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Monday, June 20, 2005

A Quote

"We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. I have heard others, and I have heard myself, recounting cruelties and falsehoods committed in boyhood as if they were not concern of the present speaker's, and even with laughter. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. The guilt is washed out not by time but by repentance and the blood of Christ." --C. S. Lewis

Hattip: The Federalist Patriot

"The NHTSA's 'Click It or Ticket' program is another step toward making Americans serfs of the state. Let's look at it. I personally believe that wearing seatbelts is a good idea, and I buckle up and remind my passengers to do so as well. Because seatbelt usage saves lives, mandating such is an abomination in a free society. There are many other legislative actions that are offensive to liberty and can have saving as their justification, a matter I'll turn to later. But let's talk about the immorality of mandated seatbelt usage. Let's start with the question: Who owns Walter E. Williams? Is it President Bush, the U.S. Congress, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or do I own myself? I'm guessing that any reasonable person would agree that I own Walter E. Williams. The fact that I own myself means that I have the right to take risks with my own life but not others'. That's why it's consistent with morality to mandate that my car have working brakes. If my car doesn't have working brakes, then I risk the lives of others, and I have no right to do so. If I choose not to wear a seatbelt, then I risk my own life, which I have every right to do. ... Some might rejoin by saying, 'Williams, if you're not wearing a seatbelt, and don't do us the favor of dying in an accident and become an incapacitated vegetable, society will have to bear the expense of taking care of you.' That's not a problem of liberty and self-ownership. It's a problem of socialism. There's no moral case for forcing anyone to care for me for any reason. When we buy into socialism, we buy into paternalistic government." --Walter Williams


Sheepdog said...

Walter recently subbed for Rush. He was terrific, as usual. Besides Doug Giles, Michelle Malkin, Thomas Sowell, Star Parker, Ann Coulter, Dennis Prager, David Limbaugh, Ben Shapiro, and Mona Charen, he is one of my favorite Townhall columnists.

Sheepdog said...

Goat - I'll continue to post "Federalist Patriot" quotes on the BORMBs, but I don't feel right about starting up a "Barnyard II". When you created your original, you broke the mold, and I don't have the time or talent necessary to do you justice. Thank you for the kind invitation, but I must respectfully decline. Hopefully, if you desire it, we can all help to get you back on the BORMBs eventually. Miracles do happen, you know, and Tequilarain was able to be reinstated. Perhaps the same will happen with you, SFC, and all the others? I sure hope so. PS: BTW, I don't remember "Old MacDonald had a farm ... E I E I O ... and on this farm he had "an animal that drizzled an alcoholic beverage" ... E I E I O"? I thought LR was going to be "The Owl" or some other "animal". The same goes for other members of The Barnyard? Of course, if your blog gets too many members, you may run out of animals, so I suppose it's wise not to make this mandatory! LOL.

Goat said...

Sheepdog, a sincere "Thank You" for the compliment. LOL, as I said before, no wonder we see eye to eye.