The Vain Illusion

“But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.” – Lysander Spooner, political philosopher (1808 – 1887)

“(We) must do more than chase the vain illusion that someday a good and illuminated man will come to power.” – Guatemalan “ProReforma” Campaign Brochure (2009)

These quotes always help me remember that there is no perfect elected representative or perfect political legislation that once in power or enacted will turn my life around.They remind me that “We, the people” must be the guardians of our own lives. We don’t “guard” our lives by voting for the guy or supporting the law that gives us more cookies out of the communal jar. We guard our lives by supporting and pushing for more FREEDOM and for those who will stand up against more intrusion in our private lives.

Again, there is NO perfect choice, but the marginal revolution happens when we make choices that push us a little further along the continuum one way or another.

In this election, it is not about who will make you free (see above for that fantasy) but who will make you free-ER. Then the next time choose again, to be free-ER.

When we make choice after choice after choice, always in the direction of more economic freedom and personal liberty, how different, better, more prosperous will this country be when our kids are our age and making these same choices?

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