Safety Over Civil Liberties, When Is It Too Much?
We all want to see people safe, no one is arguing over the steps taken to contain the spread of this virus, but I am starting to see cracks in this system, in the name of protecting the nation, leaders are demanding we give up our civil liberties. When does this cross from safety into abuse?
Many of you have heard of the Mississippi church that had a service in their cars. No one was opening their windows; they just wanted the comfort of seeing each other as they worshiped in the parking lot. This was ticketed and stopped by the police. This is a sign that we have gone from common sense protection to abusing the power of office to do this.
What is more, the pastor of the church said when he questioned the police on this, they informed him that his civil rights were suspended, I must ask, by what authority do they do that? In Duncan v. Kahanamoku, we saw the Supreme Court rule against imposing such restrictions for the sake of seizing power. This seems to be what the state governors are now doing. One has to wonder, how long are we going to tolerate this stripping us of our civil liberties?
While I have no issue with being told to stay out of large gatherings, if I want to go to a synagogue or church, sit in my car along with others, not open my windows, but enjoy the fellowship and worship with fellow humans, that should not be a crime, if we get out and mingle, I can see where this could be a problem, but this is not the case here.
Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a “Safer at Home” order Sunday afternoon, directing all Louisiana residents to shelter at home and limit movements outside of their homes beyond essential needs. Michigan’s Governor has told open stores they must section off parts of their store that are selling none essential items, such as paint and greeting cards.
We have seen more liberal governors and mayors take this as a sign to cut off gun sales. This has caused just the opposite effect, a run in gun sales.
Last week Gavin Newsom, the Governor of California, suggested that martial law is not necessary “at this moment,”—implying that it may yet be considered. Trump has come under pressure to declare a national martial law, a state of emergency, to suspend our rights, this is crossing from what is necessary to a dictatorship, this is not what America is about.
I see some of these actions in the making for the reaction these same leaders had back in January and February when they said putting in place travel restrictions was an act of racism; it was only put in place against China because of xenophobia. This was never about civil liberties, it was to stop the spread of the virus.
The question we all want to know is, when does this stop? We are willing for a short time to give up liberties in the name of safety, but if this turns into a multi-month affair, are we going to be prepared to endure this then?
What about tech companies, who own the data, what is their responsibility? We are part of 0censor, we have to track to keep our data flowing the way it must, but we also refuse to share this data with others. At what point is money more important than protecting your own client’s data? We need to figure this out and make laws concerning this. If you think that all tech is not doing this, you are wrong.
What about tagging or tracking us through our cell phones? This is something else that makes my skin crawl. I am a huge fan of privacy, yet big tech wants to track, band or chip us so the government can tell who is a carrier or not, how long will it take before they use this same tech to track our movements (they do enough of that with our cell phones already)? Or use this to control citizens, either abide by what they want, or you will not be able to buy or sell? Is this a attempt to strip us of our civil liberties, say this is done to keep everyone safe?
Our country holds our liberties as something sacred, it is a core our nation was built around, yet we have seen these eroded in the name of safety, the public good, and we are willing to give this up. We have big tech tracking everything we view. They follow us through our cell phones to track movements. The government has substantial spy operations where every phone call, email, or social interaction is tracked. Is it worth it all to have more tech?
This is something we need to figure out, where does our freedom become less of a concern then our convenience?
I end this with the words spoken so long ago by one of our founding fathers:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. – Ben Franklin