From: Jeff Bone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat May 12 2001 - 23:43:11 PDT
Sigh. There's *so* much wrong with this whole thread that I don't even have the
energy to get fired up and deal with it. My good-natured poke at Geege was just
that; this Jay yahoo is makin' me mad, though. Briefly, just a few random mortar
> I would *LOVE* to see this country go back
> to a 1950's kind of Leave It To Beaver lifestyle.
What a fucking nightmare. Jay, you realize that many, many people --- such as
myself --- would equate the above with Hell itself, right?
Jay, why the desperate need for the predictable, familiar, understandable, static,
homogeneous, non-threatening, and safe? Why do you need those things so badly? The
implication is that people who do not fit into your Leave It To Beaver mode are
somehow negatively impacting your life. Why? How does it impact you *at all* if
someone else chooses to do non-LITB things that I assume you disapprove of, such as
being gay, smoking weed, listenting to music you don't like, using language you
don't approve of, frequenting strip clubs, whatever?
IMO, THE major problem in this country today is that people are just too damned
concerned with other people's behavior, when it's none of their goddamned business.
The fucking GOP wants to turn back the clock to Leave It To Beaver, while the Dems
just want to make sure everybody's PC, and want a program for everybody. Both
parties just want to make sure that gov't is a good parent: GOPs want to be a "good
moral authority and disciplinarian parent," while the Dems want to be a "good
nurturing parent." But dammit, *why the hell* do we as adults need parental
oversight? We DON'T!
Bottom line, "do unto others" and "mind your own fucking business" are things we all
seem to have lost sight of. We all need a big helping of "be responsible" and "help
yourself." Those who live in terror of how our society is evolving and wish to turn
back the clock could do with a dose of "embrace change" and a dash of "don't worry,
be happy" as well.
I've used this quote before, but it's perenially appropriate:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its
victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber
barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty
may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated: but those
who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do
so with the approval of their own conscience."
- C. S. Lewis
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