In the context of the recent NSA domestic spying programs being brought to the forefront of the news, a Pew research poll found that half of Americans don’t care that their rights are being violated. The fourth amendment to the U.S. constitution states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Knowing and understanding this right ought to make a majority of Americans at least question the NSA’s tactics, if not send them into a full-on protest at the complete trampling of their fourth amendment rights.
The question in my mind is whether we just don’t care, or we just don’t know that we SHOULD care?! It seems, especially, that our younger generation has not been educated about their rights in such a manner that they know and understand them fully. Rights that once were held dear and defended by previous generations, are being handed over to the government without so much as a whimper. We see examples of our rights being infringed upon frequently in the news; especially in this current administration which embodies the philosophy that bigger government is better for the people. Yet, this is not the way our government was intended to operate. It was intended to be limited. It was intended that our rights be sacred and respected. We’ve reached a point in our evolution where we are in danger of just handing over these very rights, that others fought and died to obtain for us, and which could be lost forever if our ignorance and apathy is not checked.
Why is this happening?
I believe the answer is simple. We don’t educate our children about their rights anymore. We assume they will learn them in school. We assume they’ll get some sort of lesson about them by the time they leave high school. Unfortunately, most students grow up to be adults who remember very little about one lesson on rights they may have received in Social Studies class.
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