We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A propos our earlier post today about Immune from Logic, here's what they are doing in the UK: Health and safety snoops to enter family homes. Why people would put up with that is beyond me. Oh, I forgot. It's for the Greater Good. Meaning the good of the government.
It makes sense, however, in a sick sort of way: who pays the piper calls the tune. The more government controls the funding of medical care, the sooner they control what we do in our lives. Thus we get to things like this: A cost-benefit analysis of abortion vs. live birth.
Itís as if we in the U.S. are moving toward a system where just about anything
can be justified because some government official says that it should
be so. Itís all for the greater good, right? What are pesky little
things like individuals and predictable rules in the face of all that
wonderful greater goodness?
Every time I hear (read) that I grab my wallet and start checking. Seldom is it about it being "for the children" and often it is about "its for your own good we do this thing.... controlling your life."
And make no mistake here people, it IS for control they are doing this. "Its for the children!" is the red herring dangled in front of so many do-gooders to blind them from the consequences of the action.
It is increasingly obvious that the English are being ruled by a bureaucratic and political elite who are firmly entrenched and believe themselves to be Masters of All They Survey. Instead of Divine Right, they rule by the Rule of Executive Fiat for the "Greater Good".
Just to remind you, my friends ... as of January 2010, the Government is sending its Representatives to your home, to question you for the census. We, you and I, would do well to plan the encounter beforehand, if we want to avoid being flabbergasted by governmental arrogance in requiring us to answer a multi- page questionnaire of Constitutionally unjustifiable questions. Our Constitution requires that we tell the census taker how many people live in the house. That's all. Nothing more. Personally, I don't plan to let the census taker into my house, since I have a covered front porch, and our brief interview can take place there. I don't usually let strangers into my house in the first place. If I don't know them personally, they don't get in. That's common sense when one is elderly and no longer spry enough to defend oneself.
I don't plan to tell him/her how many rooms the house has, its square footage, the number of bathrooms, much less the number of televisions, computers, and other technological marvels and luxuries that we may possess. Also, we'll not confide our Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, annual income and other private information from which they can deduce much other formerly private data.
We've lost too much of our privacy already. We've had our identity stolen once, and are going to try to see it never happens again.
The encroachments of governmental busybodies on the lives of American citizens are growing ever bolder. We need to resist in this area as we need to resist in other areas. Liberty is stolen a handful at a time.
Isn't that the rationalization the Nazis used to round up the Jews and send them to the concentration camps and the Soviets used to send millions to the GULAG? The survivors would be improved by sacrificing a few undesirables.