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May 12, 2009 - Lee Smith
I'm not certain, but I believe it was Joseph Stalin (yes, the Soviet tyrant) who advocated the "logic of force." Obviously, he was a dictator, so force meant a lot to him. Through it, he maintained power, which may have served him well, but did not help the 20 million people he exterminated. Nor did it help his nation progress.

I bring up force because it is not the foreign concept we might believe. It is not something from the past only visited upon the world by Stalin, or the Mongol hordes, or the Inquisition. Political force — forcing others to act against their will — remains a real part of today's world. It's bloody example is the Taliban. Milder (!?) versions exist in every country. Words like liberty, freedom and choice are constantly threatened by political intervention. Should you reject these interventions, you will be jailed. Should you resist, you will be killed. That is reality, right here in America.

With this in mind, things grow more alarming here because the federal government draws nearer a takeover of health care, and because it is running incredibly irresponsible deficits, while its long-term liabilities (Social Security, Medicare) pile up. A desperate government is not good for any of us. It will turn to force to change America into something none of us recognize. A place not of opportunity and freedom, but of stagnation and (more) force.


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