I must confess to a secret. I feel depressed. This started around the day Obama entered office, and it has steadily become worse. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is optimistic about Obama probably because they see a government check in their future. Ahhhh, the new American Dream. We all get to be on welfare.
The American people are idiots. Currently, I am thinking over material for a book I am going to call Libertopia. The book deals with one issue and seeks to answer one question. Why do people reject freedom in favor of tyranny? So far, my overall answer is that people are programmed for slavery. People exhibit reliable and repeatable behaviors that lead them to sacrifice their freedom. Barack Obama taps into this, and this is why he succeeds.
At some point, Obama will be seen for the fraud that he is. My personal assessment of the man is that he is an utter Machiavellian who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. He is the product of Chicago politics which has to be the most cynical pit in the USA. The man has not one ounce of sincerity in his whole body.
I am repulsed by the man, and I cannot fathom the love affair the public and the media have with him. But I remember when past presidents enjoyed surging popularity only to see it crash later. Obama's great talent is in avoiding any shit getting splattered on him. But sooner or later, people notice the smell and the brown stain on the back of the pants.
With Arlen Specter's betrayal of the GOP, Obama is going to get just about all of what we wants. Some moderate Democrats may say something, but the only thing now is to decide between Left and Far Left. Socialized medicine is a given along with higher taxes and a hostile environment to business. And I mustn't forget gas. Between inflation and the new gas tax that is coming, five dollars a gallon will probably come to pass.
There is hope. Midterm elections usually bring a backlash, and the GOP could be resurrected. But I have a sinking feeling that Republicans are down for the count. Small government folks are the minority though they are a vocal minority. Packaged the right way, there isn't a big government welfare program that the American public hasn't wanted. We are the next France.
I will stick to my guns, but I believe that freedom is a losing battle. A survey of history shows that humanity loves to be in chains. Liberty is an exception in a long story of tyranny. We are truly fucked.
Arlen Specter blows.
The 'common good' of a collective--a race, a class, a state--was the claim and justification of every tyranny ever established over men. Every major horror of history was committed in the name of an altruistic motive. Has any act of selfishness ever equaled the carnage perpetrated by the disciples of altruism? Does the fault lie in men's hypocrisy or in the nature of the principle? The most dreadful butchers were the most sincere. They believed in the perfect society reached through the guillotine and the firing squad. Nobody questioned their right to murder since they were murdering for an altruistic purpose. It was accepted that man must be sacrificed for other men. Actors change, but the course of the tragedy remains the same. A humanitarian who starts with declarations of love for mankind and ends with a sea of blood. It goes on and will go on so long as men believe that an action is good if it is unselfish. That permits the altruist to act and forces his victims to bear it. The leaders of collectivist movements ask nothing for themselves. But observe the results.
AYN RAND, The Fountainhead
AYN RAND, The Fountainhead
I first got interested in The Wire from reading a post about in on a libertarian blog. I doubt that the producers of the show are libertarians, but you can't watch this show without getting a libertarian viewpoint on a lot of things. Needless to say, The Wire is one of the finest television shows that I have ever watched. I cannot praise it more highly or recommend it enough. You need to watch all five seasons of this one. You will not be disappointed.
The show is set in Baltimore and concerns cops and drug dealers but in a way you've never seen before. It covers all angles and is unflinching in its viewpoint. Sometimes, you want to laugh. Other times, you want to cry. The plots are involved. The characters are deep. The dialogue is unforgettable. The scenes are explosive. It watches the way a novel reads.
For me, the characters are what make it worth watching. You have McNulty, the drunken maverick detective. You have Lester Freamon, the "natural police" who makes doll furniture and is the finest cop on the show. You have Omar, the shotgun wielding robber of drug dealers. Then, there is Stringer Bell, the Adam Smith reading drug kingpin. You can't decide whether to loathe him or admire him.
The show covers every facet of Baltimore--the police department, the street, the ports, city hall, the schools, and even the newspaper. There are so many layers to this show that you will be dizzy keeping track. And there are surprises. The show develops organically, and you will be surprised where it takes you.
The only flaw in the show is that it doesn't provide any answers, but it does hint at them. Drug legalization is one. Cops involved in their communities is another one. Segregating thugs from students in our schools is another.
Like I said, I can't recommend this show enough. If you want to watch something quality, The Wire is your ticket. It is a crying shame this show never got any Emmy awards or more viewership. But it does have a cult following, and I think it will grow as time goes on.