Saturday, March 05, 2005

Rules to Live By

Listening to my absolute favorite radio station, Air America Radio, I have to say that I completely agree with Sam Seder when he says that being a Libertarian makes about as much sense as being an Anarchist.

Lately a number of them have been calling in to the station and challenging various hosts on their view on the Social Security "reform" debacle on grounds that we should be FREE to do what we want with our money -- and "don't you LIBERULS say that you all are for FREEDUM? Then why aren't you for freedum from taxes?"

Generally, these nutcases seem like they are cruel conservatives in rebellious Libertarians' clothing and they are using the fact that Social Security is not in the Constitution as their strongest argument. Of course, the FDA, SEC, CDC, FDIC, FAA and all sorts of other worthwhile letters from the alphabet aren't in the Constitution either. But these bozos don't care. They must be planning to move into a cave somewhere. Good. Let's just hope they plan to stay there.

For the rest of us, we see the wisdom in pooling our resources, be they money, talents, labors or whatever. By banding together we can share in the wealth and be there for each other when times get hard.

I'm not saying it's always easy. It ain't. But who said it was going to be? It's time we all grow up and take responsibility for ourselves. Now, for some guidelines that will make the journey a little easier...

Check out Tomato Nation's Rules for Those Over 25. (Man, if one of my friends who is waaay past 25 would pull his/her head out of his/her bottom long enough to read this....)

And then check out The Center for Inquiry - West's 11 Strong Suggestions. (It took me a few brain cells to figure out that "KMA" meant "kiss my ass." - I'm tired.)

And then go be nice to someone.


Blogger Barbara said...

Man, I wish I could expect a few of those rules from the -25 college group. I would add for them this rule: When you do drink until you throw up or when you have diarrhea from eating that two-week old chicken in the fridge, do not include the details of your projectile bodily fluids in your excuse for absence. You're just absent; sometimes people are absent, because they are sick or they just need a fucking break from the rut. Absence has consequences and you just have to deal with it.

How did I get here from the Libertarian discussion? Oh, yeah, those are the pukers who keep trying to recylcle their dead grandparents as excuses for missing class.

And about taxes--yes, isn't the whole purpose of a federal government to do things for us that we need? And shouldn't we all contribute to that, within reason and fairness?

March 06, 2005 10:28 AM  

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