My wife and son and I were supposed to be well on our way to a holiday in the Dakotas by now, but it looks like that will not happen this summer. We have so much on the go it is difficult to plan any extended trips, so we will be carving up the summer into smaller chunks and will hope to get away a couple of times on shorter vacation jaunts. In the meantime, I have very little time to write any significant blog posts, and frankly I miss doing so, whether or not anyone actually reads my words. I write for myself, as it helps crystallize whatever is going on in my head at any given time, and ultimately for my son who will be able to use my accumulated words to better understand his dad and the world in which we live. Still, I am gratified to see the stats counter for this blog keep heading up, now at well over 35,000 hits. Someone must be reading my words, even if few visitors bother to leave any comments.
All of us try, in various ways, to leave our mark on the world. I write about my hopes for a future world in which everyone will be truly free and never a chattel of any state or government. I read some blogs where there are pleas and appeals for more regulation and more taxation to solve some perceived problem or another, and wonder how long productive people will allow themselves to be 'farmed' to satisfy the wants of others. I don't know. Some people seem to have a masochistic need to be abused in this way. I suppose that even those individuals have a limit to what they will endure, but our political masters have learned how to stop their abuse of us just short of where any reasonable person would say enough is enough, and make every effort to wind down the size of government and its accompanying bureaucracy.
What really puzzles me is that the obvious fact that meddling doesn't work seems to be not-so-obvious to the 'bigger is better' crowd. Things not working as they should be? Let's add another regulation, several more laws, umpteen more taxes, two committees, eleven sub-committees and an oversight committee to report back in twelve months whether or not any progress has been made. There will have been no progress made, and the result, naturally, will be to waste even more resources on solutions that will never come, at least not via these efforts. Instead, why not just get rid of all the nonsense, all of the regulations, all the bureaucracies and all the politicians, then stand back, out of the way, as things rapidly improve?
I have been waiting for that day for a long time, and I'm afraid that I will still be waiting when I will have turned to dust.