America's Hopeless State
There is a problem in America, and there is no solution to it, I'm afraid. American society is now dominated by people so ignorant and stupid, they are incapable of understanding truth, any truth at all.
All of this is aptly illustrated by this commentary about Joe Stack: "Joe Stack Was A Left Leaning Marxist."
Not all the commentators about Joe Stack's tragic act make all the accusations that (I'll call him "Mr. Libertarian,") has made, but they are implied if not stated by almost every one.
"My mistake," Mr. Libertarian begins, " was to think that Joe Stack even presumed to speak as a libertarian."
Well, presumption always is a mistake, but it is worse than that. Mr. Stack's explanation was not a political treatise, it was statement of what led to his tragic choice and action. To treat that as some kind of political statement is an even bigger mistake, but it does explain some of the wild claims by Mr. Libertarian.
"At no point does he oppose taxation or the redistribution of wealth on principle, certainly not from libertarian principles. At no point for instance, does he quote Hayek or Locke (though he conspicuously channels Marx)."
Apparently Mr. Libertarian is not only presumptive, but has a reading comprehension problem. What does he think this means?
Mr. Stack wrote: "We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy ... that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was "no taxation without representation". ... These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a "crackpot", traitor and worse. [My emphasis.]
This comes at the very beginning. It is Mr. Stacks entire purpose, to show that these principles of the founding fathers have been violated by the very government he was taught was there to protect them.
Now Mr. Libertarian writes: "The Joe Stack plane crash in Austin, Texas was motivated by anti-capitalism."
This guy is one of those small-minded people who does not realize "capitalism" no longer represents a "free market," but "fascism." Joe obviously had a much better grasp of the principles for freedom then this so-called libertarian. [Please see: "Regi Says: No! to Capitalism" and "Capitalism: Not What It Used To Be".]
Here is another stupid thing this guy says: "His fundamental complaint is the exploitation of the poor and working classes by the ruling class, and his fundamental purpose was to encourage and foment a violent overthrow thereof."
His fundamental complaint was government oppression of himself, and he was anything but poor. He owned a $320,000 home, and had made several fortunes which the government either stole or destroyed.
[His wife and daughter
were not in the house, by the way, when it was burned, as reported in the MSM. They were not even home.]
Mr. Libertarian concludes his screed with a list of quotes from Joe Stack's sad suicide note, each prefaced with a lie with the intention of prejudicing the reader's understanding.
The lie: "Joe Stack rants against big business"
The quote: "Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it's time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? ...The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages? and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn't give a fuck about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies..."
Comment: It is obviously government collusion with big business this complaint is against, and it is totally correct. This is not against free-market business, but against government controlled and enabled business, that is, fascistic business, which this so-called libertarian apparently supports. Sad the Libertarians now prefer fascism to freedom.
The lie: "Joe Stack channels Democrat Alan Grayson"
The quote: "Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country's leaders don't see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies."
Comment: Does this idiot not see that it is again government collusion with business, in this case medically-related businesses that Joe has correctly identified as the problem. This is not a call for more government, but a call for government to stop protecting crooked businesses.
The lie: "Joe Stack condemns health care reform obstructionists"
The quote: "Yet, the political 'representatives' (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the 'terrible health care problem'. It's clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don't get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.
Comment: America has the best medical care in the world. (The phrase "health care" is a stupid liberal/political phrase. Medical care is not needed for the healthy, it's the sick that need medical care.) But there are problems with the medical system, all of them due to government meddling, from regulations to the courts. Since Joe does not say what medical reform he prefers, only someone with a political agenda would assume he wanted government-provided health care. Since Joe's complaint is against government, an intelligent person would assume Joe would prefer to see government out of the medical business altogether. So would I.
The lie: "Joe Stack rants against organized religion"
The quote: "In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful 'exemptions' that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the 'best', high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the 'big boys' were doing (except that we weren't steeling (sic) from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God)... The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living.
Comment: Well, the Catholic Church is wealthy, so wealthy it is impossible to find out how wealthy, and most of that wealth is tax exempt. Every individual is required to report every cent of wealth they gain, in every detail to the government. No organized church is so scrutinized. If an individual citizen practiced the kind of "privacy" enjoyed by organized religion, he would be in jail. There is definitely something wrong with that. As for being, "corrupt," most Protestants sincerely believe Catholic teachings are a corruption of Scripture, but most Catholics believe Protestantism is a corruption of "The Church." Though each might find the other's statements to that affect offensive, that's exactly what freedom of speech is—freedom to offend. Again, Joe is right.
The lie: "Joe Stack channels John Edwards' Two Americas"
The quote: "However, this is where I learned that there are two 'interpretations' for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us..."
Comment: The only mistake here is that joe wrongly described one class of people. He should have said, "one for the very rich and politically connected, and one for the rest of us." How many "tax evaders" are there in Obama's cabinet. How many of us could have gotten away with that. Joe's right again.
The Lie: "Joe Stack and the proletariat"
The quote: "My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement."
Comment: Apparently, Mr. 'Libertarian' believes it is perfectly alright to lie to people and to rob them so long as it is done by something called "big business," even though that big business is controlled by government-protected unions and regulated by that government, which is fascism. Apparently, Mr. 'libertarian' is unable to distinguish between someone complaining against fascism and a Marxist.
The lie: "Joe Stack calls for violent revolution- very Marxist"
The quote: "I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn't so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along."
I'll let that "Marxist" Thomas Jefferson answer this one:
"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure."
Is it time? Apparently Joe Stack thought it was. I do not know. All I know is, if the patriot founders of this country had had the views of Mr. Libertarian, the national anthem would be, "God Save The Queen."
—Reginald Firehammer (02/22/10)
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