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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

It`s a Free Country?

How can we call this the land of the free when law is exercised for our personal welfare against our wishes?

This from the Federalist:

"The day before hurricane Rita hit Texas...I saw on TV something that disturbed me... It was a fat Texas guy swimming in the waves off Galveston. He'd apparently decided the high surf was a good thing to jump into, so he went for a pre-hurricane swim. Two cops saw him, waded into the surf and arrested him. When I saw it the guy was standing there in orange trunks being astonished as the cops put handcuffs on him and hauled him away. I thought: Oh no, this isn't good. You'd have to be crazy, in my judgment, to decide you were going to go swim in the ocean as a hurricane comes. But in the America where I grew up, you were allowed to be crazy. You had the right. Sometimes you were crazy and survived whatever you did. Sometimes you didn't, and afterwards everyone said, 'He was crazy.'... It is the government's job to warn and inform. That's what we have the National Weather Service for. It is not government's job to command and control and make micro-decisions about the lives of people who want to do it their own way." —Peggy Noonan



Blogger Don Bangert said...

Yet, more proof that you don't actually own your body. If you did own it outright, how could the state tell you what to do with it?

Or, was the state claiming to own the water that the man swam in, and, therefore, he was actually trespassing? There are no "public spaces" anymore. They've all been incorporated.

I second your question, "Free Country?"

7:06 AM  
Blogger Alnot said...

We are more free than any other country in the world. Yes staying free takes work and effort. For along with that freedom comes vigilance.

12:41 PM  

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