Skip to comments.Joe Soucheray: The state grows. The citizen shrinks.
Posted on 03/03/2013 9:34:50 AM PST by TurboZamboni
He was speaking of bringing the same legal opportunities to same-sex couples as married couples when state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said the following the other day: "What if we were to put love at the center of everything that we debate and discuss at the state Legislature? The power of that idea is profound. This is a day to be very, very proud to be a Minnesotan. Because Minnesotans have rallied around this unifying, this clarifying discussion about the power of love in our lives."
Dibble's sentiment is not only agreeable, but challenging. Just what is it that most of our elected representatives actually love? Is it the power of the state, the belief that the state can never possibly be big enough or spend enough to accommodate their whims and beliefs and their arbitrary intrusions into every conceivable corner of American life?
I love the idea, for example, of less taxation. I want legislators to debate and understand that less taxation is a profound acknowledgment of the love for, and the integrity of, the citizen, who shall not be kept, but always be larger than the state.
But we aren't. We are merely kept. We are shrinking.
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-Larry Pogemiller (DFL); 3/8/2008 at Brian Coyle Center,S.MPLS.
>> Because Minnesotans have rallied around this unifying, this clarifying discussion about the power of love in our lives<<
So, it is OK for someone to love 3 women and his Mom and Sister? If they can’t procreate, there are no biological arguments.
Neither love nor hate is a good way to govern.
Those who love, want to be loved, so dislike doing those things that are part of their job that won’t result in them being loved, either unpopular but necessary decisions, or boring and mundane ones.
Those who hate fall into the organized crime and big city political machine model of using their job to reward their friends and allies, and to punish their enemies. They also neglect those duties that do not help them achieve these ends, or worse, subvert them so that they do.
So the best and most popular leaders neither love nor hate as part of their job. Often those leaders that are beloved are those that are borderline psychopathic. This is because they can maintain objectivity, and do the necessary work even if unpleasant, rewarding success and punishing failure, whether it is systemic or personal.
All their subordinates know where they stand, there is little or no subterfuge or lying involved. Moral judgements, opinion and prejudice rate far behind efficiency.