your argument is proof positive that we don't deserve individual rights anymore. the "cornerstone" of a living, thriving civilization isn't "order". a civilization that is founded completely on "order" is a stagnant civilization that is at the end of the life cycle. which seems to describe us, sadly.
the cornerstone of civilization is an ebbing and flowing balance between order and random change (chaos). from a long range view of public best interest, there has to be chaos involved to cultivate growth and development of a civilization. what we're offered under the disguise of "safety" is a slow death of decay. it's unattractive.
it's interesting how often this phrase is used as a disguise for the real intent of government intervention which is; control the public.
our juggernaut government's main purpose is to control public interest and focus so that the government may continue to grow and thrive. the people are the fuel source, the government is the feeding organism. -_-
i'm glad someone finally mentioned that word. it seems like a reasonable thing to think that people who value individual rights (ie. anti-copyrightists) could see past their own individual agendas to value all individual rights, not just their own pet issues. if that COULD happen, then the libertarian party might get enough traction to actually make an impact.
yes drug money has been used to fuel terroism. but using our laws in a way they were never intended to be used; ie: thwarting civil liberties, is NOT acceptable even IF it reduced the amount of $$ terrorists received. doing wrong for the overall good has ALWAYS been a losing proposition.