Most Americans will not think so, especially following the Boston Marathon bombing, but I think it's time to send different signals to other nations, to our government and to ourselves. It's unhealthy for Americans to maintain a permanent war mindset, anxious regarding the next terrorist attack. I understand the reaction of some as they rally against terrorists, but the sad fact of the 21st century is that any free country will have many enemies, and the enemies of liberty are diverse -- they don't understand the concept of freedom. This is really nothing new -- liberty has always been under attack by those who wish to dominate. Many of those who don't understand the concept of America or freedom in general are Americans who would have us obeying the central commands of a powerful State.
Going forward, it appears to me that the healthiest mindset is defense of liberty, against all enemies of liberty. Political opposition to liberty can be fought by electing representatives who protect the Constitution and individual rights. Militaristic opposition to liberty can be defended by a strong and capable defense. America has waged enough wars against poverty, drugs, terror, etc., and now the mindset, I think, should be to promote and defend liberty. By limiting government power to intervene in the economy, this will provide focus for government to do what it's meant to do, protect our borders, police the streets to protect citizens from crime and violence, and to settle disputes in courts of law. I fear that now, because security issues are so exaggerated by our interventionist government, the American people are assigning too much power and control to the State and the military/industrial complex. When we're always pushed by the idea of perpetual war, we remain in a state of perpetual submission to the State, a State which assigns extraordinary powers to itself because of the war-time circumstances. Once the State expands power and control, it hardly ever, if ever, gives back the power and control.
It's time for Americans to take back the reigns that control government and to say to those in power, Yes, we want you to do what we pay and elect you to do, protect our rights and our lives, but we're going to return to free living. We understand that there are those who wish to harm us, and there always will be those who wish to harm us, but we're going to promote freedom, not hide in fear and insecurity. We can live freely with our eyes open, fully cognizant of a dangerous world, determined to face and deal with all threats, external and internal, to liberty. We aren't fighting a war against terrorism -- rather, we're defending and promoting freedom. It's a change in mindset that speaks to what we're dynamically moving toward as we go forward.