Paul Craig Roberts, a well know Libertarian sees this as a total betrayal of what he calls the “Rights of Englishmen”. By that he means all the guarantees found in our Bill of Rights.
“But all agree that Englishmen have inherited a system of law that is predicated on respect for the individual and in which human dignity and freedom have flourished.”, Roberts, page 9The Civil Rights Act was just one step in the ongoing attempt by the elites to destroy the common people and as usual we have gone along with it. The camel gets its nose under the tent with what many consider a legitimate need.
We accepted the Federal Government coming in to overpower local corruption. I remember as a kid watching a program called “The Untouchables”. It had the Feds, who were above local power struggles and incorruptible, coming into town to fight the mob. It was all very noble as the virtuous warriors from D.C. attacked the organized crime that the locals could not resist. That set a precedent that began to indoctrinate my generation into loving Big Brother. As the power was passed to Washington the corruption followed, if it wasn’t already there.
Now we have federal corruption coming in to destroy law and due process. We see American citizens in a party mood invited into the capitol building as the capitol police unlock the doors and wave them in. The only violence was a policeman shooting an unarmed woman through a window. Now they sit in jail with no due process, political poisoners to a government full of itself. We see FBI SWAT teams with guns drawn breaking into a home to arrest a man who had done nothing but defend his children. We see repeated abuses. It is the result of the philosophical idea change that says group identity trumps the rule of law.
Ideas have consequences because actions are based on ideas.
Is it better to have local issues that can be dealt with because we are a free people or lose our freedom for federal mandates?
Do you recall the statment by Benjamin Franklin about liberty and security,
"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."Maybe we should take that a little more seriously.
Roberts, Paul Craig and Stratton, Lawrence M. The Tyranny of Good Intentions. Roseville, California: Forum, 2000.
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