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quote of the day – theodore roosevelt

There is not much I can add to this quote from Theodore Roosevelt provided by The Art of Manliness:

If a public man tries to get your vote by saying that he will do something wrong in your interest, you can be absolutely certain that if ever it becomes worth his while he will do something wrong against your interest.

Unfortunately, the kinds of folks who most need to learn from that quote do not frequent weblogs like this one, but we will delve into it a bit regardless. Consider all of those politicians out there right now – and this applies to both sides of the political fence – who are all too eager to take money from the public coffers for their own pet projects and programs and whatnot else. If those programs are not essential to the core functioning of the American government, they are functionally stealing that money – taking it from those who can and do pay more taxes (the rich, in a word) and giving it, by way of those projects and programs, to those who do not pay as much in the way of taxes, if any at all. Hell, "Social Security" is nothing but institutionalized theft at this point; we, the producers, are having to support retired persons, on a ratio of 7:1, last I checked, simply because the government wants us to. The only choice I have in the matter is whether or not I work, and thus whether or not I starve Leviathan… and my family.

All that said, do those who receive the forced munificence of the American public, by way of the Federal Government, really believe that that Leviathan will not turn around and consume them, if it became politically expedient to do so? Well, given their voting records, I would guess they do.

But look aside from the politics for a moment; there are those amongst the gunblogger community who would steal from you and lie to your face all because they believe it is in their better interests to do so. Yet despite this behavior, individuals and organizations still align themselves with the thieves and liars, and sometimes even go so far as to support and reward that behavior.

One can only assume those individuals and groups believe the liars and thieves they associate themselves with will not turn on them when those aforementioned liars and thieves believe it is in their best interests… or maybe those individuals and groups think if they keep keep feeding the jackals, they can keep them under control.

Personally, much like Teddy Roosevelt, I see little profit in dealing with jackals in any fashion, even if they do appear to be leashed at the moment.

3 comments to quote of the day – theodore roosevelt

  • The other day a well known member of the gun community mentioned the blog you refused to mention and asked if I saw a particular post, to which I responded… “No I refuse to read it or give them traffic.”

    That was the end of that topic.

  • Matt

    One can only assume those individuals and groups believe the liars and thieves they associate themselves with will not turn on them when those aforementioned liars and thieves believe it is in their best interests… or maybe those individuals and groups think if they keep keep feeding the jackals, they can keep them under control.

    Thing is, most people won’t take the long view and will go for anything they view as immediately beneficial to them. As long as they can be convinced that someone else will take the fall, well then, it ain’t their problem, now is it? And if they don’t really see it? Forget it. Hide Social Security and Taxes behind withholding and most people either won’t won’t notice, or much care.

    On a lighter note, have you watched Falling Skies? It’s probably the best disaster Pr0n on TeeVee, better than Walking Dead.

  • @ Ron Larimer: Unfortunately, in this case, the ubiquitous “who?” response would cause more trouble than it is worth.

    @ Matt: Unfortunately, you are 100% correct – people think only of what they want RIGHT NOW, and pay absolutely no mind to the cost, or who else it might affect. In general, that is.

    We watched the first season, but, honestly, I have not been keeping up. Personally, I thought V was better.