America is a great nation. This results from our civil liberties, our rights. These rights make us America. While the truth of how we act has not always held up to it, we call ourselves the land of the free and the home of the brave. Charen wishes to change that. She promotes fear. She would scare us into believing that security and our civil liberties cannot coexist. She wants to change America to the land of the secure and the home of the afraid.
Recently it’s harder to claim the title of the home of the brave. More and more people act afraid of things that have not happened. They try to scare us. They tell us not to question the decisions they make. Blindly following does not make you brave. The whole idea of being afraid and giving up our civil liberties is anti-American. JFK once said, “Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, that we will pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
Terrorists scare me. I’m not arguing that fact. Someone coming into my home and committing violence against myself, friends, and family for something out of my control terrifies me. Charen wants you to feel as if constant attacks against us raise the death toll every day and we must act now to save ourselves. The truth is that day only affected a few of us in anyway other than emotionally.
We all know about the attacks on September 11th. The news interrupted broadcasts showing that first plane hit the tower. I still could not comprehend that when the reports updated to show the second plane. Three thousand people died in a tragedy we should never forget it.
The lesson I take away from that day is that a few brave citizens stopped one of the planes. Instead of losing themselves to fear they fought back and prevented the plane from reaching its destination. She asks us to lay down in fear, to give up our rights, so that maybe they can prevent something like this from happening again. We need to look at this argument logically but we face a difficult challenge because of our emotional involvement.
To put the deaths in perspective, the CDC lists that in 2006 632,000 died of heart disease, and 560,000 died of cancer. Those top the leading causes of death in America. The list also contains stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, accidents, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and influenza and pneumonia. 56,000 people died of the flu in 2006. That’s 18 times more people than died on September 11th. I don’t know of anyone who says we should relinquish our civil liberties to fight the flu.
Charen says liberals over react in response to “military commissions, alleged attorney-client privilege infringements, telephone taps, surveillance of suspected terrorists fingerprinting and photographing of some foreign visitors and particularly roundups of visa violators.” but these things contradict the declaration of independence, the very document that announced our new nation...