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The Justice Department, in pursuit of a leak about an important and vital investigation, decided to subpoena the telephone records of one hundred or more Associated Press journalists. There is no greater chill in legitimate journalism than the heavy boot of big government seeking to know how news is collected, who contributes, and what is discussed.
Our nation is at risk today. The Justice Department, in pursuit of a leak about an important and vital investigation, decided to subpoena the telephone records of one hundred or more Associated Press journalists. There is no greater chill in legitimate journalism than the heavy boot of big government seeking to know how news is collected, who contributes, and what is discussed.
Elsewhere, the IRS was finally coming clean about its efforts to control the possible loss of revenue from wrongful or inappropriate public interest organizations by seemingly endless demands for documents no government of free peoples has, or ought to have the power to demand of journalists or news organizations.
Our nation has changed just as surely as has our willingness to remain vigilant about what our governments, institutions, banks, businesses and politicians are doing.
What we have done to ourselves is inexplicable, often unforgivable, and in many ways we are yet to discover, irreversible.
In the name of profitability we sent American jobs overseas. Our oversize banks have the feel of sovereign nation-states too big to fail, regulate or control. Government storms our legitimate journalistic institutions in pursuit of information government thinks more important than this nation’s constitutional freedoms. Our once honored broadcasters harbor their self-interest before your right to know, or trust.
Government uses the power to tax as the power to control. We lie and cheat one another in an increasingly frantic attempt to get ahead or move up the ladder. Except for those who have risked their lives to serve our nation abroad, a sizable segment of our adult population disdains hard work in pursuit of instant gratification.
Pharmaceuticals, a field of science that has the power to make life fuller and more satisfying has become a taxing authority in pursuit of endless wealth for its own greed. Elsewhere, in our schools, on our streets and in every neighborhood, many of our fellow citizens have been reduced to modern-day slaves to illicit substances that rob us of our dignity, and overfill our jails.
The result is mind numbing. We have made of ourselves a debtor nation even as we clamor to garner more for things as if happiness or joy is to be found in things, substances or inflated assets. In the doing we have abandoned many long cherished American values. The national interest no longer mediates our personal interest. In business and politics, our increasing acceptance of polarization drives away understanding, disenfranchises compromise and belittles long range commitment.
To some degree the changes at hand in our nation are the product of leadership. What we expect from our business leaders today is mindless profitability — no matter the long-range cost to the business, the nation, or our communities. Run up the profits today so that we can sell our shares to someone else before the long range consequences diminish profitability, or worse.