Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Benjamin Franklin and the Patriot Act

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

Searching through some writings by Franklin I found this quote. It's eerie to think that Franklin wrote these words hundreds of years ago, but yet they still reverberate and apply to modern times. It's as if Franklin is trying to tell us something, or warn us about certain types of people.

Those that are giving up essential liberty for temporary security are people like Bush, his supporters and anyone who supports the PATRIOT Act. Heck, this act attacks several of our constitutional freedoms like the 4th and 1st amendment and downplays the right to privacy were earned through several Supreme Court rulings.

According to Franklin these types of persons don't even deserve liberty or safety. So what exactly is he suggesting? Should we lock them all up? Should we allow people to beat them up? Whatever the answer, Franklin is trying to tell us something and we must figure it out before it's too late.

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