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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Friday, November 7, 2014

And Life Goes On...

The elections of 2014 are over... the struggle for the next election cycle begins. There is a lot of mumbling about how small the turnout was. The turnout, according to Al Jazeera was 33.3%. We just don't get as excited about mid-term elections as we do about the presidential ones. It's understandable. We think they are less important so we don't make as much effort to get involved. Yet they really are just as important because we are electing those that make the laws we all have to live under. Presidents do not. Presidents propose policies and are supposed to execute those laws. I think we tend to look at presidents as we once looked at kings and queens. We shouldn't, that isn't how our system of government is designed. Incidentally, see this story... also in Al Jazzera. 

For the next couple of weeks, we will be hearing from the pundits about what the election meant and what they didn't.

But the best thing about the elections being over? The huge reduction in political ads! Until the next election looms, that is.


Tom Sightings said...

What gets me is that those on the far left and those on the far right do share one opinion: they both think the other side consists of a bunch of people who are closed-minded, mentally lazy sheep who refuse to consider anything new.

Anyway, for my take on saying goodbye to political ads, check out my post "A Surprise in the Mailbox"

Douglas said...

Tom, you've written another witty and wise post in "A Surprise in the Mailbox." Yes, politicians routinely paint their opponents as the sleazeballs that they themselves are and then promise to do all the things their opponents promise to do (only better and more compassionately). It is all lies, of course, yet we continue to reward them with our votes. What other choice do we have?