From someone on Facebook:


In response to this, my first thought is what Henry David Thoreau had to say about this sort of thing:

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

The second thought is:

You won’t be judged by your intentions. You will be judged by your actions.

Your intentions will only be considered during the penalty phase of your trial.

Enjoy your trial.

21 thoughts on “Intentions

  1. Funny, they never mention how many man-hours it cost to pay for all those good intentions? Love is relentless! (with someone else’s money).
    And when it runs out?
    At which point their intention become about as fleeting as their feelings.
    Spot on Joe!

  2. More harm has been caused on Earth by ‘do gooders’ than by people who simply kept their busybody noses out of other people’s business.
    IOW; The road to hell is paved with ‘good intentions’.

    I know people who wouldn’t run away, but would welcome such an opportunity for a ‘profitable’ outcome.

  3. I only hope it stays peaceful enough for a trial to be reached. I fear, seriously fear, that the situation will devolve, eliminating that alternative.

    The Real Kurt

  4. That offer sounds more like conversion via the sword with a carrot or cherry added.

    There is a long history of people in this country rejecting government help. Even in the fifties in our area it was shameful to accept government handouts and most people did not want feds or officials sniffing around. But today based on the direction of this country most people accept government help without question.

    Just the federal rules and regulations that we have today would make my grandfathers turn over in their graves. And now we’re getting more of them tomorrow from Inslee.

    • And, sadly, these and other intentions are already happening. Get ready for a host of reversals, new rules, regulations, and taxes along with a few do-gooders and a lot more just shut up and do as your told.

      Inslee’s announcement comes tomorrow at 11:00 AM on Sunday – a time that official’s even a year ago would not dare to choose. Advance release says he will mandate NO, that’s ZERO, social gatherings. I wonder how he is to going to enforce his rules or if he just expect all of us to be good little Washingtonians and comply.

  5. I’ve been wondering of late what would happen if we just said “no.”

    For every system humans devise there are other humans quite capable of designing equally, and sometimes, more, effective workarounds and avoidances, and until things reach the “application of brute force” point – which has very strict limitations on scope and effectiveness – those workarounds and avoidances are effective. Sometimes, effective enough that the original condition ceases to be a consideration well before the “application of brute force” point is reached.

    • If we could pull it off, 70m people just slow rolling it, refusing to work for liberals, and refusing to deliver products and services to liberals could be very effective. And more importantly those 70m people would then able to make demands and if necessary back them up.

      If we continue to stand alone, we’re going to be picked off one by one no matter how well prepared we are.

      • “Refusing to work” isn’t necesary and may, in fact, be self defeating. Do what is requested but with the “soviet response”:

        From the government agency of your choice: “We ordered 2,000 brown hiking boots in size 13; what we received was 2,000 size 6 stiletto heels in red.”

        “Oops, sorry, looks like the wrong shipping label was mistakenly put on the boxes and your boots went to Cleveland. Ship the red stilletto heels back and we’ll correct it.”

        One month later: “Your boots went to Cleveland, but the trucking company lost half the order; we’ll ship the 1,000 brown boots this week and re-make the rest.”

        Four weeks later the second 1,000 arrives, but in blue.

        ad infinitum

  6. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    C. S. Lewis

      • Frankly, I’m surprised you don’t have that in a needlepoint on a wall in your house, Joe 🙂

        It really is a poignant and accurate observation about the minds of certain ‘do-good at any cost’ types.

  7. What harm have I ever caused you, Sandy, that you would wish to curse me so?

    I prefer enjoying my customary state of actually being happy, as opposed to the freakish misery and rage that appears to be the default emotional state of collectivists.

    (Of course, it’s highly probable that my customary happiness *is* the harm I have caused Sandy….)

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