Don't usually snip from other bloggers, but in this case ..... WELL said!
Steve Verdon talks about paternalism, then concludes:
"If you are advocating things like life time employement, government provided health care, government provided retirement, government provided housing, and the such guess what; you no longer want freedom. You want to be a pet. And disturbingly the Republicans seem all too eager to head right down this road behind the Democrats. " (added the emphasis)
We're a long way from "Don't Tread On Me", and the nation suffers for it, IMHO.
This is one of my favorite group blogs, which seem to be getting more and more popular as blog fatigue sets in with solo efforts. I doubt I'll ever achieve enough popularity to have others join in, but ... you never say never.