THE METAPHOR OF THE BULB (Lonsberry)
And somehow, sometime we have to stop it.
Because somewhere in our future, by ballot or bullet, this will once again be a free country. History would suggest that there will first be a long and insufferable reign of oppression. But someday, in some American breast, there will burn again the passion for liberty, and the shackles will be thrown off.
Better that we avoid that reign of oppression by throwing it off now, by standing up to it and demanding that we be allowed to live our lives.
A micro-managing government is an oppressive government, regardless of the ostensible motive. Protecting us – or the environment or the children or the economy or whatever else they’re protecting – is not justification for enslaving us.
And government cannot protect you without enslaving you. It cannot protect you from the consequences of your choices without taking away you ability to make those choices.
And so we must wear seat belts and motorcycle helmets and ban transfats and cell phones in cars. Fries can’t have too much salt and cigarettes must carry pictures of cancers and people who buy guns must show picture ID and wait five days. We have to buy insurance and we can’t buy fireworks and from zoning rules to city ordinances to state and federal laws, the government seems to see its primary function as putting its boot on our necks.
But you can’t succeed unless you can also fail, and you can’t be free unless you are left to face the consequences of your freedom. The government needs to learn that, and so do we……