Never has your voice been more important and never has your voice mattered more. Your voice is necessary. Your voice is needed — now. Engineers have created a vast array of exciting and pertinent technologies that have revolutionized the way we communicate, work, and play. Yet they have also opened gaping loopholes for tyranny. What’s the latest one? The little black box.
On a daily basis, we are discovering the invasions of the federal government into our private lives. They are using the very tools we crave, value, and refuse to relinquish: cell phones, e-mails, Google searches. The government now listens to what we say, reads our e-mails, harvests our e-mail contacts, and analyzes our Google search habits. Even stores target our shopping habits, thrusting delegated ads onto our screen. A dinnertime conversation at a restaurant isn’t even safe. With every bite we chew we are vulnerable to strangers who may be videotaping us.
Our freedom to talk, freedom to socialize, freedom to communicate via the marvels of these new technological wonders have ironically cast the very net for our own capture. We are, quite simply, being watched, monitored, and analyzed with our own permission. We sign the social media “agreements” because if we don’t we can’t have the social media we seek. Does anyone really read the “agreements”? We are blindly forging into mass communications, which allow ubiquitous big brother to monitor our behavior and navigate our private lives.
We do this because we still relatively trust our government and/or because we innately think that we are not the bad guys. However, define” bad.” How can we possibly know all of the laws and abide by them, or know if we are breaking them, if we can’t understand them? We are being hoodwinked by our own naiveté.
But, be aware. Be warned. There is something coming that marks the dividing point of no return. The little black box. Now the greedy governments, both on a state and federal level, want to monitor your car. The government wants to monitor your driving habits, the number of miles you drive and — where you drive. Why? Taxes and control.
This latest tyrannical act, the black box, will be put on your dashboard to count the number of miles you drive so that you may be taxed accordingly. You will no longer be free to drive and travel as you wish without being constantly observed and punished. The more you drive the more you pay. Unbelievable. Frightening. Tyrannical. This little black box will be a window into your privacy, your life, your liberties, your freedoms. If this tax passes though state or federal legislatures, due to a lack of rebellion, then your freedom to travel privately will soon be irreparably impeded and your American way of life finished.
The environmentalists like it, of course, because they want you to drive less. Better pick up a pony then, and install a windmill. Buy a feather pen, ink, and paper and hire a courier too, because if you want liberty from an oppressive government it will be the only way you can get it. (Every piece of mail that goes through the government post office is photographed – hence the courier.)
These taxes could easily be collected at the gas pump and circumvent the blatant invasion of privacy, but the purveyors of this project prefer the little black box. To achieve their goal they are going to make it deviously appealing. They are going to add gadgets to the device, such as creating capabilities to monitor traffic speeds in order to alert the driver of congested routes. Buyers beware.
Our only hope is that since it is a visible, tangible object, sitting on our dashboard — watching — Americans may balk. Ironically, we have black boxes watching us now monitoring our e-mails, social media, and Google searches – we just can’t see them. Ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge is power. This is what our government knows and they are depending on our ignorance and apathy.
Invasive and frightening is the little black box that counts miles, tracks movements, and sends data back to Washington, D.C. Even if they say it will not track the locations or send information back to Washington, D.C., they can and that’s the danger. It is time to sound the alarm. It’s time to express our voice now because if we don’t stand up for our 1st Amendment rights, who will? Not the government.
Once this gadget gets glued to our dashboard, we will be trapped and it will be the mire of our own making if we don’t raise our voices now. Your voice now is essential.