I received a comment saying that if I was against reporting my neighbor than shouldn’t I be against reporting deplorable acts such at Abu Gharib.
I could write a book on the differences. Frankly I thought that people understood the differences between telling tales out of school and whistle blowing.
During the Joe McCarthy era, people were encouraged to report on their neighbors if they thought that they were Communists or otherwise disloyal to the Government. People would report neighbors or other people that they had personal grudges against. The later people would be thoroughly investigated–everywhere from their home to their jobs. Many lost jobs based solely because they were being investigated, whether the charges were true or not. There are laws in place against that now, but there are always ways of getting around things.
Sodomy is a crime in many states. In five states there are specific laws pertaining to homosexual activity and sodomy. I’m not real into the details of anybodies sex life. It’s in the category of too much information, even and maybe especially my best friends. But legally people can report other people for sodomy. It’s boggles my mind that people would even know that people are having sex, let alone…
In this new American climate of homosexuality is a sin, I can see some people with search lights looking at their gay neighbors, and trying to see what they’re doing behind the curtains. Yick.
Whistle blowing is seeing things that aren’t right, and making sure that people know about these things. Norma Rae–remember her? was a whistle blower, as were the people who reported the incidents at GuantÃ¡namo Bay.
Whistle blowing is reporting a boss who sexually harasses you or denies you a promotion because you’re not one of the boys. Merrill Lynch has recently been the subject of several investigations in this area.
Yes people could still do these things to be vindictive, but usually they do them because they have been discriminated against.
If you believe that your neighbor should go to jail because you think that they might smoke pot, or have sex in positions you don’t like, I guess that’s your call. But when the government asks you to do that and you comply because you believe that it’s your responsibility as an American, then you’re just being a sheep who is following a vindictive, petty horrible government.
Forgot to add that in Nazi Germany as in Stalin’s USSR, kids were urged to rat on their parents; neighbors on neighbors. Actually in Nazi Germany, Hitler’s rise to the top was much aided by this.
For the record: I am not a Socialist. I love capitalism. I am as much a patriot as any Repub. I remained in New York (as did everyone I know) after 9/11 because this is our city, we love it, and we wanted to help rebuild it.