Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Trading Liberty For Security (Article flashback 2009)


by Alexander Massa(libertarian)
Monday, November 16, 2009

Many Americans are all too ready to turn in their liberties in exchange for empty promises of security from the government. This liberty, by the way, is the same liberty that hundreds of thousands of men died to save. And yet, we are more than ready to just give it away to any would-be dictator that is willing to take it from us. Whether that dictator is George W. Bush or Barack Hussein Obama is irrelevant. For all intents and purposes, they are different heads of the same Hydra, which is totalitarianism masquerading as mere security from terrorism.

Terrorism, while dangerous, isn't dangerous enough to necesitate a police state, which is what is rapidly being established. Look at how dramatically our country has changed since September 11, 2001. We have an entirely-new cabinet level government agency - the Department of Homeland Security, which, by all accounts, is simply a money-guzzling bureaucracy that in reality serves no real purpose. What job does DHS do that wasn't already being done by the myriad of other alphabet soup government agencies (FBI, ATF, CIA, NSA, etc.)?

We also now have the infamous USA PATRIOT Act (which actually is a very long acronym, for those of you who don't already know), which, although designed as a fairly temporary measure, now seems to be permanent. While I personally believe that the PATRIOT Act isn't as bad as many say it is, I'm certainly not a proponent nor a fan of it. It, like DHS, is just another way for the federal government to expand it's power.

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