Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Freedom Isn't Free!

I saw a pick up with one of those "Freedom Isn't Free" bumper stickers on it the other day. Of course it also had other stickers that suggested the driver was a conservative.

Even putting aside the fact that conservatives seem oh so willing to trade freedom for the possibility of increased security, (which is tough to put aside) it suddenly occurred to me that this is still a ridiculous bumpersticker for a republican to have on their car.

Here is a proposed revision that more adequately describes the true Republican sentiment as it pertains to freedom and its cost:

Freedom: actually less expensive than most people think. Cut taxes now.

3 Comments:

At 9:03 PM, Blogger JASmius said...

{Even putting aside the fact that conservatives seem oh so willing to trade freedom for the possibility of increased security}

That is a false choice.

Aren't libs the ones who are always saying that issues are not black & white? That they're "shades of gray"?

Guess that's only when it's convenient.

"Any port in a storm" would be a good sticker for your bumper.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Seattle Slough said...

How is this a false choice?

How about an example?

How about providing a shade of gray here.

I would freely admit that the shade of gray missing from the analysis is that not all conservatives are willing to make this trade (Bob Barr, Grover Nordquist etc have come out against the NSA wiretaps for instance), but how am I missing a shade of gray involving the "choice," which is presumably liberty vs. security, is beyond me. Surely not by failing to suggest that increases in security need not impinge on freedom?

That is why the famous Ben Frankin quote (“Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”) is still famous. To secure something is to restrict it. Period. You are really really stretching here. No shades of gray missed. None.

Try again. Seriously.

 
At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any f-tard that says they don't want safety and security first is liar. Ask the folks that survived 911 what they think. You f-ing douche.

 

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