The world, it would seem, is writhing as in the throes of childbirth. So much hostility! So much crime! So many politicians promising bright futures! The televised news reports daily proclaim what we should be most afraid of at the moment. Whether it be Russian "aggression" or ISIS or the potential disintegration of our entire monetary system, we are kept abreast of developments with all thoroughness.
With all of these threats crowding in from every side like monsters in a darkened childs room, whatever shall we do? Who will save us from the dreaded mayhem certain to shortly arrive?
Of course, presented with such a question, almost everyone with the breath of life in them thinks of some level of government it being their alleged mandate to protect us. Isn't that Why we pay our taxes, after all!? And how best to provide this protection? Recently there have been some new incidents in Canada, one of which actually put our highest political figures in immediate fear for their physical safety, right there in the Parliament Building in Ottawa itself, no less!
Now, what do you think and suppose, a member of parliament is going to suggest to better shore up our nations defences against such brazen assaults? Why, obviously, an exciting new set of laws, that's what!
So now what we are currently facing is a sweeping new set of powers so that Canada can be a little more like the states and a little better at monitoring what I am writing on this very computer at this very moment. By doing so, it is hoped, criminals, thugs and other ne'er-do-wells will be sniffed out ahead of a planned terrorist-style event. And there is a nice sounding logic to this, isn't there? For our own safety, then, we will all, in practical effect, have a government agent of our very own, peering over our shoulder as we work our online keyboards and do our searches and facebooking and so on. For our own safety. And who could possibly object but someone who has something to hide? If you are a proper sort who pays your taxes and plugs the meter when you park your car, you should have nothing to fear.
Except... there is this: I'm not just exactly sure about the rest of Canada but here where I write these lines in Whitehorse, Yukon, the gubbamint is the largest employer in the territory. That would mean that a whole lot of people are employed by our territorial government. And forgive me, but is anyone naive enough to believe that there aren't a few among them who might see a shortcut to personal gain and take it if they think they wont be caught?
To put it another way... Would you want a huge billboard installed on your front lawn facing the street proclaiming that you have ten thousand dollars in rolled up cash in your deep-freeze, falsely marked, "frozen egg-whites"?
With the new legislation, we are talking about giving the government more rights than it already has, more rights to subjugate the masses, more rights to arrest and imprison....well, you, if needs be. These folks in charge want to know just a little more than they already do about where you go and why you go there, with whom you associate, how and where and when you spend your money. After all, the argument goes, the more they know the better they can protect us.
The trouble i have with this whole argument could best be summarized like this: With all the powers they already possess, just how great a job is being done to protect us from the violent minority? We've just witnessed the needless killing of an RCMP officer in Alberta by a thug with a toilet paper rap sheet, who was repeatedly released into the general population until the inevitable happened. In contrast, we have a lady who stopped to help a duck family across the road, serving time in prison so she doesnt help any more ducks. (I know, i know, her well-intentioned actions resulted in a terrible tragedy.) Another for letting some dogs die. My point is, there is no justice now, even though we are already snowed under a blizzard of legal documents .
Sorry, nanny state, I am not buying into giving up yet more of my individual liberties and freedoms for my own good. Oh, and I'll take my chances with the latest boogey man and the next one too. But thanks all the same. Now, how do I go about opting out?