I got a new puppy recently, and I named him Ben Franklin based on the theory that maybe some of his name would rub off onto my countrymen.
He is named after the Ben Franklin who lived through real revolution and a time in this country when life and limb were put on the line frequently on the frontier, in the war, terrorists here, terrorists there, terror, death and disease everywhere. This is the very great Ben Franklin who, in light of all this terror around him, still went on to help draft a great Constitution, with a great Fourth Amendment, that guaranteed the right of the people to be secure in their persons against unreasonable search and seizure except upon probable cause supported by Oath. This is the great Ben Franklin who said, They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
In this country, hundreds of thousands die each year in car crashes, in gun homicides, in hospital errors and of cancer from poisons we use carelessly and endlessly. This is a country whose future is being sucked dry by the cost of wars that are manufacturing hatred of America and terrorists without end, and Homeland Security and the military industrial complex.
For the life of me, I cannot fathom the irrational, cowardice of a country of people who are being led through the nose to their own destruction and devastation by fear of a few terrorists. We certainly are not a credit to our ancestors or their sacrifices for the Constitution. Ben Franklin would have nothing but contempt for the idea that scans and pat-downs are vital to the safety of Americans. We have disgraced ourselves and our forefathers.
It is disturbing, but not unexpected, to see that the high school students coming out of this education system already are brainwashed, frightened, irrational sheep ready to give up their essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety. They will have neither liberty nor safety nor do they deserve it.
Christine Eleanor Anderson, Vallecito