I remember the morning I woke up to see the news covered with a fire at the World Trade Center in New York City. As I got ready for school I wasn’t sure the full case of what was happening or how it would change the world, however by the time I got to school the severe sense of what was going on had arrived. Years later after responding to defend America and root out those who attacked our homeland, we have seen the face of what founding father Benjamin Franklin warned us about…allowing our fears to force a giving up of our freedoms. Realizing this breach, Democrats fought back against the Bush Administration’s efforts to wiretap our phone lines without a warrant, snoop into our library book checkouts, eavesdrop on our emails, or even now obtain our wireless cell phone data. In 2004 we made the argument that these infringements on our private lives were wrong and should be outlawed. We lost but didn’t stop. We renewed these fights in 2006 and again in 2008. This is why I am more than shocked that after two years of complete Democratic control of Washington and five years of White House control these polices have continued. In fact I am disappointed. I am happy and welcome the calls by members of Congress for a complete investigation into these policies and add my voice to those crying out for our elected officials to say, we will never be so afraid at what might get us, that we allow our freedoms and values to be compromised.
Joseph Lynn Kitchen Jr. is an ordained Baptist minister from Prince George’s County, MD where he serves as a community leader on issues of education reform, public transportation and youth empowerment. Joseph is President of the Young Democrats of Maryland and National Policy and Platform Director of the Young Democrats of America’s Minority Caucus. Learn more about Joseph’s work at www.josephkitchen.com.