Whenever I listen to or read the news (courtesy of the fine folks either at the BBC, NPR, or The Washington Post), I am amused when I hear folk from a former dictatorship wax nostalgic about the goold ol’ days under the tyrant. Whether it’s folks in Russia reminiscing about Joseph Stalin or Afghanis viewing the Taliban through rose-colored glasses, the theme that these people share is the thought they would rather have security and security over freedom.
Surely, I ask, such a ludicrous proposition could not be shared by the liberty-loving people of the United States of America?
And because I have asked the question and written an introduction like I have above, you know the answer is “Of course, we can.”
Just ask the District of Columbia delegate to the House of Representatives, Eleanor Holmes Norton, who removed her support from a House bill that would have given voting rights to the residents of DC. She withdrew her support after the Senate attached an amendment to the bill that would have gutted the District’s gun laws.
So the elected delgate of the District sides with safety over freedom. The concept of having a voice is trumped by law-and-order.
Yes, it can happen here.