Monday, May 25, 2009

Safety and Liberty

Samuel Adams
If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Benjamin Franklin
They that would give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

P. J. O'Rourke
America wasn't founded so that we could all be better. America was founded so we could all be anything we damned well pleased.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

The Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock?

Whatever it is that the government does, sensible Americans would prefer that the government do it to somebody else. This is the idea behind foreign policy.

Fred Reed
"...the government is out of control. Everything is illegal and watched. It's getting so you can't shoot cats from a car window with a twelve-gauge any more. Who wants to live in that kind of world?"

H. L. Mencken
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

The government I live under has been my enemy all of my active life. When it has not been engaged in silencing me, it has been engaged in robbing me. So far as I can recall I have never had any contact with it that was not an outrage on my dignity and an attack upon my security.

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.

Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. Is it possible to have freedom without bravery? Which is more terrifying, the risk of violence or the certainty of a loss of freedom? Who should decide how much risk is acceptable, an individual or his government? And who should decide how much loss of freedom is tolerable? At what point does Liberty turn into Tyranny?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bailout Questions

What determines whether a business is "too big to fail"? How do we, as tax-payers, judge whether or not the bailouts are working? Does anyone really know what would happen if these too-big-to-fail businesses failed? The Federal Reserve (a private bank) was created and given a monopoly over our money supply to "even out the business cycles" and prevent money shortages in banks. Why isn't anyone laughing?