If you're in prison, you're safer but have a lot less freedom. Anyone want to voluntarily incarcerate themselves?
To dear people who had chose the right column,
Please read the book 'The Giver.'
Would you like to live in a place like that? By the way, security isn't guaranteed. Everyday the government says "We'll make sure that our citizens will be safe .. Blah blah blah..."
However, are we indeed safe? The answer is "NO!"
When the govt starts regulating every aspect of our lives then we should know that there's something wrong. Absolute power corrupts, so we shouldn't let them watch us make every move.
I think at first it was tolerable but since the news of the PRISM project things are getting way out of line.
If we aren't even free to write what we want without the risk of being prosecuted then where is our right of freedom of speech. The govt exists to serve its people, not to rule over them.
Besides we wouldn't need all that security if the govt. Stopped fcking up the other countries.
When doing a some research everyone can point out that the federal reserve is to blame for most of the western problems, their actions have only been for self enrichment and they do not care about anyone else, they just want the govt to start more wars so they can loan them more money which the American people can repay with their tax money.
Believe it or or we are being tricked into giving up our freedom. We are safer now than we have ever been but our preception is of a dangerous world; manufactured by those who would like to relieve us of our rights. Don't fall for it! It is all a ruse.
In this way, you are free to protect yourself in what way seems best to you and I think that's one of the best things about our country. On the other hand, what doesn't adapt to change will eventually die, so perhaps it doesn't make much sense to never change when it goes against logic. However, it seems to me, that at this time, freedom is still more important. Only a greater threat to all the citizens lives would make this seem acceptable to me. What good is freedom is you aren't around to enjoy it? These actions do not seem justified with such little threat to so few at this point in time.
How "safe" were the brave men who died fighting for our freedoms against Hitler? By giving up our freedoms for the sake of security we dishonour their memories, and do not deserve the gift they gave us. Give up our freedoms, and sooner or later those in control will do anything in the name of "safety", and eventually that will be lost too.
With freedom, we can take care of ourselves. Without freedom there is no security, only the illusion that others will protect us better than we can protect ourselves. If ever a line is drawn dividing the country into free and secure zones, have no doubt which side of the line I will stand on. I will stand with the freedom-loving people of this land!
Security infringements means losing our freedom, once we lose our freedoms what do we need security from.....
We then need security from those that took away our freedoms, but wait, now we have NO WAY of getting the freedoms back as we have NO RIGHTS to fight with.
Remember the mafia offering protection of your establishment from hoodlum's for a price, then you realized you needed protection from those offering the security as they were the real thief's.
Many of these "precautions" the US Government has been enforcing on us have gone too far. Especially when it involves the TSA. Flying in the US has become more hassle than it's worth. If full bod pat downs weren't enough, now we have full body scanners than put every nook and cranny of the body on display. Your body is your property and this is just out of hand. Also we put way too much money into the military. When we should be focusing on education we waste money on our military and try to police the world.
Danger is a constant, we will never live in a world in which some someone or something isn't out to get the proverbial "us". Freedom, however, is something that was and continues to be fought for; it is an exceptional and unique gift that must be preserved at all costs.
Security is an issue when it comes to money, housing, and most everything else. Too much freedom can result in a rise in crime and a decline in public safety. The number one concern of the people should be safety. We need to make sure that our families are safe before we decide how much freedom we can have.
After the serious events of 9/11, we, as a nation, need to realize that we are not immune to attacks on our people. The thousands of people that died in the terrorist attacks could have been avoided, with proper security. It is understandable that this idea should not be taken too far, but it is a priority. As a nation, we do not appear to be well-liked worldwide, even if we attempt to provide international assistance.
It is popular to say freedom is more important than security but without some security it is hard to see how one can truly be free. For example if there is no security and one is assaulted, mugged, or killed then one is not really very free. Security is what guarantees life, liberty, and property.
Being part of a free nation comes with a price. Some of our freedom is going to be restricted to protect us. Having to have a security clearance to go to certain places is not a big violation of our freedom. Having to be searched to go into some places, or take certain transportation, is not a big violation of our freedom.
We cannot truly practice our freedom if we are afraid to do so because there is a lack of security. A secure environment is needed in order for some people to feel free enough to express their views. Sometimes security can seem overbearing, but it is definitely necessary to keep everyone safe. Security ranks higher than freedom most of the time.
too much of one eliminates the other, so there should be a balance where both come hand in hand
Security in my opinion is the ability to express your freedom in your preferred way. Democracy gives you security in order to implement your birth-given right for freedom, in exchange for some obligations that are made to assure you have your freedom, such as serving in the army (which is a requirement in some countries), or paying taxes in order to allow people without means to have their freedom.
Freedom is worthless if you wake up the slave of another country, or if you never wake up at all but die because you were foolish enough not to do what was needed to be done.
We cannot say it is more important than the other, we need these two for a safe and peaceful living
@TUF security is not a byproduct of freedom. Freedom is just the ability to state you opinion without interference or being silenced ie. killed.