I have mentioned Eternity Road here before, and have the highest regard for both Francis Porretto, and his feisty alter-ego, “The Curmudgeon Emeritus”, and the sterling cast of co-authors found there. Over the past week, a number of folks have commented about Indiana’s “night of the long knives” action against the fourth amendment. “Eternity Road’s” take on it, has to be the best one I have read. If you haven’t done so, go and take a couple of minutes to read it, you won’t be disappointed.
The comments at the above post are worth reading (A very strong group of folks unafraid to speak their minds, with well thought out responses.). And there was an update to the post as well. It was that update (particularly, the link provided in same) which got me to thinking.
It appears our government is trying (at almost all levels and branches) to have their cake and eat it too. The same applies to the American people.
What I mean is, on one hand we want, or at least we (the more conservative/”classical liberal” types) have a strong desire to respect and uphold the Constitution. In other words, small central government, well defined limits on what the government can do, or exert control over … you know the drill. To take care of any event or eventuality at the lowest level (preferably at the individual level) as possible.
On the other hand, many people have been conditioned, or through character flaws, have always believed, “the state” should take care of that which they are either incapable of doing themselves or have no desire to do. So you end up with a “It takes a village” mentality. This in turn leads to (or goes hand in hand with) “the state”, or “the government” knows best, and we should defer to their judgement whenever they issue a new decree in answer to any real or imagined public outcry.
What people do not realize (or willfully chose to ignore) is every time, and there are no exceptions, the government steps in, assuming one of your responsibilities, or duties as an American, “We the People” will always come out on the short end of the stick. Trading any of our freedoms or liberties for security or having someone else shoulder your responsibilities, demands a price which is far too high to pay for those who value their individualism, their freedoms, their inalienable God given rights to “Life, Liberty, and Property” (or even “the pursuit of happiness”…as stated in the “final draft”).
And so we end up with the Indiana Suprime Court ruling as it did. And SCOTUS ruling, as reported here.
You can not have it both ways. Eventually, one side, or the other, is going to win out. As history shows, this did not happen over night, it was done incrementally .
Are we willing to pay the price to have this turned around, or is it well and truly too late?