Passing the buck: an exercise in open-source blogging

For the past week or so, I’ve had another of my “heavy” pieces preying at the back of my mind. I’ve started it several times, but each time it’s gone nowhere. I’m tempted to just toss it on the trash heap with a couple of other pieces I’ve done so before (and lemme tell you, for something to be too lame for ME to publish is pretty bad), but I have this niggling feeling that this idea is too important to junk just because I can’t get it to work.

One of the greatest strengths of the blogosphere is the collective nature of our intelligence. It’s almost become a cliche’ to say to the Mainstream Media “you might be smarter than any of us, but you’re not as smart as all of us.” And for me to say that I am the only person who could adequately express an idea is nothing short of the sheerest of vanity.

So with that in mind, I’m going to toss out what I have so far, in very raw form, into the extended entry of this posting and see what happens. It’s going to be very disjointed, very fragmented, almost stream-of-consciousness, but it will, I hope, express the essence of what I’ve been wrestling with. And then I’m gonna step back and see just what everyone does with it.

So, if you’re curious and so inclined, go give it a read and see if the muse that has taunted me does anything for you. Take what I’ve started and run with it. Kick around the idea of what I’m doing here. Or if you prefer, mock me as a lazy, egotistical lout — that’s certainly a possibility. And feel free to link to anything you come up with in the comments section. Some time Monday or so I’ll post a new piece with links to the ones that I find the most interesting, entertaining, or libelous.


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Catalyst: talk show host refers to Massachusetts as “the cradle of liberty.”

First reactions: I’ve written a lot about Massachusetts — it’s not very free now.
“Freedom is the right to be responsible for one’s actions” — David Gerrold, “A Matter For Men.”
“” The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose” — “Me and Bobby McGee”
“The Earth is the cradle of Humanity, but Mankind will not Stay in the Cradle Forever.” Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

Freedom is often born in adversity and struggle, but after a while gets tired of being taken for granted and moves on. The places where freedom is most prized now is probably Afghanistan (people waiting in line for hours to vote despite very credible threats of death) and eastern Europe — who spent decades under Communism’s heel.
Other places that haven’t fought and died for their freedom for generations (France, Germany, Canada, segments of the US) presume freedom is the natural state and slowly let their liberties slip away, to be taken by a willing government.
We’re lucky that “those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it;” it gives us a chance to learn from our mistakes.

Mickelson: "The ball went in the hole."
Rather's Epilogue


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