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    Taking Away Our Civil Liberties Doesn’t Hurt Our Enemies

    Taking Away Our Civil Liberties Doesn’t Hurt Our Enemies

    Freedom vs. national security

    July 4th weekend is a perfect time to reflect on our freedoms and their importance. In that spirit, Remy of Reason, who’s kind of the Libertairian version of Weird Al Yankovic, has produced a parody of Toby Keith’s song “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” which enjoyed popularity after the attacks of 9/11.

    You can make an argument, and many conservatives have, that things like the Patriot Act haven’t directly impacted the civil liberties of average American citizens, but some things have obviously gotten out of control, as exemplified in Kemberlee’s horrific post about the TSA yesterday.

    Remy’s humorous parody focuses on the fact that while we give away our civil liberties in the name of combating terrorism, it doesn’t hurt the terrorists, it just makes us less free.

    Watch the video below:

    If you’re in a place where you can’t watch videos, here are the lyrics, courtesy of Reason TV:

    Remy: Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (Civil Liberties Edition)

    My daddy came to this country
    he escaped from Iraq
    and he came with nothing but a dream
    of the American flag

    He wanted my mother, my sister
    our carpet and me
    to grow up and live happy
    in the land of the free

    Now this nation that I love
    is under terror attack
    another sucker punch came flying in
    from this punk in the back

    You think you can start a fight
    and we’ll roll over and die
    man we’ll light up your world
    like the Fourth of July

    We’re gonna tap this guy’s phone
    take his rifle and then
    force companies to make software with
    backdoor access and then

    We’ll be raising his taxes
    make him pay for these toys
    and whenever he goes flying we’ll be
    cupping his boys

    Yeah it’ll feel like the whole wide world
    is raining down on you
    brought to you courtesy
    of the red, white, and blue

    We’ll run up debt and be
    so underwater on loans
    you’d swear Ted Kennedy
    had probably driven us home

    You think you can pick a fight
    and make us change our free ways
    we’ll put a dude in his ass
    it’s the American way

    We’ll tap this guy’s browser history
    have due process decreased
    and when he bites a shape in Pop Tarts
    we’re gonna call the police

    We’ll put your name in the papers
    you’ll be famous in malls
    and when this guy goes to New York
    they’ll be cupping his balls

    Yeah don’t it feel like the whole wide world
    is raining down on you?
    that’s brought to you courtesy
    of the red, white, and blue

    Balancing our freedoms with national security is complicated but at least we can still laugh at ourselves.


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    Valerie | July 2, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    If I click on a link to a commercial website at Reddit, the ads at this site change. My preferred search engine is duckduckgo, partly but ineffectively to get away from Google.

    We might as well give the government the power to do what advertisers are already doing. The way to safeguard our liberties is to put substantial penalties on the misuse of personal information, because like it or not, the information is out there.

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