A Nation of Desire

A message from Christmas of 2010, when the world was simpler, and I was just a wee whippersnapper. I spent all day looking for this and I’m glad I did, because despite all that has happened since then, every word of it remains true. Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Ralph Simpson
December 27, 2023 12:32 PM

Beautiful Bill. Love me some Firewall. Merry Christmas Bill & I hope 2024 is very kind to you.

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December 26, 2023 8:29 AM

Wonderful, positive, and timeless Christmas message, Bill. I was reminded of the Michael Pollan book, “The Botany of Desire.” which is an interesting take on human desires in the natural world.

Paul Drallos
December 26, 2023 5:47 AM

I remember sitting with the Spiegel Christmas catalog when I was eight or nine years old, fantasizing about the 3 inch reflecting telescope in the catalog. I got the telescope for Christmas and took it outside to and started looking at stars that evening. To my initial disappointment, the stars in the telescope simply looked like tiny points of light, just like they looked without the telescope. Then I noticed a bright yellowish star in the sky, so I trained my telescope on it. When I brought that yellow star into focus, expecting to see another point of light, I… Read more »

Keith Jackson
December 26, 2023 4:58 AM

This is why I’ve been a member 4-ever.
Thanks and Merry Christmas/Happy New Year.

John Post
December 26, 2023 1:29 AM

Bill, you make my heart proud! Thank for your efforts to bring sanity to this increasingly insane world! Love you brother! Merry Christmas from an old fan! John Post

Gerhardt Gast
December 25, 2023 11:25 PM

I’ve been a fan for a long time, You still don’t disappoint. Merry Christmas to you and all at

Road Rider
December 25, 2023 6:09 PM

Keep em coming Bill. The firewalls are some of your best work and timeless.

John Staley
December 25, 2023 5:55 PM

Thanks for sharing this Bill. I’m a little late coming to the party. I’ve been a subscriber for just a couple of years. Feel free to share as much of the older stuff. I’m sure it’s still very relevant and I’m not the only one playing catch up. Merry Christmas and thanks again.

Cathy Shepherd
December 25, 2023 5:12 PM

I truly love your Firewalls, Bill. I’ve seen quite a bit of them, even when you were still at that other place. I hope you and your lovely bride have had a wonderful Christmas and that your New Year will be all you want it to be. Love from an old (literally) fan.

Mark Hunn
December 25, 2023 4:05 PM

Minor point of contention, those who want to rule us will be there whether we rule ourselves or not. The bad guys have been pushing us into giving them an excuse. Resist them. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good fight!

Reply to  Mark Hunn
December 26, 2023 6:45 AM

A man named John Philpot Curran once wrote …

“The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and punishment of his guilt.”

He did not speak idly in saying that.