Sunday, February 26, 2017

Political creatures can't run your life

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 25, 2017)

Another year, another president. Some people are optimistic; others are wringing their hands in apparent horror. As with every president, I'm a disinterested observer.

Presidents and other such political creatures haven't mattered much to me since I was in my twenties and began to grow out of my desire for a leash.

There has never been a president who had much impact on my life, unless I foolishly paid more attention to him than was warranted. The longer I live, the less frequently this happens.

Don't get me wrong-- I'm grateful America narrowly dodged the Clinton bullet and "only" got cracked over the head with Trump. I'm always mindful of small favors.

Many on the left are upset because the winner of the popular vote didn't win the office. I agree, although they undoubtedly won't appreciate my agreement. The reason for this is clear when you notice a fact studiously ignored when the election results were publicized.

The overwhelming winner of the popular vote was... "none of the above". Not Trump, but not Clinton, either. That's right-- the majority of people eligible to register and vote chose to not vote for a president at all, and their choice was rudely (and incautiously) ignored. Yet, some political addicts still believe elections are legitimate.

It has been pointed out, and may even be true, that ignoring the Los Angeles and New York City areas, Trump beat Clinton in the popular vote. I'm all for ignoring those two cities-- they have undue negative influence even without letting their politics control the rest of the population. However, the residents of those cities voted for a different ruler than the one being foisted upon them. Maybe it would be better to let them have the president they want, even if it isn't the president the rest of the country has. In fact, let every person who believes they need a president have the president of their choice. If this results in having 325 million presidents, so be it. This is the only possible path toward self-responsibility and rightful liberty, anyway.

No one can run your life better, or knows the details of your wants and needs more intimately, than you. You are the sovereign ruler-- the inalienable king-- of your own life, despite the contrary opinions of politicians, and the hirelings who impose those opinions. Don't abdicate your rightful throne to any pretender holding political office.

Best of luck, Mr. Trump. You'll need it.


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Quit doing the wrong thing

If you are violating the life, liberty, or property of anyone, you are doing wrong.

It doesn't matter if everyone does it.

It doesn't matter if everyone accepts it.

It doesn't matter if other people believe you are doing a good thing.

It doesn't matter if it's always been that way.

It doesn't matter that you love someone who does it.

It doesn't matter if you believe you're being useful or necessary.

There is simply no way to be in the right and violate life, liberty, and property.

Please, just don't do it, and if you do, please quit.


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