"Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that ever I took half the pains to preserve it." -John Adams

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Monday, December 9, 2013


If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom — go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
Samuel Adams. 

This one is something that reminds me of a friend who once told me about a test he does for people he meets, and based on their answer, he decides whether or not he will even give them the time of day, much less befriend them. He calls it the "Raw milk test." He asks if you think the State has the right to jail people who disobey the law and buy/sell raw cows' milk. Based on the answer given, he decides whether his time would be worth spending with you. Yes, if you say the state does have this right, he sees no worth in your friendship.
This brings up a broader point, one where we decide our time preferences. How much time do you want to spend with a Statist, really, someone who for whatever reason wouldn't blink an eye if the State threw you in a cage. Someone who says, "He must have done something wrong, after all, it's the law." I think we have to remove ourselves as much as possible from the Statists who just WON'T get it, no matter how much time you have wasted on them. Freedom and Liberty aren't for everyone;, some actually like being slaves, all the while, of course, telling you that they are somehow free (thanks, no less, to the State).
I think it's time to take Samuel Adams' words to heart, and to tell these Statists--and you know who they are in your life--to move on.
What really do we need from them anyway? They aren't edifying our lives, so why even associate with them?
Let them live in their chains.
We should have a little more self respect than that. If you have no qualms over the State caging me or my family or anyone over an arbitrary law some mortal man made up from his little mind, I want nothing to do with you.
You sound more like an enemy than a friend.
May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
Don't expect me to smile and be your friend while you chain me.

1 comment:

  1. I agree, it is difficult to wake up a statist. I find it interesting that if they want me to go to jail for selling raw milk, they are claiming that they are the victim of my crime... Right? So, does my time in jail compensate each of the tax paying citizens? Or does it further victimize them by then taking their tax monies to use the court system and house me in jail? Do you, as a tax payer, feel better now that they have paid to have my time, freedom, civil rights, and loved ones, taken away from me? 
    You'd think the "victim" would rather get paid, like from a fine, not pay more to make me (who they may have never met) basically a ward of the State. Think of all the kids who's parent is in jail... Aren't they the real victim?  It's easy to destroy the lives of others based on potential harm they could cause, if you have no direct associations with them, their family or the situation. I don't think anyone should be able to send a person to jail, without spending time behind bars themselves.