Saturday, August 02, 2008

Liberty

One thing I prize above all others is my liberty, my freedom if you will. Liberty means different things to different people. I am reading an Essay by John Stuart Mill on the subject and his principal definition is that the state should not be able to force an individual to do something, even if it is for the betterment of that person, however, the state may force an individual to do something if it is for the betterment of the state. This view constitutes the underpinnings of socialism and n my mind isn’t what I would think of when talking liberty.

I have books by Jefferson, Paine, and Addams all waiting in queue as I try to find out where things have gone wrong here in the US. I would seek a return to a more literal translation of the constitution, where the states would hold most of the power, but not so much as to interfere with our daily lives. Washington and the scoundrels that inhabit the capitol are too far removed from their constituents - who better to make decisions on laws that effect you, your local government or a far removed Federal government. Isn’t being governed from afar with little or no representation what our revolution was about in the first place? Just food for thought.

12 Comments:

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Our government got too big and we took our freedom for granted.

 
At 2:47 AM, Blogger Pink said...

well the father of a good friend of mine had this wise thought to say...democracy is really the rule of the idiot...when you consider how many really great people there are in the world...and the law of averages...if everyone voted in a democracy we'd have rule by idiots.

Sometimes you get ruled by idiots anyway.

Look forward to November?
xx
pinks

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger Hammer said...

Thanks for the tip on the can opener. I'm going to pick one up today.

The one that got was the pull ring type that campbells uses on their stuff. I've learned my lesson with those things.

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

LL: It has become much to invasive

Pink: We are already ruled by idiots, thieves, and swindlers - they are known as the political class. There are two idiots running for president right now, neither worth the powder to blow them to hell.

hammer: I hate he pull tab tops, they are like juggling razor blades. I'm amazed no one has sued the companies using those containers.

 
At 9:11 AM, Blogger /t. said...

POWER
TO THE LAMBS!

/t.

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Or lamb power - generators running on lamb oil...

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

Lambs are meek.

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger Aunty Belle said...

SMOOOOOCH!

Oh yes Pho-Puddin', oh yes...what ya's describin' is State's Rights. Of COURSE the local gubmint is more responsive to the local needs. How in the sam hill did we get snookered into thinkin' that a centralized cabal eatin' at the trough would ever serve us well?

The Constitution is a gift that we done drug through the mud. I'se wif' you, Pho-Kid, let's jes' stick to what it says.

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger The Troll said...

That's what we've been saying for the last 40 years.

 
At 11:01 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

My freedom is very imp to me too and Im glad I hv it :)

Great pics!

Keshi.

 
At 10:23 PM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Time to take back what is rightfully ours. The process might not be too pretty....

 
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