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"Few things in life are as good or as bad as they seem in the emotions of the moment."
Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer disagrees with the famous Ben Franklin axiom that “Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither” in his article titled Situational Libertarianism over at Townhall.com.
In a nutshell, Krauthammer takes a few examples from history and draws a couple of sweeping conclusions unjustified by the quantity and quality of evidence he amassed:
1) He concluded that the wartime presidents who curtailed liberty were not so bad in the anti-freedom steps they took.
2) and he concluded that we “got our freedoms back” (to paraphrase) after wartime demanded we curtail freedoms.
In my view, it’s very bad for influential commentators to try to make us feel better about the steady steamroller of increasing governmental surveillance and control over our lives. Krauthammer, a so-called conservative, is in essence telling us to shut up and take it, because government means well and can be trusted.
Krauthammer sounds just like Limbaugh-Hannity-Coulter-O’Reilly and the gang. When did conservatives come to be so trusting of Big and Rapidly Expanding Government? - The answer is simple: When the GOP stepped into complete control of government.
To rail against government at this time is tantamount to admitting that the GOP is the party “doing it” to us, no matter how desperately the spinwits try to blame it all on the Democrats. And so, the conservatives are becoming pretty much OK with the Big Brother society fostered by the Republicans and by Bush’s policies.
Over at LewRockwell.com, the libertarians are kinda upset about Krauthammer’s willingness to give up the ideal of preserving liberty in today’s environment. Excerpts below. Now let’s see how big a piece of Krauthammer’s tail the angry libertarians can bite off:
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