Wednesday, July 04, 2007

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

My local newspaper has a section it calls Zing! The exclamation point is theirs, not mine. Anyway, it's sort of a short-form, punchy version of letters to the editor. People send in their pithy comments and the paper publishes them.

I live in a town filled with government workers and college students so many of the comments are on the leftward end of the spectrum. Fine, whatever. Here was one of the comments from today, July 4th, the 231st birthday of the United States:

Independence is great, but if we'd remained part of Great Britain, we'd have universal health care.

To which my response, if you'll pardon the language, is: Why don't you go and frack yourself?!?! This is the state of far too large a section of the current body politic. Everything is about what sort of largess they can obtain from themselves by stealing money from the pockets of their fellow citizens.

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