Wednesday, February 04, 2009
The Boy's Letter to President Obama
Dear Mr. President,
I think you should do everything you can to make this the best country ever! I think you should make more freedom. You should make no one smoke. Last of all you should make everyone happy.
“I think you should make more freedom.” I couldn't have said it better myself.
It is wrong for a government to make people smoke. People should have the freedom to CHOOSE that behavior, and not be forced into it.
Stop cutting down trees in the rain forest.
Give everyone free medicine. (Her version of universal health care.)
I'm beginning to think that when presidents start listening to the demands of children, we might actually make some progress.
I will give TB the benefit of the doubt. He is young.
I don't cut as much slack for academics.
And before you start talking about all the rights (or freedoms) that conservatives take away, that's kinda the point.
Liberals and conservatives are two sides of the same coin. They both want to be free to do certain things, and want to take freedoms away from people for those things which they don't approve.
Oh--and both sides feel justified in this because... why? "Well, we are right."
"Republicans want to take away your personal liberties, and Democrats want to take away your economic liberties."
Of course, the sentiment can easily be bumper-stickered (jingoed?):
"Fear the Police State? Loathe the Welfare State? VOTE LIBERTARIAN!"
[TB will one day read Solzenhytsin . . . (paraphrasing) "the line between good and evil runs not across political or geographical boundaries; the line between good and evil runs through each human heart." On the one hand, TB wants everyone to have liberty . . . but simultaneously wants to take their liberties away.]
President Obama is in a no-win situation and he has been put there by many of his own supporters. That is unfair.
He's been given a broad mandate and both Houses of Congress. It's time to do away with the filibuster and get some good work done.