The Politically Incorrect Show - 15/12/2000
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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Friday December 15, 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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Friday again already - inspiration day. I first encountered the words I'm about to quote when I was about ten years old & have derived uplift from them ever since. Having just had another birthday - & my thanks to those who so kindly sent me their good wishes - I dusted them off again as I reflected on the year (seems like only a week!) just gone. In some respects it was a lousy year - Christmas in hospital, the death of my dad, the unexpected disintegration of cherished personal relationships... frankly, I hope the next one is better. They say that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger ... in which case I'm expecting to face the next year with Herculean muscularity! And in many respects it's been a superb year. I believe the groundswell for freedom has grown significantly. I have looked on in admiration as Peter Cresswell & his colleagues have put the party I previously led, Libertarianz, more securely on the map. I have scaled the heights of ecstasy as my bugle of liberty, The Free Radical, has sounded its clarion call ever more stirringly. I have listened with gratification to the steady stream of new callers who have graced this programme, along, of course, with the old faithfuls. I have revelled in the fact of Radio Pacific living up to its self-promotion as "more stimulating talk radio." Healthwise, I have looked down with enormous satisfaction at my own feet, the view no longer obstructed by a bulging belly!
But back to loftier concerns - it gives me great pleasure now to quote the personal creed of one of my heroes, the American freethinker Robert Green Ingersoll. I don't agree with absolutely every word of it - or rather, there are parts that I'd like to qualify - but I do agree unreservedly with most of it, & I love its magnificent spirit:
"To love justice, to long for the right, to love mercy, to pity the suffering, to assist the weak, to forget wrongs & remember benefits - to love the truth, to be sincere, to utter honest words, to love liberty, to wage relentless war against slavery in all its forms, to love wife & child & friend, to make a happy home, to love the beautiful in art & nature, to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed & the noble deeds of all the world, to cultivate courage & cheerfulness, to make others happy, to fill life with the splendor of generous acts & the warmth of loving words, to discard error, to destroy prejudice, to receive new truths with gladness, to cultivate hope, to see the calm beyond the storm & the dawn beyond the night, to do the best that can be done ... & then to be resigned."
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