Monday, April 15, 2013

What The Boston Marathon Bombing Should Mean To You And Me

Explosion near Boston Marathon finish line (Dan Lampariello/Reuters)
First let me say that my heart goes out to the victims and their families of this tragic event. Being a runner myself, I also feel a great deal of sympathy for those who worked so hard to get there, but couldn't finish because of what unfolded.

May there be a special place in hell for whoever perpetrated this attack.

With that said, what concerns me the most is how this will further erode our civil liberties in our ever growing Police State. It's bad enough that in the wake of 9/11, and other airline related incidents, the simple act of flying has turned into a security nightmare but now there will be a greater cry for more video surveillance in cities and at high profile events.

Now do these measures work? That is a big maybe and at what cost? Are we any safer under the 24/7 watchful eye of Big Sis? Not really.

I myself do not feel any more secure because of the measures taken in the name of the War on Terror. Nor do I believe that I am immune from an act that a terrorist is plotting. But I'll also be damned if I am going to live my life looking over my shoulder, in constant fear of some boogieman either. And neither should you.

This may come as a surprise to those who want to increase the power of the Police State but bad people do bad things; that is the reality no matter how many cameras and other security measures are in place.

As Benjamin Franklin is famously quoted, "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Those are certainly words we need to remember even in these crazy times where some feel the urge to give up their liberty in the name of security.

In closing, I would like to say that I will still continue to abstain from politics as much as possible. As you may have noted, this blog has been a dead zone for the past many months and it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. I have decided to live by the axiom that "ignorance is bliss" and have pretty much refrained from any political discourse.

And to tell you the truth, I feel better for it.

The only reason I chose to post this little rant is because I am still a libertarian at heart and with running a hobby that I have recently rediscovered, I felt like it was worth tossing out my two cents.

So adieu for now and wish me luck this weekend as I run in the 4.2 mile Pat's Run to honor a victim of our Nation's interventionist foreign policy; Pat Tilman. And for any of my fellow runners who are out running in the dark, please take a look at my Run-Bright personal lighting system. Run safe, run bright.

Via Memeorandum


  1. Good luck with your run!

    I just posted a post this morning about my cousin running in the Boston Marathon. She was safe thankfully, but she was locked down for a while. Surprisingly, she was later permitted to leave even though the situation was not yet deemed entirely safe. She astonishingly continued her run. Liberty in America is not yet dead. I don't think here in Canada she would have been permitted to leave the lockdown and run towards the finish line.

    Don't give up on the politics entirely yet Chris - you still have something worth fighting for.

    1. Thanks for the well wishes Dean and glad that your cousin was safe.

      I'll tell you though, since I have checked out from the political scene, I'm a lot less stressed and irritable. I also have a lot more free time now that I'm not glued to my keyboard; life is good and that's what matters.

      The way I look at it, running 50-70 miles a month is a lot better for my health than getting worked up over the screw-job the Republiocrats are pulling on this country.

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