Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dear Tony:

I appreciate your frustration. Even when we anti-statists are right there doing our best to help with big sharp box-cutters, our statist friends still can't think their way out of their cardboard containers.

Right now Fox News is interviewing a young veteran who is regretting the fact that for most people Memorial Day is all about cookouts, beaches, and blockbuster movies, though it's supposed to be a somber affair when we "solemnize the sacrifice" on the part of those who gave their lives so we could enjoy our "freedom."

I want to say, first of all, that the more of those glorious freedom-saving wars the Union fights, the less freedom we actually have; and, second, guy, leave hard-pressed ordinary folks ALONE with the modest diversions available to them!

But then I think what a fine thing it would be if we did have a somber holiday "solemnizing the sacrifice," assuming we could couch the sacrifice in terms of sacrificing to Moloch.

I should probably post some observation to that effect tonight or tomorrow (I'm going to one of those frivolous cookouts this afternoon), even though it's nothing I haven't written before.


Sent from Tom's iPod.

On May 30, 2010, at 12:24 PM, wrote:

"The reason is that I take seriously all those warnings from grumpy old War Conservatives: that the more women and confessed homosexuals the military is saddled with, the less unit cohesion, mission focus, and combat effectiveness it can maintain. Well, excellent! Let's choke the imperial legions with hurt feelings, discrimination complaints, assault investigations, pregnant soldierettes, queer diseases, and romantic melodramas in the midst of battle, say I."

Dear Tom:

I go through a similar thought process with my more statist friends who come around to my position with respect to drug (re-)legalization. They may, e.g., finally apprehend that drug prohibition, not drugs per se, is what's responsible for generating drug-related crimes against life and property. They may even buy my arguments regarding individual sovereignty and the natural right to put the substance of your choice in your own body. But they invariably ruin their epiphany by throwing in something along the lines of "yes, you're right, plus if drugs are legal, the State can tax them!"

No, no, no! The State has preserved sufficient levels of disorder just taxing income, retail transactions, luxury items, booze and cigarettes and what-have-you! Taxing drugs is a good reason to oppose legalization, not favor it! What does it take to get through to you people?! Do I have to grab you by the shoulders and shake you?!

Tony Pivetta
Royal Oak, MI

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