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Quote Of The Day From Mark Steyn’s After America

31 August 2011 @ 07:35

Early August saw the publican of Mark Steyn’s latest treatise, After America: Get Ready For Armageddon.

Every so often I will be posting a pithy quote of wisdom from Mr. Steyn [the book is chock-full of them] as I make my way through the tome.

Here’s today’s…

…In the days when President Bush was going around promoting the notion of democracy in the Muslim world, there was a line he liked to fall back on:

Freedom is the desire of every human heart.

If only that were true.  It’s doubtful whether that’s actually the case in Gaza and Waziristan, but we know for absolute certain that it’s not in Paris, Stockholm, London, Toronto, Buffalo and San Jose.  The story of the western world since 1945 is that, invited to choose between freedom and government “security,” large numbers of people vote to dump freedom every time — the freedom to make their own decisions about health care, education, property rights, the right to eat non-state-licensed homemade pie, and eventually (as we already see in Europe, Canada, the UN Human Rights Council, and U.S. college campuses) what you’re permitted to say and think.  An America running out of ideas eventually gives up on the American idea.  [page 38]

An autographed copy can be purchased directly from Mr. Steyn’s website here, but I would urge you to head to your favorite blogger’s site, one who has Amazon ads displayed, click-on any of the Amazon ads [it doesn’t matter which], and buy the book.  This way, you will be contributing to that blogger’s tip jar, as each Amazon Associate get’s a commission on every sale.

2 Comments
  1. formwiz permalink
    31 August 2011 @ 17:29 17:29

    The way it was pitched was that the public’s taxes were being used for the public good and people, having been fed the lie that FDR killed the Depression with these methods, said, “OK”.

    At the time, it seemed all very reasonable. It took decades for most people to realize what was happening.

    I submit America isn’t running out of ideas. It’s rediscovering an old one – the Constitution. That what the tea Party is all about.

    We’re a long way from being Europe. Steyn needs to spend less time in Canuckistan.

  2. Rosalie permalink
    02 September 2011 @ 15:04 15:04

    I think we’re only about four to five more years from being Europe if O gets reelected.

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