I was out last night in Adams Morgan – had an amazing dinner at Pasta Mia and then finished off the night at Left Bank with some martinis.
It was at Left Bank that the conversation turned political.
While the tone remained collegial and the conversation reflected our great American tradition of sharing and trying on different ideas, I was blown away by what I was hearing from one of my fellow partiers – that we basically have to trust our government to do the right thing; there are scary people out there and if we have to give up some of our “rights” (quotation marks theirs) in order to secure the nation, so be it.
Have we decided to ignore the lessons of history and the warnings of totalitarianism found in such books as 1984, Gulag and Mein Kampf?
One of the key differences between Totalitarian States and Democracies is that Totalitarians seek to limit the people’s information about the government and maximize the government’s information about the people while Democracies seek to maximize the people’s information about their government and minimize the government’s information about their people.
How many rights are we going to give up, give away, suspend, or even believe we never had in the first place? It’s a very old idea – but if we are not willing to fight for our freedoms, maybe we don’t deserve them.