Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Freedom and fear

"Fear drives out reason. Fear suppresses the politics of discourse and opens the door to the politics of destruction. Justice Brandeis once wrote: "Men feared witches and burnt women."

"The founders of our country faced dire threats. If they failed in their endeavors, they would have been hung as traitors. The very existence of our country was at risk.

"Yet, in the teeth of those dangers, they insisted on establishing the Bill of Rights.

"Is our Congress today in more danger than were their predecessors when the British army was marching on the Capitol? Is the world more dangerous than when we faced an ideological enemy with tens of thousands of missiles poised to be launched against us and annihilate our country at a moment's notice? Is America in more danger now than when we faced worldwide fascism on the march-when our fathers fought and won two World Wars?

"It is simply an insult to those who came before us and sacrificed so much on our behalf to imply that we have more to be fearful of than they. Yet they faithfully protected our freedoms and now it is up to us to do the same."

-- Al Gore, January 16, 2006


Okolo said...

Gore was on fire.

Cliff said...

Good post.

We think too short term. I mean, we think that the age we are living right now is so dangerous. Disasters, war, terrorist. But throughout history, it is never a paradise. The world wars, Cold war, the epidemic during world war I.

The only constant I see is that there is always disasters and men must always face them against their own fear.