Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Check out this bit of tripe from the local college newspaper:
Ben Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
As noble as that sounds, I think Mr. Franklin got it wrong. The man did a lot of great things, but, he didn’t have to deal with terrorism or the threat of terrorism as we know it — he just had to deal with some pesky redcoats.
Our naive little columnist apparently doesn't recognize that we're actually threatened by two forms of terrorist: the suicide-bombing Muslim kind, and our own government. In the latest print issue of Reason, there is a great article about a man in Mississippi who's on death row for shooting a cop. Who didn't identify himself. And invaded his home on a questionable warrant. Which was issued based on the testimony of an unknown, unverifiable informant. All to keep the community "safe" from a miniscule amount of marijuana.
In any reasonable jurisdiction that respected the "rights" and "liberties" our columnist finds so easy to discard, this would be a clear-cut case of self-defense. But the shooter was black, and the cop was white. And this was Mississippi. Noting our columnist's picture, I wonder how safe and secure she'd feel in that situation.
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