What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
This post is one of the best recent exposÃ©s on abusing authority I’ve come across. Read it. Seriously.
The issues it raises are quite serious, and startling in their implications. While sheeple are hesitant to believe that our “to protect and serve” police force can be capable of abusing their authority, experience shows just the opposite. Don’t believe me? Then watch this video.
The above-linked article discusses, among other things, the Nazi-like checkpoints we are sometimes subjected to. The abuse of authority in subjecting innocent civilians to unwarranted police enforcement is ludicrous. Just as the PATRIOT Act is shoved in our faces in the name of “fighting terrorism”, so are these checkpoints mandated with the propagandized excuse that they serve only to keep drunk drivers off the road. Infringing upon the liberties of the many to nab the few is a provision omitted from our Constitution, and therefore wrong.
Don’t try to argue “But I’m innocent, so I don’t have anything to worry about!” This argument, which I’ve heard quoted again and again, is so misguided as to almost be frightening in its disclosure of ignorance and apathy. Lovers of liberty throughout the ages have fought for their cause regardless of whether their specific individual rights were being trampled or not. Nobody’s rights should be infringed, and just as I will fight to protect my freedom and rights, so I will fight for those of my brother.
Because of what Thomas Jefferson said…
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.
…we better understand what Patrick Henry said:
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.
As Will’s article concludes,
This kind of thing just doesn’t happen in a genuinely free country.