Sunday, April 20, 2003

On terrorism...

If you didn't see the "op-ed" piece from the NY Times by Thomas L. Friedman entitled "Terrorism:The Third Bubble", drop by. (Here's the URL. ). It's absolutely on target. America has been overreacting to the events of September 11, and it's time for us to stop. If we don't, we run the much larger risk of sacrificing civil liberty to the abuses of our own government.

Benjamin Franklin said: "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." There is no doubt that some of the precautions the government has put into place has been warranted. But too many of them are, indeed, overreactions and opportunities to seize power while Americans are afraid. You can spot the overreactions by looking for those cases where there has not only been a loss of liberty but no due process to stop it.

America was founded because of a love of freedom. To maintain it does require eternal vigilance, and our own political system is not exempted from that requirement.