Every free society is challenged by the fear that freedom can result in devastating consequences for them personally as well as their friends, family and associates. When fear is maximized freedoms are more restricted. Our own neighbor might be a terrorist so we must listen to everyone’s conversation. We fear the parents of today can’t properly raise their children so we must restrict how these parents can raise their children (64 oz sodas, birth control at public schools etc)
How do we balance the challenge of having a free society and a safe society? How do we protect society from those individuals who take “unnecessary risks” that in the end costs us all? How do we insure that our citizens freedoms are protected against fear? Below are a few ways we can accomplish these missions.
(1) We should profile people not just on their background but also their behavior. Those that fit this criteria will be investigated as well as their contacts. Their must be a clear timeline set for the closer scrutiny sanctioned by the judicial branch. If no evidence of wrong doing is shown by a certain period of time the surveillance of this individual must be stopped.
(2) Citizens should not be forced by the government to buy a product for themselves or their families if they deem that product not necessary. These individuals must be educated concerning the benefits of such a product and the consequences of not purchasing this product. Yet their must be a cost to the individual if their refusal to purchase such a product (ex health insurance) results in a cost for society as a whole.
(3) The government must not prohibit an individual from a buying a product that they desire unless that product causes immediate harm to the individuals and/or those near the individual. Governments job is to educate the individuals about the possible ramifications of their decisions not dictate to them. Government should have the right to put a sin tax on items that have been clearly identified to cause long term harm to said individual and therefore bear a burden to society.