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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Is America Becoming a Police State?

A great essay by one of my only living heroes, Congressman Ron Paul, asking if America is becoming a police state. Disregarding the concrete examples Paul mentions in his essay, there is a growing and prominent mindset, especially in youth today, that behavior should either be required or prohibited with little room for choice. Is America becoming a police state? Are constant surveillance, routine searches, and identification papers things I will live to experience?
After all, proponents argue, the government is doing all this to catch the bad guys. If you don’t have anything to hide, they ask, what are you so afraid of? The answer is that I’m afraid of losing the last vestiges of privacy that a free society should hold dear. I’m afraid of creating a society where the burden is on citizens to prove their innocence, rather than on government to prove wrongdoing. Most of all, I’m afraid of living in a society where a subservient populace surrenders its liberties to an all-powerful government.


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