"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." -- James Madison - (1751-1836)

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " :
Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Throughout history there have been tyrants and murderers. And for a while they seem invincible, but always they fall. Always."-Mahatma Gandhi

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings: Helen Keller

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is , more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime ; he is a good citizen driven to despair.--H.L Mencken

"When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril" Harry S. Truman

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed: Ayn Rand - (1905-1982) Author - Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"

"Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously...step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone." ~ Baron Lane

U.S. Constitution - R.I.P.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Start of a New Way of Life

The previous post was written the day before we left NY...but I had no time to publish it amid the insanity. It was indeed insanity, packing up three separate households, moving the few possessions we decided to keep into storage, then loading our purchased for the trip motor home with...get ready for this folks....my sister, myself, six children, ten dogs...my three Great Danes and one smaller mixed breed, and my sister's six Great Danes, my four cats, a pair of cockatiels left in our possession when my mother passed, and my son's turtle. Not to mention a large assortment of school books, clothing for everyone, and food for people and animals, and assorted other items. We were loaded to the gills. Two more family members followed in a car, just as loaded, with my brother's two Greyhounds and a large trunk strapped to the roof. Well, we made it anyway, but what a trip it was.

We landed five days later in our new desert home, and it is beautiful. No more snow and we all had a great tan by the end of February. The views are incredible no matter in which direction one looks. My view as I have my morning coffee is of a stunning mountain range in the distance that turns pink in the light of the sunrise. Quite a change from the view had in NY, the row of cookie cutter houses across the street, the side of my neighbors house, or our little tiny grassy yard.

Of course, our land here is completely undeveloped, so I have been out of touch for a while as we waited to have Internet access installed. No regrets...we all love it here, and judging from the latest headlines about spiraling food prices and rationing all over the world...right here in the US even...$120 a barrel oil prices, and the threatened collapse and multiple bailouts of many large financial institutions, and so many others, it seems we have made our move towards self sufficiency at just the right time.

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