Is America Ready to Sacrifice Freedom for a Dubious Promise of Safety?

April 29, 2013 in Publisher's Corner

The U.S. Bill of Rights

The U.S. Bill of Rights. Source: U.S. National Archives.

The Boston marathon bombings left America in a state of shock. While so many were phased, their various institutions of government decided to initiate questionable measures that would appear to violate the constitutional protections for which so many died. Those include search without warrant, violation of privacy and invasion of personal residences—the very reasons for the Bill of Rights.  Has this country simply handed over what terrorists around the world wanted? That would be an America less secure in its civil liberties and more at odds with its own leaders.

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) likened the response to the attacks to those characteristic of a banana republic, not the land of the free and the home of the brave.

April 22, Paul said on Texas Straight Talk, “I would not be surprised if the Transportation Security Administration uses this tragedy to claim new authority to ‘screen’ Americans before they can attend sporting or other public events. The Boston attack may also be used as another justification for creating a National ID Card tied to a federal database with ‘biometric’ information. The only thing that will stop them is if the American people rediscover the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin that you cannot achieve security by allowing government to take their liberties.”

In the Pennsylvania Assembly’s “Reply to the Governor” in 1755 Franklin wrote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

We deserve the blood-won protections enunciated in the Bill of Rights only if we are willing to water the Tree of Liberty as advised by America’s founding fathers.