"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

Thomas Jefferson
Sept. 23, 1800

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanks For What Lasts

Bruce Walker at the American Thinker blog writes of the greatness of permanence and the dangers of change. This is what we, as conservatives, must learn to explain. The whole essay needs your attention, but here's the start:

Barack Obama won the presidency promising change. As we enter our national season of Thanksgiving, we should reflect on the goodness of permanence. Liberals morphed over the last three decades into "progressives." The idea of progress is a talisman of our times. I wonder why? Surely if there is one idea which should have died in the last century, it is the idea that progress is good. All the word implies is movement in a particular direction. That direction could be toward Heaven or toward the Inferno.
In the last hundred years we have watch the world plunge twice into wars which devoured tens of millions of souls whole; monsters who tried to exterminate Jews, Armenians, kulaks, and other innocents; people sell their birthright of liberty for baubles of government goodies; and the degeneration of education and media so that truth seems to have died in public discourse. Most change seems to be bad and the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times" seems very wise

I'm with Mr. Walker 100% on this one. I'm quite happy, for the most part, with the way things are. If I want something changed, I'll change it myself, thank you very much. From the way the President-elect's cabinet is shaping up, maybe, just maybe, he's coming around to a more mature view of "change" as well. We can always hope.

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