Twenty years ago this week the US Federal Government killed 75 people at the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, TX, many were women and children as young as one year old, who were never accused of any crime.
At the time, some people justified the killing by saying that the “children were being abused”, a charge which was false (see, PBS Frontline, FBI documents etc.) – as if, even if true, it would somehow justify their murder.
For hundreds of years, governments have proven themselves the greatest danger to its people and global peace. Governments have killed far more of their own people than any other form of violence.
Our founders recognized the urgent need to balance citizen and government power. Ironically, today, 20 years after Waco, government’s main focus is taking rights from citizens and expanding the very agency responsible for Waco while fretting over a small reduction in spending increases.
As long as we hold true to the Bill of Rights and keep power in the hands of the people we can make episodes like Waco an anomaly. It is when, and only when, we forget the wisdom of the founders, trample the Rights and expand government that we move towards more much disaster or worse. As long as we keep true to those rights we preserve what makes us great.