Bully for prohibitionistsWritten by Kurt St. Angelo
Imagine that I wanted you to quit gambling, or to stop smoking something, or to save more for your retirement. I have my reasons, okay? The world would be a much better place if it did things my way. I confront you on street while you’re smoking. I threaten you with a club until you put out your cigarette and give me rest of them, which I crumble into a trashcan. As I leave, you call police on your cell phone to report me for armed robbery.
The next day, a few of my well intentioned homeys and I confront you again about your bad habit. After we take your new pack “for your own good,“ you report our felonious gang activity.
Over next several days, my gang gets bigger and bigger until it acts like a mob. You call police, but get no action because most of them are sympathetic to my group. During next week, my mob grows as big as a political majority, and when you call police department, I answer telephone. I tell you that smoking anything is now prohibited, and that you’ll go to jail unless you quit.
You can barely hear yourself over chants of self-righteous majority in background. You ask, but how can this be? Last week police protected my rights to smoke and be free from violent moralists. Today you’re policing me on their behalf. Isn’t it a crime to threaten violence to change my nonviolent behavior or to forcefully take my property? How did you convert my smoking to a crime and elevate your crimes to my solution?
Because I can, I answer. I’m political majority. I have enough voters, enforcers, experts, and judges to say that wrong is right. My use of violence to fight your smoking is moral because enough people say it is. If only enough sinners threw stones, stone throwing would also be right.
On a recent television show, Dr. Phil explained group dynamics to a twelve-year-old girl who was being harassed by some neighborhood girls. He said that bullies are cowards who get their strength only in numbers. He said that some people get courage to do things in groups that they would never do alone.
Reflecting IndependenceWritten by Terry Dashner
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“A Beautiful Declaration” We people…
We are people of United States of America. We’ve come from every kindred, tribe, and nation to this nation—one nation under God. This is a great nation, and we are blessed to call America our home. I was thinking about this today and thought I’d write something to reflect blessing of America’s Independence That’s right—just a word to reflect why we celebrate July 4th.
May God bless celebration of America’s Independence Day.
America’s discontent with British attempts at taxation began in 1760s. Americans had rallied behind now famous slogan, “Taxation without Representation.” During that decade of dissent, colonists demanded only that their “rights” as Englishmen be upheld by British Parliament. In beginning, they had no thoughts of drawing away from England by declaring national independence. That, however, changed after meeting of Second Continental Congress, which convened in Philadelphia in May of 1775.
With continuing Redcoat advances and oppressive laws of King George against colonists, a pamphlet began to circulate in 1776 that rekindled waning spirit of patriots. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense (1776), attacked English monarchy and called for America’s independence. These words were fire.