Indeed. We are the land of the free and home of the brave.
I totally agree with Snowden’s dad. If we have to give up our liberty to the state, the terrorists have won. If we stop being the land of the free and home of the brave because we fear a bunch of guys might set off an attack at some future date, what makes us special anymore? We’re just another country.
We lived under the very real threat of total nuclear annihilation during the Cold War, and though there were significant abuses, the Constitution remained more or less intact. But now we are supposed to cower and live like children because of the chance that a terrorist strike, which even at the most horrific level is likely to be limited, and certainly not worth abandoning living like human beings with dignity over, will disrupt the economy? America doesn’t die with a terrorist act. It dies when it stops standing for liberty and the dignity of the average citizen. Land of the free. Home of the brave.
To live without liberty is to not live to the highest of human potential. It can be argued that “living” without liberty is not even really “living” at all. One is merely another animal to be farmed by the powerful. A serf at best. Perhaps even a slave. Cannon fodder. A living breathing annuity for money managers.
Land of the free. Home of the brave.
This country was founded on the belief that even the lowly had dignity. That everyone deserves respect and the right to pursue happiness, without the approval of the state.