In a move that had to have made Rahm Emanuel proud, New York Nanny Michael Bloomberg took the opportunity afforded by the Boston Marathon bombing to call for more centralized power at the expense of the Constitution.
For your security, of course.
“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry. But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change,” Bloomberg said during a press conference. “Look, we live in a very dangerous world. We know there are people who want to take away our freedoms. New Yorkers probably know that as much if not more than anybody else after the terrible tragedy of 9/11.”
So, we need to “reinterpret” and presumably relax constitutional limits placed on government intended to protect individual liberty in order to prevent “terrorists” from taking away our freedoms.
Well, that approach certainly does save the terrorists the trouble!
Look, Bloomberg’s comments come as no surprise. What do you expect from a narcissistic busy-body with a messiah complex? This is what megalomaniacal, power-hungry politicians do: look for ways to convince you that you need to give up power to them, because they know better than you!
We could easily blow Nanny Bloomberg off if it weren’t for the fact that so many people will fall right into line behind him. We already see it happening. Reason Magazine reporter Garrett Quinn did man-on-the-street interviews with Bostonians, asking them about their view of the police response to the bombing.
During the course of my reporting, I was unable to locate a single Watertown resident that admitted to being uncomfortable with the government asking them to “shelter in place” while 9,000 armored police descended on the Greater Boston area in search of a single suspect. In my estimation, the support for law enforcement appeared to be nearly universal, with phrases like “110% support” and “they did a great job” thrown around by virtually everyone I interviewed before, during, and after the manhunt. As one woman told me, “If it were ever to happen again, I’d hope they take the same precautions.”
Power-whores like Bloomberg know people will react like this, and they exploit fear to broaden their authority. Nazi Field Marshal Hermann Goering understood the same thing Bloomberg knows.
It is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
Maybe, for once, we should ignore the fear-mongering.