Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ben Franklin Summary Response

Summary:
The quote, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” by Ben Franklin in 1759 depicts that in order to gain full safety one must sacrifice parts to their rights and privacy.

Response:
In 1759 Ben Franklin correctly portrayed how the people’s rights are given up when the government adds new security when he said, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety”. Safety can be achieved without the government watching the citizens of America and monitoring their every action. The government will continue to add more cameras and security and the people will continue to further lose more rights. This government power will spread farther and get bigger and eventually develop full control. When one allows their rights to be taken away, they are added somewhere else. For example, Colorado Pols wrote that “not only do red lights and speed cameras “undermine public trust,” they also undermine — perhaps naturally — individual privacy” (Colorado Pols, 2012). When the government sets up security cameras and other devices, one's individual privacy is taken away. One can no longer do whatever they please, do to the rise in cameras across America. This no longer can be known as safety, but rather as an invasion of citizens rights and privacy. However, if there were no cameras monitoring the actions of Americans, many criminals and terrorists would not have been caught. When cameras are around, people are deterred from completing a crime in the first place. But if they do, a camera makes much it easier to find suspects or the criminal all together. As Russell Huebsch of Demand Media explains, security cameras “almost always reduce theft and other crime that occurs” (Huebsch). This proves how effective the cameras are and why they are necessary to provide safety. A common view is that cameras are necessary to keep America safe and that it doesn't violate our rights. However, Americans are constantly watched, and that violates the right to privacy. The government targets innocent citizens in the attempt to find safety, so much that it does not seem like safety is even the issue. For example, many human rights organizations and advocacy groups say “that the government has become too aggressive in its efforts to keep the American public safe.” This just goes to show how involved the government is in society and how it is to the point where it has become too much. Franklin illustrates how human rights are given up in the search for full safety and protection.

Citations:
Ruckee, Katie. ""Startling" Number Of Americans Are On Terrorist Watchlist."MintPress News.
Mint Press, LLC, 23 July 2014. Web. 05 Feb. 2016.
"Denver: Third “Most Watched” City in America." Denver Pols. Colorado Pols, 17 June 2012. Web. 04 Feb. 2016.
Huebsch, Russell. "Pros & Cons of Using Security Cameras in Privately Owned Businesses." Small Business. Hearst Newspapers, LLC, 2016. Web. 4 Feb. 2016.

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