Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Great Divide...

In the GOP rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union Address, Mitch Daniels claimed that the president is trying to divide us. I'm not sure who Mitch thinks "us" is. If he's talking about people in general, we've been divided for a long time. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing.

Out in Indianapolis next week, they're having a big football game where a bunch of people are going to be cheering for one team, and a bunch of people will cheering for the other team, and some of us won't even know who's playing. For the most part, after the game is over, everybody will go their separate ways.

I've been married for 35 years to a woman that is just a little over the top where cows are concerned. As far as I'm concerned, I'm not really interested in them until they get just a bit past medium rare. I don't think our different views on the role of cattle in our lives has caused any irreparable harm to our marriage.

I suppose Governor Daniels might have been talking about how divided people are politically. That seems to pose a little bit more of a problem. There is something about politics and government that causes people to be a little more demanding. For some reason, when the government is involved, people get the notion that their good ideas ought to be laws. And they tend to get pretty insistent about it.

That's probably where division gets to be a problem. It's not just that people have different opinions on how certain situations should be handled, but that they want to use the force of government to make sure that everyone complies with their opinions.

Libertarians believe that in situations that don't involve initiating force or fraud against another person or their property, people should be able to make their own decisions. Barack Obama and the Democrats don't believe that. Neither does Mitch Daniels and the Republicans.

That's why I decided to be a Libertarian. Because nobody forced me.

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