“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Discuss amongst yourselves. Please. And with others. Please discuss with everyone and let your voices be heard. In too many areas the freedom of the individual is being replaced with the comfort and complacency of the masses or the ease and profit of big business. Without the free and open discussion of these issues, our liberties die and their passing goes unnoticed.
OK, again, the slow march will continue unless we stop it. What I am referring to here is H.R. 1955, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.
Basically, as you can read about in the linked article, this Act is an attempt to stop violent radicals and terrorists by giving the government all sorts of powers over them. But, how do you know if people fit these categories without monitoring them? And in the end, what this really amounts to is the increased eating away of our civil liberites. Let’s face it, we are a nation of rebels and radicals.
If this Act has been in place, would there have been a Boston Tea Party? What would happen to men like John Brown, Paul Revere, and Patrick Henry? Is there any more a radical statement than “Give me liberty or give me death?”
I am very happy to see people like Dennis Kucinich voting against these things and talking about them. The problem is why aren’t more people talking about it? And why are our elected politicians voting in favor of these clearly unconstitutional movements?