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|When Power Speaks Truth|
|Commentary/Politics - Guest Commentaries|
|Wednesday, 06 August 2008 01:47|
It's rare enough in this age of politician worship and dutiful rules-following for a citizen to speak truth to Power, but it's outright stunning when Power speaks truth to citizens.
From a real article in The Chattanoogan: General Sessions Court Judge Bob Moon told a woman who had been badly beaten during a carjacking to "purchase a weapon, obtain a gun permit, and learn to protect yourself." Crime in the city, said the judge, "has become so rampant that it is no longer possible for the police department to protect our citizens."
Will this judge be severely censored by his fellow rulingcrats, or is it possible to imagine honest, principled events like these in the future?
The Elm Street Eagle: Regional FEMA Commissionercrat Dee Bockle burned her Civil Service ID card in protest during a news conference today in which she told Midwestern flood victims, "Quit expecting taxpayers to bail you out every few years. Buy flood insurance or move."
Invoking the endless FEMA failures following the Hurricane Katrina calamity, the officialcrat added, "We've proved that the Corps of Engineers cannot contain floodwater and FEMA cannot clean up the mess afterwards."
DC Daily Demagogue: Dr. Payne Bunyan, a spokescrat from the Surgeon General's Office, stunned members of the Congressional Planning Committee on Universal Healthcare during live testimony on C-SPAN by saying, "Government can't fix what government broke. People must get medical insurance or rely on charity hospitals."
After sputtering red-faced Congresscrooks demanded to know what government's role should be, he replied, "Get out of the way. The government and the AMA and the giant hospital corporations and Big Pharma in bed with the FDA have regulated us into this medical mess, and more regulation like universal health care will just turn the mess into a lethal, irreversible disaster."
The Quantico Inquirer: DEA Instructor Gunnar Cockenhammer told a class of trainees, "Finish your training, get certified, and quit."
He then explained to the dumbfounded rookies, "The number of people addicted to drugs today is roughly the same as when the Drug War began. So quit wasting everybody's time. If drugs were decriminalized today, the massive cash flow into the hands of the Taliban and al-Qaeda and FARC and Shining Path and the drug cartels would vanish overnight. Go get a job in the real world like bodyguard or skip tracer or bounty hunter or insurance fraud investigator."
Ivory Tower Tribune: Professor Reed N. Wright of Yalevard University told a group of concerned parents, "Save your children. Get them out of public school. Put them in private schools or home-school them or just park them in front of the Discovery Channel and the History Channel and the Learning Channel. Even the Cartoon Channel is better than public school."
After the startled gasps died down, the professor continued, "One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. After 50 years of incessant failure, it should be obvious to everyone that government can't educate your kids. Every year we throw millions more of your taxbucks at the failed system than the year before, the cost per pupil keeps going up, the salaries of educrats keep going up, and the quality of public education keeps going down. So save your children. Get them out any way you can."
Armageddon Gazette: Army Recruiter Sergeant Overhill Overdale told a group of high school seniors to "be patriotic - boycott military service."
He advised America's youth to refuse to volunteer "until the government signs an ironclad, court-enforced contract affirming that the sole purpose of America's armed forces is national defense." He went on to say, "Arrogant politicians have no right to use the rest of us as mere battlefield fodder in pursuit of their grandiose agendas."
These courageous public reformers, assuming they were real, would thrive in a free society based on libertarian principles.
Garry Reed is a longtime advocate of the libertarian philosophy of noncoercion that espouses personal autonomy and individual responsibility, civil rights and economic liberty, maximum freedom and minimum government. His Web site is (http://www.freecannon.com).
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