Good Morning Sybarites,
Many years ago when I grew my hair and “the moon was in the seventh house while Jupiter was aligned with Mars” I was arrested for possessing half a joint. By today’s mindset and parking ticket punishments, at that time I faced the possibility of doing 12 to 20 years for this egregious offence to society. Yet those accused of murder faced only 7 to 10 years! So the running joke at the time was if you sell someone a joint and subsequently they produce a badge, shoot ‘em.
I’m not so sure this ‘joke’ hasn’t morphed into our current day reality. Not to sound overly Libertarian about this but be it a monarchy, oligarchy, or fascism large governments tend to keep power to themselves leaving most of us politically impotent snuffing out true liberty. The bureaucracies established, tax laws, and regulations have a chilling effect on enterprise to the detriment of us all. Bureaucrats must be resisted if not burned at the stake! Thomas Jefferson once said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
I’m glad to get that off my chest as blood sucking seems to be the theme these days, and this morning I’m feeling about a pint low. So give me a pint of “patriot” please.