How odd, that over the weekend I watched a half-hour of Rick Steves exploring Istanbul. It’s an ancient city, the eastern seat of Christendom (or Catholicism, but back then they were one and the same), survived the collapse of Rome… so Constantine’s walls are still there, much like Roman ruins… It’s always been a commercial city, between two continents. And this morning we find out there’s been yet another earthquake of devastating consequence in Turkey.
What seems to be standing in the way of monster government taking over everything is once again, the will of the people. We provide our own, pretty much everything. You might remember the first time you went to a doctor without your mom or dad. You walked into a system that was already in place and you paid for it, however you did that. You only went when you had to go. Time went by. You discovered the wisdom or necessity of whatever coverage, or whatever medicine, and you made sure you got it when you needed it. Not some monstrous government bureaucracy. We know how to take care of ourselves.
Furthermore, historically, we have always had a collective mistrust of so-called "intellectuals" who seem to think they know what’s best for all of us. Whazzaaap.
"Perhaps you and I have lived with this miracle too long to be properly appreciative. Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again. Knowing this, it is hard to explain those who even today would question the people’s capacity for self-rule. Will they answer this: if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else?" —Ronald Reagan