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Letter: Beware knee-jerk responses

To my Republican friends:

During this election season, terrorism is going to present some tough choices to you and your party. There will be more attacks – by both domestic and international attackers – and there will be increasing calls to take tough action.

I urge you to judge the proposals according to your own conservative values. Beware of knee-jerk responses that would take away our freedoms in the name of keeping us safe. Be skeptical of authoritarian candidates who might use a crisis to increase the power of government (by declaring martial law, for example). Question those who undermine our pride and self-reliance with messages of fear. Challenge those who are less than committed to Constitutional principles such as due process and equal protection under the law.

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Dave Reed


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