“Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded.
America is in a crisis of liberty. Federal, state and local laws, regulations, executive orders and bureaucratic edicts have proliferated to the point where it is impossible for an average citizen to assure compliance with the law because there are simply too many laws addressing too many human behaviors and endeavors.
It is quite likely that the vast majority of American citizens are in unknowing violation of multiple laws on a daily basis. It is a chilling predicament for those who may find themselves in political disfavor, as a clever prosecutor can place a citizen in legal jeopardy through selective enforcement of laws that are neither known nor reasonably suspected to exist.
America has been a free, open and prosperous society for such a long time, that her citizens now take these things for granted, and indeed, no longer hold them in high esteem. The evidence of this is the casual frequency with which we trade our freedoms for vague, unproven, speculative, and trifling reasons.
Those who would trade essential liberties to achieve temporary safety deserve–and will get–neither.
This phenomenon, when combined with the 16th and 17th amendments to the Constitution, and the inevitable trajectory of democracies whose citizens discover and become addicted to the ability to vote themselves favors from the public fisk, is leading to the demise of this once-great constitutional republic.
Given the repeated examples throughout history of the rise and fall of democratic societies, Americans should be deeply concerned about our current trajectory, and what it will mean for future generations.
Great plenty begets apathy. Apathy begets tyranny.