By Sherry Pasquarello,Senior Columnist/worldwidehippies.com
Is it paranoia? History has proven that most of the time, it isn’t.
For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield with lyrics
Yeah, I know everyone’s heard the song but our young ones need to read the lyrics. They are even more relevant today with all of the new and improved ways of spying on the activities of citizens. The internet and cell phones are double edged swords. It was hard enough back in the day to know who was real and who was there to infiltrate; now with bots and folks that have decided to troll or worse, well I’m just saying watch your back sweet hippies.
You see, in times like these it really doesn’t matter if you wouldn’t touch politics with the proverbial ten foot pole. If you don’t toe the line and be exactly what society demands that you be- you are in danger. It’s coming, it really is. All of the things that you have only read or heard about are the things that many in our government are trying with the help of some uber-wealthy donors and ultra- crazy multimillionaire televangelists to bring back. You may only espouse peace and love and so you feel you won’t be targeted (which face it, only looking out for yourself is not a hippie vibe) sweet hippie, you will still be a target because you are NOT the cookie cutter norm of the 50s and 40’s.
I’m a small frog in a small pond and it’s gotten worse by the year for me as far as threats, name calling and attempts at hacking. I’ve noticed that on Facebook and Twitter I’ve gotten a decent size following of some rockbound right-wingers; no comments from them, except on our hippie Facebook page itself, these other folks are just following me. Last night someone tried to hack into my computer. Thankfully I have family and friends that set my computer up with some nifty defenses. Still, there are people out there that are geniuses with computers so…?
My point is, with the political climate what it is and the President throwing around the word TREASON for Congresscritters that didn’t clap for him; things are not looking much like freedom of speech. Listen to the song and read the lyrics. It wasn’t that long ago and it seems like history is repeating itself.