I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone here best wishes for Thanksgiving – and to convey to everyone here how thankful I am to have this forum and to have gotten to know many of you from our back-and-forths here on site. Some of you I have met in person and a number of you have become friends. I have become even more thankful for that over the course of the past almost-three-years now.
We all probably are.
Many of us found out, harshly, who our friends are – and are not. This cut deeply. But the pain was worth it, just the same as that associated with removing a bad tooth. Far better than leaving it in your jaw to fester.
I am thankful more people are awakening – not just to the evils of the past almost three years but to the evil underlying it. “COVID” would never have become what it became in a society that deeply respected facts. That respected the individual. There are thousands of such individuals gathered here – and if what they respect gathers strength and numbers, the evil tide will find it has come upon a granite breakwater. The daily gathering here has convinced me this can be built; indeed, that it is being built.
They have tried to atomize us and alienate us from one another. And they have succeeded. But they have also failed in a way that may and hopefully will be their undoing. More people than ever see – and understand. As that understanding grows, it hardens into resolve.
It is no longer about this – or that – affront. It is about implacable opposition to the affront. It has been defined many ways, by many people. It can perhaps best be summarized as not-leaving-people-be. Libertarians often express this as the non-aggression principle. However put, it means the same. If someone else hasn’t harmed you then you have no right to harm them. Indeed, you have an obligation to leave them be. Else they are under no obligation to leave you be.
This idea was the true basis of America’s founding, expressed by Jefferson as the pursuit of happiness. Which cannot come at someone else’s expense since everyone has the same and equal right to the pursuit of their happiness. Jefferson may not have lived entirely in accordance with his own idea, but a sound idea is not invalidated by the imperfection of its expositor.
The point is, America – however imperfectly – was uniquely founded upon the unprecedented recognition that the individual has rights that are not conferred upon him as privileges by the state. That these rights are inalienable – which means they cannot be taken away, even when the law attempts to do just exactly that. We know, in such a case, that the law is wrong. That no law supersedes a right. Indeed, that resistance to such despicable laws is an obligation.
I am thankful to all of you for affirming that I am not alone in holding onto this idea. In helping me to propagate it. That we can still speak. That resistance isn’t futile, for resisting evil is never futile.
It is essential.
Best wishes – again – to everyone. I hope all of you enjoy a day of Thanksgiving, in the company of friends and family.
With much appreciation,