August 06, 2005
This country may be approaching its 300th birthday, but we've never really strayed far from our Puritan roots. How many laws do we have on the books now that punish "lifestyle" choices instead of criminals?
I read this article and it really set me off. That's just one more example of government killing someone in the name of God, or whatever it is that motivates the nanny-folks to LEGISLATE your life to match theirs.
THEY know the ONE TRUE WAY. If you don't subscribe to their beliefs, well.... they'll ARREST YOU and throw you in jail. That'll teach YOU a lesson.
In my younger days, I was a hellion. I smoked dope, I danced with prostitutes and I gambled. I tried every kind of dope known to man and I had sex with every woman who would hold still for me. I did some shit that would curdle most people's grits, but I enjoyed every bit of it.
I didn't hurt anybody. I didn't steal or rob from anyone. I just cut a wide, wild swath.
What the hell is wrong with that? Because YOU don't like it, it should be forbidden for EVERYONE? Who died and made YOU the Pope, you pompous ass? When did YOU become God? I'll give you MY humble opinion on that idea: Fuck YOU and the great white horse you rode in on.
Some people really have a hard time handling the idea of freedom. I don't. I've done fairly well in my life with no help from government or any kind of nanny watching over me.
Some people fuck up. Just look at the welfare rolls. But "life" didn't do that to them--- they did it to themselves. I've said many times before--- get an education, work hard and the world is your oyster. Decide NOT to do that, and reap what you sow.
I don't need a got-dam nanny government to take "care" of me. I've been on my own for a long time, and nobody except ME ever bailed me out of the holes I dug for myself. And I dug them ALL myself.
If I were in charge of this country, I would stop the insane "War on Drugs," I wouldn't worry about when some blue-nosed asshole developed belly-cramps over "smut," I would legalize prostitution, gambling and drugs, and I would put a bounty on the head of ANY self-righteous lawmaker who had the unmitigated gall to force HIS beliefs on me.
Just look up the word "freedom" in the dictionary. Do you think we live that way today? I don't.
(By the way--- I agree with Locke's Social Contract, but we've gone waaaaay beyond that now.)
You mean we should actually clean up our OWN messes? Perhaps we should teach our children to clean up THEIR own messes?
Surely you jest.
You sure as hell hit the nail on the head with this post! I'm sick of 'government intervention in the best interest of,,,' Get the hell out of my life, let me live it the way I want. As long as I'm harming no one but myself, f*ck off!
Watch out Einstein, you come here close to making my point about busy-body fundamentalist Christians.
They want to determine what my wife chooses to do about having children,
They want to decide what medical treatment is provided for my 'brain dead' family members,
They want to determine what is written in my children's history & science textbooks
In short, they want their beliefs and values to be the law of the land.
How is this any different from the Puritans?
Yeah Acidman, I am definitely in agreement with you on this one. The government we have in the USA today is everything we fought to be free from back in the Revolutionary War multiplied by ten. How did it get that way? What can be done to change it? Another Revolution perhaps? Then what? We build the same mess all over again. Humans as a race do not seem to be very good at learning from experience. I think the family of man is a dying species. We are bound for self destruction. In fact we eagerly race toward it. I wonder who will get the planet next?
Darn right Michele. I would add that people should not overstate the harm they feel they are enduring--that way lies (more) tyranny.
Yes! You've described fascism to a T: the "nanny" (or "daddy") government legislating your actions "for our own good" because we're all too stupid to know any better, right?
Whoa! Sports Fans! Did I make a wrong turn or what?
Isn't this the crowd that thinks government is doing just fine? I mean--isn't everything peachy-keen in the Dick 'n Bush Big Adventure in Iraq? (D&B Big Adventure applications from Syria, Iran, and others still pending)
Of course we need the Patriot Act to make sure that none of us patriots turns out to be a terrorist in a bulky jacket that wasn't bulky while on the way to do some electrical work for a customer, or sumpin like that. That guy ended up with Exedrin's worst. How can we complain? Which of us has ever gotten a mistaken bullet, or seven, to the brain?
Course we need the good ole T&A folks fondling and/or screening the frequent flyers--in case a pair of tweezers might turn the tide of war against us. Heaven (apologies to any atheists, agnostics, or epicureans) forbid that should happen! They did not pluck the plucker, and America lost!
(that was for the box-cutter-believing crowd . . . T.O.--call your wife)
How would we survive (LOOK OUT IS THAT A BOMB?! OH, NEVER MIND) those bad terrorists out there if we went and started another revolution because government tells us to do something we don't wanna do? I can damn betcha almost 2,000 young soldiers didn't wanna die for a war we had no business fighting. But government knows war, so it must know about drugs and and taxes and confiscatory oil prices and consenting adults and blue laws and dry counties and smoking in restaurants and well, the list just goes on and on.
You guys love the government. They are winning the War on Abstraction, er, terror. Yea! Certainly you can cut them some slack on the "personal freedom" bit, can't you? Look how government made heroes of all our dead young soldiers. If for no other reason, you should speak more kindly of government. Really. In war (mostly) or (the occasional) peace, they only mean the best for you and me, and our heroic sons and daughters--dead or alive. Right?
Besides--if y'all start a revolution, ya know what that means. You could be terrorists, and Dick 'n Bush are not displaying much discretion of late as to who is or is not a terrorist. Just be glad you do not live in London!
Y'all gotta think your potentially rash actions through a bit more, ok? Mr. Bush just wants to make you more free, can't you see that? He is telling us the same he tells the Iraqui people. He just wants us to be free. Gee--help him out, sports fans, won't you? He epitomizes government at its highest and best, and he's on YOUR side!
Just imagine! He has even taken our constitution away from us so he could give it to the Iraqi people. How much more UNSELFISH a public servant could we posibly want?
And don't believe a single word from that evil Fitzgerald fellow--Mr. Bush hired him to do a job, and can you believe it? HE DID! Also, never mind the buzz about the Brit M-16 boys with explosives being detained in the "tube" under the Dirksen Building in Chi-Town. Mere coincidence. Mr. Blair gives us his assurances. O Happy Day!
One if by land, two if by sea, three if in and by DC.
Ride hard, my man, one more time--please . . .
Before the lanterns flicker out for good.
The Social Contract is no contract; no one negotiated with me and obtained my willing signature.