"It's not that government is inherently stupid, although that's a debatable question."
Rand Paul CPAC speech 2011
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson to Archibald Stuart, 1791
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When i was in college, there was a leader in the anti-war movement who was always complaining about phone taps and being followed everywhere he went. Years later, FOIA requests for FBI records showed that he had been the target of a Hoover plan to discredit anti-war leaders by tapping their phones and following them so obviously that they would be dismissed as crackpots when they complained.
Today the right is getting some of the treatment previously reserved for the left: anti-war protesters and civil rights advocates. The shift in intelligence focus actually started in the 90's, not with Obama. However, the fact is that "internal security" efforts can be aimed in either direction. I am not comfortable with the Patriot Act or with having a department with a mandate for internal security for that reason. Once you start using the power of the state to weed out potential wrong doers, you are giving too much up to the government. Personally, I believe we are strong enough to value our freedom more and to fear less.
I'll be damned Jeff, that is the 2nd thing I have agreed with you on this week! Well said.
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us to no end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
C S Lewis
A few years ago I did a piece that I titled "A Tribute to the Patriot Act". I apologize in advance for those who might be offended by it. However, it captured for me the feeling that you cannot build a fortress without creating a jail.
Copyright Jeff Goodwin 2005
By the way, I'm not crazy. This leads the Drudge report today...
Sometimes I look at some of the stuff I see, and wonder if I'm taking crazy pills or something. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees something out of place here.
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My question is why DHS tagged "rightwing"? Why not just extremists? And who the heck cares if I buy extra ammo in case of shortages. I like to shoot alot. If I knew there was to be a shortage on milk I might just buy a few extra gallons to freeze and have later. Or batteries, emergency candles,ect ect. So I Prepare for and unseen or seen emergency I get labeled right wing extremist...nice! Oh...maybe pull some cash out of the bank to have just in case....
Point...IT'S NOBODY'S BUSINESS WHAT I DO TO TAKE CARE OF MY FAMILY. Whether anyone thinks I'm crazy or not! Leave me the heck alone...And GO Texas!
And another thing...Some people are so gun crazy...I mean the bad way...Ban all guns. What do these people think that protect our president, the head of DHS and so on...Fire power! Heck, My family means more to me than the president means to me and I will Protect them how I say fit..within the confins of the law of course.....
Again. GO TEXAS! The Republic of Texas. Cannot wait to see the turn out of the tea parties!
"Give me liberty or give me death!"
An opposing opinion of this drivel!!
I especially like this;
"The militia report was never reviewed by me or by the Director of Public Safety, John Britt, at any point prior to its issuance. Had that report been reviewed by either my office or by leaders of the Department of Public Safety, it would never have been released to law enforcement agencies."
John Wayne Regards,
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