One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on the rest of society, right? One out of control (or “lone wolf”) citizen/terrorist could reignite a biological firestorm, so, should we not turn to government and forgo certain freedoms in order to achieve the greater good for the greater number?
If the government in question was a proven and honorable institution, then…
I was listening to the radio (National Public Radio) yesterday and a professor from a university (I don’t remember his name, nor name of school) was talking about human rights abuses. He stated that President Obama is the worse president so far on human rights abuses. He stated that Obama can just say he wants someone dead, and it’s done. Why is Obama getting away with all the things he’s doing? I voted for him because I thought he was going to be a good president, and I wouldn’t to have to worry about my civil liberties. I was definitely wrong about him. What I don’t understand, why are the Democrats letting him get away with what he’s doing? If the president in office was a Republican, the Democrats would be all over him. But here is Obama committing human rights abuses all over the place, and not one Democrat has spoken up. They’re letting him get away with all kinds of things. I’m disappointed in the Democrats in Congress, and I’m definitely disappointed in Obama.
He had Anwar Al–Awlaki killed. Al-Awlaki was an American citizen. He was born in New Mexico. Al-Awlaki was accused of working with terrorists in Afghanistan. At the time, Obama had no proof that Al-Awlaki was involved in terrorism, but he had him killed anyway. Why couldn’t he be captured, and brought back to the United States to face a court? No, he ordered Al-Awlaki killed. And then there was Osama, why was he not brought back to the U.S. to face a court? No. Supposedly, his body is in the ocean. It seems very strange to me that he’s in the ocean. It makes me wonder if he’s really dead.
He also signed into law the Patriot Act. An act which gives law enforcement the right to search telephone, e-mails and financial records of businesses without a court order. Law enforcement also can have access to library records of library patrons. Law enforcement has also been given the right to “sneak and peek” at records without a search warrant. They can apply for a search warrant, but they can do a “sneak and peek” before the search warrant is in their hands. They can also search records and surveillance can be done on someone who is a “lone wolf.” They’re individuals suspected of terrorists activities, but not linked to any terrorists groups.
So, Obama, is just another Bush in office. He’s kept the Patriot Act, and feels he has the right to kill anyone at will.