Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Grover Norquist's Paradise

Grover Norquist is famous for saying we need to shrink government to the point it can be drowned in a bathtub--and then drown it in a bathtub.

Guess what? There is a country on Earth where the government has figuratively drowned in a bathtub. There has not been an effective government there since 1991. This country should be a Mecca for all those of Norquist's ilk, and all the Ayn Rand devotees, and the John Locke Foundation, and everyone else who agrees with St. Ronald Reagan that "Government isn't the solution. Government is the problem."

This anti-government paradise levies no taxes, offers no welfare to its citizens, does nothing these people want government not to do.

This paradise is called Somalia.

I propose raising the money to send all those opposed to any government action a one-way ticket to Somalia. They can then see for themselves the logical extreme of their anti-government philosophy. They can see the Italian Mafia dumping France's nuclear waste off the Somali coast. They can see the pirates running free and terrorizing the passing commercial shipping traffic. They can see people dying for lack of opportunity to live a decent life.

Let's send them all to Somalia and be done with them.


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