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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The very best Anti-Nanny-State rant evah'!



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1 comment:

DC Treybil said...

In commenting on this speech, I don't know if I would call it a rant. Pross seems completely at ease, calm and in control of himself.

He makes a very good case for the anti-nanny-state position here.

It's interesting to me that a Canadian would comment on US history and the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. But Shatner (as Kirk), a Canadian, gave a very eloquent reading of the Preamble in a Star Trek episode called The Omega Glory.

Proff's synopsis of US history and the DoI is pretty good.

I like the "raise the Titanic" analogy.

But the shark in the pool analogy is a bit off. Consider this oft-cited quote from Jefferson:

In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson

In Proff's white shark analogy, he has the citizens in the pool with the shark. The Constitution is supposed to be a cage for the shark. The shark is supposed to be contained.

His white shark analogy is an apt description for the ways things are and what is happening now.

Nor do I advocate a return to the Constitution with any idea in mind of presenting it as some sort of panacea. It is not a panacea.

If We the People cannot get the white shark of government (federal at least) back in the cage created by the Constitution, there's no need in trying to construct a new cage.

Until We the People undertake that task, all we can do is keep feeding the shark in hopes it will not eat us. And that will work for a while. And that's the good news.

The bad news is that feeding the shark only makes it bigger. One day, it will eat us anyway.

DC Treybil