Government Censorship In a Nutshell
Do you remember when your parents said, “If you don’t eat your carrots, you’ll go blind!” Sure they’re just looking out for your health in most cases, but does it make it right? Its still a lie. How are you supposed to teach your kids not to lie when you tell them fibs everyday? What if instead of lying, you simply explain why it is important to eat carrots or why they need you to finish your food? The U.S government is telling us the same things our parents did, only they are hiding drastic information that results in a corrupt system. They aren’t our parents, we are not children. We deserve the right to know what’s going on. Our government should not have the right to withhold information through the media, schools, military, etc. it is creating an alternate false reality. Government censorship is unacceptable and I don’t appreciate being lied to.
Recently, I came across an article on Facebook, “Do Texas Textbooks Whitewash Slavery and Segregation,” by Michael Schuab from the Los Angeles Times. The article states that Texas government officials decided it would be best to take out Jim Crow Laws from textbooks in lower education. This got me outraged. The fact that we can just take out critical parts of our history to show “America is great” is horrific. How do I know that what I learned from all my years of schooling, wasn’t just propaganda? Without Jim Crow Laws, how are kids supposed to understand racism, prejudice, or hatred from both sides. How are we supposed to understand what not to do if our history is left blank? I fear that if the government can take out this information, what else have they not told us?
Additionally, how is it possible that with drones, top shelf surveillance, all this new technology and gadgets, we have any form of power? We the American people are being monitored, edited, and lied to, “Federal Government today announced new technical standards for cellular phones that will broadly expand the ability of law-enforcement agents to monitor conversations and locate criminal suspects, by Labaton. Our computers and phones are being scanned for threats, our search history is never erased and we can be put on a watch list. Sure some think it’s for security, but I think we are being censored. We don’t know what the government could be hiding from us, all we have is conspiracies and distractions. An example being, our cellular devices that we can’t seem to live without and our 2016 election where Donald Trump as the only discussion topic. Social media is filled with selfies, food, and events instead of things that really should matter to the public. Facebook is filled with articles that have been proofread by the government; same with many other highly established online sights and newspapers.
Consequently, theres something you have to ask yourself, do I find all of this to be lawful? In the article, “Internet Firms Urge to Limit Work of Anwar al-Awlaki” by Scott Shane, concludes that the government is discussing erasing the work of Anwar off of Youtube to decrease violent extremist attacks. In fact I agree this is a good thing and government censorship can be working for the best, but if our Federal Government can eliminate those videos, what else are they taking out of the public eye? What have they been doing and for how long? If I can find sites where the government that censors us for the best, there is always the other side where the government is censoring us for the worst.
Not only are the common mans technology a threat, but they have created devises to roam around in the air, with the ability to spy and kill, there called drones. In America, drones are the new hit man, “Terrorism Case Renews Debate Over Drone Hits” by Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt claim the government debated over killing a suspect of Al Queda with a drone in Pakistan. The Pentagon has a “kill list.” In my opinion, if we can decide the life of a suspected dangerous man and use drones to spy on them, this is potentially happening with many men who have had the unfortunate option of knowing too much. Our government has all these new technologies to “help us” when really they could be used to control us just as easily.
Ultimately, the choices we make are half the battle. Instead of demanding that we know the truth, we put our energy into memes, vines, and celebrities. We watch TV Sitcoms instead of the news. We read Sports Illustrated instead of the newspaper. All of our technological advances have been astounding and helpful at making this world better. Yet why aren’t we using the Internet to our advantage? A call to action has sparked in me to inform all bloggers of what we really don’t know about Congress, what we don’t know is happening with the FBI or in our own schools. I was born in the 90’s, and therefore I grew up with the common core standards. It never made sense to me why teacher couldn’t teach many things. They were instructed to follow the curriculum to the exact or face the fear of being fired. This curriculum was merely busy work. Yes I was taught a lot of skills throughout the years, yet none that really prepared me for the real world.
Finally, I have a few more questions. How come the government didn’t make it a requirement to learn how to do taxes, or register us to vote? Why is it not taught that if you get a credit card or take out student loans debt will follow you? How come we were not informed about every religion in a non-biased environment? We weren’t taught how to deal with the world outside of us, isn’t that the whole point of school? Could it be the government wants us in debt? I hope to address many of these issues in the posts to come.
With all of this in mind, I fear that we can’t trust our government. They do not have our best interest in mind. It is our job to protect ourselves. We have the resources to find out what is going on and we have the masses to demand the truth. No more distractions, no more minding our own business. I believe we should be focusing on how we can make America better. Knowledge should not be a privilege.