“Where they burn books, so too will they in the end burn human beings.” ~Heinrich Heine. I took this quote from Wikipedia's article on book burning, and I took the image from elsewhere on the site. It is with this quote that I announce the change of my blog image change. I said I wanted controversy, and I do. I also want thought, and to express in some small part my protest against the increasing encroachments on our civil liberties by the current administration. The latest outrage is the Orwellianly-named RealID. Those from states that do not comply will have to have a passport to travel within the United States via airplane. In the last 10 years, no more than about 20-30 people committed acts of terror using airplanes in the United States. Given a population of around 300 million, including people who have been born and died in that time, that's roughly 1/10 of a percent of a percent of a percent of the population, legal and illegal, of this nation. Because of this, because of the deaths of a percent or two of a percent of the nation's population, further encroachments are being "justified". Because of an occurrence that has significantly less occurrence than being struck by lightning, and far, far less likely than dying in an automobile accident, we get this steaming turd forced on us by the federal government, in clear and flagrant violation of the Tenth Amendment. What happened to the Republican Party, the party of Barry Goldwater and his allies and friends? What happened to the Republican Party that was a champion of individual liberty and a respect for the proper role of the federal government and the sanctity of the rights of the several states? What happened to the Republican Party that once was the party of fiscal responsibility? I have seen what President Bush has turned this once-great party into, and it has become something frightening, alien, and revolting, and completely anathema to the ideals that once made this nation great. I find myself vacillating between extreme disgust for a political party I once respected and fear of what the Republican Party has become, and I don't know which emotion is stronger.
Recently, I opined that communism is what happens when the state owns the businesses. Fascism is what happens when businesses own the state. Oil is $100 a barrel, and other companies are experiencing record profits. You do the math.