Pulled from the commentary on a popular political discussion site…
Author : “Governments thrive on expanding their own capabilities at the expense of personal freedom.”
Commenter : “Is that like pulling the plug on my 14-year-old daughter’s computer when she’s been on it too long. I couldn’t do that with my oldest daughter because we didn’t have PCs then?”
Author : “For every abuse of power we catch, there are thousands they get away with.”
Commenter : “…Is pulling the plug on my daughter’s computer an abuse of power or an action to protect her own good?”
For this gentleman, who understands his relationship with his government as a father protecting his children…nevermind. How does one even respond to this? I tried – consent of the governed…when did relationship invert itself in your mind…who’s authority…blah blah blah. He hasn’t responded yet, but I already know it’s useless.
You know the old saying about us fearing what we don’t understand? I understand this mindset less than I understand String Theory, meaning – not at all. Can you even call it a mindset? Sounds more like programming to me. Executing lines of code. Regardless, I’ll never understand it. I’m incapable of understanding it. Why men make a conscious choice to surrender their will, their responsibilities, their very lives to other men – men oftentimes much worse than themselves- I’ll never know. Dogs are great animals. But why would any human being want to be one? I don’t understand this “mindset”. And it terrifies me.