I’m going to tell you a short story.
Once upon a time, American founding father Benjamin Franklin said “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Over 200 years later in America, it was revealed our government was wholesale spying on the people. Instead of outrage and promises to immediately shut down these programs and hold anyone who violated the Constitution under them responsible, the president’s response to this revelation was, “But I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100% security, and also then have 100% privacy, and zero inconvenience. We’re gonna have to make some choices as a society.”
The American people were obviously not included in the ‘we’ who were making these choices.
Some Americans were so deeply concerned about this unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and rampant trampling on their Constitution and Bill of Rights, they rushed out to buy a $120 plain white T-shirt with absolutely nothing whatsoever on it designed by rap star Kanye West.
In a report on the T-shirt, mainstream media news outlet MSNBC wrote, “Priced at roughly a gazillion times the cost of a regular white T-shirt, this Egyptian cotton ‘Hip Hop T-Shirt’ bears no visible difference from a dollar-store tee.”
West was apparently not reached for comment, but we imagine if he had been, he may have responded something along the lines of, “Woo hoo, I’m riiiiccccchhhh! America is awesome!”