to have emerged on the European continent? The reasons why are still murky, the lesson learned: Never again. Over 200 years ago this experiment called the United States of America was forged on the battlefields of this continent when the colonists undertook battle against the most powerful empire in the world. The power of the lesson of that battle won ended up being not that of the military might of the founders but of the ideas that evolved. Finally, the power of a nation emanated from the people over the sovereign. The sovereign was subject to the will of the people. Thus, the idea of limited government was forged. The people were sovereign. This experiment was powerful enough that millions have given their lives to protect the legacy of the founders to pass on to future generations. The blood of those who have given their lives consecrates that ongoing battle. The beauty of the ideas of Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson and others was so great that the ongoing battle of the republic has been to include all those who live in this country of “we the people.” Malcolm X, Harvey Milk, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman, Cesar Chavez, and countless others simply fought to allow those who live here to reside in a place where all individuals are full participants in this revolutionary experiment.