Thursday, February 4, 2016

Summary Response about Ben Franklin

Mallory Gueller

Benjamin Franklin in 1759 acknowledged the fact that the right to freedom exceeds temporary safety, and that those who give up their freedoms for safety deserve nothing in the end.

Benjamin Franklin incorrectly portrays the idea that freedom is more important than temporary safety because privacy is an essential liberty that Americans have chosen to given up. Here’s an example of how he is incorrect. After 9/11, the people gave up our freedoms for a safety that has lasted for almost fifteen years. In an article on PBS Newshour, Jason Villemez states, “The decade after the 9/11 attacks reshaped many facets of life in America. Some changes were temporary — an immediate response out of concern for our safety — while some proved to be more lasting transformations in American life.” He is talking about the freedoms we gave up for a lasting safety. He then goes on to say how these transformations have shaped our safety, making us a better country even after the loss of our freedom. We are safe because of these transformations that made our life safe and worth living. Some may argue that not only does it violate our morals as Americans, but the privacy invasions do not seem to have made an intense impact. An article on NSA’s surveillance cameras highlighted, “the contribution of NSA’s bulk surveillance programs to these cases was minimal” (Sternman, International Security). Sternman proves that the temporary safety we are ditching our American rights for is not overly effective and in no way overpowers the liberty and privacy citizens have always known. Those who are willing to give up America’s well deserved rights of freedom in order to have limited protection are not taking advantage of what it means to be a U.S. citizen. However, that is not correct. A common view is that temporary safety is necessary for the well-being of our society, and this makes sense because invasions of privacy such as security cameras and cell phone searches have the ability to catch criminals or terrorists. The lack of privacy may lead America to becoming one of the safest place to live. Benjamin Franklin incorrectly portrays the balance of importance between safety and freedom because Americans exercised their freedom by choosing to give it up.