Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl
That is one of my all time favorite quotes. The ideas encapsulated in those few words are deeply profound. It is the middle sentence that really came to mind — In that space is our power to choose our response – when I read about the ‘Lane closure scandal‘
“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” Bridget Anne Kelly, one of three deputy chiefs of staff for Christie, wrote on Aug. 13. The recipient of the e-mail was David Wildstein, a longtime political operative who went to high school with the governor and was hired to be the governor’s eyes and ears at the Port Authority. Wildstein, who ordered the closures three weeks after the message and resigned last month amid the escalating scandal, wrote back: “Got it.”
Do you think that his response indicates shock/disbelief at the blatant misuse of power?
Do you think that his response indicates that he would have trouble creating such problems because few in the government would act illegally?
How many people did it take in order to create that traffic jam ? More importantly, how few people objected to doing it — all the way from the highest levels down to the folks putting out the traffic cones?
Anti-rights cultists want to pretend that the abuses of government (and yes, the British governors, parliament and King was THE government at the time) which lead to the country’s founding are gone and forgotten. Chris Christie’s administration (if not the governor himself) shows that people really haven’t changed all that much.
I’m not just picking on New Jersey; every state has a long list of petty tyrants and power hungry bureaucrats. Name a single city, county or state without a abuse of power scandal– I don’t think it can be done.
“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand arms, like laws, discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as property. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside … Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them.” Thomas Paine
“The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.”
Third President of the United States
“There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters. “
Times may changes, methods of communication may change but as history has taught us; people really haven’t changed that much. The founding fathers who wrote the Constitution and included the Bill of Rights knew how little the nature of people has and will evolve We still have those people who in that space between stimulus and response choose tyranny and unethical behavior. Until we no longer have such people, we will need every tool we can possess to fight to keep our liberty.
“To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.”
Richard Henry Lee
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Edited to Add — Stole this from MaddMedic
Corruption doesn’t stop at the state level folks.