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These are all valid reforms. Of course, the "progressives" who like to assume the non-existent moral high ground on issues like this will never agree.

The solution is to maintain common good sense approach to programs like this, and for the Republicans in power to remeber they're not Democrats buying votes from a victims' group.

I agree entirely, Bubba. But here is the problem. Some Republicans will have no problem going with the Obamacare ACO model, which is what McCrory is envisioning-- whether he knows it or not.

A great example of the establishment Republican sell-out is Bill Frist, who used to be Republican Majority Leader in the US Senate. A commission he chairs is going head over heels for ACO's. Some Republicans will support and enable the ACO model even though there is no evidence it will be effective-- and even though the model promises nearly total control over treatment decisions, to be achieved in part by reliance upon electronic medical records:



The solution is to maintain common good sense approach to programs like this, and for the Republicans in power to remeber they're not Democrats buying votes from a victims' group.

I don't know, Bubba.

When I cast a look back over the last 100 years I see no slowing of progressivism. While it has stumbled on occasion, even earning multiple black eyes from eugenics to prohibition to failed policies regarding poverty and economics none of these failures are commonly associated with progressivism, liberals or Democrats.

Progressivism is immune to failure. Obama.

Again and again the argument is made that the fault is in too much liberty, too little regulation, too little government, or this or that bureaucracy does not exist.

And again and again those arguments are accepted.

There is a reason for this.

I believe it is that the spark of liberty can only be found at the birth of a government and in the hands of individuals, a moment during which the influence of amorphous governance is not corrosive to liberty as it is a moment when governance is not yet in existence.

It is when government comes into existence that the corrosion of liberty begins. Perhaps this corrosion propels progressive success or perhaps progressivism is the corrosion of liberty in name.

Regardless it is axiomatic that liberty wanes in the company of waxing governance.

And furthermore, while the spark of liberty is found in the hands of individuals creating government, the spark of liberty, despite conservative, TeaParty, or Libertarian desire, can not be found in governance itself. That is the root of our disappointment in McCrory. We expect liberty to flow from those we empower but find ourselves far more frequently disappointed than pleased with our representatives. That is because they are not individuals creating government but rather individuals working within existing liberty stifling governance.

And more personally it also explains why I am increasingly giving up on conservative candidates and more generally giving up on a fight that in the face of 100 years of failure has proven to be no more than effort wasted. Perhaps I am giving up on America, leaving it to its destiny.

I have come to believe that the only way to keep liberty alive is through periodic reignition as there is no rekindling of liberty on the coals of previous success.

As a result I am increasingly on the lookout for a new start to liberty.

It might be in a state that chooses secession, it might be in a movement in which those who desire liberty go "Mormon" on a state and through relocation overwhelm that state's politics such that it represents the views of liberty and possibly even chooses to secede. It might be found in the unforeseen.

Do you see the spark of liberty ... anywhere, Bubba?


BTW after Google pulled the rug out from under my reader, I created a WordPress based reader for myself that focused on local politics and econ; I later realized I had put together an aggregator with a very effective filter.

Poli, thanks for the thoughtful comments. I agree with you that the prospects for liberty are quite dim, and waning seemingly with each passing moment. We have plenty of libertinism; but true liberty-- both economic and religious-- are in grave jeopardy. And the Republican Party, I am afraid, has proved to be an ineffective vessel to reverse this trend.

"Do you see the spark of liberty ... anywhere, Bubba?"


You need to dig a little deeper.

Our government has failed liberty, our political parties are failing liberty, and with the atrophy of the TeaParty, the disinterest toward libertarianism, and the support for feckless Republicans, the individual too is failing liberty.

When liberty is not even demanded by the citizens to the degree necessary to overcome the intransigence of governance I do not know where you are digging.

"Vessel" -- Triad Conservative

I like that term. It connotes a certain transience.

Individuals, political parties and governments are each poorer vessels for liberty than the prior. Regardless, each is no more than a vessel for liberty, each a home for liberty for only a time.

Just as liberty was passed from the founders to their descendants, and liberty in varying degrees passed from the Whigs to Republicans, liberty passes from nations. Unfortunately as far as nations are concerned I see no evidence that liberty has ever passed into a nation.

Is it America to which you have fealty or is it liberty? They are increasingly not one in the same.

Patriotism can be blind, hope for a political party disappointing, and trust in a delusional citizenry unforgiving.

These are very perceptive comments. I have been thinking about an upcoming post on the topic of liberty. Anthony Kennedy's horrendous DOMA decision is yet another straw on the camel's back. I am afraid that the country's best days are long since past.

Can this be turned around? Not when Republicans acquiesce and even strategize with those who would steal away our economic and religious liberty. But there is a more fundamental meaning of liberty that I will be discussing here later.

I look forward to it.

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