Bradbury Says Too Much Government

August 17th, 2010 | by Sqotty |

I like Ray Bradbury. Always have. His writings were first introduced to me around the fifth grade with his early short stories. I continued to read him throughout my youth. I even have met him on more than a few occasions over the years. Nice guy.

Now I find even more reasons to like him as he turns a whopping 90 (Happy Birthday Ray!). Today, in the LA Times, Bradbury told them:

“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.”

Aside from a little revolution, unless he means for it to occur at the ballot box by voting, I am in full agreement with Bradbury. We have too much government. Way too much. I’ve said that for years, and it has only gotten worse.

And I had no idea, until now, that Bradbury once described President Clinton as something that “rhymes with knithead”. I can only wonder how he describes the Anointed One who now occupies the Oval Office. Perhaps something that sounds a lot like “ducking knithead”. One could hope.

Bradbury went on to say that we have too much technology, something else I can agree with. “We have too many cellphones. We’ve got too many Internets. We have got to get rid of those machines. We have too many machines now.” There is something to be said about having a simpler life with less technology invading our every day, monitoring our every movement.

Bradbury is the ultimate dreamer; he is the source of many dreams of rockets and time travel. Maybe it’s time to curl up with a copy of Fahrenheit 451.

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