Question of the Week

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History Question of the Week

The United States has been at war more often than not during the past 100 years. At present, it is the War on Terror. Typically, when a country is at war their government grows more powerful. This has been the case since the attacks on 9/11. Is it justified or not for a government to grow in power, therefore taking away some of the rights and freedoms of citizens, during a time of war?

6 thoughts on “Question of the Week”

  1. I’m not quite sure on how to answer this question. The first thing that comes to my mind is why is the government growing more power due to war? However, the question is do I think it’s justified? Yes, I say this because in cases like the Terror of 9/11 I believe it more reasonable for the government to take critical action and the citizens to just be in a place of safety and out of way of government responsibility. I think that the voice of the citizens are important, however when certain attacks, similar to the one of 9/11 occur, than I believe that the government should take charge and for all costs.

  2. If the role of government is to promote virtue in its citizens, then to sacrifice the rights of citizens during wartime is a contradiction.

  3. I understand, however I also am leaning on the the reasonable act that sometimes putting certain tasks into certain hands are not necessary. When I say this I’m inferring that some things are too large that only specific people or government in this case should take full responsibility. As much as our country enforces and values democracy I also, believe that they are aware and understand that some action is and can be handled by government alone.

  4. I believe a given situation it would be justified for the government to step in such as 9/11 and power to grow to protect us as American citizens. The government seems focused on taking our protection away from us such as the right to carry guns. How are we going to protect our selfs? I do think there need to be stricter gun laws such as background checks, and if they are on terrorist watch ( they don’t need a gun). Just like the man who killed innocent people in an Orlando bar. I do believe that if the security had guns, and with stricter laws fewer people would have been killed. The government isn’t looking at it that way, though ( take their weapons fewer crimes will happen is what they think .) So yes! Stricter laws and more power towards terrorist and keeping us safe. But less restriction on us as citizens from being able to protect ourselves.

  5. In a given situation it would be justified for the government to step in such as 9/11 and power to grow to protect us as American citizens. The government seems focused on taking our protection away from us such as the right to carry guns. How are we going to protect our selfs? I do think there need to be stricter gun laws such as background checks, and if they are on terrorist watch ( they don’t need a gun). Just like the man who killed innocent people in an Orlando bar. I do believe that if the security had guns, and with stricter laws fewer people would have been killed. The government isn’t looking at it that way, though ( take their weapons fewer crimes will happen is what they think .) So yes! Stricter laws and more power towards terrorist and keeping us safe. But less restriction on us as citizens from being able to protect ourselves.

  6. If the nation needs to mobilize for war, as in World War II, then I think it is justified. However, the increase in size and power of the government will likely not return to pre-war levels. The U.S. and Britain are examples of this, following World War II. In anything less than the above example, then I believe this growth in power is unjustified and possibly tyrannical. Reasoning that stricter laws, to include intelligence and surveillance and gun control, would keep the citizenry safer is only a way to excuse the limiting of individual freedoms. Only the law-abiding will obey these laws, as seen by the terror attacks in France, which has strict gun control laws. I can’t propose an answer, but I think it’s clear that once the government grows in power and control through the excuse of conflict, it will not return this power and control once the crisis is past.

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