When the government fears the people

29 Jan. 08,       2014 05.54“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Given the stunning advances Western society made over the last hundred years both socially and technologically, most Americans grew up with the belief that things would always “turn out for the best” in the long run, and this was a chief underpinning of our worldview. Despite having fought such foes as Adolf Hitler and weathered the prolonged tensions and fears of the Cold War, even these had come to inspiring conclusions. I think that until very recently, few Americans ever considered a fundamental paradigm shift for the worse.

Our positive worldview has been a two-edged sword of sorts. On the one hand, it tempered our resolve and conviction; when you believe you’re going to win, it can go a long way toward manifesting that victory. On the other hand, given such an outlook, one – or a nation – might get lulled into a false sense of security. I believe that this is, in part, precisely what occurred with regard to the American people and the enemies from within against whom we are now engaged.

We believed that given the promise the future and our aggregate potential held, and our ability to contribute to the betterment of those around the globe, who would even want to stand against us?

Those who have a desire to foment or prolong human suffering – that’s who.

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