I was rummaging around in my virtual attic and I found this dusty old blog. It looks like someone just forgot about it and left it lying around. What a shame.
I really had the best intentions about wrapping up She’s Right with a series of posts about things I wanted to post before I officially closed the blog, but as my 11th grade World History teacher once said to me, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. (Yeah, I did hate her.)
The problem was, once I decided that I was done with this blog, I was done with it. I could not make myself post on it. I have quite a few posts in draft, but I just couldn’t finish anything.
I does seem that I need to do something. This blog was so important to me for so long. It deserves better than this. Besides, I have something that I should share with you that I think you might find interesting.
Check back the rest of this week for some parting thoughts and some good news about where else you can find me. There is life after political blogging. Really.
That would make a fun feature. Here’s today’s entry: “We have come to the point where the right wing in America simply denies the legitimacy of any election in which the Democratic candidate wins.”
I kid you not. Someone honestly made that statement after 8 years of “He’s not my President” and “stolen” election BS from the left.
Laugh out loud, or bang your head against a wall. Take your pick.
So, yes, I am still around. I know I never gave this blog a proper send off, still a few loose ends to tie up. It is still on my to-do list. With the arrival of the school year, my life will take on a more predictable routine. And, with school work dominating the day, the kids will be happy to be rid of my company come afternoon. So, I hope to get it to the top of the list very soon.
I have continued to resit the urge to blog about the political topics of the day for lack of anything nice to say, but I couldn’t resist posting that quote above. It was too rich.
Once Bill Simmon said, on his local radio program, Poli-Sci-Fi Radio, that I was “spectacularly wrong.” I loved that quote so much, it earned a place of honor at the top of my “What people are saying about She’s Right” section in the side bar.
What exactly was I spectacularly wrong about? Well, probably all things political, and religious for that matter, if you asked Bill, but one thing that I want to focus on specifically is that Bill (or perhaps his co-host Steve Benen, I can’t remember which one made this exact quote, but they both agree with its sentiment) asserted without further comment that I was “flatly, obviously wrong” in my claim that any expansion of government power results in a loss of freedom.
Well, it’s not obvious that I am wrong in my assertion. I wish that Bill and Steve had realized that and expanded their response a little more, so I had something to work with here because to me, it is obvious that I am right.
Before I set about defending that I am right that any expansion of government power results in a loss of freedom, let’s first define what is meant by the word “freedom” here.
Merriam-Webster online defines freedom as “1: the quality or state of being free: as, a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence,” followed by c-h, but for my purpose, I want to focus on a and b.
Freedom means being absent from constraint in choice or action, free from the power of another.
To be totally free would mean to have no force or power limiting any of our choices or actions.
However, we do have the force of government limiting our choices and actions. Any time the government passes a law, it limits our choices or actions; that is the purpose of passing laws!
This is not to say that is a bad thing – it is necessary, to some extent – but, it is clear that any time the government is empowered to make choices for us, we become less free.
Not only is this claim NOT “flatly, obviously wrong,” but it is, by the very definition of freedom absolutely correct!
So what’s the big deal?
Well, it’s not always a big deal, in a negative sense. I mean, we need to limit the freedom of others to hurt us or our property. This is the main function of our government. We cannot have freedom unless those who would seek to oppress us are restrained. It’s kind of paradoxical; we must restrict freedom to protect freedom. But that is only true in a very limited sense, and that must remain limited.
There are many ways the government limits our freedom that are not necessary for protecting us. They serve to shape our behavior in ways that are deemed better than the alternatives. These things do not always seem like a big deal, as long as we are doing what the government wants us to do.
For example, in 2012, incandescent light bulbs will be banned in the US. This is an obvious limit on our freedom of light bulb choice. If you are already using another type of bulb by then, which most people will, since manufacturers are phasing out incandescent bulbs already, the ban will not seem like a big deal because you are already making the choice the government allows – no conflict.
But, if you, like me, have a health condition that is exacerbated, causing severe pain, by compact fluorescent bulbs, the US ban on incandescent bulbs is kind of a big deal.
When you want (or in this case, need) to do something that falls outside of what the government has mandated, your lack of freedom becomes glaringly obvious.
We have come to a point that most people do not care about the expanded role of government and its encroachment on freedom, unless it directly impacts them. Our freedom is taken for granted to the extent that well-educated, thoughtful men deny the basic truth that any expansion in government power has a direct impact on freedom.
This was never an issue to me, either, until I chose an alternative lifestyle that butts up against the government’s unjust power – I decided to homeschool.
The government has, in incremental steps over the years, declared itself the sole power over the education of our children. That was not always the case. That power used to lie with the family. These days, it is expected that the state needs to have that power, even when it contradicts what parents think is best for their own children.
Now, if you want to educate your child outside of the government-run system, the state controls and limits those choices.
If you want to use an alternative method that does not conform to the “school-at-home” model, you run the risk of problems with the state and charges of educational neglect.
The loss of freedom in education happened over decades. That is how many freedoms are eroded and government power is expanded. It happens gradually over time, in a way that most people do not realize, until the freedom is gone and the government power is accepted as the norm.
As long as one lives within the scope of what the government deems okay, the reach of government power into our lives is not obvious. It is not until one wants to exercise a different choice that the limitation of our freedom is felt.
I did not realize how important it is to oppose the expansion of government, thereby protecting our freedom, until it affected me, but the truth is, we should all care whether it affects us or not.
If I accomplished only one thing in the three years that I published this blog, let it be that I raised your awareness about why freedom matters.
If you do not care about the freedom of others, it may be too late when you finally realize that your own freedom has been limited.
If freedom matters, and it does, it is worth defending the freedom of everyone.
There is no problem that cannot be solved without sacrificing our freedom to do so.
Today, Dr. Donnica Moore was on The View and the topic was preventing bone loss in women. One of the ladies asked her about the recommendation that women should get a bone scan at age 30 as a baseline, since bone loss can start that early.
She replied that she agrees with that recommendation, but with health care reform we are trying to eliminate unnecessary tests, so the American Osteopathic Association recommends scans at age 60.
Welcome to state-run medical care, folks. Enjoy it while you can. Before you die from something that is currently able to be detected early, but won’t be when we have to wait for basic care.
What? I’m just using Republican scare tactics?
That’s what everyone said – including our truthful president – when the right claimed that private insurance would be driven out by the government. Yet, Investor’s Business Daily reports that the House’s health care legislation goes so far as outlawing private coverage.
Of course, as Pres. Obama said, we can keep our current coverage. We just can’t alter it or ever get another policy, if we move or change jobs.
Government monopoly, baby.
While you revel in it, check out Steven Crowder’s undercover look at Canada’s system.
I hope you have $900 for a check up at a private clinic. That seems to be the standard advice given by the government run health providers, not once but thrice, in his video.
Hope and Change!
I just wanted to update you on what is going on with the blog. I know I said I was done at the end of June, but I also said there were a few things I wanted to post before the end. Well, I didn’t get to those posts and June is over. I still want to do those posts, though.
Basically, I will try to get them done this week, but I am very busy with the kids, so I might not get to it. Next week, though, the kids have camp in the morning Monday through Friday, so I will have some free time. In other words, the blog will be wrapping up by the end of next week, at the latest.
Thanks for sticking around.
While you await my final days of thought-provoking commentary, check out this really cool stop motion video using post-its.
I just realized that Tuesday is the last day of the month. That means I only have three more days to do the posts I want to do before She’s Right closes up shop for good. I had better get cracking!
I was out today and every place I went was playing Michael Jackson. Even Small Dog Electronics (an Apple store in So. Burlingon, VT). And Barnes and Noble Booksellers was playing some instrumental version of “Smooth Criminal” with a violin. It was surreal.
I tried to find the violin thing on You Tube. I found this David Garrett video.
I don’t think it is the one I heard It sounds different from the one I heard, but it is very cool. Who knew classical instruments could rock out? (Yes, I know, plenty of people knew that.)
The German lady speaks until about :50 in.
You can find the video of the original Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal here. (Embedding disabled, unfortunately)
Then there is always the Alien Ant Farm version, if you’re into post-grunge alternative. The video is a fun homage to the King of Pop himself, including the light up sidewalk a la Billie Jean. But, somehow I remember the song sounding much better when I was 25. (Man, I hate getting older.)
Again, embedding disabled, so you have to follow the link.
No, I did not watch the infomercial for Obama’s health care reform, but I have been wanting to say this.
According to President Obama,
“If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan, period.”
Last night, the president clarified that statement.
“When I say if you have your plan and you like it, . . . or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you don’t have to change plans, what I’m saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform.”
The reality is that, for most people, their employers will choose whether or not to abandon the private system for the government plan.
Think about that for a minute. The government is going to come along with this low-cost, taxpayer-subsidized health care plan and your employer will get to choose between that and the plan they currently offer you.
Cheap government insurance vs. expensive private insurance. What will they choose?
Hint: your employer probably cares about the cost, not so much the quality – and not so much about how much you like your plan.
Bottom line: You will not be able to keep your health insurance plan.
Once the government has a monopoly, how good do you think your health care will be?
Every honest conversation about health care reform has included talk about changing what we in America expect from our health care system, which is a nice way to say we have to expect less from it, if we want a public system.
One of the proposed savings measures is eliminating “unnecessary” tests. I don’t know about you, but I want my doctor – not the government – deciding what tests are necessary.
And once the government controls health care, they will be able to regulate almost every aspect of our lives (the few they don’t already) because it is for the common good to keep us healthy, according to what the government deems necessary to that end.
On the bright side, maybe we won’t have to hear that tired old phrase “for the children” any more. Now it will be “for our health.”
The Burlington Planning and Zoning Office refuses to issue a Certificate of Occupancy to a landlord who replaced rotting wood siding with nice new siding.
“It was a distinct loss when the original siding was replaced,” [Mary O’Neil, a historic-preservation officer with the city’s Planning and Zoning Office] said of the three ALPH buildings. “They no longer look the way the used to look.”
Apparently, Ms. O’Neil likes the look of rotting wood.
The City’s justification for the hold up: the siding has a 4-inch reveal. The original siding had a 3-inch reveal.
Seriously. This is your tax dollars at work, folks.
The first two “Top Headlines” on my Google homepage:
That reminds me, the ever-funny right-wing humor blog IMAO has a list of the “Top Ten Reasons Obama Hasn’t Spoken Out About Iran.”
My fav is #7.
Thought iRan was the accessory for the iPod that keeps track of how many miles you jog.
You should read IMAO. Really humor is all we have left at this point.
I have to mention, as Mr. Right just pointed out to me as I was writing this, not everyone thinks Obama should speak out. Pat Buchanan thinks he should keep his mouth shut.
Feel free to discuss.