The government expands at will, based on what might be charitably called flimsy constitutional reasoning and less charitably and more accurately called arrogant judicial tyranny. Government authority these days rarely comes from the Constitution as written but from the last carefully crafted misinterpretation of it. This is called legal precedent.
How does something immoral, when done privately, become moral when it is done collectively? Furthermore, does legality establish morality? Slavery was legal; apartheid is legal; Stalinist, Nazi, and Maoist urges were legal. Clearly, the fact of legality does not justify these crimes. Legality, alone, cannot be the talisman of moral people.
One of the most pathetic — and dangerous — signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason.
It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.
I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.
Education is not merely neglected in many of our schools today, but is replaced to a great extent by ideological indoctrination.
To my mind it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic.
Government isn’t a good way to solve problems … [G]overnment is concerned mostly with self-perpetuation and is subject to fantastic ideas about its own capabilities. … [G]overnment is wasteful of the nation’s resources, immune to common sense and subject to pressure from every half-organized bouquet of assholes. … [G]overnment is distrustful of and disrespectful toward average Americans while being easily gulled by Americans with money, influence, or fame.
If the United states has 40 billion dollars to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home. We spent trillions in Iraq, trillions in Afghanistan. We got nothing. Before we nation-build the rest of the world, we should be building safe schools for our own children in our own nation, right?