However, H.L. Mencken provides the ideals toward safety for the average citizen and not the extraordinary citizens, who willing to risk their lives for the safety and freedom of their fellow citizens. Hence, the average citizen would choose safety over freedom for the protection in case of cultural, territorial, and terrorists threats. The average citizen understands that safety must be attained before freedom because without feeling safe they cannot think about freedom. As Arnold Schwarzenegger states, “[the] government’s first duty and highest obligation is public safety.” Freedom must become a second priority when put against public safety.
ACLU is “America’s nation's guardian of liberty”, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in America. Freedom of speech is a gift to human beings, without this right the people couldn’t express themselves or even worst, to say what they feel or want for a better life. United States is one of the countries that protect this right, but in the world there are governments that do not respect and do not know that this right exists. The relation between democratic government and freedom of speech is that they both depend in each other. If democracy wasn’t a type of government, and the first amendment wouldn’t exist, what will be happening today?
When a democracy finds itself in a problematic decision, it should choose to put liberty above the security of the people. It is true that too much liberty, hinders security but by showing the citizens that the country is genuinely concerned about their wellbeing, they build a better relationship and loyal citizen. Loyal citizen is what the country will need when it is fighting a war. Security is important for the success of the country and to have the ability to protect the country and to protect liberties but a country is nothing without its citizens.
The rights and responsibilities are important for the preservation of our democratic government because we as citizens of the US need these rights and responsibilities to lend us with direction. Without these there would be a lack of control and stability in our government. Lending us in a world wind of trouble and chaos. Disaster and devastation to the people would cause distrust in the government and lend to its downfall. Freedom to express yourself, Freedom to pursue "life,liberty,and the pursuit of happiness.
There would be no protection from anyone coming into the country, stealing food, massacring people, and then taking over the country. Without a government, a country would be unsafe and potentially unlivable. John Adams said, “Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people...” ("John Adams Quotes"). Without a government protecting the country from outside threats, the people would then have to be on constant alert to guard their house and family. I think the best way to have a successful country is to have not only government protection but also resources.
But sometimes we hear that this tool that we use, are being used by the government as a way to extract information from the people; their justification is that they are going into people´s privacy to assure the safety of the countries. The main reason they are doing this is to avoid terrorism, and the country that has dedicated his resources to corrupt into the privacy of the people is USA. There are many reasons of why this is correct and why does it help to prevent terrorism. It is obvious that the USA wants to know everything and this is because it is the most powerful country in the world and as many people say; “knowledge is power” and after what happened in the 9/11 they don’t want to happen again. My opinion is that what they are doing is wrong, despite all the reasons of security; every person has the right to have at least some privacy.
Of course, a certain level of safety is necessary in order to maintain a livable society. We must abridge total freedom in order to assure a maximum amount. No one can live comfortably in a country with constant terrorist activity. At the same time, however, no one can live comfortably in a country with constant security checkpoints. Somehow, we must find a balance: security measures must be thorough, but restricted; enforced, but monitored; and advantageous, but just.
There does not appear to be any sufficient proof to justify their claim to need decryption keys to fight crime and terrorism (especially terrorism). I believe that if the government wants to use electronic surveillance on encrypted information, for a justifiable reason, then they should work in correspondence with encryption system users. I feel that privacy is a very important right of all people; and people should be able to try and protect it to the best of their ability, as long as no one else gets hurt in the process. People's rights to privacy should not be taken so lightly by our government. I would think that Bill Clinton, of all people, would understand the want, and need, for privacy.
Although, The right to privacy plays an important role in keeping everyday Americans the will to do whatever they want in private, it may cause potential trouble in keeping everything a secret, even illegal actions. Privacy rights are a tough issue to argue for because so many Americans believe that they do in fact hav... ... middle of paper ... ...t those laws and regulations should do make citizens uncomfortable with the fact that they are being watched 24/7. Therefore, the government should find a type of way to implement systems that will keep an eye on people’s actions but their systems should not be extreme and look at every single movement they make. Bibliography "Location Services Pose Huge Security Risks - USATODAY.com." Web log post.Location Services Pose Huge Security Risks - USATODAY.com.
Even though justice acts as a way to loosely control the acts of citizens, it doesn't affect their liberty. Liberty is freedom. No one would want to live under a government under which they have no freedom and are controlled. Defense is also very important in a government. The protection of the people should be in high priority of the government.