Thursday, September 24, 2009

On The Edge Of Fascism

Via Memeorandum:

Mark Tapscott warns us that we should Beware the Stalin in liberal hearts. What we're talking about here is the real "F" word-fascism.

It starts so simply and with the best of intentions. We can list forever the things that society would be better off without: tobacco, sugar, meat, alcohol, riding a motorcycle without a helmet. On the right, we believe that each of us has the right to decide for ourselves if we want to do things that might have a negative impact on us. On the Left, the belief is that the government has the right to make those for the individual and use the penalty of law to enforce those decisions.

The choice is between living free or living decision free. Once you buy in to living decision free there is no "do over." If you accept that government, not the individual, should regulate behavior then there is no "picking and choosing." The person who engages in risky sexual behavior is equal to the smoker is equal to the person who eats two deserts.

Do we really want government making our most basic decisions for us? If the answer is yes then where does it end? If the answer is no, then why would we submit to government for our health care?

Janis Joplin said that freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. She was wrong. Being free means having everything to lose. Or everything to give away.

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