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The question is no longer rhetorical. We are not yet living in a total police state, but it is fast approaching. The seeds of future tyranny have been sown, and many of our basic protections against government have been undermined. The atmosphere since 2001 has permitted Congress to create whole new departments and agencies that purport to make us safer- always at the expense of our liberty. But security and liberty go hand-in-hand. Members of Congress, like too many Americans, don’t understand that a society with no constraints on its government cannot be secure. History proves that societies crumble when their governments become more powerful than the people and private institutions.
Unfortunately, the new intelligence bill passed by Congress two weeks ago moves us closer to an encroaching police state by imposing the precursor to a full-fledged national ID card. Within two years, every American will need a “conforming” ID to deal with any federal agency-- including TSA at the airport.
Undoubtedly many Americans and members of Congress don’t believe America is becoming a police state, which is reasonable enough. They associate the phrase with highly visible symbols of authoritarianism like military patrols, martial law, and summary executions. But we ought to be concerned that we have laid the foundation for tyranny by making the public more docile, more accustomed to government bullying, and more accepting of arbitrary authority- all in the name of security. Our love for liberty above all has been so diminished that we tolerate intrusions into our privacy that would have been abhorred just a few years ago. We tolerate inconveniences and infringements upon our liberties in a manner that reflects poorly on our great national character of rugged individualism. American history, at least in part, is a history of people who don’t like being told what to do. Yet we are increasingly empowering the federal government and its agents to run our lives.
Originally posted by marg6043
I am one of those people that fell that our government is creating to many agencies that truly does not merit any purpose but to empower the government more.
That worries me, and it should make any other American that loves freedom and the beauty of our constitution also.
And the article very well express the same concerns I have, our government is mean to be for the people and by the people, not to oppress the people in the name of "safety".
I think we have been tag enough in the name of "our safety" and more tagging is really not necessary, at the end the true menace of our society will still avoid the government and will run free while the real good citizens of the US will be under supervision.
You know mrmulder that the congress does not have time to read most of the bills that are put on the table, and they just sign them because they are told to do so or let say "get pay to do so"
Most of them cares not about the American people but they are more into kept saving their butts.
And when it comes to privacy, we have lost that a long time ago when the first laws invading it was put in effect, all in the name of "for the good of the nation"
Yes, we have been robbed blindly of most of our civil rights all for the fanatical believe that the government is only do it for our own good.
Originally posted by Spehno
Well, If this does happen, what can we do? I will not let my country turn into such a thing. I love the United States. So what can we do after it happens because obviously after the next terrorist attack, our freedoms will be gone. I think most people realize that but what can we do?