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The Security/Liberty Conundrum

December 16, 2011

The Security/Liberty Conundrum

The following comments by Gonzo appeared in the comments section of my blog. I think it merits more attention, so I placed it here.

Gonzo wrote:

When I sounded the alarm bells over the Patriot Act, most people commented that it was ok with them if our Constitutional rights were stepped all over, after all, it was only the enemy we were fighting…right?

So why did 93% of the Senate vote to remove the right to Due Process for US citizens, just recently?

Why is it so hard to believe for some people that our government is trying to take away our guns – to make controlling us easier?

Why are people so silent over the unconscionable violation of our 4th Amendment right NOT to be subjected to unreasonable search and seizure?

NEVER, EVER, EVER, under any circumstance, allow a government to breach the US Constitution, EVER.

Do you really believe that this is temporary to fight some “soon to end” war on terror? Foolishness!!! Who is the enemy? What country can be attacked to end terrorism? Who can be arrested and terrorism instantly dies? Shouldn’t everything have stopped with Osama dead? So why further encroachment on the Constitution?

Easy, because “terrorism” will exist forever by government definition.

“Those who would give up liberty for security deserve neither.” – Benjamin Franklin

End of Quote by Gonzo.

The following is an adaptation of my response to Gonzo’s comments:

Yes, Gonzo, you are making me fearful. Lincoln suspended Habeas Corpus, the Japanese were interned during WWII, and there are more examples of U.S.  suspensions of civil rights during war-time. We can argue about the propriety of these two, and other war-time curtailments of freedom in America. But, it is notable that we have always returned these Consitituional rights to citizens following the end of these wars.

That said,  our government is now predominantly a progressive/socialist one, moving swiftly to unalloyed socialism.  The history of civilizations reliably notes that governments tend to move from socialism to tyranny–the confiscation of liberty.  I am now greatly concerned that the so-called “War on Terror” is capable of dealing such fatal permenant blow to the balance of liberty and security in America.

Maintaining the workable balance of liberty and security in any socioculture that hopes to live long and well requires the application of  rare and delicate political art-forms. My historical readings suggest that every form of government, and every written governing doctrine, contains the seeds of its own destruction within.

I can only hope that I am wrong about these “seeds of destruction” in our own case. Let us pray that the fabled courage, industry, and wisdom of our citizenry will, once again, save Our Republic.

Wake-Up America!

VTM, 12/16/11

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