That’s a paraphrase; what Ben really said was “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” More than two centuries later, his words remain prescient and wise.
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s words below, in contrast, words should bring chills to the bones of any civically educated American:
“Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy…”
Yes, that statement has a context, but it also has a dark and frightening history. The call to put aside “concern about liberties and personal liberties” in order to battle a “common enemy” has been used for centuries in the pursuit of evil agendas. It has been exploited by supposedly benevolent leaders to seize dictatorial powers for short-term emergencies, and those powers somehow never were surrendered. This is why Obama’s ruthless aide Rahm Emanuel said, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
Sometimes the common enemy really is one, and sometimes the aspiring totalitarian party manufactures a useful target of public fear and hate, like “the Jews.” Sometimes the enemy is real, but the danger posed by it is hyped, as with the Red Scare. For four years, progressives, Democrats and the news media used a series of Big Lies to portray President Trump as a “common enemy” of democracy, even as they used the false narrative as an excuse to weaken the Constitution, freedom of speech, due process, equal protection under law and the integrity of elections.
“You have to get the overwhelming proportion of people vaccinated, but you also have to do mitigation, and that gets to the controversial issue of mask wearing, and the mandating of things. Mandating vaccines, for example, for teachers and … personnel in the school. It’s the unvaccinated that are doing that, so we have a lot of tasks. We’ve got to do mitigation. Put aside all of these issues of concern about liberties and personal liberties and realize we have a common enemy and that common enemy is the virus. And we really have to go together to get on top of this. Otherwise, we’re going to continue to suffer as we’re seeing right now.”
Not all experts become threats to democracy, but too many do. They have tunnel vision, and what they regard as “the most important thing” can blind them to more important things, like the unalienable rights of others. There are well credentialed experts on climate science who would—in face have done so– advocate a dictatorship to ensure a unified international response to climate change. Experts on “diversity and equity” are advocating anti-white and anti-male discrimination because in their “expert” analysis, “systemic racism” is a common enemy. You can fill out the list of similar examples yourself.
People who think in terms of surrendering freedom and personal liberty for “the greater good” are common enemies themselves. Giving them government-backed power is irresponsible. They cannot be trusted, and their pronouncements, like Fauci’s, should be sufficient warning of the existential threats to the nation they pose.