Let's talk together, you and I, with complete certainty that no one will listen to us.
We view our government as an insurer of the future. There are things a government can do, that no individual can. Even if there were an amalgamation of interests that would lead a large group of individuals to come together, at a certain point, the continuity of such a libertarian association would put at risk the ability of any force, as an insurer of the future, great harm in its ability to meet the goals of that association.
National defense is one of those large, governmental associations that is poorly served by any thing less than a total commitment of ones government. I remember writing a paper back during my undergraduate years, to that effect. Cain slew Able.
Had you read Locke's Second Treatise, you would be better prepared for the arguments that I may end up relying upon in this particular essay.
When Cain slew Able, the risks Cain felt at the moment were certainly small. His father knew his brother through touch. Cain could replicate the touch, using a sheepskin. The story has always left me wondering, but, the story was never the message. Cain felt he could get away with the murder of his brother.
Today, President Obama is killing Able, and he lives in sheeps' clothing. The reality of the last twenty-four hours is unbearable. We live, you and I, in a time, without Presidential leadership. President Carter was a weak president, but President Obama is the non-existent President. Our President has no training in business, no training in international affairs, no training in administration. He has belief? Certainly. Noam Chomsky is a part of personal cadre. There are elitists that ascribe to this particular President's statements and views.
As I write this, it is five o'clock in the morning in Egypt.
If you were to engage in any type of description of what a "nation" would be, you would be well advised to look at nationalism, prior to 1797. Or, 1775. These two dates are important, and if you were able to tell anyone how these two dates are principally different, you'd be well on the road to describe how the changes in just a few years, and a continent away, are so important. America was a great divorce.
Europe was the whore bride we divorced.
America was the first state established with the view that all men are created equally. You and I will never have to bow to any other. We can be wrong in our beliefs, and yet, our beliefs are just as valuable as any other uttered belief. Imagine, a country where one can utter his beliefs, without penalty. This particular American nuance is under attack, from special interest groups, from the Democrat Party, from Islamic fundamentalists. Your ability to say what's on your mind, no matter how right or wrong, is an American Right. Freedom of Speech is the central belief of our Nation, Science, and central to a model of governance.
Galileo wasn't a one-off. Simply ask yourself why, Man-made Global Warming advocates are using the nomenclature of Nazi Germany to attack skeptics of MMGW? (AGW.) Where has civility left, and what has been placed in it's stead?
What comes to mind is your opinion. If you view things from a lens of preconception, chances are, you will evaluate everything that you apprehend as conditioned by your viewpoint. I'm not the enemy of preconception. You've determined a lot of the world based upon your experiences of the world, and those experience have determined your preconceptions. Unless you tell me how you've come to a different place in your word view, I can't begin to start a conversation that allows us to find how, in so many words, your different view of the world is inconceivable in mine.
In my world, I create meaning. From Descartes, to Hume, to Kant, to Sartre, there aren't any inconsistencies. We discard that which is without value or meaning. And here is my reduction: there is no greater value than the value of the individual. Any system of thought that relegates the individual to any type of group thinking is a sham.
Daniel knew this. I know this. No person, no government, no ideology, can make me believe that which I find intellectually abhorrent.
You cannot make me believe that which I find is intellectually dishonest.
There are those who present, "I am John Galt."
I offer, "I am Daniel."