18 February 2018

Quotes of the Day

Washington is not America. It has become an alien city-state that rules America, and much of the rest of the world, in the way that Rome ruled the Roman Empire. 
~ Richard Maybury

The pattern is as old as human life. The new rulers use more and more force, more police, more soldiers, trying to enforce more efficient control, trying to make the planned economy work by piling regulations on regulations, decree on decree. The people are hungry and hungrier. And how does a man on this earth get butter? Doesn't the government give butter? But government does not produce food from the earth; Government is guns. It is one common distinction of all civilized peoples, that they give their guns to the Government. Men in Government monopolize the necessary use of force; they are not using their energies productively; they are not milking cows. To get butter, they must use guns; they have nothing else to use. 
~ Rose Wilder Lane 

The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets to use it. 
~ William Greider, One World Ready or Not


LindaG said...

Have to agree with that, sadly.

Many people would say that proves guns should be outlawed, without understanding that the government would still have guns.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Splendid, Reverend. Thanks for sharing. I suspect in the not too distant future, we are going to be re-having the discussion about the nature of the state and the nature of citizens.

Rev. Paul said...

Linda, those in favor of a gun ban (as if it were even possible to do so) are also those who want the gov't to take care of their every need. They don't realize what they're asking for.

TB, you're welcome. That particular conversation is never far from the discussion in these parts.

Suz said...

The real problem is everyone is stuck on yelling about guns, mostly because it is easy. NO ONE is talking about reforming the mental health system in this country which is the one common factor in all of the MCI's over the past 20+ years. All of the perps were bat-crap crazy. And not on meds!!

The mental health system in this country is the REAL problem.
How do we get the .gov folks to address that can of worms??

Rev. Paul said...

Suz, you're quite probably right. And how to go about addressing mental health system? It probably won't happen.

Old NFO said...

Suz is correct! Dammit...

Rev. Paul said...

Unfortunately, sir, that's a fact.