I have a very serious question that I want you to think about. I'm serious. Give this some thought and pray about it because this is important.
What happens when your government makes you into its enemy?
This question was inspired by an article I read recently (linked below) but it has been something I have thought about for several years since reading the following quote from one of our Founding Fathers:
"People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws." -- Edmund Burke
What does that mean to you?
It reminds me about all the asanine laws and inane regulations that the Obama administration has been weighing us down with.
Today bipartisan leaders from the House and Senate will launch new efforts to punish criminals backed by China, Russia or other foreign governments for cyber spying and theft. The Cyber Economic Espionage Accountability Act, introduced today by Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich; Tim Ryan, D-Ohio and myself will send a clear message to offending nations that this behavior will no longer be tolerated.
"This is a vital step to let China know that there are real consequences to stealing American intellectual property and robbing U.S. ingenuity and innovation in order to gain competitive advantage," Rogers said. "It’s happening at an alarming rate. It is one of my top national security concerns. This rampant theft is crushing American jobs. We need to identify these economic cyber criminals and create valid consequences to prevent them from undermining our economy and compromising U.S. national security."
It seems like only yesterday when the United States Constitution was the law of the land and the Bill of Rights mattered.
Here are just a few of the juicy details that have been uncovered so far about the latest scandal that shows how the Fourth Amendment is being shredded by the most incompetent and dangerous administration in my lifetime...
"The U.S. government has collected millions of Verizon customers' details, including phone call and location-based data, under a top secret order that was leaked to a London newspaper.
Verizon customers that are outside of the U.S. and making calls to non-U.S. residents are exempt from the secretive court order."
This is so embarrassing. This is my congressman, Ron Kind, perpetrating the myth that Bush's IRS persecuted liberal groups the same way that Obama is persecuting Tea Party and conservative groups. Nevermind that there isn't a shred of evidence. This is Ron Kind we're dealing with so facts don't matter. Thankfully, the commmittee chair rips Ronnie boy a new one for even attempting this lie.
In the world of computer programming we must use very specific words, or syntax, in order to communicate with the computer so it will understand how to execute a task within its processor. My fellow geeks in this audience might get a chuckle out of this dumbed down explanation but I've always been a K.I.S.S. kind of guy. (Keep It Simple, Silly) My primitive brain simply cannot compute multi-layered definitions so forgive me for breaking this down in very basic language.
As I stated, computer programmers must use very specific language to communicate with computers. For example, in the Cold Fusion programming language, CFIF...CFELSEIF... tells the computer that it is being asked to test some kind of condition and then act on it depending on how the programmer structures the block of code. It's basically saying to the computer, "If this happens then do this, otherwise, do this other thing."
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