America is equal opportunity not equal outcomes…
“The society that puts equality before freedom will end up with neither. The society that puts freedom before equality will end up with a great measure of both.” The desire to have more, to have what those who are better off have, is a powerful emotion. Friedman points out that the most governments can do is provide all citizens with equal opportunity to use their time and abilities as they best see fit, in pursuit of a better life. Introduced by Steve Allen. Discussion with Thomas Sowell, Hoover Institution and Michael Kinsley, New Republic.”
Like a chicken with its head cut off, Time Magazine continues to thrash about without a brain with yet another uninspiring “Man of the Year” cover. Not only was the selection of “The Protester” further indication of the leftist agenda, but their honored protesters are more famous for their damage than their courage as evidenced by their propensity to hide their identity as they “brave” their opposition. Brave in this case means mob as that is what they are.
“The best estimates of how many people have ever lived on the earth range from 100 to 110 billion. Freedom House estimates that approximately three billion of the earth’s current population live in “free” nations…It has also been estimated that 554 million people have lived under freedom in the United States…We can also postulate that perhaps another billion, or fewer, have lived under freedom in the other European nations…Even being generous in our estimates, it seems clear that fewer than five billion of the earth’s total inhabitants have ever lived under conditions that we would consider free. This would be something like 4.5 percent of people who have ever lived.”
What better way to celebrate the Independence of the United States than a collection of quotes from some of the great minds that contributed to our country’s history…
“Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people. We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should. Happy Fourth of July.”
In case you haven’t noticed Afghanistan has sort of become a major hotbed of resistance to our military. There has been heavy fighting and far too many deaths of our military personnel. One thing that seems the most disappointing to me about Iraq and Afghanistan is how the local citizens do not seem fully committed to their freedom. As Americans I am not sure that we can completely understand this because most of us were born free and continue to live free.
A few weeks ago I postulated about how much damage the lame duck session of Congress would inflict on the American people (Duck Duck Screwed). Like my Amazon Wish List, liberals had their own, more costly wish list that we would have to pay for. Many of these items were specifically not brought to the floor prior to the election as they were vote killers and would have likely precipitated an even more lopsided win by Republicans.
Most of this book review will consist of excerpts from this inspirational and thought-provoking book by Eric Johnston. My hope is that many of you will pick up and read this timely book as we wade through our current problems. I wish that I could reasonable reprint all of the passages that I have highlighted as I read America Unlimited.
As you read the passages think about succinct Mr. Johnston’s comments are. I should mention that he was a businessman and the president of the United States Chamber of Commerce. He also had the opportunity to travel at the behest of the President of the United States. At the risk of sounding like an chain e-mail, please read to the end (or skip ahead if you are that impatient) for a rather surprising fact.
“momentum has carried us to a point where we no longer feel free in daily interaction. Almost any encounter carries legal risk. Lawyers are everywhere, both literally – the proportion of lawyers in the workforce almost doubled between 1970 and 2000 – and in our minds, sowing doubt into ordinary choices. Americans increasingly go through the day looking over their shoulders instead of where they want to go.”
Author Philip K. Howard proposes to liberate Americans from too much law in his book Life Without Lawyers acknowledging that law is vital to freedom, but can also destroy freedom. As in the above quote from this book who has not stopped himself from saying something thinking that it might be taken wrong?
A number of my recent book reviews were written decades ago. The odd thing about all of them has been how pertinent they are to the world we live in. Economics In One Lesson, written in 1946, seemed as if it was written to address our current economic woes. The 5000 Year Leap was written in 1981, but is based on teachings from the 1970’s and unveils the glories of our Constitution for many of us who learned very little about our founding documents other that memorizing a few pages.