The First Amendment in the Surveillance Age

The Founding Fathers, in their infinite wisdom crafted the first ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution as the “Bill of Rights”, the list of rights that are guaranteed to each citizen of The United States of America. Since starting this blog in 2005, I have witnessed the erosion of this list of “inalienable rights”. They have become alienated and watered down by an out of control Federal Government that is in itself acting “above the law”.

Recently, I read a quote that resonated a lot with me…it goes something like this. “The First Amendment was created to tell what the government is doing, and the Second Amendment was to keep the government from doing what shouldn’t be done. However, there is another remedy that can help tame the Federal beast and transform it back to the state our esteemed Founders envisioned, a government that served We The People, not enslaved us. That remedy is found within the Tenth Amendment of The Bill of Rights.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

It is high time the American people realize that they have the power, it just requires us all to stop drinking the mainstream media “Kool Aid” and seek out those who are still journalist who practice the craft with objectivism in analysis and temperance in opinion.

Combine the work with a free, non-aligned press with those who seek methods and action to restrain the “Beast on The Potomac” utilizing the Tenth Amendment, and you have a recipe for true change.

It is for this reason I am re-enlisting as one of the digital warriors of The Fifth Estate and it is my goal to contribute quality journalism and shine the spotlight on those who also strive for that mark.



Something to ponder as your waiting to checkout in the WalMart line.

As you stand there in the long lines at WalMart, ponder on the following question…What have I done lately to do my part to help restore America?

Then, as you check out with that large basket of products from China, see if your deed(s) offset the nail you are helping to put in the American economy and the fact that you are helping to build the navy that we eventually will be fighting in a few years.

China’s President, Hu Jintao urges building a navy that is ready anytime for a “military struggle” (translated – fighting the Americans). Hu makes this statement because now China is a world shipping power and is heavily dependent on sea routes for energy and raw materials to feed its growing economy. True enough…but nothing the Chinese do is ever totally the real reason. There is always more than one layer to the strategic planning of the Chinese. The most read book in China is Mao’s little red book, Quotations of Chairman Mao. The second most read book is probably Sun Tzu’s Art of War.

The illustrious Chinese military ancestor said…” Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win”(sounds like advice our Glorious and Fearless Leader should have heeded before pulling the trigger in Iraq)! The Chinese, through their state run shipping company China Ocean Shipping Company, now manage the Panama canal and also have growing interest in the Caribbean region. Since these assets are increasingly vital to China’s energy, raw materials and finished goods delivery, why not establish forward naval bases in those locations?

If that happens, then they are right in our backyard! And what can we say, we have had military assets surrounding them in Japan, Korea, Guam, and Australia for 50 years or more. Our reason for this was…”protecting our national interests”. Well, China’s going to use that and what can we say?

So remember, next time when you are buying a ton of crap in a WalMart, check the label, you too might be aiding and abetting our next wartime enemy!