U.S. History Continues To Repeat Itself At Liberty’s ExpenseSubmitted by McWilly on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 17:57
One measure of a man, or of a people is if they learn from their mistakes and the old adage from George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” is oft repeated though largely ignored. This holds double for government, which refuses to admit mistakes, first and foremost, and then attempts to let those mistakes play out to see if they’ll eventually be right. Our government continues to make the same mistakes over and over again at the expense of Liberty. Let me provide a couple of examples…
- President Obama’s latest liberty-infringing gaffe – namely his unwarranted spying on news agencies (for which the ACLU is suing over) reminds us of Watergate, with its secretive recordings.
- Our government’s current support of Al Qaeda rebels in Syria (yes, really), which it is arming to assist in ousting Assad. Naturally this reminds us of Afghanistan, where the U.S. provided arms to the Mujahideen in order to oust the Russians. Of course that led to the rise of the Taliban who we opted to attack later, and continue to attack today in a quagmired and failing effort. We aren’t at war with Syria, so why are we providing anyone on either side with arms? And why are we meddling with foreign entities that have nothing to do with the United States?