Sunday, January 6, 2008

A Blogger's Last Post

Given to a friend, Andrew Olmsted asked that this be posted only after his death. Read the entire final post of an American Hero.


As passionate as I am about personal freedom, I don't buy the claims of anarchists that humanity would be just fine without any government at all. There are too many people in the world who believe that they know best how people should live their lives, and many of them are more than willing to use force to impose those beliefs on others. A world without government simply wouldn't last very long; as soon as it was established, strongmen would immediately spring up to establish their fiefdoms. So there is a need for government to protect the people's rights. And one of the fundamental tools to do that is an army that can prevent outside agencies from imposing their rules on a society. A lot of people will protest that argument by noting that the people we are fighting in Iraq are unlikely to threaten the rights of the average American. That's certainly true; while our enemies would certainly like to wreak great levels of havoc on our society, the fact is they're not likely to succeed. But that doesn't mean there isn't still a need for an army (setting aside debates regarding whether ours is the right size at the moment). Americans are fortunate that we don't have to worry too much about people coming to try and overthrow us, but part of the reason we don't have to worry about that is because we have an army that is stopping anyone who would try.

Andrew Olmsted Blog

There are many grand quotes in Andrew's final post, but I leave you with this one:

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. "
~George S. Patton

UPDATE: The mainstream media has picked up the story about Andrew.

R.I.P. Major Andrew Olmsted.

1 comment:

MIRA said...

This is really sad. I read the whole thing and he was 100% right about our military.
I really liked what he said about the government being necessary. After all we can't live in a "hobbesian" world of chaos and anarchy.
It is our military who continue to keep us safe, but nobody knows about all the deployments before Iraq and Afghanistan or any other war for that matter. When people hear about the military, it’s usually because we are in a war or to blame them for something.