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Our scholarly readers will appreciate this Constitution Day YouTube two-fer, featuring PLF's Timothy Sandefur. The second item is a podcast about the substance (and the "conscience") of the Constitution, truly worthwhile if you've got the time.
Sandefur's book - The Conscience of the Constitution - shouldn't be missed; it's an absolutely great read.
If you were lucky enough to attend An Evening with Bill Whittle last month at the Mt. Baker Theatre (sponsored by the Northwest Business Club), you were witness to the inspiration for the following video, live on-stage. See if you can spot the tag line.
Bill Whittle said in a previous Firewall, that you don't hear the phrase, "Hey, it's a free country" much anymore. He's right; you don't. Because it really isn't. Back then, you were free to do pretty much whatever you wanted, subject to a few well-known, well-understood, common-sense restrictions (murder, theft, vandalism, etc.). Civilized "was" as "civilized does." Crime was something that could be recognized, related to real harm.
Today, it's just the opposite: only the most trivial choices are up to the individual. Anything significant requires a permit. Have you tried a simple home remodel project lately? Government bureaucrats are taking our freedom and selling it back to us as permits. If you don't pay ritual homage to The Man there will be hell to pay.
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