18
Jan
12

A Republic, If You Can Keep It.

I have been a follower of  “Dean’s World” for a few years now. I haven’t commented in some time there, though I lurk and read his thoughtful and well-written posts. He has some excellent commenters, too, which is why I rarely post there anymore, as they seem to say what I would have said so why clutter up the comments section with repetition? But I digress.

His latest post is an excellent consideration of the state of our nation, vis-a-vis economic influence on government, and the duties not just of our citizens, but especially of our elected officials to see to our nation’s health. With privilege comes responsibility. Here is the money quote, for me at least:

I think it is high time that we acknowledge that we do not just have “rights” in this country, we also have duties to it. Whatever you have, then either visibly or invisibly, it is this society, which includes this government, that has made it possible for you to do that. As a citizen you have not just rights under our Constitution, but duties under it, as do our elected representatives. Once again such sentiments would not have been controversial in conservative circles a generation ago, though they are often seen as high heresy now.

If you have a few minutes, grab a cup of coffee, or a dram of whiskey, and read the post. It’s thought-provoking, and I agree completely with his conclusions.

N.B.  Dean writes to say that he has rewritten that paragraph I quoted, and rather than edit mine, I will include the revision verbatim.

“I think it is high time that we acknowledge that we do not just have “rights” in this country, we also have duties to it. Whatever you have, then either visibly or invisibly it is this society, which includes this government, which has made it possible for you to obtain it. As a citizen you have not just rights under our Constitution, but duties under it, as do our elected representatives. Once again such sentiments would not have been controversial in conservative circles a generation ago, though they are often seen as high heresy now. So perhaps some rethinking is in order, and I am relieved to see stalwart conservative organs like NR and TWS edging back toward that. It’s needed.”

Again, the article is a good read, and worth your time to ponder.

respects,

"The most sublime word in the English language". R.E.Lee

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4 Responses to “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.”


  1. January 18, 2012 at 16:21

    I, er, actually slightly revised that paragraph. It now reads “I think it is high time that we acknowledge that we do not just have “rights” in this country, we also have duties to it. Whatever you have, then either visibly or invisibly it is this society, which includes this government, which has made it possible for you to obtain it. As a citizen you have not just rights under our Constitution, but duties under it, as do our elected representatives. Once again such sentiments would not have been controversial in conservative circles a generation ago, though they are often seen as high heresy now. So perhaps some rethinking is in order, and I am relieved to see stalwart conservative organs like NR and TWS edging back toward that. It’s needed.” You may want to revise the quote as well. [blush]

    Thank you BTW.

  2. 3 SCOTTtheBADGER
    January 18, 2012 at 21:05

    Alas, there are too many people who believe that the government has duties to it’s citizens, with no duties in return. President Obama clearly believes that, and has convinced far to many people that is the case.

  3. 4 Retired Now
    January 21, 2012 at 16:45

    Mr. Esmay’s excellent comment above: ” Whatever you have, then either visibly or invisibly it is this society, which includes this government, which has made it possible for you to obtain ” has always struct a rare democratic (leftist) nerve in my mind. Recall that many liberals embrace the so-called Death Tax (aka Estate Tax), which President Bush partially, temporarily got Congress to reduce for a period of time. In my conservative, individual-rights, small-government brain, I have this one problem: when a wealthy American passes on, why shouldn’t the Federal gov’t partially tax his “estate”, especially in light of the 1st sentence I quoted above ? No so-called businessman or any US citizen has not benefitted from this country’s laws, regulations that (used to, at least) encourage what is referred to as capitalism, notwithstanding recent trends toward socialism. My deeply Republican-party brain somehow thinks that Estate Tax concept is fair, if it is, of course administered correctly. Not trying to high-jack Dean Esmay’s excellent post, but I was just wondering what he thinks about the theoretical concept of the federal estate tax ( if done reasonable) ?


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