In the COMMENT section of my last editorial, Ron Hillman of Pointe Claire (Montreal) Quebec, wrote what is really the essence of the battle we are all facing between FREEDOM and SERVITUDE.
Quintessentially, Hillman wrote that he NEVER voted for someone to tell him how to live his life, which is something none of us have ever done, since politicians NEVER make that kind of intrusion into our lives part of their platform, since it is kept as their own dirty little secret.
We need laws, rules and regulations . . . because without them, our societies would crumble into chaos. BUT – RULES AND REGULATIONS TO WHAT EXTENT?
We also have to pay taxes, otherwise, who would finance the services we really need like roads, water, sewage, first responders, military . . . etcetera?
The real questions though . . . IS HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH – AND FOR WHAT?
And to what extent should we as FREE PEOPLE be required to surrender any part of our FREEDOMS to the will of government that are not absolutely ESSENTIAL?
The US Constitution was created almost EXCLUSIVELY around the concept of INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS. And as I’ve read the Constitution many times, I don’t recollect any CALL-TO-ARMS for GROUP-THINK or the COMMON-GOOD. I do recall the following in terms of a GROUP-RIGHT . . .
THAT ALL PEOPLE HAVE RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY, & THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
What also made the US Constitution the incredible Document and Charter of Rights and FREEDOMS that it “was” . . . was the SIMPLICITY and CLARITY in which it was written.
The Constitution was written and ratified in a fashion more than 200 years ago, that made it understandable to the COMMON person, who could read and know what his or her RIGHTS were without the help of a lawyer.
So how did this simple DOCUMENT, that so clearly spelled-out the RIGHTS of all the people become so corrupted, to the point that defining and defending it has become a TRILLION dollar INDUSTRY and BANE to FREEDOM?
Lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, and lobbyists are what happened.
The TEN COMMANDMENTS have not changed in some 3000 years. They are just as CLEAR and relevant today as they were when they first appeared, and are in no NEED of legal interpretation or special definition.
YET . . . the US Constitution, which is no less complicated than the Ten Commandments in its SIMPLICITY, CLARITY, INTENT and MEANING, has somehow MORPHED into a living document in need of change and special interpretation, even though, it was ONLY because of this SIMPLE Constitution that enabled FREE people to pursue their DREAMS, mostly unfettered by government, that made America the GREATEST country that ever was.
Regulations and draconian taxes in the USA and Canada are suffocating innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit. The LEFT, in their quest to tell other people how their lives should be lived are sucking at the spirit of adventure and risk.
And as government continues to grow, and bureaucrats continue to smother individual FREEDOMS, we are going to lose everything to countries like China, Russia, and other nations where innovation and the unfettered RIGHT to make money with the least amount of infringements are killing us.
We have lost our manufacturing in North America, not because we are stupid or incapable, but because, who in their right mind wants to invest in factories, where the REGULATIONS will kill you before you even get started?
Who wants to hire employees, when employee RIGHTS surpass the RIGHTS of the employer?
Who wants to invest his or her future to build a business, where dealing with the government becomes an extension of that business . . . totally unto itself?
People with money to invest, will invest it where there is the least amount of government interference, and the greatest potential to reap a reward in proportion to work and risk.
We’re seeing it here in North America, as businesses are RUNNING away from high tax and high regulation States and Provinces, to other States and Provinces where one can expect the best RATE of RETURN on INVESTMENT, with the LEAST amount of bureaucracy.
Ron Hillman wrote in his COMMENT, that he didn’t believe government had the right to force him to wear a seatbelt in a car, since the seatbelt only protected himself; and whether he wanted to protect himself or not, was not the business of government . . . I AGREE.
I wore a seatbelt before there were any regulations forcing seatbelt compliance. I ride my motorcycle with a helmet because I’m more comfortable doing so. But, those choices should be MY DECISION, and not the decision imposed upon me by government, as it is in all Canadian Provinces and many US States.
I’m over eighteen years old, which by North American standards makes me an adult. So, who should have the RIGHT to tell me how I should live my OWN life?
We have accepted government INTRUSIONS into our lives as if this is something NORMAL, and perhaps even good . . . IT IS NEITHER GOOD NOR NORMAL.
We have accepted government TRUISMS that are not true, and restrictions on SPEECH and THOUGHT, as if it is somehow in the best interest of society to restrict what we say and write, and how we say it or write it, WHICH IS DEFINITELY UNACCEPTABLE.
1 – I have no problem with consenting ADULTS who wish to have same sex relationships, or MULTIPLE partner relationships. That’s not my business.
BUT TO ME . . . IT IS NOT MY KIND OF NORMAL.
It is also nothing I want our children to learn as being NORMAL. And it is nothing I want our society to make as a lifestyle . . . garnering SPECIAL rights and privileges. It might be normal for people who are predisposed to this lifestyle, whether by genetics or by choice, but that’s on them . . . not on me.
2 – There is no question whatsoever, that in the North American context there is PLENTY of modern day RACISM, but it’s not what is being shoved down our throats everyday by the media, the LEFT, and elitists.
Too many in the Black Community in the United States of America . . . have become the greatest RACIST Community, since the bad old days of Jim Crow, when the situation was reversed.
When I read and hear from Black people how RACIST so many Whites are, I have to hold my head in disbelief and wonder on which planet they’re living.
It is unfathomable to think that these RACE-BAITING-CREEPS can conjure up such nonsense as ANTI-BLACK Racism, when the United States of America is being governed by a Black President, who has amongst his closest and most influential staff other Black Americans, so much so . . . that the term outlandish doesn’t even begin to describe it.
FURTHER TO THE POINT . . . Even though BLACK Americans voted for Obama by more than 90% in 2008 and 2012 – without the preponderance of WHITE voters, Obama would not have won in either election. And what would Black voters have said if more than 90% of White voters voted for a WHITE candidate, because McCain or Romney were WHITE?
SO WHERE’S THE ENDEMIC RACISM?
3 – I keep hearing about how so many more Blacks on average are incarcerated by Whites. Maybe that’s because on average Black people commit more crimes.
4 – I also read and hear about how disadvantaged Blacks are over White Americans, and how Black children don’t have an equal opportunity compared to White children. Perhaps Black Folk might consider practicing Birth Control. Or better yet, learn a thing or two about morality and personal responsibility.
Do you think that it is normal or moral that as many as SEVENTY-TWO percent of children born into the Black Community are born to UNWED Mothers?
5 – Murder in America falls squarely at the feet of the Black Community, where the average murder rate of Black on Black is FOUR TIMES the national average. Whose fault is that?
And even though the RACE on RACE murder rate is FOUR times greater within the Black Community . . . than other cultural communities, the statistics are even much WORSE than that.
DOES SPEAKING AND WRITING ABOUT THE ABOVE MAKE ME A RACIST?
According to the LEFT and other assorted North American IDIOTS it does. But I don’t care, because I would rather speak the truth than live a lie.
It seems to me, that the Black Community has either forgotten, or has never appreciated the REVERSE discrimination that was perpetuated in their favor through a seriously RACIST policy called AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, that targeted WHITE people to be turned down for everything from jobs to university entrance, based EXCLUSIVELY on the color of their skin, when in competition with Black people.
Unless a Black person was actually BORN somewhere in Africa, which “might” be the case with Obama, he or she is no more an African American, than are White people whose ancestry comes from Europe . . . are Euro/Americans.
Then there’s this little thing about Black Entertainers who make fortunes producing RAP music that denigrates women and civil society. Or the Black singers and actors who use the N-WORD that I can’t even in good conscience type on my computer screen.
But don’t write or say a word about any of this, or you will be branded a RACIST.
As I see it . . . Hillary Clinton is considered to be the TOP-PICK amongst the LEFT to be the next President of the United States of America, and she’s a woman. The most influential person who is the TAIL WAGGING THE DOG in the White House is Valerie Jarrett, and she’s a woman too, who also happens to be Black.
Then there is the reprehensible Nancy Pelosi, past Speaker of the House, and the equally reprehensible Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is the Chair of the National Democratic Committee. And Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein who have the California Senate cornered. The last I looked, they were all women.
The fact that these horrible people on the LEFT, keep on shouting SEXISM and RACISM in a make-believe world of their own, is an absolute insult to all the Black People who live decent and successful lives, and to all the women who have been tremendously successful, including Captains of Industry, Governors, Doctors, Administrators of all kind . . . PLUS – PLUS – PLUS.
We have become so conditioned to feel guilty when we are anything but, and so obedient to the dictates of others who have no RIGHT to dictate anything to us, that we have surrendered ourselves and our future on the altar of unworthy obeisance. BUT THAT’S GOING TO END . . .
SOONER RATHER THAN LATER . . . REALITY WILL CHANGE EVERYTHING.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov