Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Thought" du jour - 10 August 2011

"The idea is that the state doesn't have rights to limit individuals' wants and passions. I disagree with that. I think we absolutely have rights because there are consequences to letting people live out whatever wants or passions they desire." - Rick Santorum

So much for the idea of the freedom of the individual. Never forget that the modern Republican Party equates "freedom" simply with the ability to earn more money (and they don't really mean a lot of money - just enough to afford an HD television and a couple of weeks of vacation at some consumerist Nirvana every year; in other words, just enough to keep you from really questioning the inequitable nature of the system that they want to maintain for their paymasters), as opposed to... well, everything else that makes us human - and yet somehow they've managed to convince a lot of Americans that it's the Democrats who want to control their lives.

There's a word for the kind of political philosophy that the Republican Party way of "thinking" represents, and the society to which it will inevitably lead. It's called Fascism.

Paul Kimball

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