Charles Ramsey: A Cause for Concern
For the remaining five of his fifteen minutes, there will be no other dishwasher more sought after by CNN and Fox than the lovable Charles Ramsey. He will be graced with unlimited Big Macs and happy meals. Hodges restaurant will try and capitalize on their dishwasher’s fame by naming a burger after him. Pretty, white girls will wear t-shirts with clever sayings about how they’d love to run into his arms.
Could there be any possible downside to Ramsey’s actions?
I am afraid that Charles Ramsey’s heroic actions might further encourage the Federal Government’s natural inclination to overstep the fourth Amendment. (That’s the one about the government needing probable cause to search a private citizen’s home.)
Various neurological studies conclude that emotions play a major role in inhibiting clear thinking. Big surprise, I know. As if we needed millions of dollars of studies to tell us that one doesn’t think clearly when he’s angry or in love. (I halfway concur with Plato when he wrote the latter is a form of mental illness.) When Boston Police were barging into citizen’s homes without warrants, very few people voiced any concerns or objections (at least that’s the way it was portrayed to me here in Georgia by an objective media. I did, however, see many images of happy Bostonians waving American flags). After all, who else but a legion of SWAT teams can stop a pimple-faced teenager? (Hint, hint: any armed citizen who spots him first.)
I am grateful for what Charles Ramsey did. Don’t get me wrong. I can’t even begin to imagine what those women went through at the hands of their evil, maniacal captors.
Incidents like these help convince the public that we no longer have the option of freedom. That’s what every tragedy does. The media will plaster these womens’ faces all over your television screens while narrating harrowing stories of unspeakable abuse. You’ll be told twisted details which will cause you to scream,”Anything! Anything you want to do to make sure this never, ever happens again! Do it, please!” There’ll be new bills introduced, and when the nonconformists who know how to read and think independently will object, they will be shouted down by the sympathetic ones who, at all costs, want guaranteed security (P.s. No such thing exists).
The Democratic National Convention of 2012 is an example of using emotion to trump logic. A bunch of people who’d been laid-off or fired came onto the platform and told their sad stories. The audience cheered and booed in congruence with the emotions the speaker was trying to project. In the end, the owners and CEO’s of companies who implemented their right to downsize their companies were viewed as heartless and greedy home wreckers. Capitalism bad, government control is only answer, they concluded.
I predict that, instead of government using their microphone to encourage citizens to be more attentive to their environment, they will use this most recent episode to elongate the meaning of the word ‘probable.’ They might say that if you live in a lower income neighborhood and like to barbecue, there is “probable cause” to search your home for missing children and drugs. They might say that if you ride motorcycles and listen to salsa music they have “probable cause” to search your home. They might say if there is a criminal they can’t find within your state they have “probable cause” to search your home… even if you don’t listen to salsa music or barbecue They will say that if you saw a movie about terrorists they have “probable cause” to search your home.
We, as a people, need to take more responsibility for our safety and our communities. We need to squash the mentality that someone else can protect us at all times and feed us if we become too lazy to work. You know who else is consistently fed by others and surrounded by security?
I’m not suggesting a vigilante-type outlook. Just that we citizens become more involved, that we educate our children about awareness, and that we have a plan in case someone breaks into our home or attempts to assault ourselves and/or family. These things happen and it is usual police procedure to arrive as a result of assault, not a preventive action. They don’t have ESP. They eat donuts and play games on their phones just like us.
Charles Ramsey proved that citizens are valuable assets. So did the civilian who found the Boston bomber in his boat. That’s what we need to take from this. We are more valuable than police when it comes to having safe communities.