OpinionThose who would give up liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety
      – DigitalBoss, 2009-08-21 at 18:17:43   (15 comments)

On 2009-08-21 at 18:21:06, DigitalBoss wrote...
One of the best quotes from Benjamin Franklin.
On 2009-08-22 at 08:41:22, BorgClown wrote...
And yet so many people fail to understand the concept.
On 2009-08-22 at 18:33:20, DigitalBoss wrote...
Benjamin Franklin was one of the US founding fathers. He was the only person to sign all three documents that enforced the creation of this country: the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Treaty of Paris. Is is honored by having his image on the $100.00 bill even though he was never president; the only person honored in that way.
On 2009-08-22 at 18:39:35, DigitalBoss wrote...
What he is saying in this quote is that the more you want the government to provide for you, the more you are giving away your liberty.
On 2009-08-24 at 03:30:19, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
Which is why the Defense Department needs to get its budget slashed.
On 2009-08-24 at 07:42:35, BorgClown wrote...
Mmmh, I've always understood it as becoming submissive when abused. It only encourages the abuser to become worse. For example, "Satan's terrorists" scare you, and you concede some of your liberties in order to feel safer. Now "Satan's terrorists" and your own government are now in a better position to abuse you.
On 2009-08-24 at 07:42:50, BorgClown wrote...
Might be a sign of our times.
On 2009-08-24 at 09:02:22, Lee J Haywood wrote...
For the record, I've never been scared by terrorists. The media, on the other hand...
On 2009-08-24 at 14:44:35, DigitalBoss wrote...
@TheBorg: Same thing with being dependant on the big-government programs, you feel safer, you have a warm and fuzzy, but you are more under their control. They are in a better position to abuse you.
On 2009-08-24 at 14:47:02, DigitalBoss wrote...
@Scarlet: Providing a defence force for the country as a whole is a Constitutional power vested to the federal government. It is a justified purpose and process of the government. Paying for your healthcare is not.
On 2009-08-24 at 18:30:28, BorgClown wrote...
@DigitalBoss: Holy cow, governments make the law, enforce it and judge by it. It's fortunate they're so big parts of them keep fighting themselves, otherwise we'd be totally screwed.
On 2009-08-24 at 18:34:55, BorgClown wrote...
I mean, governments are already in a great position to abuse you. And if that fails, there's the military.
On 2009-08-25 at 03:05:09, DigitalBoss wrote...
That is why the government should be as small as possible. That is why the government should be limited in its power. That is what the Constitution is all about. It is a limiting document. That is why the politicians will not talk about it, and if they do, they will state its meaning own their own terms.
On 2009-08-25 at 03:32:57, BorgClown wrote...
Do you think the military and police should be done with?
On 2009-08-27 at 01:24:53, DigitalBoss wrote...
The military is one of the powers vested in the federal government by the US Constitution. It is actually what the government is supposed to be doing. Congress has no Constitutional power to create large wealth redistribution programs like Social Security and Welfare, much less a government health care system. Police are local mostly and should be kept.