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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Dark Days in America: AP Poll Shows Many Americans (Did) Would Trade Freedoms for Security

For a crisp- sunny day here- it sure turned dark and gloomy when I read the following ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) story...

According to an "AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research" poll- about 2/3 of those polled said "it's fitting to sacrifice some privacy and freedoms in the fight against terrorism."


Have Americans become that stupid that we would trade hard-fought-for freedoms for security?

Do we just totally ignore what American Patriot Benjamin Franklin once said- that "

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

If this is the case- what a nation of gullible sad sacks we have and are becoming!


Mark said...

I'm one of those Americans willing to give up some "freedom". I think reactionaries go too far in their rhetoric. What is freedom? To do whatever I want? I have the right to bear arms, why can't I have a surface to air missile or a grenade launcher? Isn't that impinging on my freedom? I respect the Libertarian viewpoint and I embrace healthy debate, especially when it comes to civil liberties but I think we need to step back and take a breath before we take to the streets with pitchforks.

Of course that's just my opinion. I could be wrong. :-)

Groucho K. Marx said...

Damn Mark- your answer really surprises me...

What particular freedoms would you surrender?

And/or who would decide what freedoms for you to give up?

If freedom- as Kris Kristofferson once wrote is "nothing left to lose-" what then would you have to lose if that's all that's left?

Your very life?

Remember- freedoms surrendered are often not regained.

The "rocket launcher" is only needed if the Facists decide to take over America- that's already in progress as I see they've evidentally got to you if you think you have freedoms to spare.


Anonymous said...

Yet these people are the ones who fancy themselves the true patriots. Also too many who aren't really for it will just accept it thinking it'll be temporary, and well, gosh, this is America...things couldn't ever really get *that* bad...could they? No wonder it's tough to get strong protests going these days in 'Merka (Wisconsin being a fantastic exception.)