Clinton years, it was popular to say that you loved your country but
you feared your government. Under Bush II, the same people want you
to think that if you do not follow in lockstep with your government,
you are all kinds of unspeakable things.
groupies tell us that these are temporary measures necessary to keep
us safe from terrorists. Ben Franklin once remarked that those who
sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. The German people in
the 1930s were happy to sacrifice their liberties to a leader who
would keep them secure. They did this for 12 years. For the 8871st
time, Bush II is not Adolf Hitler. However, the American people are
in total denial that their own government, left unchecked, can do
far more harm than any foreign terrorist.
In the case of
Ex Parte Milligan
in 1866, Supreme Court Justice David Davis wrote: “The Constitution
of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war
and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all
classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No
doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented
by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended
during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine
leads directly to anarchy or despotism.”
The anarchy of
which Justice Davis wrote was that of unrestrained power. When you
let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. When you let
governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
So what do we do
about terror? Simple. Get out of the superpower business. Stop
trying to run the whole world. When you have troops in 130
countries, is it any wonder that so many people hate you? Bring the
troops home. Use your military to defend your shores and borders and
be done with it.
It is hard for a
lot of Americans, blinded as they are by hubris, to understand, but
most of the world does not want our way of life. And the more bombs
we drop, the more they will hate us.
Pat Buchanan has stated, "To
Islamic peoples, whether the Crusaders come in the name of God or in
the name of democracy, they are still Crusaders."
And they want
the Crusaders gone.
Buchanan has also stated that, “The price of empire is
terror. The price of occupation is terror. The price of
interventionism is terror.”
not “hate us for our freedom.” They hate our relentless meddling in
the internal affairs of their nations. The problems of the Arab
world are not America’s to fix. So let us quit trying to fix them.
The people who
have no problem with the advancing police state are many of the same
people who so harshly criticized France for not joining America in
invading Iraq in 2003. France had a terrorist problem at one
point. And then they pulled out of Algeria.
business brings to mind the comic strip character Pogo, who once
remarked that “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”
Such is the case
in the War on Terror. It is not “the terrorists” who want to take
away our freedom. It is the United States government, aided and
abetted by the ignorance and apathy of so many Americans who will
gladly trade freedom for security. The German people did this 70
years ago, with grisly results. Let us pray that this does not
happen in America. There is no guarantee that it can’t.
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