The election is still a long time from now and the playing field of candidates could change in that time. I am nowhere close to picking a candidate for my own vote (and perhaps the votes of whoever I can influence) but there is a dude out there that never fails to surprise me…
The question is no longer rhetorical. We are not yet living in a total police state, but it is fast approaching. The seeds of future tyranny have been sown, and many of our basic protections against government have been undermined. The atmosphere since 2001 has permitted Congress to create whole new departments and agencies that purport to make us safer- always at the expense of our liberty. But security and liberty go hand-in-hand. Members of Congress, like too many Americans, don’t understand that a society with no constraints on its government cannot be secure. History proves that societies crumble when their governments become more powerful than the people and private institutions.
Unfortunately, the new intelligence bill passed by Congress two weeks ago moves us closer to an encroaching police state by imposing the precursor to a full-fledged national ID card. Within two years, every American will need a “conforming” ID to deal with any federal agency– including TSA at the airport.
It may be true that average Americans do not feel intimidated by the encroachment of the police state. Americans remain tolerant of what they see as mere nuisances because they have been deluded into believing total government supervision is necessary and helpful, and because they still enjoy a high level of material comfort. That tolerance may wane, however, as our standard of living falls due to spiraling debt, endless deficit spending at home and abroad, a declining fiat dollar, inflation, higher interest rates, and failing entitlement programs. At that point attitudes toward omnipotent government may change, but the trend toward authoritarianism will be difficult to reverse.
Those who believe a police state can’t happen here are poor students of history. Every government, democratic or not, is capable of tyranny. We must understand this if we hope to remain a free people.
That was back in 2004. Not a political campaign to get elected but rather a concerned politician writing about what is keeping him up at night. I don’t know if I will vote for him but I have to admire the courage he demonstrates in standing up to the party line.
I think this issue is especially worth revisiting after a UN religion expert accused the United Kingdom of becoming a police state.
The question is: what issues will be important to you in the next election?
What ever you believe is an important issue in politics, the most important is to protect our freedom to debate the issues and make changes as free Americans. If we lose that, the other issues are moot.