Posted by CNN’s Andrea Elazegui
(CNN) – On Wednesday, presidential candidate Rand Paul released to CNN, an impassioned video, addressing the current looming surveillance state of America. In the video, Paul takes a stand against mass surveillance and demands that our freedoms be restored.
In making his argument, Paul brings us back to America’s roots of resistance to British soldiers and cites novels, including The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera and 1984 by George Orwell.
“Today, your government responds that here is no expectations of privacy once you consign your records to a third party.” Paul says we don’t even need to envision George Orwell’s 1984 to be alarmed, because Big Brother is already here. According to Paul, the government is collecting the public’s private data – from our eating and drinking habits to our tastes in books and magazines – through bank records.
But apparently, Paul warns that defenders of the surveillance state, such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, are “defining it out of existence.” They argue that the collection of data is not spying.
“Are we so afraid of terrorists that we’re willing to give up the very freedoms that separate us from them?” Paul states. “Will we sit idly by as our expectations of freedom is defined downward? Will we be sunshine patriots, or will we stand up like free men and women and say, ‘Enough is enough, we want our freedoms back’?”