Rage against the Chickenshit
A Fringe Frustranation
There ought to be a law!
Your Fringe Editor doesn’t call for a law very often, as free and brave readers know; it’s very clear that tons of problems could be solved by simply un-passing many of the crappy laws we already have. Even so, I’m calling for a new law.
My new law is a blatant attack on the 1st Amendment. At one time that would have been untenable to me, but the 1st Amendment has taken a severe bashing in my lifetime, everything from “free speech zones” which restrict protestors from free speech anywhere else, to the attacks on free speech made by the Department of Homeland Security, who told people that the DHS regards protests against government actions as “terrorism”. My law would dramatically change the language of politicians and government bureaucrats, but will hardly effect two groups of people, as I will explain.
My law is simply this: No one who champions a position which would rob citizens of the right to self-determination may use the words “freedom” or “liberty”. It’s that simple. Those words would be reserved for people who property understand the nature of freedom.
My law would deny the use of those words to anyone who makes the remark “if you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.” Likewise, the phrase “obedience to the law is freedom.” The reason is simple: these perspectives set the idea of freedom on its ass, a rude and undignified position for such a noble idea.
“If you haven’t done anything wrong you have nothing to worry about.” This witless mantra, most often used to explain the most recent rape of our rights by one or another government talking head, is the perfect opposite of freedom. It creates the illusion that the government, the “authorities” are the source of freedom, it ignores the fact that “nothing wrong” is a very subjective clause, implying that the government has the power and right to weigh citizens, to determine for them what is “wrong”. It sets the government bureaucrat up as the arbitrator of what constitutes freedom.
It also serves to make the populous meek: if we think you’ve done something wrong, you have a great deal to worry about, so better play it safe and be as good like a slave or servant is good, and please your betters.
“Obedience to the law is freedom”. If it doesn’t anger you, you aren’t reading it correctly. You are only free as long as you obey every bureaucrat that feeds at the government trough. Freedom doesn’t arise from the individual, a birthright, instead it springs from total obedience.
Both of these sayings diminish the individual, strip her of his own counsel, degrade the freedom that we are born with.
To be clear, your Fringe Editor is no anarchist. I’m a strong believer in law, a firm believer in the role of government to organize human effort. The process of elected officials who are expected to act in the best interest of all citizens is about as good as governance can become. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, keep the baby and change the shitty water; the water is there to serve the baby, and government is in place to serve all the citizens, not just the 52% of the 60% of people who voted for them.
But, part of the process requires honesty on the part of the candidates, and a meaningful difference in candidates. A good first step toward regaining that ideal is to force paid government bullshitters to tell the truth, or at least forbid them the use of those two priceless words. When a gas bag running for office uses the word “freedom” it has to actually refer to the right of people to govern themselves.
I considered adding the word “patriot” to the list, but the word itself sucks, referring as it does to a child’s dedication to her or his father. The word implies allegiance to the power structure, the administration, rather than implying the responsibility of every citizen to protect the liberty of other citizens. It simply means “loyalist”. It doesn’t mean “defender of fellow citizens.” It is our responsibility to each other and to others like us which forms the living heart of our nation. When the government is an efficient servant to those ends, it is backbone of our effort. When it becomes a task master, rigid, myopic, arbitrary, it is no longer our ideal of government.
Simple enough law: don’t bullshit the people; when you’re pooping in the stew call it that, don’t misuse the sacred ideas of freedom and liberty to excuse actions that diminish the dignity and self-determination of citizens.
The two groups the law won’t effect much? Those who understand how precious freedom is and who work relentlessly to preserve America the people; and those who never think about freedom, what it is, how fragile it is, and how it is easily pissed away through inaction.
Good freaking luck with that!