For the first time since the devastating Sept. 11, 2001 attack on our shores by Islamic extremists, Americans fear government more than they do terrorists.
A Fox News poll conducted the day after the April 15 Boston Marathon terrorist bombing surveyed 619 registered voters in a series of questions, but it was the response to question 7 that was the most revealing.
It asked, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” Forty-five percent said they would not, as compared to 43 percent who would.
Four months before 9/11, Fox asked the same question and received similar results — 40 percent would be unwilling to give up personal rights or freedoms in exchange for reduction of terrorist threats, as opposed to 33 percent who would.
One month after 9/11, however, 71 percent of the respondents would have traded in freedom for security, while only 20 percent would not have.
Lest anyone think the poll results were skewed because of the perception that Fox News is ac conservative outlet, its results were confirmed by a similar survey conducted by The Washington Post.
The Post’s question 8 asked, “Which worries you more: that the government (will not go far enough to investigate terrorism because of concerns about constitutional rights), or that it (will go too far in compromising constitutional rights in order to investigate terrorism)?
Forty-eight percent of the 588 adult respondents feared that the government would go too far in compromising Americans’ constitutional rights, whereas 41 percent feared it would not go far enough.
These results aren’t as surprising as some may expect. We all witnessed the suspension of individual rights in the days following the Boston Marathon bombing. Businesses were ordered closed, services were suspended and Bostonians were told not to venture outdoors while police conducted door-to-door searches for the terrorists.
Then we can factor in the purchase of armored personnel vehicles and the stockpiling of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security.
Then when we add to the equation the speculation of government drones flying over American soil and we have a true constitutional crisis in the making.
Watch the following video and ask yourself one question: Is this the America I remember?
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