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.
That's what these fall elections boil down to, this year. A stark choice in attitudes towards the relationship between the individual and the state. A Parental State vs. a Servant State. The country votes roughly 50-50 on that, which, to my mind, is pathetic in a bold nation like this. Too many people looking for a caretaker instead of embracing opportunity.
Lots of people are embedding this Scott Brown ad. The strange, shrill anger in Harvard prof Warren's voice is disturbing. She needs to be reminded who pays for the roads - and for her salary. The angry condescension towards the free commerce which makes this nation alive always bugs me, especially from those who have never engaged in it:
My question for President Obama and Professor Warren, “If we could take away the entire government of the United States would what remained still be America? Yes, I believe most of us would do fine.
Or, if otherwise we eliminated the free enterprise system, capitalism, the unique ability of Americans to form associations among themselves without the need for “higher authority” or governments approval would that society last as long as the Soviet Union. A system which it would most resemble. I believe that such a society put in place here replacing what we have had would not last out the year. Because unlike the USSR, we would have no America to escape to.
“Protect your country, for there is no afterlife for the land created as the last best hope of mankind”.