" Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Almost half of Americans are willing to give up freedoms to reduce the threat of terrorism. They are cowards and they betray the courage and blood and lives lost to protect our freedoms.
There's a new FOX News poll out that reveals some disturbing information about the American people.
This chart shows answers to the same question-- just after the Boston Marathon bombing, five weeks after the 911 attack and a few months before the 911 attack.
There's good news and bad news. Forty three percent of Americans are willing to give up personal freedom to reduce the threat of terrorism. That's pretty bad, but not as bad as it was after the 911 attack, when 71% were in panick/fear mode. The good news is that even more people-- 45%-- are NOT willing to give up some personal freedom.
To me, the idea that almost half of Americans are willing to give up some of their freedoms because of a tiny handful of pathetic losers-- idiot terrorists who choose to kill innocent people, even children-- is horrifying and disgusting. These people are what some are calling sheeple-- gutless cowards who would sell out the blood won heritage of freedoms for a comfy sofa and a night of watching mindless sit-coms or reality TV.
We need to push back and push back hard against the cowards in congress who are afraid of their own shadows, let alone a nervous constituent, who allow edicts from the pseudo Democrat/liberal in the White House who, directly and through his appointees, issues edicts cutting bone deep into our freedoms.
I'll accept pushback on this issue wherever it comes from, even from Libertarians.
Rand Paul said, during his filibuster, "Are we so afraid of terrorism? Are we so afraid of terrorists that we're willing to throw out our rights and our freedoms?"
Judge Andrew Napolitano says, "People need to be aware of the fact that what they give away today they're not going to get back tomorrow."
It's time to revoke the Patriot act, to rescind the policies that allow massive spying on the American people. We need new, tougher laws that rein in the currently unrestrained "Fusion Centers" that are exempt from many of the requirements for judicial permission to engage in surveillance and privacy violations.
We need strong voices on the air, in the mainstream media challenging the idea that it's okay to shut down a whole city, as was done in Boston during the manhunt for the surviving Tsarnaev brother.
We need to make it clear to the White House and congress that Americans are courageous people-- that the 43% minority who support giving up freedoms are cowards. How about Tee Shirts that say "Cowards Give Up Freedoms in Response to Terrorists."
This is a big deal. We can't be silent on this.
Liberals, particularly those who are under the illusion that Obama is their friend, have retired from protesting against the wars the US is still participating in.
Maybe they can get behind opposing the taking away of our freedoms and liberties. Or maybe they are no different from conservatives.
Who is left to fight to hold on to the rights the founders and the soldiers of the past 240 years fought for?
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)