Thursday, January 28, 2010

Now I get it

OK, so I kinda-sorta watched our Leader make his speech last night. I remain unimpressed. Others have thoroughly addressed the multiple issues that the speech had, so no sense in wasting your time with that. Let's just say that it was "vintage Obama"--long on style, short on substance and plenty of blame to go around for everyone but Obama.

But what is funny was the intense sense of deja vu during the speech. I had seen this before, somewhere. Then it finally struck me. In an earlier post, I had mentioned the disturbing similarities some aspects of our current situation have to Fascist Italy (among other entertaining places). Then it stuck me:

I can see the family resemblance now.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Can you imagine freedom?

The less freedom we have, the less people are able to imagine what freedom feels like, and therefore the less they are willing to fight for its restoration.

We see this every day. The people who complain that there are no jobs, but never realize that the tax increases, voted for by politicians they elected, are what caused those jobs to never be created in the first place. The people who complain that the price of gasoline is through the roof, yet never realize that most of what they pay for a gallon of the go-juice goes to taxes. The people who turn down jobs because "they don't pay as much as I'm getting in unemployment".

For over 50 years, we've been trained to these attitudes by the educational system and the media. The work of those two...august...institutions is nearly complete.

If you want a glimmer of the future we are rapidly striding toward, picture Nazi Germany or Fascist Italy or Soviet Russia in the 30s--with TV to be sure the message gets into every home. If that's too hard, try Max Headroom or the works of William Gibson. Picture any totalitarian regime you care to think of, and elements of it are in the early stages right here and now.

Time is short for those of us who would rather fail on our own than survive with Nanny watching our every move lest we skin a knee.

We need not only to imagine freedom, but to teach the concept as best we can. Teach your kids, teach your spouse, teach your friends. We need to fight for our freedom in ways small and large. We need to fight for it every day.

This is too important to leave to politicians. Even those who are the most conservative or libertarian simply do not seem to be able to imagine a world in which governments do not have much say in the lives of the people.

There is no recipe for the restoration of freedom. Each of us will simply have to cook our own "freedom stew" out of the ingredients at hand.

And remember, it's hard to cook without breaking some eggs and making a mess.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Round 1 to the statists, it seems

Ye Old Furt reports that someone has caved and the Texas Gun Show set for February has been canceled.

This sucks. I know that Austin is not typical of Texas as a whole, but this is ridiculous. I hope that someone in Texas can take this matter in hand and do something constructive about it.