PLANET FROM THE EXOTIC ROAD: WE MUST NOT LET REACTIONARY RESPONSE TO BOSTON BOMBINGS OBSCURE THE IMPORTANCE OF FREEDOM
BY DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013) — Hello, all. Thank you for a lively respite. THE PLANET is on the road, in an exotic location (think kayak in the Cook Islands to get an idea). We saw something amazing today, sitting in the sunny breeze, everything right with the world.
We take this day to count our blessings. Too many of them are of a personal and poignant nature, and THE PLANET keeps those close to heart. There are many of them, though, that are breathtaking, such as getting up in the morning and be able to move, to walk, to see, to hear, to feel, or seeing a sunrise on a day you know will be most productive and the sun set on an evening wherein you can look back with the satisfaction of accomplishment and the pleasure of company.
Tomorrow, we shall resume posting more in a vein typical (for us, that is) and bringing you points of interest on topics both obvious and obscure. Speaking of which, we have nothing more to add on the bombings in Boston, except to, again, urge calm, common sense, and a sense of community that keeps our perspective.
Any Compromise on Freedom Means “They’ Win
There can be no compromise on freedom, local, regional, and national security issues notwithstanding. The simple fact is that no one will be able to protect everyone from everything, although, like the pursuit of perfection, that, sadly, will not dissuade authorities and officials from installing more video camera, more checkpoints, and more harvesting of Big Data that most likely will end in a perverse, “republican” form of a national security state. That guarantees that the tiny percentage of idiots, once again, wins. We still have the time, the commitment, and the national will to see that it doesn’t happen here.
THE PLANET bases this conclusion of an objective and unemotional reading of the scattered tea leaves in the wake of the Boston bombings. Admittedly, it is difficult to take the wide view and the distant view on such a tragedy that hits so close to home, literally in an area that we know as well as any. However, everyone, but especially We The People, must be vocal about any reactionary attempt to limit our freedom.
The finish line area at the Boston Marathon was probably the most photographed piece of real estate in the nation at the time the bombings hit. The clues are piling up. It will likely be only a matter of time before the bomber or bombers are caught. The full weight of justice shall be brought to bear in that case, and we can, if we choose as a nation, move on and perhaps move back in another direction — back to a fuller embrace of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness within the only medium that makes this possible: FREEDOM!
“What win I if I gain the thing I seek? A laugh? A breath? A froth of fleeting joy? Who buys a moment’s mirth to wail a week or sells eternity to get a toy?” — William Shakespeare
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TTO ALL.