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17 September 2009 @ 02:16 pm
Take my rights, but hands off my bills!  
Jon Carroll recently quoted "a useful rant from reader Ray Welch"; this is phrased succinctly enough that I think it deserves greater distribution:
We live in a country where many people think it's great, even imperative, for the federal government to snoop on our phone calls, e-mail and library records, to deploy a private militia accountable to no one (Blackwater, or whatever it calls itself now), to give the president "unitary" powers during a state of perpetual war, to hold people under arrest indefinitely without charge and torture them in undisclosed locations, to search without a warrant (using so-called national security letters) and to disseminate internal propaganda, but bad, even evil, for the federal government to manage health care, because that might give it too much power, which it would abuse.

My government can detain me indefinitely without a warrant and turn me over to Blackwater to be tortured, and lie to my family about where I am, but a federal health care program - now that is verging on totalitarianism.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
michelel72: SGA-Rodney-Worriedmichelel72 on September 17th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I frequently envy Canada. I know it's not all puppies and unicorns up there, but ... yeah.
sophia_sol on September 18th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
Mmm, wouldn't it be wonderful if it were all puppies and unicorns? *grin* But then all in all I think maybe we're better off as we are, warts and all. I mean, far too often a utopian society is just a dystopia in disguise, and it would just plain suck to be stuck in Brave New World or similar.
michelel72: DS-Quote-CoffeeStupidmichelel72 on September 18th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Or Logan's Run. Heh. But as someone stuck in the middle of a political dialogue between "We have aggressively stupid positions, shouted loudly, and we hate you!" and "But we're in charge ... okay, okay, whatever you want, just please like me!" ... I'm not saying utopia, but I'm pretty durn sure we could do better than this. :