"Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority ... the Constitution was made to guard against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters." - Noah Webster

"There is no worse tyranny than forcing a man to pay for what he does not want just because you think it would be good for him."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Monday, November 22, 2010

Opinion and Authority

In another example of how rational thought is becoming as rare as frog fur, we get this story from the examiner.com regarding a person allowed a position of authority for the purpose of eroding our rights further.

Hat tip to Joe Huffman.

Go read at least the first few paragraphs of this article, and then come back.  Go ahead.  I'll wait.

What I really applaud at Joe's blog is his last commentary on the link, which is so juicy and apropos, I simply must reproduce it here:

Oh! I like this game:
  • Everyone who has ever been in an automobile wreck is now a traffic safety engineer.
  • Everyone who has ever had their computer crash is now a software developer.
  • Everyone who has ever been divorced now is an expert on relationships.
  • Everyone who has ever failed a class is now a professor.
    • Everyone who has ever said something stupid is now a genius.

That last one must explain why Joe Biden is now VPOTUS.
About 20 years ago, I read an essay by a famous newsman (can't remember the name) lamenting the fact that society had gotten to the point where everyone's opinion was somehow sacrosanct. It had gotten to the point where a person could have absolutely no knowledge about a subject, or worse, believe silly and untrue things about the subject and yet nobody is supposed to point out the fact that it's stupid to give any credence to such an opinion.

Today we are reaping the disaster of the seeds or weeds we've allowed to grow unchecked for fear of hurting anyone's feelings.  It's time for this to stop.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please don't make me disable comments because you couldn't maintain decorum and civil discourse. You can disagree all you want to, just don't get nasty.