“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
by Benjamin Franklin




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all too similar

A criminal, if given the opportunity, would put a gun to my head and demand to know where my money is.

An anti-rights nut, if given the ability, would have the government put a gun to my head (literally – remember, all governmental actions are backed with the implicit threat of force) and demand to know where my firearms are (firearms I purchased with my own money, mind you).

So what is the difference between the two, and how can the latter honestly try to claim the moral high ground?

4 comments to all too similar

  • Short answer: Nothing. Why, in my head, I am slowly turning from “conservative” to “libertarian” to “anarchist.” When they give me no reason to feel that I will be protected under the law to do absolutely nothing to anyone else, as long as they do the same to me, I feel that I have no reason to listen to them. If that makes sense.

  • Simple, they’re doing it “for our own good” or “for the good of society.” After all, that’s all Hitler, Pol Pot, etc. were doing…

  • Ummmmm I call bull on this and want to know when the American people are going to wake up? But I do not think they will as evidence by the mayhem of BLack Friday proving the cluelessness of the American People. Is all about ME and what you can do for ME and I want it NOW!

    I am tired of Government “for my own good”! I want Government by We the People back and if I cannot have that then I agree with Bluesun.

    The days, weeks and months ahead will be interesting.

  • @bluesun – I have always been something of a closet libertarian, and reading Heinlein at an early age definitely pushed me towards the “minarchist” camp… But I still can see some kind of reason for a basic skeleton of a government.

    That said, when the government is being used to abridge people’s basic human rights, and is operating in violation of its governing documents… well, that is starting to be a problem, and that is something we are going to have to tend to eventually.

    @mike w. – As always, anti-rights nuts invariably seem to keep the best company…

    @maddmedic – Unfortunately, I am not seeing the average American Citizen waking up any time soon either… they are too deeply embroiled in their own personal concerns, or, more specifically, what they can get out of the government, to spend any time worrying about what that stuff is costing them… And these days, that cost goes way beyond taxes.

    Short-term, I think we are good… Come next election, well, it is going to get exciting.