milktree: (Police state)
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This is from a guy on a local forum. He's not a tinfoil hat wearing anti government nut job, he's generally reasonable, thoughtful, and not particularly inflammatory.

    ... we don't have liberty. What we have is anonymity masquerading as freedom. When the lifeless eye of government falls on us we find out that we are just serfs absent an attentive master. In the recent gun control debates, Dick Durbin (D, IL) said "None of these rights are absolute, none of them." A right that is not absolute is just a privilege waiting to be taken away.

    Now you can say that everyone in Watertown complied willingly, that there was no order to stay inside, just a strong suggestion. But as a practical matter there is little difference. The man who flaunts the suggestion gets noticed. The anonymity falls, and rights go with them.


I realize it's a bit of a dramatic warning, but I really can't fault with it.
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