Homeland Stupidity

Can government provide both security and liberty?

The most recent poll question, which I let run for a while longer than I normally do, asked if people believe government can provide both security and liberty. And while I’d like to remind you that the poll is completely unscientific, the results were a little surprising.

Most people answering the question seemed to believe that government was not capable of striking a balance between security and liberty. Whether that’s because they believed that the two were mutually exclusive, or that they believed the government could provide neither, was not in the poll. If you voted in the poll, feel free to comment on why you voted the way you did.

I, of course, voted No, because security and liberty are not mutually exclusive; indeed, one needs liberty in order to ensure one’s security. The government cannot effectively give anyone either. It can only provide the false sense of security, the false sense of liberty, or in the case of the U.S. and many other countries, both.

In the meantime, a new poll is up. Enjoy! And please, no tampering with my memory cards.

35% Yes
61% No
4% I don’t know