Quotes of the day

posted at 8:15 pm on July 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

The assumption of natural rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence can be summed up by the following proposition: “first comes rights, then comes government.” According to this view: (1) the rights of individuals do not originate with any government, but preexist its formation; (2) The protection of these rights is the first duty of government; and (3) Even after government is formed, these rights provide a standard by which its performance is measured and, in extreme cases, its systemic failure to protect rights — or its systematice violation of rights — can justify its alteration or abolition; (4) At least some of these rights are so fundamental that they are “inalienable,” meaning they are so intimately connected to one’s nature as a human being that they cannot be transferred to another even if one consents to do so. This is powerful stuff.

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By 1776, the Atlantic Ocean had become what one historian has called “an information highway” across which poured books, magazines, newspapers and copies of the debates in Parliament. The latter were read by John Adams, George Washington, Robert Morris and other politically minded men. They concluded that the British were planning to tax the Americans into the kind of humiliation that Great Britain had inflicted on Ireland.

As eight years of war engulfed the continent, not a few of the rebels saw that the Revolution was a spiritual enterprise that would never really end. Dr. Benjamin Rush, a Pennsylvanian who signed the Declaration of Independence, wrote that the war was only the first step in the Revolution’s destiny to transform America and the world.

History confirmed his intuition. In the next hundred years, other nations and peoples would issue 200 similar declarations.

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But then came the late 1960s, and over the next two decades American individualism was fully unleashed. A kind of tacit grand bargain was forged between the counterculture and the establishment, between the forever-young and the moneyed.

Going forward, the youthful masses of every age would be permitted as never before to indulge their self-expressive and hedonistic impulses. But capitalists in return would be unshackled as well, free to indulge their own animal spirits with fewer and fewer fetters in the forms of regulation, taxes or social opprobrium.

“Do your own thing” is not so different than “every man for himself.” If it feels good, do it, whether that means smoking weed and watching porn and never wearing a necktie, retiring at 50 with a six-figure public pension and refusing modest gun regulation, or moving your factories overseas and letting commercial banks become financial speculators. The self-absorbed “Me” Decade, having expanded during the ’80s and ’90s from personal life to encompass the political economy, will soon be the “Me” Half-Century.

People on the political right have blamed the late ’60s for what they loathe about contemporary life — anything-goes sexuality, cultural coarseness, multiculturalism. And people on the left buy into that, seeing only the ’60s legacies of freedom that they define as progress. But what the left and right respectively love and hate are mostly flip sides of the same libertarian coin minted around 1967. Thanks to the ’60s, we are all shamelessly selfish.

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Little by little, the home of the brave and the land of the free has become a nation of rent-seeking dependents clamoring for their share of state largess. Even before the latest entitlement blowout called Obamacare, we crossed the line where more than half of Americans receive some kind of assistance from the government every month, paid for by the fewer than half that still pay income taxes. As we move into the future and the number of dependents grows while the taxpayer pool shrinks, we call the result social justice rather than its old name: theft.

Our forefathers shed blood rather than render unto King George. Yet today we madly mortgage our nation’s future to foreign powers, piling debt upon debt without limit or thought as to how it will be repaid. These debts ensnare our children and grandchildren even as we stop having them, confident in the knowledge that the government will take care of us in our old age, so why bother with the trouble and expense?

If we were still a nation capable of shame with enough intellectual integrity to call things as they are, if we hadn’t debauched our language as badly as our currency, if we had the courage to look in the mirror and see how woefully we have squandered our Founders’ legacy, this Fourth of July would be a day not of celebration but of atonement.

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Via Mediaite.


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Fixed!..Sorry..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 2:56 AM

LOL! I’m still getting you a new keyboard for Christmas. : )

Bmore on July 5, 2012 at 2:58 AM

If you ain’t been blessing the cup tonight, I just got an idea on what to give you next Christmas. Lol!

Bmore on July 5, 2012 at 2:51 AM

LoLz..Believe it or not I have had no beer!..:)

PS..Keyboard issues and not paying attention..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 2:59 AM

LOL! I’m still getting you a new keyboard for Christmas. : )

Bmore on July 5, 2012 at 2:58 AM

LoLz..You are right it is about time to replace!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 3:00 AM

K. It’s 2. Going to jet. I’ll see you guys a little later. :)

Always more work to do …

Happy 4th!

And 5th, I guess. And sixth. This could go on.

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Wonder what else in in here?

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 2:50 AM

lolz..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Later..Enjoyed it!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 3:03 AM

Good Night, Axe, Sleep Well. Have your eyes checked straight away. ; )

Bmore on July 5, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Words that should inspire people and cause them to get involved. Damn shame they won’t.

DannoJyd on July 5, 2012 at 3:07 AM

DannoJyd, I think you may have split last night before you saw my question. I was just wondering where you ended up on who to support for President this fall?

Bmore on July 5, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Bmore on July 5, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Later..Enjoyed it!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 3:17 AM

Well Dire, it was yet another day worth living, and certainly worth the price of admission. Glad you and the family had a good one too. I must also say, I’m glad to see the morale around here picking up a bit. Anyway, I’ll see ya tomorrow. ; )

Good Night All.

Bmore on July 5, 2012 at 3:18 AM

lolz..Watch the color behind the eyes!..:)

PS..Nice tune spin by you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 5, 2012 at 2:46 AM

lol

Good song! J.E. & K.M., R.I.P. (or, maybe in Keith’s case, Unrest In Mayhem! :))

Lotsa ladies like this one:

Green Eyes

Bizarro No. 1 on July 5, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Blue Eyes

Bizarro No. 1 on July 5, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Couldn’t find “Barstow Blue Eyes” by them on YouTube, so I’ll put these up instead. They were an excellent, underrated 70′s band.

Babylon

This one was a Top 40 hit in ’72!

Run Run Run

This video appropriately has some fireworks in it!

Shake That Fat

Bizarro No. 1 on July 5, 2012 at 3:45 AM

good morning!

back to work

cmsinaz on July 5, 2012 at 6:57 AM

lawrence odonnel hosting morning joe this am with al sharpton

turning it off…,

blech

cmsinaz on July 5, 2012 at 7:02 AM

ot: morning joe crew producing hbo movie about fox news

no bias there
/

cmsinaz on July 5, 2012 at 7:10 AM

cmsinaz on July 5, 2012 at 7:10 AM

HBO is determined to drive every last viewer away, aren’t they?

Hollywood disconnect.

kingsjester on July 5, 2012 at 7:13 AM

HBO is determined to drive every last viewer away, aren’t they?

Hollywood disconnect.

kingsjester on July 5, 2012 at 7:13 AM

i believe so KJ…left them a LONG time ago myself…

chris rock, pure class….not

what a bloody idiot

cmsinaz on July 5, 2012 at 7:20 AM

On witch hunting. :)

But seriously, I need to work so … stop being interesting.

In Qatar, home of Al-Jazeera, the police are also on the lookout for rogue magicians. The same goes for Oman, where dedicated enforcers keep watch for magic amulets, bones or love potions. While the police forces of the Muslim world are not terribly good at combating terrorism, they spring into action when someone claims that a witch cast a spell on his goats. Most of those arrested are usually foreigners; many of them are Africans, which is not surprising in the racist tribal heartland of Islam.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/daniel-greenfield/muslim-witch-hunts/

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

*talking to you KJ

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Flora Duh on July 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

excellent

cmsinaz on July 5, 2012 at 7:32 AM

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Say what? Those tweets came from The Boss Emeritus’ Twichy site, re-printed from Twitter itself. What witch hunt?

kingsjester on July 5, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Flora Duh on July 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Cool! And it didn’t take them three weeks.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 7:47 AM

HBO is determined to drive every last viewer away, aren’t they?

Hollywood disconnect.

kingsjester on July 5, 2012 at 7:13 AM

I don’t mean this sarcastically – he wasn’t superficially that dumb before 0bamessiah got elected, was he?

His sense of humor seems to me to have gotten worse over the years; maybe that started happening before 2008, I don’t know…

Bizarro No. 1 on July 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

kingsjester on July 5, 2012 at 7:34 AM

O, no, sorry. :) Not that part. Those were separate things. I was making quick rounds (wrapping up, deleting bookmarks, etc.) and ran across the Islam sorcery thing, and posted it here –

The “I’m talking to you” thing was re.

But seriously, I need to work so … stop being interesting.

In other words, translated from Axe to English, “good post.” :)

My bad.

This is the back end of my day. At the front end, I would have known that would make no sense at all and done a better job.

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Bizarro No. 1 on July 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I think you are right, he was an equal opportunity comedian before The Won. He seems to be taking it personally that a lot of the country is not loving the huge swing Left and ascribes it to the skin color of our president.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 8:03 AM

LOL! You did stay up mighty late last night.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 8:12 AM

LOL! You did stay up mighty late last night.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 8:12 AM

lol — it … it was interesting, damn it. :)

I didn’t make a nickel either.

Bah. It was the fourth. Fine, I’ll go start the fifth.

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Journalists Who Broke Fast and Furious Story File Ethics Complaint [against Eric Holder] with DC Bar

Flora Duh on July 5, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Everyone should read this. And pile on.

de rigueur on July 5, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Axe on July 5, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Okay, now you’ve got me re-reading Irving. Next thing, I’ll hear that the Knickerbocker Tales is a gloss on Dryden.

de rigueur on July 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

My puppies were not that thrilled either but oddly enough they did better tonight with the full blown display than the few “practice” rounds some neighbors did last night.

Cindy Munford on July 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM

Oddly enough, we didn’t have the usual week of warm-up rounds preceding the Fourth this year, so pooch was unprepared. And we didn’t get the usual email admonition from LAPD against the celebratory firing of live ammo into the air this year, either.

de rigueur on July 5, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Get in line for all your non thinking treatments, rubes.
Don’t let me. Suffice. … really? Come on down.
Betcha you’ll walk away with new inspirations,
or you won”t.

That seems funny to me, though I am the one who said it.

mickytx on July 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

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