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In the era of global terrorism, can the United States remain a free and democratic...

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sj83 | Valedictorian

Posted March 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM via web

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In the era of global terrorism, can the United States remain a free and democratic society as envisioned by the Founding Fathers or are we destined to lose liberties and freedoms in return for greater security and strength?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 30, 2013 at 9:45 PM (Answer #1)

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Although many Americans are worried about the idea that we might lose our liberties because of the war on terror, it does not seem likely that this will happen.  We have faced dangers that seemed to be graver in the past without having lost our freedoms and so there is no reason to believe that we will lose them today.

In the 1950s, we faced a threat that was at least as great (at least in people’s minds) as the threat posed by terrorism.  At that time, there was a strong fear of communism and this fear was even more widespread than the fear of terrorism is today.  Rightly or wrongly, we in the US today only real fear terrorism from a relatively small group of Muslim extremists.  In the 1950s, by contrast, people felt that anyone could potentially be a communist.  This is why there was the desire to have teachers sign loyalty oaths and to blacklist Hollywood types who might be communists. 

Today, we are more suspicious of the government than we were in the 1950s.  Many people would be much more reluctant to give up their rights than people were in the ‘50s.  This combination should reassure us.  We are more resistant to government taking our rights away and the threat of terrorism does not require the same sort of domestic vigilance that the threat of communism did.  Therefore, it seems unlikely that we will lose our democratic freedoms now when we did not lose them 60 years ago under worse circumstances.

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user1450001 | Student , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 31, 2013 at 4:07 AM (Answer #2)

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I believe- Real security and strength is in the liberties and freedom itself. Not only united states but each country can remain free and democratic if UNITY is there (1) between the citizens and (2)between government and the citizens.

Unity can be in the form of firstly - HONESTY.

Today, all around us we see corruption (either as whole or as partly.) 

In this corruption , we automatically start losing liberties and freedom.

In a broad sense - No soul, no country can be destined to lose its liberties and freedom if IT has honesty and purity in its base. But as soon as it loses its honesty and purity it naturally start losing its freedom and liberties ( either small or in large portion).

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