Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 08/11/2000

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday November 8, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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As we speak, Americans are voting for a new President. Demopublican or Republocrat? It won't matter much. American has lost its way. Some time ago I published, in The Free Radical, a magnificent reiteration of the original American vision by Larry Sechrest, professor of economics at the University of Sul Ross, Texas. Larry modelled it on Martin Luther King's legendary "I have a dream" speech, & called it, "A Libertarian Dream of America." Today, as Americans vote them themselves four more years of statism of whichever variety, I wish there were a God, thundering Larry's words from on high, from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea:

I dream of an America in which the rights of the individual shall be held sacred--- regardless of that personıs sex, color, or political and religious beliefs. An America of which it can truly be said that no individual will ever be sacrificed for the "common good" or the "betterment of his fellow men" or for "national security considerations" or for any other of the multitude of excuses dredged up by the collectivists of the world.

The social goal will not be that espoused by King--- namely, universal brotherly love. That is both unrealistic and impossible. Love must be earned if it is to be genuine. Love springs from profoundly shared values. Love cannot be a duty, something owed to another. It cannot, therefore, be a reasonable social ideal. I dream of an America in which the ideal is an unfailing respect for the rights of every man to maintain his own life, to promote his own liberty, and to work for and keep his own property. Notice there is no guarantee that you will have property--- only that if you earn it, you can keep it. Mere need will not constitute a valid claim upon the wealth or income of another.

I dream of an America in which the reaction to crime will be justice-- swift, sure, and terrible. An America where women and children can once again safely walk our streets at night.

I dream of an America in which eccentricity is no longer grounds for incarceration, in which private vices are no longer mistaken for public crimes.

I dream of an America in which your body and your mind will be literally your own, to do with as you see fit as long as you do not transgress against others.

I dream of an America unburdened by entangling alliances with foreign nations, free of the neurotic desire to be the worldıs policeman.

I dream of an America in which education has ceased to be the political football of demagogues, in which our childrenıs schools are once again honored as institutions of enlightenment, not exploited as the tools of misguided social policies.

I dream of an America in which you can work where you want, hire and fire whom you want, live where you want, sleep with whom you want, read what you want, believe what you want, and buy or sell what you want.

I dream of an America to which pride has returned, where the "self-made man" is once again a possibility and a reality, not just a remote ideal, where it is widely recognized that the highest form of racial injustice is the welfare state.

I dream of an America to which erudition has returned, where it is well understood that highly-trained technicians can help to make a nation prosperous, but only persons truly educated can make (and keep) a nation free.

I dream of an America to which freedom has returned, where in every heart burns a fierce light, a love of life and liberty, a fire that banishes the shadow of tyranny and blinds the eye of the oppressor--- whether foreign or domestic.

Unfortunately, Larry Sechrest is not running for President. But this is what everyone who IS running for President SHOULD be saying. For his inspiring articulation of every freedom-lover's dream, I bestow on Larry Sechrest the Free Radical award.


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