Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Although at this point I have no real favorite in the Republican horse race, until several days ago I felt you could do a lot worse than elect Rudy Giuliani president. Now I'm not so sure. What changed my mind about Rudy was a quote he made concerning his concept of freedom. It reads like a passage from Orwell's novel "1984." Quote Rudy: "Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what to do."
According to Rudy's definition, freedom is allowing government to run your life. Joe Stalin couldn't have said it better.

While we're on the subject of government running your life, the California Energy Commission is considering instituting regulations requiring any resident installing a new furnace or thermostat to install a programmable communicating thermostat (PCT).
This thermostat would allow the government to control the temperature setting in your home by remote control. That means whenever the government declares an energy emergency, it would have the ability to dial up or dial down the temperature in your home, and you would not have the ability to override it. How scary is that? Regardless of your health, regardless of whether there are elderly or infants in your home, regardless of your own personal comfort level, the government would ultimately decide how warm or cold your own home would be. I'm feeling a chill running down my spine and it has nothing to do with the weather. When the government can decide how hot or cold you will be, you have crossed the over the line from individual freedom and liberty, to being mere chattel of the state.

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