Periodically, I stumble upon headlines, news, buried local events and miscellaneous editorial that I feel has deeper meaning and ramifications than its obvious "newsworthyness."
These are snapshots of the national zeitgiest - hyperlinked canaries in our coalmine of shared societal responsibility and cultural experience - are subtle landmarks and crucial tipping points that mark our actual regression, for the United States as a country and us as free-thinking individuals.
It is Bad News in the broadest of scale, impact and long-term relevence.
And this is the first - a quick little piece about surveillance and how the dangers of Being Watched By the Government are lost on the bulk of Americans. When we have people in power that are simply unaware of the larger context behind personal responsibility, independent thinking and individual accountability, we will continue to lose our most basic rights as adult American citizens.
"I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?" Chief Harold Hurtt told reporters Wednesday at a regular briefing."
The most important part of this piece is the last sentence.
"The program would require City Council approval."
That is it.
The City Council.
Not some out-of-reach government joker in D.C. a million miles from your town, but your own neighbors and colleagues. These are the people that are allowing these encroachments on our basic civil liberties - and these people are us.