"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Ben Franklin
"Give me liberty or give me death!"
- Patrick Henry
We've all heard these quotes. Men have gone to war to protect these sentiments and our liberty. Those at home have sacrificed as well, though rarely
as directly as those on the battlefields. However in this neoconservative/neoliberal era it is becoming harder and harder for our soldiers to
convince themselves it is truly liberty they are fighting for. And to my mind, it may be those of us at home who will have to do more of the
Now, unlike many posts on here I'm not going to call for an amorphous armed rebellion against whatever ruling party is steering the boat. I'm not
calling for violence at all from any of us. What I'm mostly doing is asking some questions.
What would it really mean to turn against and turn off the NSA's 4th Amendment breaching domestic spying programs?
What does it mean to bring to trial the prisoners from Guantanamo, who we have no evidence against, to come in line with our own principles of
What would happen if we decided we didn't want to be scanned and sniffed and patted down to get on a plane, a train or into a stadium with no
What if we insisted on the repeal of the DHS, PATRIOT ACT and the NDAA?
What if we demanded that our government find a way to track terrorists within the confines of our ideals?
A likely outcome, the predicted outcome from those in power, would be another attack. More lost lives to a terrorist strike on innocent Americans.
Us. Our lives. Sacrificed for liberty. A loss our leaders tell us is unacceptable. They must protect us. And to do that they have to abandon our
principles that got us here.
What we have so far collectively said to this line of reasoning is:
"Give me liberty or maybe not! Not if it means I have to die!"
So that is ultimately the question. Are we willing to die to protect the constitution? Are we willing to tell our leaders that we would rather die
than to give up our freedoms?
Sadly I suspect not. We are now a nation of timid men. And we prefer the calm of despotism.
edit on 10-8-2013 by evictiongnostic because:
Fixed typo, grammar for clarity