We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don?t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.
? Mayor Rudy Giuliani, 1994
What the hell? I really really hate democrats, but look what the other options are.
Take a look at this board. The hardcore loons are lining up against this guy.
What does that tell you?
They know he’s formidable.
I meant to tell you that I can see both sides of your carrying argument the other day.
You must understand that walking around with your gun hanging out in public (especially post-911/columbine etc) is going to arouse some suspicion.
I see your point about personal freedoms. However, I hope you see the point of Law Enforcement.
Further, in time of war, every society has had curtailed personal freedoms.
As far as Rudy’s quote, I’m not sure what it is you are objecting to.
Perfect freedom is a myth.
The Founders believed in a strong Centralized Government.
Strong Federal Government, by it’s very nature, existed due to cessation of certain freedoms. Be it personal or state freedoms.
Taxation and military service come to mind.
I’m sorry, pal, I cannot imagine the Founders would object to protecting the very existence of our Republic. From enemies both foreign and domestic…
EVEN at the theoretical expense of some personal liberties.
You can take every example to the nth degree.
Most rational people acknowledge the existence of a sinister element in humankind. It needs to be curtailed, controlled, and at times, destroyed.
In summary, you go right ahead and vote the “Freedom” candidate.
I’ll vote the guy most likely to enforce laws–crime, immigration, domestic terrorism protection.
I’ll vote the guy most likely to understand what happened on 9/11. You can tell it changed him in dramatic ways.