Fred Reed on the State of America

Fred Reed

I’ve followed Fred Reed’s writing for many years since he was the police beat writer for the Washington Times.  His too-the-point style and irreverent humor is refreshing . . . even when his topics aren’t.  You can follow him on his website–Fred on Everything.

Here is a clip from one of his latest columns: Eye-Balling the Fifth Century.

When a country works reasonably well—when the schools teach algebra and not governmentally mandated Appropriate Values, when the police are scarce and courteous, when government is remote and minds its business and works more for the benefit of the country than for looters and special interests, then pledging to it a degree of allegiance isn’t foolish. Decades back America was such a country, imperfect as all countries are, but good enough to cherish.

As decline begins, and government becomes oppressive, self-righteous, and ruthless yet incompetent, as official spying flourishes, as corruption sets in hard, and institutions rot, it is time to disengage. Loyalty to a country is a choice, not an obligation. In other times people have loved family, friends, common decency, tribe, regiment, or church instead of country. In an age of national collapse, this is wise.

You may not like, or agree with, his conclusions, but he practices what he preaches . . . he now lives in Guadalajara, Mexico.