Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Best Read of the Day

by Smitty

The Dead Hand has a link to Mark Steyn's "Live Free or Die" essay.
TDH says:
Steyn has hit the nail squarely on the thumb: Citizenship is what we DO, not a stamp on our birth certificates. And the larger Government grows, the fewer Citizens there are in any meaningful sense, as those who remain are transformed into wrinkly, post-adolescent wards of the State.
This is not 1789 or 1917. There is no La Fayette or Lenin storming the gates of our civil society. Rather, the destruction of our liberty and national character is proceeding one tiny step at a time, and it MUST be opposed as such. Otherwise, the BIG steps--like the nationalizations of giant swathes of the automotive and banking industries (in the past three months) or the health care industry (later this year) will have far too much momentum to stop.

Steyn has a immigrant's passion for his adopted land. Avail yourself of a motivational read.


  1. He's right. But he's 6 years late. The collectivists took over America in 03. The "Nanny State" has grown by leaps + bounds the last 6 years. The growth of our national debt is old hat. It is no longer news. As VP Dick said in 04 "Deficits dont matter!" when questioned about the growth of the "Nanny state" in 03 + 04.

    The lat 7 years America is like the lab frog in the water that gradually foes from 100 to 250 degrees. We ignore the danger until we are dead. We are not dead yet! but after 7 years of big and growing government we are dieing and closer to dead than we were in 02!
    But what is the alternative. Both major parties are controlled by collectivists. The GOP just 2 days ago backed a Nanny stater in the Fla Senate race! Their has been no choice for many years. Wallace was wrong in 64 when he said "There aint a nickle's woth of diff..." but he'd be right this century. #
    I neglected to point out the the Nanny stater the GOP supports in FL has wholeheartedly supported for 3 months the "O" programs that Steyn rails against. I'm with Steyn - but again where is the alternative? It takes at

    MY guess is that Crist will now do a Bush/McCain(John) and lie about his position, "I did not support the Ones's positions! That is a smear by the conservative extremists trying to destroy the party of Ronnie!" If he does I would suggest asking Mark Sanford about what Crist said about him in Mar and Apr.

    A Ronnie Democrat
    Rod Stanton
    Cerritos, Cal

  2. Smitty, sir,
    I too immigrated - legally - and earned citizenship. An honor I do not take for granted.

    Great country you have here. I tell my kids that on the one hand, they're blessed. On the other, they'll have one Hell of a mess to unwind.

    Thanks for the link to Steyn!