When it comes to government and their expanding powers to rule, regulate and fight, a very clever tactic is employed to win the approval of large populations. Never mind our vast quantities of weapons like missiles and ammunition. The government has something far more powerful at its disposal, more potent than biological warfare and more devastating than the billions of rounds of ammunition that our government has recently stockpiled. What our government uses to usurp liberties and freedoms from the American people, under the guise of security, is far more sinister.
After the attacks on 9/11, we were told that unless we fight our enemies on their territory, we will be forced to fight them on ours. And so we fought, sparing no expense. We went to war and destroyed other nations on the taxpayer’s dime. We also helped them to re-build, again, on the taxpayer’s dime. We did this to supposedly eliminate a threat to the American people.
Well-publicized mass tragedies like Sandy Hook, Columbine or the Aurora, CO theater shootings have the same effect. Emotions run hot and the environment becomes ripe for the government to strip Americans of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Because once again, if the government does not get involved, more Americans will die at the barrel of a gun.
The impact that fear has over large populations cannot be ignored. It is a powerful and brutally effective weapon to remove freedoms and liberties from the people, and cleverly enables government to consolidate more and more power into the hands of largely unaccountable politicians. When the people are afraid, liberties are voluntarily given up. A population scared for their lives will give up almost anything for protection.
If it saves just one child’s life, right? Because if the government does not get involved, more people will certainly die. If our government had not blown communities in Afghanistan and Iraq to smithereens, our nation would be at war with our enemies here at home…in our own backyard. Scary, isn’t it?
Never mind the fact that our government is arming Syrian rebels that have vowed to destroy the United States and our interests. Let’s forget about Benghazi, gun-running or the IRS scandal for a minute. Americans are willing to forgive and forget, so long as they don’t have to worry about their livelihoods every night.
After all, who wants to live in fear?