"What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote
in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes
his own self-interest as he sees it... which for the majority translates as 'Bread and Circuses'."
- Robert A. Heinlein

In Roman times, free Bread and Circuses entertained the masses. I hope you find your time
here both entertaining and informative.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

In Empathy With The People of London

Editor's Comments: As many of you know, London saw four bombings today during rush hour, in its mass-transit system. While I'm sure the people of Britain will carry on with the resolve that has seen them through two World Wars and decades of homegrown terrorism, our thoughts and prayers go out to them. As NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, after 9/11, New Yorkers looked for strength to the great people who live in our ally across the pond, and for the example of strength through adversity they have set for their fellow man, we are eternally grateful.

"I say to the House as I said to ministers who have joined this government, I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many months of struggle and suffering.

"You ask, what is our policy? I say it is to wage war by land, sea, and air. War with all our might and with all the strength God has given us, and to wage war against a monstrous tyranny never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.

"You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs - Victory in spite of all terrors - Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.

"Let that be realized. No survival for the British Empire, no survival for all that the British Empire has stood for, no survival for the urge, the impulse of the ages, that mankind shall move forward toward his goal.

"I take up my task in buoyancy and hope. I feel sure that our cause will not be suffered to fail among men. I feel entitled at this juncture, at this time, to claim the aid of all and to say, "Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength." -- Winston Churchill, May 13, 1940

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

A Shoutout To My Friends in Loudoun County

"What I hadn't realized was that government is morally wrong.
"The whole idea of government is this: If enough people get together and act in concer, they can take something and not pay for it. And here, in small-town New Hampshire, in this veritable world's capital of probity, we were about to commit just such a theft. If we could collect sufficient votes in favor of special town meetings about sewers, we could make a golf course and condominium complex disappear for free. We were going to use our suffrage to steal a fellow citizen's property rights. We weren't even going to take the manly risk of holding him up at gunpoint.
"Not that there's anything wrong with our limiting growth. If we Blatherboro residents don't want a golf course and condominium complex, we can go buy that land and not build them. Of course, to buy the land, we'd have to borrow money from the bank, and to pay the bank loan, we'd have to do something profitable with the land, something like... build a golf course and condominium complex. Well, at least that would be constructive. We would be adding something--if only gold--to the sum of civilizations accomplishments. Better to build a golf course right though the middle of Redwood National Park and condominiums on top of the Lincoln Memorial than to sit in council gorging on the liberties of others, gobbling their material substance, eating freedom...
"Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kinds of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every goverment is a parliament of whores.
"The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us." -- P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores

Editor's Comment:
And to the no-growth "conservatives" in Loudoun County, that's all I have to say about that.