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Surveillance Society


In America, we like to talk about being free, and we do it a fair bit better than a lot of other places. But we don't do it well enough to stop the government surveillance cameras from going up in Washington DC, Chicago, New York City, Honolulu, Baltimore, Newark, Tampa, Virginia Beach, Memphis, Tacoma, Hollywood, Anchorage, San Diego, Nashville, Dallas, Oakland, and Palm Springs.

The common wisdom concerning liberties and political parties is that the Republicans protect the 2nd Amendment and the Democrats protect the rest. Maybe, once upon a time, that was true. But the modern Democrats are the party of special rights, not equal rights; the party of exceptions, rather than rules. And without a firm rule against government surveillance to fall back on, Democratic politicians and police forces in the large cities have to cope with the contradictory demands of their special interest groups. In short, they need to:

  1. Protect everyone from crime
  2. Prevent anyone from legally owning a gun
  3. Prevent the police from cracking down on Democratic constituencies
  4. Attack the police whenever a constituent gets killed, justified or not
  5. Encourage citizens to call 911 rather than defend themselves
  6. Support lenient prison terms and parole policies

Have you ever known a Democrat to come out and say, "Well, if you want me to implement these policies, I can, but it will mean that crime will rise, and we're just going to have to accept the increased victimization as the social cost of our enlightened government?"

Didn't think so. But that's the bind they are caught in. Their policies don't allow self-protection, discourage police effectiveness, and encourage recidivism. The people who have to actually enforce the law in Democratic jurisdictions (eg, the cities) are left with few options. Increasingly, surveillance cameras monitored by police officers are one of those favored options. And the Democrats show absolutely no recognition that they have opened Pandora's Box by using it, making a deal with the devil that may come back to bite them later.

And it doesn't even work.


In America, we like to talk about being free, and we do it a fair bit better than a lot of other places. But we don't do it well enough to stop the government surveillance cameras from going up in Washington DC, Chicago, New York City, Honolulu, Baltimore, Newark, Tampa, Virginia Beach, Memphis, Tacoma, Hollywood, Anchorage, San Diego, Nashville, Dallas, Oakland, and Palm Springs.

The common wisdom concerning liberties and political parties is that the Republicans protect the 2nd Amendment and the Democrats protect the rest. Maybe, once upon a time, that was true. But the modern Democrats are the party of special rights, not equal rights; the party of exceptions, rather than rules. And without a firm rule against government surveillance to fall back on, Democratic politicians and police forces in the large cities have to cope with the contradictory demands of their special interest groups. In short, they need to:

  1. Protect everyone from crime
  2. Prevent anyone from legally owning a gun
  3. Prevent the police from cracking down on Democratic constituencies
  4. Attack the police whenever a constituent gets killed, justified or not
  5. Encourage citizens to call 911 rather than defend themselves
  6. Support lenient prison terms and parole policies

Have you ever known a Democrat to come out and say, "Well, if you want me to implement these policies, I can, but it will mean that crime will rise, and we're just going to have to accept the increased victimization as the social cost of our enlightened government?"

Didn't think so. But that's the bind they are caught in. Their policies don't allow self-protection, discourage police effectiveness, and encourage recidivism. The people who have to actually enforce the law in Democratic jurisdictions (eg, the cities) are left with few options. Increasingly, surveillance cameras monitored by police officers are one of those favored options. And the Democrats show absolutely no recognition that they have opened Pandora's Box by using it, making a deal with the devil that may come back to bite them later.

And it doesn't even work.


This entry was published Sat Sep 24 10:43:35 CDT 2005 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2005-09-24 10:43:35.0. [Tweet]

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