Friday, August 07, 2009

Thank You Obama for Making The Choice So Stark: Slavery To The State or Freedom

It's either freedom or slavery to the State. We have finally come to this crossroads thanks to Barack Obama and I do thank him. Why? Because we have been floating along on a cloud allowing the government TO DO things to us that are contrary to living a full life of sentient autonomous human beings. For anyone interested in reading about what the advantages are of freedom versus the enormous cost of government intervention in the economy you can read about the emergence of the energy and lighting industry in the 1800's and early 1900's, a time when there was a great amount of freedom in the market place. The story of the discovery of oil and it's infinite uses is inspiring and brought light and transportation to a world living half it's life in darkness and the slow transportation of horse and buggy. Contrast this story with our farm policy beginning in 1862 when the government started meddling in agriculture and the loss of freedom and rights that resulted and is still in operation today for everyone connected to farming and those who buy the products. For more on these two interesting topics go to The Objective Standard (, summer issue 2009).

Thomas Sowell with his usual eloquence calls us all to vigilance toward our precious freedom. Remember, that most of humanity for most our history has lived in subjugation to the powers that be. We in the United States are an anomaly, an oasis of freedom. We should protect it at all costs unless we be the chattel of politicians.

"Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." We have heard that many times. What is also the price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections. If everything that is wrong with the world becomes a reason to turn more power over to some political savior, then freedom is going to erode away, while we are mindlessly repeating the catchwords of the hour, whether "change," "universal health care" or "social justice."

If we can be so easily stampeded by rhetoric that neither the public nor the Congress can be bothered to read, much less analyze, bills making massive changes in medical care, then do not be surprised when life and death decisions about you or your family are taken out of your hands-- and out of the hands of your doctor-- and transferred to bureaucrats in Washington.

Let's go back to square one. The universe was not made to our specifications. Nor were human beings. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that we are dissatisfied with many things at many times. The big question is whether we are prepared to follow any politician who claims to be able to "solve" our "problem."

If we are, then there will be a never ending series of "solutions," each causing new problems calling for still more "solutions." That way lies a never-ending quest, costing ever increasing amounts of the taxpayers' money and-- more important-- ever greater losses of your freedom to live your own life as you see fit, rather than as presumptuous elites dictate...(Read at

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