posted on Sep, 10 2009 @ 02:16 PM
Oh man, the old "if you aren't doing anything wrong, why does it matter defense".
First off, you're assuming that the gov't/authorities only pick on you if you're doing something wrong.
Second, you're talking about martial law, not your run of the mill traffic stop, interrogation by police, or arrest for robbing a store. Martial law
suspends the constitution, puts America under emergency powers meaning the president has full control over what goes--no more congressional decisions
which is SUPPOSED to be meant to represent the people
No more congressional decisions means that the people's will is null and void and not even considered.
Now I know these counter-arguments seem moot given the fact that congress hasn't listened to the people at all for the past few years. When the vast
majority of the public did not support the bank bail outs, they did it anyway. THAT is NOT a democratic republic.
So, if you think things are going bad given the fact that congress cares less about what we want, imagine what it would be like if congress was
completely taken out of the equation.
Besides all this, the most important rights to protect are NOT YOUR OWN. You must protect the rights of those you disagree with also because whoever
is in power may not always be on your side (if they ever are on anyone's side but their own) and if you support tactics and policies that stiffle
dissent, just wait until you're the one dissenting, then you'll sing a different tune.
Case in point, many conservatives supported the PATRIOT Act because it supposedly made America safer against terrorism. They said EXACTLY what you
are saying now--"If you're not doing anything wrong, why does it matter."
Well, we've seen why it matters time and time again because many people who haven't done anything wrong have been bullied, harrassed, arrested, and
thrown in prison or a detention center because of the PATRIOT Act only to be left alone afterward with nary a charge ever brought against them.
Back in the day it was liberals. Now, with Obama in charge it's the conservatives they have in their sights and those same conservatives who didn't
care about the patriot act are now suddenly distraught at the language being used to describe them as terrorists, i.e. enemies of the state.
Now, they are singing a different tune and rightly so.