Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Donald Johnson

One of the failings among honorable people is the failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them. Economist Dr. Thomas Sowell.

It has long been the policy of the Bikecopblog editorial staff to avoid, when humanly possible, political discussions disassociated with law enforcement, criminal justice or law porn. Or bikes. And riding bikes with friends. Not only does it sometimes chill prospective book purchasers (a significant consideration on purely materialistic grounds), it often involves entreating on topics about which I know little, if anything. While that sometimes poses only a modest, perhaps negligible roadblock to waxing poetic and barbering on to and fro, in the case of the current presidential primary elections (and the barbarism masquerading as debate) I wish to remain on solid ground. Three things.

1) Anatomical proportions, despite the claims of charlatans and quack pharmaceutical outfits, are accidents of genetics. Discussions of same belong in either the New England Journal of Medicine, or a junior high school locker room. 

2) My understanding of business is rudimentary, at best. Much of what I know I've gleaned from one of Dr. Sowell's astonishingly readable economics books. One salient point, perhaps lost on a man who touts his business acumen as proof of mystic political powers, is that no one willingly pays for something they do not want, or need. One of the only times anyone parts with cash otherwise is when they are being robbed at the point of a weapon. It is likely that the candidate who believes his experience in commerce sufficient to persuade Mexico to build a wall for what he assumes is our benefit has conveniently failed to mention (the government of Mexico needing no such reminder) that he would be commander in chief of a military that spends six hundred billion dollars every year making sure our president holds a lot of aces. That makes the fellow not a business man, but a thug.

3) Someone running in a primary does not speak for members of the party whose nomination they seek. He, or she, speaks for themselves, and those who support them. Someone wishing to speak for me will count their blessings and then their lucky stars that they are an American. They will do their utmost to bring the blessings of liberty to their country. They will maximize freedom, encourage justice and, at the end of the day, hope we are a little safer, more prosperous and more empathetic to those less fortunate than us. They will understand the important distinction between ruling, and governing. You want to speak for me? Love this country more than you love yourself.

And, stop being a dick.
One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them. Thomas Sowell
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