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  • How to Have Your Liberty and Eat It (Safely), Too

    With Congress set to kick off its 2012 session in just a couple of weeks, now is the perfect time to consider what the government’s primary goals should be for the new year.

    The economy and the election will rightly command the most attention, but we must remember that defending America is always the government’s primary responsibility.

    To formulate an effective defense strategy for 2012, Congress and the President should not only consider military funding and strategy but, more importantly, how to properly balance national security and liberty.

    In the newest addition to Heritage’s Understanding America series, Charles Stimson and Andrew Grossman discuss the key decisions that have allowed the United States to be both the safest and the freest nation in history. Key to America’s success has been its Constitution of limited powers with checks and balances that maximizes civil liberty while still allowing for an energetic national defense:

    The Constitution’s Framers placed their faith not in specific guarantees of rights—those came later—but in an elegant system of checks on government.… These arrangements provide the flexibility necessary to ensure security and the restraint essential to safeguard liberties.

    Furthermore, America’s vigilant devotion to free elections allows the American people to correct government excesses in either direction.

    Americans would do well to reflect on this wisdom, for, as Stimson and Grossman note, nations that have traded freedoms for promises of security—or security for unlimited freedom—have achieved neither.

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    2 Responses to How to Have Your Liberty and Eat It (Safely), Too

    1. patrickmspeaks says:

      "Furthermore, America’s vigilant devotion to free elections allows the American people to correct government excesses in either direction."

      You lost me at this sentence. Unfortunately, we have arrived at a point where both parties are indulging in the same excesses in spending, and elections haven't been able to remedy it.

      As for security, it won't be an external threat (or even some anti-government internal threat) that brings this country down. Instead it will be blind faith in our current government system which, if the Founding Fathers could see it today, would make them puke. Then they'd overthrow it.

    2. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Stimson and Grossman use the same patriotic talking points that have been use for decades. They have
      absolutely no real meaning in this Obama controled nation. Regardless of how patriotic we may feel, with the government we are infected with today, true liberty or freedom will not be allowed to exist. We must realize we are under attact from world powers that are hell bent to destroy Wezstern civilization. We can use all the feel-good, patriotic BS we can think up, but until major changes are made in Washington and the type of politicians that inhabit the place, we will continue have no liberty to eat.

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