Kill Your Television

George Will is kind of an old curmudgeon and has been for a number of years. I think he got his panties in a wad a few years ago about rap music, which is honestly the last time I recall even paying him the vaguest amount of attention. However, he nails some of the big government lunacy going on right now in a column about digital television subsidies. Apparently, television is now such an inalienable right the government has to subsidize it. I feel so warm and fuzzy knowing the government is looking out for all of us like this. I'm glad to see a Republican majority leads to fiscal discipline insanity.

Personally, I don’t care that much about television. I find the Music Choice channels the most worthwhile thing about having cable. If J weren’t around, the only thing that would get watched on TV would be DVDs and X-Box games. Of course, I probably wouldn’t have an X-Box, because until J and I got married, I didn’t own a TV. When I moved back to Texas in 1995 I left my TV at my dad’s house. Frankly, I didn’t really miss it. For sheer entertainment value, almost nothing beats looking at people when they bring up some television event and telling them "I don’t have a TV." You get the strangest looks from people. Most people literally have no response to that. Some people would occasionally ask dumbass questions like "Well, what do you DO?" as if they could not imagine what on earth I could be doing with my time without television. My stock response was always "Not watch TV". My mother-in-law once told me that it really disturbed her that I didn’t have a television, because only people like child molesters and rapists and drug addicts didn’t have televisions.

Anyhow, now that I’ve digressed from my main point, George Will has a great line in his column:

Pick it up and read on, because this story illustrates the timeless truth that no matter how deeply you distrust the government's judgment, you are too trusting.

I think every small-government conservative and libertarian should have that prominently displayed. It also brings to mind something a friend of mine used to say:

The question is not whether you’re paranoid. Anymore, the question is whether you’re paranoid enough.

Should I repeat the mantra that the government is not your friend? No? Okay. Go and buy this album if you don’t already own it. It’ll give you something to listen to while the government spends a billion dollars on ensuring your right to watch crap on TV.


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