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Thursday, October 18. 2007
I attended a local political debate last night in my small Yankee town. We have a Town Meeting system of government (meaning that every voter can come and speak, and vote, on every issue before the town), and we elect two paid Selectmen as administrators.
Of a wide variety of questions, one question a voter asked the two First Selectman candidates was this: "What do you plan to do about the epidemic of obesity?"
Neither of the two stooges - one a young lawyer, the other a local insurance guy - had the cojones to reply with the correct answer: "I think a person's weight is their private business, and not a legitimate concern of government."
Wimps and weenies. I felt like slapping them both: they had brilliant virtuous ideas about "bike paths and walking paths." Paid for by me, no doubt. Of course, the people who want to be fit already bike or run or walk on the roads, and the fatties in this town would not be caught dead on a bike - and the very sight of it might give people heart attacks. Ain't politics great?
Image: Rockwell's Town Meeting picture, representing Freedom of Speech
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"Neither of the two stooges ... had the cojones to reply with the correct answer...Wimps and weenies. I felt like slapping them both..."
So... did you speak up? What did you say?
In the Rockwell, what the guy is probably not saying:
"Well, the village is a gettin' a mite lardy, so we'll be a wantin' us a bike path."
What about my idea for Fat Island?
Everyone deemed "obese" is sent there. All the food you can eat. To get off the island, your BMI must be at "non-obese" levels. Learn self control or forever be banished away from those concerned about "the epidemic of obesity".
Same for Gangsta Island, except substitute guns and drugs for the limitless food.
Bum Island, limitless booze and used sleeping bags.
You don't really need an island, just a large fenced off area. Call it a "camp", er, uh, "re-education camp" perhaps.
F'ing facists we have become. Probably an agent provocateur, 5th column type brought it up. A plant, as it were.
I'm damned glad we don't have that form of government in my town. It's bad enough, as it is.
If you're motivated, you need but a few square feet of floor space--three things, pushups, situps, and jumping jacks, done in hard enough sets, will get ya there and keep ya there. Bike path's ass. Without motivation, nothing short of Phil's idea will do a blessed thing. Feel-goodism is just rampant everywhere.
The fact that the question was even raised at a town meeting is a lurid sign of how far we've travelled down the road of socialism.
We are not going to stop big government. Federalism** is dead. Legislation never expands freedom but only constricts it. Only by violent revolution that we will be able to reorder society back to the federalist form originally intended. We are well beyond Orwellian predictions.
“The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.”
We do not with our sense of humanity subscribe to Thucydides overtly however to deviate from it’s meaning is to give license to the government, any government , to define our lives in it’s entirety.
Over the last sixty years the citizenry has been presented with a choice. Pay ever increasing taxes to governments, local ,state, and federal and “be saved”, or refuse to pay the tribute in the amounts “legislated” (triillions in corrupted money, kickbacks and such devoured by governments).
Some argue that roads to nowhere, $800 toilet seats , and $500 hammers aren’t necessary but are soon confronted with the overweening truth that if they don’t want those items, they will also not receive money for clean drinking water. Needing the water for survival the citizen concedes and the corruption of the system becomes ever more sophisticated. It finally reaches a point where rejection of any legislation is akin to calling a Sicilians mother a bad name.
Thus the hard realism: “The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.” Our saying from Thucydides. Today it has morphed into “The strong do what they want and the weak have to accept it or else”
Thus is what is known as the Melian conundrum. We are now at the mercy of our own government and many are actually begging for more enslavement.
Political federalism is a political philosophy in which a group of members are bound together (Latin: foedus, covenant) with a governing representative head. The term federalism is also used to describe a system of the government in which sovereignty is constitutionally divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units (like states or provinces). Federalism is the system in which the power to govern is shared between the national & state governments, creating what is often called a federation. Proponents are often called federalists.
Habu, what is "or else" I live outside of Tampa which has become another metro blob and am thinking of moving to a more rural surrounding only because PC creeps there at a slower pace but first I need a more marketable skill than paper pushing mortgage broker, not much need for them in the back woods. My ancestral homeland of Vermont is too expensive and too cold. Where out West can someone go to live.
The “or else” is that what you currently have will be more severely attacked by more taxes, outlawing, or confiscation of the item or lawsuits bankrupting you. Lawsuits are a favorite for even if the charges are specious, you still must defend yourself.
As to your situation, you happen to be talking to a former Smith Barney & Merrill Lynch broker of almost 20 years experience who lives just south of Jacksonville, FL. I know the life.
I bought a ranch in Montana and in two years will be living there full time. At 60 I have piled it up over seven figures so I think I'll do just fine. It took years of denial, living well below my means, and staying out of debt.
Today I have no debt, three cars, two less than three years old and one, a 1999 Honda Odyssey with 23,000 miles on it.
I do not know what to tell you since I do not know anything about you. Patrick Henry said, “I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided; and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.”
Our citizenry’s path for three score has been a consistently larger and more intrusive government, demanding more of our personal resources for redistribution to others who have no valid claim on those resources.
You have any path you chose, but I am sure sacrifice will be necessary, nothing worth having comes cheap. If out west is where you chose to go, Dripping Springs , Tx is a great place. I have often thought that a Physician Assistant degree is one that will never become obsoltete and will become more in demand as the Boomers age. They take about two years to acquire. USF probably has a program and it’s just about as portable degree as I can think of.
PS.. There are very few jobs in Montana, it’s a poor state.
Montana really needs some more settlers, Grant. The butter and honey of that Great State is being wasted on coots and hermits who have nothing better to do than try to add traffic to other people's local roadways so to overtax their monthly trips into Austin for gin, tobacco, coffee, sugar, and "Bubbles" McClanahan.
Well Montana might be OK but for folks like the Unibomber and the infamous Montana child molester and sexual sadist Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, who fed his neighbors human pot pies. It's a good state otherwise.
Of course there's the occastional griz attack cougar attack,wolf attack,heart attack, but it's all good.
Heh...... "political philosophy" is nonsense on stilts.....
The quality of a society is based on the culture and the virtues of its people.......
The Melian condundrum fails to take into consideration one important aspect; reciprocosity. Weak and strong have to co-operate to even live together in a society, because if someone poisons the well, everybody dies. A war of all against all is disasterous and if bringing everyone under the thralldom of slavery is the resolution to it, so be it.....
The answer to Thucydides's aphorism? "Strong or weak, you can't have what you want"......
How segways for all the fat people to ride on the bike paths?
Better yet, tandem bikes so skinny people can pedal fat ones around on the bike paths.
Don't the Chinese already have this?
"and the fatties in this town would not be caught dead on a bike - and the very sight of it might give people heart attacks"
Ha ha ha ha. You can say THAT again. Fat people shouldn't even be in sight of us betters. Vomit!
it's not the fat person that looks funny, it's the bike. all squashed down in the middle, flat tires, groaning sprockets, bent spokes, all that.
Hope you have some new hilarious material in a month and a half when some of us revert back to thin, again. Damn. Wish i smoked, had several divorces and been a slut or not broken my ankles to have kept me on my toes and a worthwhile human bean. Fat is so gross.
Making fun of it, of course, grosser.
Actually, a bunch of thin people dreaming up government programs which do nothing, but sound great, on the, um, backs of the fat, so to speak, is gross.
Shouldn't the fat in this country rise up against this nanny state? Perhaps before Fat Island becomes a reality? Fat Libertarians or something.
Fat against Facism.
Hey, I am no spring chicken, but I take offense at doo gooders who use minorities, the downtrodden, and in this case- the fat, to make points about what government should be doing. Feel gooderism.
I used to see people, yuppies at my kid's school, with "Tax me More" buttons on during voting season. These people were all well off, and thin I might add... can you imagine the pins "Exercise Me More" on the same skinny hypocrite? That's the government excuse to force us all into hyper-control of our life, you are a big fat needy voter, and we care about you, not like those skinny Republicans who hate children, especially fat ones.
"Tax Me More" --okay, but with the deficit only 1.2% of GDP, why not just fork over your wallet when we get back out to the parking lot?
I remember when JFK was president he got on this big kick of having folks do 50 mile hikes. What a crock...he must have been high on the drug du jour...but thousands did and I think you even got a patch for your jacket.
He of course was riding Marilyn for his "bad back"
I guess it beat humping it over hill and dell.
I forgot to mention: I am not exactly skinny. 6'3" and 262lbs gives me the right, nay, the obligation to make fun of fat people. Kinda like being able to say the N word if you are black, or tell blind jokes in braille chatrooms, etc.
Aint PC great! Finally I am a victim! yay! No more waiting for Victimism Deficit Disorder to be a real disease.
There is a way I can have my cake and eat it too !!!
By riding a bike around the block several times I can fulfill the necessity I believe is inevitible, except the reward will be much greater. Each rounding of the block will be a "revolution" ...so there, we avoid the bloodshed, and the government can only tell me that I MUST wear a helmet, can't exceed the speed limit, but I get to decide how much air to put into the tires.....ahh freedom..