Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Fuel for the Fire

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-- Samuel Adams

2 comments:

jayeldee said...

“Go home”, indeed—and “in peace”, at that. Does Adams mean, perhaps—Go Rest In Peace? One wonders… For myself, I long ago bid this country adieu (although I remain within its borders, there being, to the best of my knowledge, nowhere to go). The faster the lingering, rotting remnants of it disappear, the faster the rebuilding can begin—one supposes, painful as the prospect is, out of anarchy, into which state it certainly proceeds apace.

Going Galt, am I? In the immortal words of that esteemed governor, Sarah Louise Palin (sans wink, to be sure): You betchya.

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

Sam Adams nails it, and in words both beautiful and hard.

There are moments, Jayeldee, when I want to do as you are doing. But being a parent makes one a hostage to the future, and so I believe I must try, must raise my voice, so that should we fail, I can say to my kids that I was and still remain concerned about their future freedom.

However, I do believe that our efforts may come to naught because, as I have talked to various "freedom movement" people, I see that they do not recognize the roots of the problem; they believe that to live one's life for oneself is wrong, it is just that they do not want the government to determine for what other person or cause they must live.
They do not get that it is not greed or desire that caused the economic meltdown, rather it is the penchant of government to want power over the lives of others.