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Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 9:13amSanction this postReply
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This is excellent, Ed.

I am nauseated today at the thought that so many people are far too willing, even eager, to trade not just their own freedom, but the freedom of everyone they know in order to secure a doctor visit and prescription. 

The truth twisting and outright lies told on the House Floor all day yesterday are testament to the moral truths you've outlined in this article.  The philosophical vacuum offered by those who oppose them is heartbreaking. With precious few exceptions, they're intellectually impudent against the emotional appeal of Washington's force peddlers. 




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Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 9:27amSanction this postReply
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Since the early 90s, we've been acting like the Berlin Wall went up in 1989, not fell.

That was the birth of Carville's unstoppable intellectual juggernaut, "It's THE Economy, stupid!"

America has been rolling downhill towards its own version of Totalitarianism ever since...but it started long before.





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Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 9:55pmSanction this postReply
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Today I have been debating about the two books that have recently been written about Ayn Rand at: 
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2010219729_br08rand.html

I posted one example of my being selfish was that I will never apply for Social Security and Medicare because I am a capitalist and not a collectivist.  I would not apply even if I was fined or put in prison for not having health insurance.  

A reply to my post said I would not be put in prison for not having health care. 
So I posted:

page 146, Ira Levin's "This Perfect Day."

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   "Let go of me! he cried, trying to pull himself free of the arms tightly holding him.
   "Help him!" members cried.  "I don't want to be helped!  Leave me alone, you brother fighting haters!"
   He was dragged up escalator steps by members panting and flinching, one of them with tears in his eyes.  "Easy, easy,"  they said, "we're helping you.  You'll be all right, we're helping you."  He kicked, and his legs were caught and held.
   
  "I don't want to be helped!" he cried.  "I want to be left alone!  I'm healthy!  I'm healthy!  I'm not sick!"
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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 8:22amSanction this postReply
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It would have helped it you had mentioned that you were posting under the name "Frontiers."



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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 8:40amSanction this postReply
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When I was "active" in my union that represented the engineers that worked at Boeing I worked successfully to stop the company's efforts to start random drug testing.  One argument I used was that what was now an effort to reduce the use of illegal drugs would one day be used to force us to take mind enhancing and behavior modifying drugs. 

 
Sorry, guess I am getting off thread but I recently viewed "The Lives of Others" concerning the actions of the Stasi in East Germany while thinking of the Health Care train wreck happening in the USofA promising more "Perfect Days" and "Brave New Worlds" in the future.   




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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 1:23pmSanction this postReply
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Ed,

That was an outstanding piece. Wish everyone could read it.

jt



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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 2:20pmSanction this postReply
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Thanks Teresa, Jay, et al.!

And on a related matter, Iíll repeat what Iíve written elsewhere And I'm glad Obama did not go to Berlin to mark the fall of the Wall. That socialist would simply have insulted and sullied the memory of Reagan and all who fought the Communists as well as those who suffered under the sort of vile collectivist regime that Obama wants to bring to America. I'd be sickened if I had to listen to the empty platitudes and "Freedom is Slavery" bile spewing from his mouth.




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Monday, November 9, 2009 - 3:45pmSanction this postReply
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Ed, you are right. When Obama is true to his nature - like not going to the Berlin Wall Ceremony - he is bad enough. But when he pretends not to be what he really is, or to convince us that he is on the right side of things, it is worse.



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