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.
When the left starts talking about nations becoming ungovernable, stock up on guns and ammo, because that usually means they’ll start forcefully agitating for a more governable country according to their definition of governability.
In many ways, I hope that America is relatively ungovernable. I have no particular respect for anybody who wants to be governed other than by their own internal governor, and I detest anybody who wishes to govern me and my life. I neither want nor need very much governing.
Because I'm a Tea Party sort of gap-toothed brain-damaged gun- and Bible-totin' neanderthal Ivy Leaguer? Why me? I planned my life, played by the rules, worked hard, and have been moderately successful. What did I do wrong that I deserve to be combatted for?
First, the Tea Party folks are not the fringe. They enjoy more approval than either the Republican or Democrat party. Second, on what planet do the media live? All Americans, of all political persuasions, are sick of the government. One only has to look at Nancy Pelosi’s approval ratings to know that she’s pretty universally reviled. Ditto Harry Reid. Do the delusional press think that only Tea Partiers are fed up and skewing these approval numbers?
Everything you said is so true. You forgot to add that the Democrats actually believe they are sacrificing themselves for the good of the people. They are willing to lose the election to get their items through. In this way they are both elevating themselves and their ideals and turning the people into children that they feel need to be taken care against their will. Disgusting.
I agree that Americans are not to be governable. Our government's job is to keep the nation safe, provide "public goods" like public safety and transportation infrastructure, and to give us a way to adjudicate disagreements and enforce law. That would take the government out of creating jobs, providing charity, managing health care or health care financing, sexual conduct of agreeing adults in any count (including paid sex), and probably out of the drug prohibition biz.
One could accept the "fallen humans" concept or just acknowledge that some of our traits can be dangerous to others. But that's all the government should constrain: conduct that harms others.
I admit I'm scared of legalizing personal drug use because we know it has costs, but I think its costs are lower than the prohibition costs. Having held both sides of this dilemma, I understand those who think I'm wrong.