I agree that the evolution/purpose of the internet (and all wide area networks) can be exploited for nefarious purposes.
But, to not have a firewall is STUPIDITY!
Tea Leaves show that people/businesses/government entities can and will be sued for cyber security breaches. I'm just asking our government to do the most basic of functions that "a government" is created for, wielding the collective power of it's people. If a government can't protect it's own its not really fulfilling its purpose.