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Walt Whitman’s Caution, 1855

To The States, or any one of
       them, or any city of The
       States, Resist much, Obey
Once unquestioning obedience,
       once fully enslaved,
Once fully enslaved, no nation,
       race, city, of this earth,
       ever afterward resumes
       its liberty.—

The Left loves to talk, and talk, and talk, and talk without ceasing about their “freedom.” Free to be…. “Me.” Freedom to indulge Me, Myself, and I in anything our whim might dictate… except to be critical of the philosophy of “personal freedom” while wearing the “mind-forged manacles”[1] of the State.

But the question is not about “freedom.” It is about “liberty.” It is always about “liberty” and how much liberty people are willing to give up in order to taste the sweet sins of “freedom.” Whitman, a man who indulged in a lot of personal sexual freedom, knew this.

[1]   I wander thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the chartered Thames does flow.
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every man,
In every Infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear.

How the Chimney-sweeper’s cry
Every blackning church appalls;
And the hapless Soldier’s sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls.

But most thro’ midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlot’s curse
Blasts the new-born Infant’s tear,
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse.

— Wiliam Blake, London

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  • H (science denier) February 25, 2021, 5:17 AM

    In other less civilized words, BFYTW.

  • Casey Klahn February 25, 2021, 6:14 AM

    WW knew some shit.

    What will I do today to resist? Not wear my mask at WalMart?

  • Terry February 25, 2021, 6:32 AM


    “What will I do today to resist? Not wear my mask at WalMart?”

    If you need to ask that question, you are already enslaved and do not realize it.

    March 6th there is going to be a mask burning event held across Idaho.

    We must get off our asses and get tough or be exterminated.

    Current day Paul Revere:
    The Chinamen are coming, the Chinamen are coming, the Chinamen are coming !!!!

    Burn the Chinese commies!

  • James ONeil February 25, 2021, 10:08 AM

    What will I do today to resist?
    Same thing I do every day, what I dang well please.
    Might even put on a mask and go to Walmart, thinking back it’s been well over eleven months since I’ve been in there. However if I do, masked or maskless, it’s ’cause it pleases me to do so.

  • Tom Hyland February 25, 2021, 8:59 PM

    Funny that you all are talking this stuff. I was in Walmart today, February 25th. About 3:00 pm. I was the only human in the building without a mask. I never wear a mask… except to enter the bank. Used to be a time if you walked into a bank with a mask you’d be wrestled to the floor. Now… if you walk in without a mask you’re wrestled to the floor. But Walmart?? The Homeland Despot?? The grocery store?? I walk in without a mask. Sometimes I’m confronted by an employee holding a mask and I tell them I can’t breathe. Santa Fe is at 7,000 feet and I need all the oxygen I can get. This is the easiest thing to do… just STOP IT with the muzzle. Reclaim your humanity… your dignity. Everyone must stop obeying. Where will you begin?

  • Barbarita Green February 27, 2021, 4:08 AM

    Amen to Tom Hyland.