Saturday, July 06, 2002

Liberty and security in a post-9/11 world

There is one sane congressman, as far as I can tell. His name is Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas. He started the Republican Liberty Caucus, and, though I really think the RLC is swimming against the riptide, we need people to make the effort.

Anyway, Paul has made some comments on liberty and security in a post 9/11 world. It's worth a read. He claims that our government's current efforts to secure America are not only leaving us poorer and less free, but also less secure. I concur.

I have a question. Do you honestly believe that our Department of Homeland Security is going to to make us any safer? It is going to cost billions of dollars, and Tom Ridge is going to make more mandates on top of the millions of laws, executive orders, judgments, pronouncements, and regulations that are supposed to guide us today. He is going to lobby for more power for the government, and less power to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In short, homeland security is now a government program, to be abused by the politicians and the politically connected.