Of all the things that provoke my ire these days, one of the top slots has to go to the willingness of others to surrender my freedoms. Non-smokers are perfectly happy to surrender my freedom to smoke tobacco, even on [or in] my own property -- with no regard to my individual circumstance (a shrink once told me I was fortunate to "only" smoke cigarettes, that with my background I should have become a heroin addict, or worse!). Likewise, people who are frightened by guns see nothing wrong with their readiness to surrender of my Second Amendment rights, in order that their vision of "the common good" be fulfilled.
I was glad to see another citizen spouting off in a similar vein when Greg Gutfeld went ballistic (figure of speech) over the notion that - for the "common good" - people shouldn't be allowed to use antibiotics as frequently as they do. In this one-size-fits-all, blanket approach, there's no wiggle room for Gutfeld's individual history of chronic sinus infections. He said, rather desperately, "I NEED those antibiotics!" I suspect we will be seeing more and more of these reactions as BigGubmint rolls ever "forward" over our individuality to create a senseless mush known as the "collective."
Also teeth-grindingly irksome is the increasing tendency of this culture to treat me like an idiot, lecture me, or both. My cell phone doesn't just tell me it's fully charged, it tells me to unplug from the charger "to save energy." Save it for what? A rainy day? What happens to all that "saved" energy? Where does it go? To the unfortunate poor in Haiti?
Even my teabags lecture me! Somehow, by drinking Lipton, I am helping the environment. What are they TALKING about? And no, I don't want to go to Lipton.com to find out more. I just wanted a frigging cup of tea.
To top it all off, no one treats me like an idiot and lectures me like those elected to represent my interests in the government. I remain convinced that the tea party movement began when, in response to Obama's gazillion-dollar "Stimulus" on the heels of multiple large-scale bailouts, regular everyday folks started writing to their representatives in government. The Husband and I certainly did, and with the exception of Shelley Moore Capito they all responded with form letters designed to validate their own positions -without any regard to mine whatsoever - written in the most patronizing and superficial terms, geared toward extremely-low-information voters. Augh & GRRR. And we pay out the wazoo for this "privilege."
So what I'm getting to is that it came as a great relief when someone actually asked my opinion, at this Silly Quiz at ISideWith...
I hardly needed to take the quiz to know the results, but taking it actually felt like freedom... revisited. How pathetic is that?