And liberty for all?

Here’s what I don’t get.

If a New Orleans resident decides to hole himself up in his home and wait out the flooding. If he’s decided for himself that he’s got adequate supplies, and he’s comfortable enough staying, why should he be ‘forced’ to evacuate?

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8 – Local police officers began confiscating weapons from civilians in preparation for a forced evacuation of the last holdouts still living here, as President Bush steeled the nation for the grisly scenes of recovering the dead that will unfold in coming days. (New York Times)

I mean, the guy isn’t harming anyone. He’s old enough to make his own decisions, yet, because he makes one the Government doesn’t approve of, they feel free to confiscate his possessions and forcibly evict him from his private property.

Doesn’t sound like freedom to me.

“Individuals are at risk of dying,” said P. Edwin Compass III, the superintendent of the New Orleans police. “There’s nothing more important than the preservation of human life.”

Nope, not even liberty.

Patrick Henry was just plain wrong. We should be thankful for those chains and masters that keep us safe.

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

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