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Kim Kardashian for President

August 22nd, 2011 - 7:00 am

Free enterprise.  It’s a beautiful thing.  And it all works fine and dandy until power-hunger and pompous self-righteousness gum up the works.  Until some duly elected fathead says, “No, no, Kim, I went to an Ivy League school and I know better than you do how you should spend your money.”  Or, “No, no, Kim, I am the Compassionate and Wise and I know where the need for your money is greatest.”  Or, “We all have to share the sacrifice, Kim, so give me your money to pay for the votes I bought with promises I can’t keep.”  Or, “There comes a point when you have too much money, Kim, so you have to give some of yours to me.”

As long as human beings are free to pursue their desires restricted by nothing but the safety and freedom of their neighbors, there will be plenty of money and plenty of jobs.  You may say it’s wrong for people to live like that — to live, I mean, as they please.  You may say Kim Kardashian’s wedding was garish, for example, or that she should’ve given her money to charity instead or that the public shouldn’t make someone like Kim Kardashian rich in the first place.

But let me ask you this:  Who the hell are you to say?   Who the hell is anyone?  You don’t like the way Kim Kardashian lives?  Don’t live that way.  I don’t.  But I don’t tell anyone else whether or not they should.

The imposition of virtue by force is not virtue.  And it is precisely that imposition — through government entitlements, through government-inspired bad loans, through government over-regulation, through government redistribution schemes — that has so badly damaged our nation’s freedom and economy.

Question:  What’s the difference between the Obama presidency and Kim Kardashian’s marriage?

Answer:  I hope Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasts.

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