If Gingrich is worried, shouldn’t you be?

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Published in: on April 3, 2008 at 10:36 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. When the former Speaker of the House says we are “on a precipice” I can agree but not for the same reason. There has been a move in this country since 9/11 to emphasize security over civil liberties because we have to protect ourselves from another attack by the terrorists. While that sounds good on its face, as no one wants to see another attack, we ought to think about the prescription which our leaders are implementing or would like to implement to “protect us”.

    Murder and robbery are against the law, as we all know, but simply putting more police on the street does not in and of itself take the desire to commit crime from the heart of the perpetrator. Deterrence is only one piece of the complex puzzle of crime control but it is not the only one and such should be used sparingly if we wish to have a “free” society. How free should we feel with government cameras everywhere and government minders monitoring our phone calls and email? How free will political discussion be if the government starts rounding up persons based on their conversations and emails, and herding them before our own version of the Star Chamber Court? The English fought a true civil war, by definition, to get rid of just that sort of behavior by their government.

    Terrorism by stateless entities is much the same as dealing with piracy. It is a high crime and should be dealt with seriously. If it is state-sponsored, then one has justification to go after those countries which aided and abetted the terrorists.That would entail a war resolution.

    But the whole purpose behind pursuing criminals is to protect the society which is endangered by their activities.

    The problem then becomes one of focus. The tendency has been to grant to the authorities greater powers which tread upon our civil liberties. This does not in the long run prove beneficial to the country or its citizenry. Albert Nock once observed that giving government the power to do things for you also empowers them to do things to you and every dictatorship from the most benevolent ones, such as Cincinnatus, up to the most dispicable as Stalin or Mao all justified their right to carry out their “duties” in the name of “the people”.

    And how do we protect ourselves from foreign attack when we cannot even protect ourselves from an invasion by illegals who just walk across our borders with impunity? If the terrorists are going to hit us, they will likely come across the Rio Grande or drive over with the next load of drugs.

    The Founders believed that “those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither.” Beware! Surrendering liberty is a permanent condition because once government receives such power, it does not ever give it back.

  2. Thank you V.S. for sharing this video.

    Newt is giving us a perspective in the USA we are not hearing here. That is what we USA Americans need to be hearing. It is what I have been reading from the paper in Monterey Mexico for the past 5 plus years. Mexico and I am sure other countries too are telling what USA Americans really need to be hearing about our country.

    Here is another thing to hear and why I am writing now. It has to do with video cameras.

    While I was in a MAJOR Vicksburg store yesterday morning, a lady stole an item from the store. Although the security buzzer went off as she exited the store there were no security cameras. I was at the register with the sales clerk, the manager stood at the door as we watched the woman walk to her car, put the item into her car, then go into the business next door as though nothing had happened.

    I am pro video surveillance!

  3. There is so much to be said on this topic. For me it comes down to this:

    America is complacent.

    We no longer embrace the Revolutionary spirit nor the education to understand why it is important.

    Another quote from Thomas Jefferson

    “God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … And what country can preserve its liberties, if it’s rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”

    Do you smell that smell?

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