Y'know, there are times that I think that whole Age of
Reason/Enlightenment and the silly individual rights thing it spun off
was a fluke.
Individual rights *are* a fluke. America is a fluke. North America was
populated by exceptional men and women, people who fled oppression in
their home countries and risked everything they had in return for the
hope of living in greater freedom on their own merits, leaving their
support structures -- both personal and governmental -- as far behind
That paid off in the American Revolution, when
Americans beat back the forces of repression and claimed the right to
govern themselves -- and that as little as possible.
But since then?
no longer a frontier nation. People no longer have to self-select to
come to America. People are born here and receive freedom as a gift
from their forefathers, sometimes reverently but more and more often as
that old sweater that doesn't quite fit and hangs in the closet feeding
Is it any wonder that freedom slowly dies, and that
Americans gradually regress closer and closer to the complacent statism
that is so typical of the rest of the world?
Our culture is more
free, and we started from a position of smaller government. We have a
ways yet to go, but the direction is clear.
We need a new
frontier. We need self-supporting colonies on the Moon, on Mars, in the
middle of the oceans, where ever we can put them. Freedom lives on the
edge of civilization, not the center of it.
This entry was published Wed Apr 29 19:38:16 CDT 2009 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2009-04-29 19:38:16.0.