Saving us from ourselves

Two bombs exploded during the marathon here in Boston creating a tragic incident. Now an area of approximately 20 square blocks is sealed off with the police blocking every entrance way. Cordoning off of crime scenes is routine. How can this be constitutional? People are now prevented by the government from access their own private property. Restaurants, apartments, retail stores all taken from us and now under government control. Are there any limits? Can they keep the area closed for weeks? Months? Can they go into any area and do whatever they want? Even if they are not exercising total authority at this moment and doing whatever they want now, that is not the point. The question is “Does anything prevent them from taking total control?”… and if not, isn’t it certain that one day they will? Perhaps if that day seems far enough off, we won’t worry about it. I believe that even when that day comes, government control of virtually everything will be seen as not only acceptable but necessary. In fact, isn’t it already so?

If one of our tenants living here in our apartment building commits a crime can my family and I be kept from our home indefinitely? When Obama spoke at Symphony Hall last summer I was prevented from entering my own home. When I asked the cop what he would arrest me for if I proceeded down the blocked off street, he said “Disobeying a police officer”. Perhaps if we are all in the same boat we don’t worry that the boat is sinking.

To me the sad thing is that no one is asking these questions. Are any news reporters addressing this? The old saying goes “If you don’t ask the right questions you will never get the right answers.” The constitution has gone from being the supreme law of the land, to a rough list of guiding principals, to a useless piece of paper that is ignored by practically all of us. Virtually everyone seems to think that since this is an emergency, or because it is serious, or for whatever reason, anything the “authorities” do is OK. Some investigation is probably nice and catching those responsible might be a good idea, but are there no limits? Are we willing to put unlimited resources into it and are we willing to give up any rights or substantial freedoms to try and catch bad guys?

Ben Franklin was correct: “Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.” Looks like I deserve neither.

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