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Indeed, Fred. King George III might represent an improvement over what we have now.

There is a new "church lady" in town and her name is Liberal, Progressive, Green, etc...

The reality is that liberty in the absence of self restraint is anarchy and it takes no more than the whiff of anarchy for restraint to be imposed by government.

The choice is ours, individual restraint

The previous comment was incomplete.

I believe libertinism has spawned a new "church lady" and her name is Liberal, Democrat, Progressive, Green, etc...

Some might call her Bloomberg. I tend to think of her as Liberal Temperance.

The reality is that liberty in the absence of self restraint is anarchy and it takes no more than the whiff of anarchy for a new order of restraint to be imposed by government.

And liberals love to impose restraint. 'You drive too much. You spend too much. All your health-care belong to us. You eat too much. You people visit our national parks too much. No salt for you. And we have a law for that.'

On and on and on...

The choice is ours, individual restraint and liberty or state restraint without liberty.

Thanks, Poli, and I agree.

It appears that the American people, and our feckless leaders and judges, have made the choice you describe-- unfortunately.

"This type of article is usually highlighted by the media to beat the drum for more governmental charity programs and funding. But a 26 percent child poverty rate is entirely understandable because we have a 40 percent rate of out-of-wedlock births. It is only logical that we would have huge amounts of poverty with so many single parent families.

Does the article beat the drum to repair the family? Of course not. It is not even discussed."

But....but....but....but WHY do you hate single mothers, Joe?

Bob, this is a very unhappy article to write (and to read) when we should be out there celebrating America and waving flags. But clearly the occasion calls for rethinking the state of American liberty, and understanding where we have gone wrong.

The odds are strongly against our nation prospering in the future as we have in the past. And the odds are strongly against our recovering the kind of cultural strengths we used to have.

We might have temporary partial economic recoveries, and pockets of prosperity in certain limited segments of American society. But the nation's best days are past unless we somehow reverse course fairly quickly. It might take a miracle.

That is the message this Independence Day.

This fourth I am reminded of these words not only in a patriotic sense but in the way that they were originally intended:

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.


Indeed, Poli.

At least one or two commentators have suggested we need to do precisely what this suggests. Split the country, let the red states and the blue states each form a new nation unto themselves, and be done with it. Sounds appealing, at least on the surface. And it would beat the heck out of a nation forever ruled according to the tenets of democratic socialism and cultural relativism.

While I have always felt great patriotism toward country I have felt little of the same toward the American Government. However I am now at the point where I am having difficulty separating government from country.

I don't like where I am right now, but mostly because I see no solution.

And having tried it once I don't favor a split country, though if Texas were to secede that would have a certain appeal to me.

I tend to favor a migratory solution such that states lost to statim are left by liberty seeking inhabitants for purple states. In this way a relatively small number of individuals could lever their influence and affect positive change against both the resistance of government and the lethargy of the citizenry. This could not only conceivably shift the libertarian/statist balance of power but do so in a low impact way that governance would be hard pressed to resist.

There is another name for this...fantasy.

No, I don't like where I am right now.

Perhaps this is the division I am looking for.


Congress has failed liberty, but perhaps the states can do the job our statist congress will not.

I'm thinking there might be something to this: while still attempting to slow progressivism via the traditional failed venues, the executive, judicial, and congress we should consider picking up a tool long ignored and possibly forgotten by liberalism ... amending the Constitution via the several states.

I have yet to see the proposed amendments.

Poli, I guess we both are wishing for something that will be tough to attain. Splitting off states from the existing union would be pretty difficult. And getting 3/4 of the states to agree on proper amendments would be tough also.

These types of change are not impossible-- but with so many statists and so many folks sympathetic toward socialism among us, even in a state like North Carolina, I am afraid we might be stuck with the current situation. As I noted above, it might take a miracle to fix things.

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