Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Security Over Liberty

Benjamin Franklin famously wrote,
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Richard Cohen, lamenting the fact that we have a Constitution and Bill of Rights, complains:
There is almost nothing the Obama administration does regarding terrorism that makes me feel safer.
He continues,
No doubt George Bush soiled America's image abroad with what looked liked vigilante justice and Dick Cheney's hearty endorsement of ugly interrogation measures. But more is at stake here than America's image abroad -- namely the security and peace of mind of Americans in America.
But the paramount civil liberty is a sense of security and this, sad to say, has eroded under Barack Obama.
Sorry, Richard, but it's not President Obama's fault that you're a coward. A good administration will uphold the principle that our nations leaders should not soil the constitution and our nation's values, merely to save you from soiling your pants.

A more complete take-down from Tapped.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm . . . strong military, stable and orderly society, low crime and no real viable external threats . . . sounds like Rich would have been a big backer of national socialism circa the late 30s or the Soviet Union back in the day . . .