a reply to: CaptainBeno
No I have not.
I have on the same hat as I always wear. In this instance, its important aspects are as follows:
First, assume innocence until proven mistaken, then act accordingly. Second, it does not matter if it is too late by then, because the principle has
more value than the life of the person who holds that principle. In short, liberty has a price, and I am prepared to pay it. The price is risk, and is
not a steep price to pay. Third, failure to pay the price, to risk ones life to maintain ones principles (by, for instance, not automatically hating
everything and everyone which crosses ones path, purely because you have been told to by a media machine that is hell bent on your corruption,
regardless of the potentially negative consequences) renders an individual unworthy to HAVE any liberty or freedom, because they have not paid the
tariff associated therewith.
I am not playing devils advocate. I am playing liberties advocate, and I have no respect for those who approach these things from any less of a solid
moral and ethical position. Furthermore, I would add that since it is western nations whose meddling and proxy warring have lead to the immigration
issue that we are facing, we should be happy to take in as many immigrants as would physically fit into the landmass we occupy, golfing greens and
all, because our repeated failures to take responsibility for our actions as a nation, not to mention our repeated failures to vote for governments
who will refuse to engage in proxy war, refuse to engage in war for profit, refuse point blank to contribute to the War on Terror, and our repeated
failures to install a government in our nation which refuses to steal liberty from its citizens by operating mass surveillance programs, make us, the
people, responsible for a measure of the destruction and chaos that our tax money pays for.
If that means that we take a little more risk when we bring in those who have been flung out by the whirling moshpit of war, war we paid for,
purchased in our wilful ignorance, then that is a cost that I would gladly pay, because I happen to believe in taking responsibility for my failures.
I can appreciate that some individuals in this nation may consider it just fine to ignore their responsibilities, hide their spinelessness behind
indignation, claim they were taken for a ride by their governments, and I say to those individuals that their argument is pathetic and holds no water.
We have been taken for a ride, because we have voted with the least of our morals, not the most, we have voted for a right wingified New Labour, which
helped begin the last round of idiocy, then for a succession of Conservative warmongers whose reactionary attitudes are about as much help as a patio
umbrella in a force nine storm. We should have done better with the information we had, and we repeatedly blow it, because although there are pockets
of real principle and honesty in this country, they have been outweighed by those who have been consumed by petty, weak, sniveling fears, fears which
have no place in this nation, nor in any person who calls himself my countryman.