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“Where are our (sic) Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?” George Washington once inquired to his fellow man, now, many Americans may find themselves asking this same question as the country continues its spiral downwards (Mizell). The overall expansion of the federal government in the past decade has proven to be detrimental to the welfare of the same American citizens it vows to be “for” and “by” in the United States Constitution. Reckless spending, childish bickering and “half-baked” politicians proclaim the fact that major federal downsizing, and a power-shift from federal to individual states is what is necessary for the well being of the country; the national Congress can no longer effectively perform its tasks. Reckless spending is the federal government’s main issue today.
Mark Klein, Thomas Drake, and William Binney have all been persecuted for exposing technical details of our surveillance state. Bradley Manning has been treated cruelly and inhumanly -- and possibly tortured -- for his more-indiscriminate leaking of State Department secrets.” These whistle-blowers should be looked upon as heroes- not criminals. Their only purpose for leaking all this classified information is to protect the people from abuse of power. Americans are learning that the government is not keeping these secrets because it is necessary but because much of what they are doing is illegal. In order for a democracy to work, the system must be completely transparent.
With the government exempting themselves from telling their citizens the truth, America has every right not to trust them. As people of a country founded on truth and justice, the citizens should open their eyes and not be blinded by the pretentious feeling of safety that the officials are trying to portray. Conspiracy Theorists have made many different theories to prove events where reality has been distorted. While some are false, some can be educated theories and proven right. Although, few Government conspiracies have held legitimacy throughout history, some are founded on truth.
Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency(NSA) leaked affair brought attention to American Citizens causing many arguments. Some argue they trust their government and wouldn’t change a thing about being monitored while others argue that their privacy being invaded is unconstitutional, and as a society living in surveillance, Americans need to reform the ECPA Act, and tell Congress to pass The USA Freedom Act. Snowden's leaks provided the people with important information proving The NSA was and still is collecting and storing massive amounts of data on billions of innocent U.S Citizens without warrants or probable cause to help keep the people safe from foreign and domestic enemies. It is believed to be one of the biggest leaks in history of government information. Most societies already lives in constant surveillance outside of their homes.
Instead of blaming things on the president, how about electing who goes back into Congress ebcause Conagress makes most of the rules. My fear is that one day, the government is going to try to take over everything. IT may not seem like it now, but people have to look at the signs. People are not dramatitizing when they say that money is the root to all evil. Some poeple in the government just care about money and would do anything to achieve their goals.