Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Drawing the line

Ted Bronson draws the line with I am no longer a child:
Did things go wrong when someone decided that little Johnny (who still can’t read) deserved a trophy just like the MVP of his little league team? Doesn’t that kind of negate the purpose of trophies if EVERYONE gets them?

Did things change when the Fed decided it knew best how to protect us and make seatbelts mandatory for everyone? I used to ride on the shelf in the back of our Chrysler New Yorker. The car would drive up a forty-five degree hill just by putting it in gear and never touching the gas. She was a tank, as evidenced by the beating she took at the hands of my older brother when he inherited it. Even after her final undignified crash, seatbelts were optional…no one in the Boat got hurt even though she was never the same afterwards.

At what point did the politically correct crowd decide to nanny us?
An excellent statement from a new blog that's going right into my blogroll.

via Samizdata


  1. That was a great article and I'm going to keep on reading.

    I'm guilty of it myself. I did the same dangerous stuff we all did but I'm wary of letting my son do the same things because the whole culture has changed and we do not have the same community standards as 30 years ago.

  2. I didn't twig to it the first time I read this post, but it caught me tonight. 'Ted Bronson' is an alias of Lazarus Long, Robert A. Heinlein's immortal uber-man. His blog partner 'Hazel Stone' also appears in more than one Heinlein tome!

    That's reason enough to like the guy!