Consensus Building Against The Police State?
Radley Balko takes a look at a recent Reason/Rupe poll that shows a slowly growing consensus against the police state we're creating.
"... police militarization has flourished in part because while partisans on the left and right have been quick to denounce heavy-handed tactics when used against people with whom they sympathize or to enforce laws that they oppose, they've been somewhere between silent and gleeful when such tactics are used against their political opponents. But that too is changing. The reaction to the book has been encouraging, from across the political spectrum."
"More broadly, I think there's an increasing pan-ideological realization that the creeping surveillance/security/military state is starting to tread on the values and principles that are critical to a free society. And more encouraging yet, a willingness to speak up when government violates the rights of one's political opponents."
I don't know that I place much value in public opinion polls. They often change quite quickly and seem affected by whatever sound bites Joe and Jill Sixpack hear in the news on a particular day, I do seem have noticed a growing concern from both the Left and Right over civil liberties. That this sentiment seems to be growing relatively slowly, does that mean those concerns might last a while?