Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Two possible theories of government

1. The purpose of government is to facilitate an environment that allows for maximum personal liberty and personal advancement, while maintaining civil order, regulating commerce, and protecting citizens from outside attack. Equality of opportunity is the goal.

2. The purpose of government is to take care of "its" citizens and work to make their lives better. Generally, it is the role of government to provide things for citizens and make helpful decisions for them so they may enjoy a higher quality of life. Equality in material possessions and benefits is the goal.

There are many, many other kinds of governments in the world as well.

A Red Sox fan friend of mine told me he saw an interesting piece on Fox News' Bill O'Reilly show last night. John Stossel, ex-employee of ABC, now working for Fox, was talking about an interesting experiment he had just run to illustrate how Affirmative Action works. He said it was hilarious, but ever so true.


  1. I prefer quotes by Heinlein on this:

    "Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something."

    "Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let's play that over again, too. Who decides?"

    The whole mess is beyond belief to me.

  2. I don't see what good our government has done. The world she is a changing. How are you Tom?

  3. Sorry, I read your link and found it very informative and insightful, but I've been told by some really smart people that Fox News isn't really news and I can't believe a word they say. So instead of doing my own research, investigating the truth for all matters large and small. I'm going to let celebrities tell me how to think. Life will be so much simpler.

    I haven't crossed paths with Susan/Sanity on Edge in quite some time. How are you hon?

  4. @Stephanie Barr - Well, those weren't quotes, they were MINE. So you really prefer this Heinekin guy over me?

    Well, it is a mess. To paraphrase shakespeare (he doesn't mind) "First thing, let's kill all the politicians."

    @Susan - Susan? I'm fine, I guess. Had a triple by-pass and broke my leg in three places and all my wives died the same week. Then the boils came. Wait. That was Job. I guess you probably know what the REAL question is.

    I don't get your mentioning the government. Oh, the post thing on the blog. Trying to pretend you read the post. I see.

    @Sue - My mind is bloggling. I mean boggling. There can't possibly be two Sues touching here in the comments.

    Well, I will just call you Joyce to keep it straight, k? What link? The one about Stossel and Affirmative Action? Yeah, that was cute all right. Your friends are right about Fox, though. I only watch it because they are the only pure and honest news on tv left in the world today. Sometimes, when I want to hear lies out of the mouth of a stuckup slut, I will watch Katie Cur-ric. But mostly just Shepherd Smith and his trampoline bears on Fox. Well, I guess you probably did enjoy Stossel's dumb stunt on Affirmative action, being black and all.

    I'm ok. Except for the triple bypass and ...



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