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One last (hopefully?) revisit to the 2011 legislative session.
Of Nails, Shoes, Horses, Riders and Nations
How about adding, For want of the rider the nation is lost? I got to thinking about the Herbert quote in reference to the light bulb battle. What really intrigued me was a comment by Energy Secretary Steven Chu justifying the government's compulsory elimination of 100W incandescent bulbs: "We are taking away a choice that continues to let people waste their own money." If any of us have any belief left on the value of individual human liberty that quote has got to be one of the most frightening statements of outright tyranny to ever come out of the mouth of any smug, arrogant bureaucrat - ever.
Make no mistake, this light bulb business is not a major thing. It's not wars, bailouts, Social Security, Medicare, fourteen trillion in debt or one hundred fifty trillion in unfunded liabilities. Light bulbs are nothing more than a nail. That's all. Just one unimportant nail. Nothing in the overall scheme of things. They're like toilet bowls, or seat belts, or helmets, or draconian smoking laws, or on line poker playing, or a host of other choices taken from the people in the name of the greater good and the general welfare.
I know that some of you will look at the items listed and are very glad the government has taken away some of those choices. There are items there I care nothing about myself. But that's how it works isn't it? Break people into groups, take their choices away, move on to another group, take their choices away and pretty soon you have taken everybody's choices away.
If we don't have the right to be wrong then the only freedom we really have is the freedom to obey. Even Kunta Kinte had that freedom.
Nails, shoes, horses, riders and nations.