When someone infringes on our rights, we all lose some of our rights. That is what has happened in the past couple of years following several tragic incidents in our land of the free.
Many complained when mounted metro cameras started going up all over the country. The cry of "Big Brother is watching you" was heard everywhere. Now, these intruding cameras have made the difference as we killed one ruthless murderer and captured another.
In the past, they probably would have walked away. So, I say, put the cameras up everywhere. Private businesses should put them up. They are cheap and could make a difference in helping avert a tragedy or catching someone who chooses to terrorize, murder or steal.
More than ever, when these incidents take place, we are able to watch them unfold live on television and the Internet. Social media have totally changed the way we watch the news. There are millions of "reporters" stationed all over the world reporting things accurately and inaccurately as they unfold. Riveting, compelling and sometimes maddening.
These times they are a changing. Newtown brought on an outcry for gun reform. Our own Senator Pryor said that he didn’t think so. It may cost him his job.
As we mourn the dead and family members who deal with their grief and trauma of being near the Boston incident, we must and we will rally around our country.
Thank God for the cameras and a diligent effort to find the evil ones who decide to take some of our rights away when they carry out their deranged missions of zealotry.
I’m afraid it will happen again and again, but we must fight for our right to live free lives by attending public events, sporting events, going to school, attending a movie, going to work or just enjoying being in our homes.
The Internet exposes idiots
I love that the Internet has opened an amazing world of information and connectivity. I remember the day when you had to log on the web and wait a few minutes for the page to load. And "surfing" was excruciatingly slow. My grand-buddy and I recently did a school report in nothing flat. We found our sources and our photos. Done deal.
So with the amazing things you can do on the web, comes the ability to allow any idiot the exposure to say anything he wants. A recent example is the idiotic Twitter post by Republican State Representative Nate Bell from Mena:
"I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine."
It blew up on him.
His associates in the House, including Speaker Davy Carter, quickly distanced themselves from him. Of course, the Democrats and press hammered him.
So before you post that Twitter or Facebook post or send an inflammatory e-mail, pause and think about it. Or better yet, share it with a friend or perhaps a PR person who can tell you what the possible public reaction might be.
All of this stuff will exist indefinitely, especially if you’re a high-profile person.
Especially if you’re a politician. Hopefully, Mr. Bell will be defeated in the next election and go back to Mena and stay there.
Proms, reunions and graduations
It comes every year like the pollen. Expensive prom dresses never to be worn again, pictures taken of friends soon to be separated and graduations scattering 18-year-olds all over the country to try make something of their lives.
I head to Fordyce soon for the "Redbug Reunion." You probably didn’t realize that Bear Bryant and I are from the same hometown. I’ll give you a full report when I return.
See you on the Boulevard.
Neal Moore owns a creative consulting firm, Neal Moore Creative. He has lived in Maumelle over 10 years. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Facebook or on Twitter, @kneelmore.