Monday, August 17, 2009

Quote of the Day:

About 233 years ago a little strip of geography along the eastern coast of North America spawned a population of gun owners, civil libertarians, and private property advocates. They tried a small experiment in limited government which grew and worked out quite well for a long time. -Jim, at The Travis McGee Reader.

6 comments:

theirritablearchitect said...

Gee, a link to that AP piece woulda been kinda nice.

I'd love to read that "tone" he was talking about. I'm sure it's true, but still, nothing like reading that putrid filth for yourself, in making one's own opinion on the matter.

DirtCrashr said...

people-whose-existence-is-to-be-regretted.
History is something to be lived-down. They would rather eulogize the Old West and tilt their collectivist heads in sympathy for the noble Indians (who brought them peyote), after all "cowboys" were really nothing but bigoted illiterate itinerants, and uneducated murderous alcoholic racists.
All that Roy Rodgers and Hopalong Cassidy stuff could not survive the sweeping "Progressive" changes or the merciless scrutiny of the postmodern ethos.

Nathan said...

If we'd shot all the damn "progressives" (read, "fascists") eighty or ninety years ago, we wouldn't be in the fix we're in today.

Should have started with Woodrow Wilson.

theirritablearchitect said...

Nathan,

I believe that you are correct, in everything except the timeline.

It goes back somewhat farther.

Dirt, you KILL me. "Postmodern ethos," as if the Leftists had any ethos, at all!

Ken said...

They tried a small experiment in limited government which grew and worked out quite well for a long time.

'Less'n, o'course, you were a farmer in western PA accustomed to usin' whiskey as currency, and wantin' to know why no one else had t'pay tax on their fungible money holdin's....

Nathan said...

I maintain that 80-90 years would have been long enough for the corrective to have percolated through lefty skulls. Remember, the 16th Amendment was Wilson's idea.

In fairness, though, I agree that you can go clear back to Lincoln, or even as far back (as Ken suggests) to the Whiskey Rebellion.