POEM: Government Listening

I’d like a that listens
More than listens in
And NO, I don’t want fries with that!

We need to truly listen to one another, in order to create together a that represents us.   is an open dialogue, not one-sided surveillance.  Listening is not the same as listening in!   secrecy always poses a threat to true democracy.  Secret surveillance on its own always poses a threat of privacy violations and abuse of power.   secrecy threatens the ability of we the people to hold our accountable.  In fact, secrecy puts the of in somebody else’s hands — and who that is exactly is well…a secret!

The last line of the poem is a stab at the automatic that is often employed by and corporations in a manner to any request — always trying to up-sell you to some predetermined agenda.  In the of secrecy and spying, terms like “terrorism” and “way of life” are bandied about.  In the of our everyday economy, the on the ground is “would you like fries with that?”  When our listens to us, it will actually answer our questions, not just spit back questions.  May we continue to to assure that this becomes a fuller each day.

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