In a frightening turn of events, US media is reporting that intelligence points to an imminent attack from our terrorist enemies.
Since 9/11 we have faced the inevitability that we would be attacked again, somewhere on our soil by the forces of evil.
Our government has gone out of its way to ensure that these attacks do not happen, but realistically, in an open society, we know that they are unlikely to foil every attempt.
So we wait with bated breath.
The Democrats and Republicans have been winning electoral battles with our safety since long before any of us arrived on the scene. In fact, the public’s safety has been a tool for political manipulation throughout recorded history. The truth is that people will act in their perceived own best interests when they feel that their safety or the safety of their families is in question. However, how good a judge “of their own best interest” can someone be if they are scared for their lives? I would argue that at a point like that, people operate on an instinct to find safety… without necessarily considering the ramifications of their actions.
It’s with this in mind that I have been reading about the most recent and “credible” danger our country faces. The terrorists have a plan to attack us this week and all of their people are in place to carry out said attack. Forgive me if I am not shaking in my sandals with terror.
There may very well be credible information that our enemies are seeking to do us harm, but I would bet that our enemies are seeking to do us harm on most days. This is nothing new. The government uses information like this to distract, obfuscate and cover-up its failings and faults in other areas.
Perhaps the President, feeling pressure from new evidence of scandal about the Benghazi attack, has decided to “Wag the Dog” and leak out a little too much information about this week’s terrorism threat?
Okay. Maybe the intelligence is accurate, and we are about to be attacked. What powers would you be willing to give your government to make sure it doesn’t happen? Would you be willing to let them monitor all of your electronic, internet, and phone traffic? Oh, you already do…? Would you let them monitor your whereabouts twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week? Oh, you already do…?
Maybe we should be talking about what you wouldn’t let them do instead.
The very nature of government necessitates a constant attempt at strengthening itself. By nature, it is always attempting to consolidate more and more power, because the needs of the people are so many. We must divorce ourselves from the idea that government needs to protect us like a parent, and embrace the idea that government is simply a tool we use to protect our liberty.
Otherwise, government will be the tool that consumes and destroys our liberty.
- to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser significance. By doing so, the lesser-significant event is catapulted into the limelight, drowning proper attention to what was originally the more important issue. [↩]
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