"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Birthdays Yesterday - Ira

I missed blogging yesterday, so I missed mentioning the big birthdays on April 13th.   Yesterday was the birthday (53?) of one of my best friends from my graduate school days, and the best man at my wedding, Ira.   Ira probably did more than anyone else in turning me in my 20s from shallow liberalism to I-hope-somewhat-less-shallow conservatism; from being unthinkingly pro-choice to ardently pro-Life; and from the silly hate-the-rich socialism so characteristic of the non-productive classes often found on college campuses to... well, let's just say that I have a more adult view of the purposes of government worth taxing me for now that I have actual income to tax.   Thanks, Ira!   And, Happy Birthday!  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Paul for your blog entry, it was a nice surprise. Your blog is now one of my regular news sources. Think about a trip to France.