News flash: We’re learning.
After the 9/11 attacks, polls found many Americans were willing to give up some of their freedoms in order to feel safe again.
Following the Boston Marathon bombings, Americans aren’t as keen on throwing away their liberty.
In a poll asking “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” following 9/11, a stunning 71 percent answered yes.
In response to the same question asked by Fox News on April 16 after Boston’s bombing by radical Islamists, only 43 percent said yes, while 45 percent said no.
An interesting twist on this new attitude of voters was revealed in a poll by the Washington Post, which asked, “Which worries you more, that the government will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights, or that it will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism?”
The Post found 48 percent worry the government will go too far, and 41 percent worry it won’t go far enough.
The same question asked by the Post in January 2010 found only 27 percent worried the government would go too far.
Since 2010, the Obama Administration has given us Obamacare mandates, Fast and Furious, higher taxes, undeclared wars in Libya and elsewhere, the Benghazi coverup, amnesty by executive order, attempts at gun control and numerous other outrages. It would be interesting to know which, if any, caused the major shift in attitude.
The Fox News poll about giving up personal liberty broke down the responses by political affiliation. Unsurprisingly, Democrats were most eager to give up their liberty, by 51 percent. Independents were the most … independent, with 58 percent opposed to sacrificing their freedom.
The numbers are hopeful. Perhaps people are slowly waking up to the realization that this current government is more interested in power than it is in preserving the Constitution.
No matter how much government tightens down on security, a determined terrorist or psycho can get through the net. There’s no such thing as complete safety.
As President Eisenhower said, “If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking … is freedom.”
The government’s move to put spy drones in American airspace, the new data center in Utah that monitors all electronic communications and the push at many different levels for legalizing warrantless searches, all indicate that this government is hoping you choose “security” and throw away that freedom your ancestors died for.