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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.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Only one vote per person, don't waste it

Political campaigns... It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing... as Shakespeare once wrote, though I think he wasn't thinking of politics. But he could have been.

We are lied to by each side, told to believe the most outrageous things about  the candidates. Outrageous things that, unfortunately, too many people seem to believe.

I don't believe Obama is out to destroy the country or turn it socialist. Likewise, I do not believe Romney is out of touch and in the pockets of the 1%.

A number of years ago, I lived in Palm Beach County. It was the year 2000 and the campaign got out of hand. Accusations flew fast and furious and it seemed like each side was saying the other side would ruin the country. I thought then, as I do now, that we do not elect dictators; we elect people who will do their best to steer the ship of state through dangerous waters.

No one knows what the the winner will face as challenges. We only know what they face today. When the 2000 election was on, no one knew what would happen in September of the next year. And that is the problem. We elect someone and then we find out what will happen and how it will be handled by that someone.

I have come to believe that we do not want the "lesser of two evils", we do not want a socialist or a puppet of the rich. We want someone who will not panic when things go awry, as they will, who will not blame his predecessor, who will not be paralyzed with indecision, who will have appointed people who will give practical advice, who will understand that decisions made will impact the country for decades to come.

I hope we will not vote based on campaign promises of what the candidate will provide. I hope the winner will not just be someone who wants to pay back his biggest donors.

I hope we will not elect someone we will come to regret.


Pearl said...

You and me both, Doug!


Douglas4517 said...

 We'll probably cancel each other out. But you're in Minnesota and I am in Florida so it shouldn't matter.