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    Thursday

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    Whew, whatta week. This is my first blogging opportunity since last Saturday. * * * * * * * In the interim, I didn’t have a chance to post about the significant gay marriage and children study. If you hadn’t seen commentary about this study, start with Douthat’s piece at the New York Times. The study merely confirms, in my opinion, common sense: “children appear most apt to succeed well as adults … when they spend their entire childhood with their married mother and father.” * * * * * * * Received in an email newsletter: Citizens in Middleborough, Mass., voted 183-50 at a town meeting Monday night to impose a $20 fine in hopes of ending an epidemic of “loud, profanity-laden language used by teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks.” Michigan has a similar law on its books, except it applies state-wide and makes swearing a misdemeanor when done in front of women or children. It’s no longer enforced, though, because the Michigan Supreme Court struck it down as unconstitutional. * * * * * * * Believe it or not, I support the citizens of Middleborough on this. “What?!” you ask, “but aren’t you Mr. Libertarian!?!?!” Well, not really. If you go back and read most of my libertarian rants, they’re the rants of a rabid disciple of the principle of subsidiarity. I like the idea local government setting its own standards of behavior. By setting their own standards, they’ll attract the people they deserve, whether louses or sages. The benefits of such an approach are legion: towns like Middleborough serve as a laboratory for other towns (“Did it work? Did behavior improve?”), it leaves people with more choices (“Saintly Middleborough or F’in Lowell?”), it gives more variety (a mosaic of color instead of one bland national standard cast over the land by nine tyrants on the bench), it’s more in line with the American tradition (Madison and his colleagues wrote the Constitution, not J.S. Mill; moreover, as Willmoore Kendall liked to point out, running someone out of town on a rail is more an American tradition than the open society), it puts power in the hands of people you can reach out and punch, which is always a good thing. * * * * * * * I took my son, Jack, to a basketball exposure camp at Grand Valley State University Tuesday evening. I found a quiet lounge and did some office work. I didn’t realize until later that I was sitting in the wrong spot:

    I’ve had a few emails about my decision to delete Monday’s post. I meant no offense. Most of the comments were great counter-jabs to my position and really made me think. Here’s how I explained my decision to delete to one reader: “I guess there are some things that are sacrosanct in American life. If you question them, you’re basically considered a 1950s Communist. It appears I crossed the line in some people’s eyes with that post. It’s unfortunate. A good friend of mine (who thinks I should vote for Romney) thought the post was great, but he also cautioned me that many people don’t welcome dialogue on such an issue (unless a person merely waves the Stars and Stripes, hums “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and declares fealty to Uncle Sam), so I deleted it. * * * * * * * The worst part about deleting that post? Losing this passage:

    But now, government has convinced us that, when it takes our money (or freedom), it’s really us taking it from ourselves, so it’s not so bad. The entire idea is absolutely absurd, of course: we’re taking the money from ourselves? It’s similar to the anatomically-impossible intransitive act of self-copulation that has been a favorite insult of the vulgar for many years.

    But that’s what we’re taught: Go tax yourself!

    It might have taken me longer to craft that passage alone than the rest of the post combined. You’d think such artistry would give a Communist like me a pass, but this is the blogosphere, not Hollywood.

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    9 Responses to “Thursday”

    1. C.R Says:

      For what it’s worth, I thought the post was pretty good. “Go tax yourself!” would make a pretty good t-shirt.

      I read the post to my husband. He looked at me and said, “That’s what I’ve been saying all along!”. He grew up in a military dictatorship and as a result has a VERY dim view of politicians of any kind. He registered to vote because of my prodding a few years back, but I think I’m coming around to his (and your) way of thinking. The change in our government has been profound. I’ve become very cynical about the whole system, voters/citizens included.
      The final straw for me was the progressive takeover of the military. There’s only one man in my family that hasn’t served (medically disqualified), and one other served in peacetime. All the others are decorated combat vets. The way the federal government uses and disposes of it’s soldiers today disgusts me. It makes me genuinely angry. All that sacrifice, struggle, and suffering, for this? We’re economically stable, but free? Don’t make me laugh.

    2. Eric Says:

      Amen

    3. Steve Nicoloso Says:

      We’ll be economically stable… until we’re not. Europe has to implode first, but then… good chance USA’s next.

      I didn’t see the hate on that one. Hope I wasn’t counted among it.

    4. Greg Says:

      I was disappointed to see Monday’s post removed. I am also faced with the vote/don’t vote dilemma. You may have seen this article which supports the don’t vote side. http://www.alt-market.com/articles/838-the-lesser-of-two-evils-con-game

    5. Tom Reitemeyer Says:

      It was a good post (although I disagreed). Glad you brought back some it. “Go tax yourself!” is a great line.

    6. Eric Says:

      Tom and Steve: yours were the jabs that made me think. Such is always welcomed.

    7. Rob Sisson Says:

      I have a new Cagle syndicate column out this weekend that covers the 5 main principles of the GOP. When you read them, it’s obvious the “big guys” in Washington haven’t been following the principles for quite a spell. One tenet that meshes with Eric’s comment above is, “The best government is that closest to the people.”

      Once upon a time, I served as mayor. I delivered a monologue to fellow citizens about our immigration issues (about 25% of our community is now Mexican immigrants). The over-arching point I tried to make was, “there is little a local government can do, that wouldn’t bankrupt the community, so let’s make the best of it, work to assimilate those who are here legally, it’s the Christian thing to do, etc.). The paper printed it verbatim. Next day, a fellow who took exception to any kind words for immigrants showed up on my door step with a sidearm. So, local politicians are much more, should we say, approachable and accountable.

    8. thomas tucker Says:

      Dang- sorry I missed it. Can you e-mail it to me?

    9. Tom Reitemeyer Says:

      Oh, good, Eric. Was worried I came off a little strong. Often times the meanings of sentiments don’t come through in type.

     

     

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