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Sunday, January 14. 2007
Editor's Note: This post captures a chunk of the essential spirit of Maggie's Farm. Thanks, Barrister. Ya done good, ol' buddy, with Scotch or without. Glad to know that horse did not kill ya yet. We need ye as the Pilgrims needed Miles Standish.
I believe that the Dems want the USA to be Denmark.
A Dane explains why it's a bad idea. TCS.
My guess is that it's a very good deal for the lazy, the unmotivated, the dysfunctional, the dependent, the feckless, the spiritless, the addicted, and the sociopathic exploiters of the system. I feel badly for all of such folks, except the latter.
But how is it for strong or energetic adventurous men and women who want to do things and make things and grow and develop their skills and make money and create their own life free from government constraint and intrusiveness - and taxation? And who are willing to take the blows when they fail, as fail they must, sometimes? And for those who want to have the spare cash to support charities and causes you want - and not just those the government wants?
The reason Denmark is not my ideal is that men can never be Men, and women never Women - because the State remains their parent throughout life, while sucking out their lifeblood - just never enough to kill them. Permanent adolescence - or serfdom, as Hayek would term it. Might just as well be laboratory mice with great sex and free food. All needs met, except for the ones that matter most, and which differentiate us from animals.
I do like the Danes, but they can keep their risk-free, opportunity-free Mommy state. It's like life in a government mall: safe, sterile, spiritless, and never quite grown-up. Regressive, as the shrinks would say.
Europe has a feudal history. They have an ancient template for a kind of relationship between the individual and the State. Authority does best, and knows best. When they screw you - hey, that's life. Each year, you thank them for your bowl of porridge. If you're unhappy, you go on strike, like a passive-aggressive teen-ager. But don't expect anything of yourself, like to try something different.
It is bullsh-t. Those "authorities" are just sucking off your own teats, like piglets in a pig sty. What do they produce? What wealth do they create? What products? What services, other than those moved from one person to another? Excepting military defence. Because of love of power and self-love, government always becomes an unfaithful servant. Darn that ol' sinful human nature.
Uppity souls - they forget to stay in the servant's quarters where they belong. They forget their place. Think they are important - and worse, think they are smart. But what can they really do? (Think about it it, If you took away Ted Kennedy's or Joe Biden's or John Dean's trust fund, or Nacy Pelosi's or Jon Cary's husband, or Tony Blair's pension, how would they support themselves? They would starve.)
The average citizen knows far more about life in any country than their insulated leaders. I am certain of that, and even more so in Europe and in the EU, where government is even more of a "profession" - as is prostitution - than it is in the US.
America does not have that. We were founded on the principle of keeping the State off our backs. We took a lot of risks, and died willingly for that novel notion that placed the individual human spirit at the top of the pyramid. Correction - the individual human spirit as fed, inspired, and led by the spirit of God.
Theirs jes' ain't the red-blooded, well-armed, God fearin', spirited American Way that built this country that the whole world wants to come to. Sure, they want the money - but the legal immigrants mainly want freedom and risk: opportunity, not freebies. And, besides, whatever Robert Reich wants - I don't want it. Give me liberty, etc. I am near fed-up with the EuroWeenies being held up as role models. I prefer John Wayne and Gregory Peck to Mr. Reich. Well, duh.
We native Yankees refuse to be happy mice: that is not the bold spirit our ancestors wanted for us. Free men, free women, on our mentally-disordered psychotic horses, with guns, in a free land, on a grey January afternoon in New England. That is real America, or at least a big piece of it.
But this battle wearies me. No snow on the ground - I have been to church and have had a fine glass of Scotch whiskey with some cheese for lunch, and am ready to go out for an afternoon (horseback) ride now with the lovely Mrs., to enjoy our glorious free land. With my 20 ga. in the scabbard, in case we happen on a nice grouse cover.
One of these days, this wacky horse will kill me. He is fast, but he never watches where he is going. Great fun. Duck your head for low branches when he feels like a gallop, because the SOB only listens when he feels like it. Gotta love his ornery nature. He would not be a good Danish citizen. He lacks mouse genes. And I do not mean to equate the bold Viking Danes with mice.
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We need more of your nice "grouse coverage" on this issue to remind us to keep upholding the free principles of risk and self-responsibility that our system richly offers (decreasingly so, unfortunately.)
I too use the Robert Reich index. If he's fer it, I'm agin it, ipso facto, a priori, doodly-doo.
Like the execrable Krugman, he's as Red as Red can be.
I do not understand these sorts of people. How can they be so highly literate, informed, trained, and educated, and yet utterly miss all the evidence accrued in their topics?
The only answer I can come up with is, they want to be the powerful apparatchiks in a soviet system.
How can they be so highly literate, informed, trained, and educated, and yet utterly miss all the evidence accrued in their topics?
I think the answer is in your question.
" are just sucking off your own teats "....
hmmmm......maybe we should rethink this
if you guys could perform similarly, well swell
But you know Buddy, the irony is, they have more power now than they would ever have under a soviet system. They are just too damn full of themselves to see it.
Good one, cool site and you're linked, thanks!
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
teach people to be victims
Arived home alive, one more time.
Thank God we cannot do what dogs can do, or we probably would.
Thanks, Uspace. Thanks for spreading the word.
Read us, or die (psycho-mento-politico-spiritually).
You are very welcome, your site is great, it's linked, thanks!
absurd thought -
God of the Universe hates
"Thank God we cannot do what dogs can do, or we probably would"
That conjured up 1,000 images, most not that unpleasant, except when in the middle of a busy highway.
Crucial, though: are we a dog with the brain we have now, or just a dog?
Nice device, USpace--illuminating, the 'absurd thoughts'. Compliments.
Just finished a close-reading of the post, saved for after dinner. It's just great; uplifting--and true (even "This battle wearies me").
Thanks much, BL.
Not certain that it deserves close reading, however. I tend to run on, and end up frothing at the mouth like a horse.
Good link. I agree and I liked your rant Barrister. But remember too that, unlike Ted Kennedy or Joe Biden or John Dean, or Nancy Pelosi or Jon Cary, the Danes are brave fighters and good friends and allies of America. /s They are not mice.
Here is a link to some of the illustrations of a well known Dane, Kay Neilson. I have always liked the fantastic way he drew warriors and women and horses and snow.
Reminds me off the work of the famous and well-known art-deco painter (American, from the teens & 20s i think) whose name slips me at the moment. Not NC Wyeth, the other one. "Frank" something?
needing help, in senileville--
I sure hope they eliminate the tax credits given for having children, and that they begin taxing churches.
These programs make people think they are entitled to have children, or to practice their supersticions in a fancy building.