You could be forgiven if you don’t recognize voter anger this election year. Forgiven if you just got off the boat from Mars. The amount of voter anger seems far higher than in any national election in my lifetime. It’s as if both major parties have a severe case of bi-polar disorder with extremism on both sides of both parties.
Likewise, about half the country seems to have sided with the government’s attempts to force Apple to open up a terrorist’s iPhone, while the other half sees government overreach and sides with Apple.
What’s going on?
Maybe it has something to do with the planet earth where just before a geomagnetic reversal, which flips the earth’s magnetic field; north to south and south to north, and humans themselves become bi-polar. Whatever it is won’t likely be settled by the upcoming election, and is unlikely to be settled by the courts anytime soon. That leaves us with pi-polar politics and an iPhone we thought was secure but may not be as much as we thought, thanks to Apple’s previously unheralded ability to force a customizable upgrade which could– could– unlock a locked phone.
It’s easy to understand why authorities don’t want a growing populace with unwarrantable products which could contain information about criminal wrongdoing, but if I’m not mistaken, our minds are warrantless (as in, the government cannot get a warrant to find out what we’re thinking) and if you’ve seen a gazillion people walking down the street hunkered over an iPhone then you know the device is an extension of our brains.
Some politicians are quick to demand that Apple acquiesce to the demands of authorities. Government officials point out that the iPhone is the device of choice among criminals and terrorists but don’t have an answer when questioned about encrypted applications that the aforementioned bad guys might use instead.
Let’s hope that clearer minds with a greater understanding of both the technology and how humanity works will remain in charge (note that the F.B.I. differs from the NSA on encryption policy for citizens; so this isn’t exactly a black and white, right or wrong issue), but allow me to do some political math before I ride off into a Chicagoland sunset and call it a day. One candidate called for an Apple iPhone boycott but tweeted the message from an iPhone, and then followed up that he uses both an iPhone and a Samsung smartphone (a device made in China and sold by a Korean company).
All this political noise got me to open up my iPhone’s calculator. From my math it seems that more voters don’t want the leading candidate than those who voted for him. On the other side, though, one candidate is promising free medical care and free education and says Wall Street executives will pay for it. I don’t know about the inner workings of Wall Street, but that promise sounds as if it has the same value as one that says Mexico will pay for a wall to keep its citizens out of the U.S.
Neither will happen, and neither will terrorists or criminals or hackers be detoured by a government imposed backdoor to the iPhone.