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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ray Bradbury's "Dark" Thoughts: "We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people."


The L.A. Times (h/t Drudge Report) had a brief write-up on Ray Bradbury, one of my favorite writers. Bradbury's work has consistently espoused individual freedom-- especially in the book Fahrenheit 451 where the thoughtful individual Guy Montag found himself confronting a politically correct (an often ignored aspect of the book) and vapid totalitarian society.

Taking into account his work, it's not too much of a surprise that Bradbury isn't a fan of Obama and company's hard-Left agendas. Susan King of the LAT seemed rather surprised, however.


"Ray Bradbury is mad at President Obama, but it's not about the economy, the war or the plan to a construct a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.

"'He should be announcing that we should go back to the moon,' says the iconic author, whose 90th birthday on Aug. 22 will be marked in Los Angeles with more than week's worth of Bradbury film and TV screenings, tributes and other events. 'We should never have left there. We should go to the moon and prepare a base to fire a rocket off to Mars and then go to Mars and colonize Mars. Then when we do that, we will live forever.'"

"The man who wrote 'Fahrenheit 451,' 'Something Wicked This Way Comes,' 'The Martian Chronicles,' 'Dandelion Wine' and 'The Illustrated Man' has been called one of America's great dreamers, but his imagination takes him to some dark places when it comes to contemporary politics.

"'I think our country is in need of a revolution,' Bradbury said. 'There is too much government today. We've got to remember the government should be by the people, of the people and for the people.'"

So espousing a belief in limited government, and a government that is employed by and answerable to the American people comes from dark places in the imagination according to King? Hmm. I seem to remember the whole "Hope and Change" idea being tied to a revolution, as well. But that was uplifting, inspirational, etc. and not the product of a dark imagination.

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