Saturday, December 17, 2011

30 Days of Heinlein - Day 14

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once. -- Time Enough For Love

My Take - 

We spend billions of dollars every year on military defense in this country, and Lord knows how much more for law enforcement.  Add to that the millions spent by private citizens on personal defense.  Why do we do it?  I think that it's because we know that a weakly defended country, population, or person invites attack and repression.  We can hope that someday the lion lays down with the lamb and I look forward to beating swords into plowshares as much as anyone, but until that day comes, I'll trust John Moses Browning and George Patton more than I will those that believe that disarming and thinking good thoughts will keep politicians honest and barbarians out of civilization.

1 comment:

NavyOne said...

Heinlein was a naval officer. An Academy guy if I am not mistaken. A Surface Warfare Officer. And he left the Navy after a bouts of seasickness.

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