But What Are They Dying For?
Honestly, I don’t want to sully Memorial Day with politics, but a pair of Mark Steyn posts make me wonder: What, precisely, are we sending our sons and daughters to defend?
First is a post in which Steyn notes USDA investigations of small-time professional magicians, specifically those who are suspected of using rabbits in their shows. As he writes, in his inimitable way:
When the brokest nation in history still thinks it can afford to send federal investigators snooping through the back yards of children’s magicians on the off-chance they might be using rabbits on stage, you’ve got to conclude it actively wants to die.
Regarding the European and U.S. ratios of workers to public-benefits recipients, Steyn writes:
The entire Western world is approaching the point at which Wile E Coyote looks down and realizes there’s nothing under his feet.
Since a line must be drawn, I suppose that I’m a hair on the hawk side, but I’ll say this: If we’re fighting for the authority of magician-rabbit regulators and continued freewheeling spending by politicians and bureaucrats, then not another American should risk his or her life. Those who find something in the United States that is worthy of one’s life must make very clear that freedom, not centralized regulation, is the principle that they have in mind.