Better Safe than Sorry

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

We live in an unprecedented time wherein the world’s dangers are such that we must be overly cautious. I think we can all agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Totalitarianism– often implemented in the name of safety and of the common welfare– brutally murdered and starved 100 million people in just a few decades last century, forcing countless others to suffer unimaginable horrors and adversities that would grind our pathetic, soft, safe 21st century first world minds and bodies to oblivion in mere minutes. Some live under these kinds of regimes to this day and suffer all manner of oppression, injury, starvation, disease, and death while their well-fed and well-weaponized leaders tell them the sacrifices are for the greater good.

For you to sacrifice something for me is called charity. For me to demand a sacrifice of you is called selfishness. For me to use the government’s guns to force that sacrifice out of you is called state-sponsored slavery, or just communism. It doesn’t matter if the demand is for someone to give up providing for their families or for someone to give up free speech– the principle is the same.

I can’t think of a more selfish, miserable, and pathetic existence than demanding control of others’ lives and resources so you can more easily delude yourself into feeling safe. Over a million people in our great nation’s history have died to make you free so you can make your own decisions on how to best secure your life and property. Show a little respect for the blood used in that exchange and stand aside so others can take statistically minimal risks while preserving their own freedom, even if you won’t join them. After all, your freedom to abstain was also bought with blood.

Your safety is ultimately your own responsibility. When you demand that responsibility be taken away from others or give it up yourself for the government to handle, you encourage opportunists to become tyrants.

If we need to be overly cautious about anything, it’s better to be safe than sorry with our liberty.

Old Glory is raised upon the wreckage of the World Trade Center