"Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." This saying is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Do you think he is right?
the key word is temporary. interpret as you wish.
The full quote (the one I found) was "... Deserve neither && will lose them both" Give more depth..
He wouldn't have said that or believed it in 2013.
Sure he would've. He was a champion of liberty, rather than a champion of the state.
He didn't live in the terrorism world we live in. I think all the founding fathers would have different views of America and the world we live in. Some minor, some major.
They lived with crime though. And terrorism is a crime (and should be pursued and prosecuted as such).
They supported liberty to the point of offering their lives so that others could enjoy the freedom that they won. They would not sacrifice that in the name of 'preventing' terrorism.
He was right absolutely!
What constitutes "essential" liberty and what doesn't quite fit the mark for being a higher priority than security?
The two are compatible, yes? You can't fully act on all of your liberties without some security and vice versa. There's a balance. So where is the line drawn?
Essential liberties are pretty well defined in the Constitution.
Examples of the trade-off could be the Patriot Act, the War on Fill-in-the-Blank, universal eavesdropping by the NSA, the 'National Firearms Act/Gun Control Act,' etc., etc.
If a violation of the spirit or the letter of the Constitution is desired in the name of 'security,' then that is a trade of essential liberty in favor of security.