It’s About Liberty
Here is that quote again. It is much more important and much wiser than even its author knew:
Free people can treat each other justly, but they can’t make life fair. To get rid of the unfairness among individuals, you have to exercise power over them. The more fairness you want, the more power you need. Thus, all dreams of fairness become dreams of tyranny in the end.
Obama’s concern with what he calls “fairness” has led him to say that the capital gains tax should be raised, though he knows revenues will fall if that happens. His desire to confiscate what he defines as unfairly-won profits and “spread them around” as he sees fit is a clear proclamation of his authoritarian collectivist ethos (and appalling economic ignorance).
Among the first concerns of a collectivist (fascist, leftist, or “progressive”) government is control of expression. Such people typically think of freedom of speech and press as available only to “responsible” parties; how many times have we heard various power-hungry UN officials and “progressive” US politicians say something like, “With freedom of the press must come responsibility”? Recall the publication of the Mohammed cartoons.
Responsibility has nothing whatsoever to do with the right to publish or speak. The right to express oneself as one chooses, without censorship or fear of reprisal, is absolute.
Yes, absolute. What, you may ask, about laws punishing libel and slander? They do not infringe on the absolute right of expression. If you harm someone, you can be held to account. That is an ethical principle that indemnifies us all in cases of written and spoken assault, as well as in cases of physical assault. As they stand, US libel/slander laws are excellent (that can not be said of Canadian and UK laws).
Responsibility is not a prerequisite for Liberty. Even the most dangerous lunatic automatically enjoys Liberty; only his actions, in so far as they harm others, can properly deprive him of it. Censorship is always a violation of ethics, and political correctness is always a fascist crime against the individual.
The administration’s attitude toward free speech and press seems downright Canadian.
Political correctness is masked by bureaucratic babble to cover up the real causes of the slaughter at Fort Hood. In the academy, political correctness is a menace that feeds on and in turn enhances collectivist repression.
A decent federal administration would be working to repeal McCain-Feingold (see issue 23 of this newsletter; request a copy if you do not have one), and would grasp the fact that justice and reason should not be subordinated to a slogan like “fairness.” It would denounce and discourage adoption of “The Fairness Doctrine,” a proposed law that would mandate censorship of radio broadcasting (see issue 40 of this newsletter).
It bears repeating: the major news media in the USA do not believe in freedom of the press — they believe in the licensing of the press. Overall, there is a sense in newsrooms across the nation that reporters and editors have rights that ordinary citizens do not, and that nonprofessional journalists, webloggers, are an inferior species that should be legally distinct from traditional journalists.
Liberty is far too precious to be trusted to collectivists. It reposes only in the individual — society has no rights — and when collectivists take power, they stand reality on its head to savage the individual. On that basis alone, the Obama administration should be removed from power as soon as practical.
A GOP Activist-Weblogger Waxes Triumphalist
From this web page comes a bold challenge that could presage a revival of the national Republican party:
This message goes out to every vulnerable Democratic Congressman representing a Republican or even centrist district — and after tonight, who among you is not vulnerable? It is a simple message: we can do this the easy way, or we can do it the hard way. The easy way is, you suddenly decide that you have a burning desire to spend more time with your families. So you don’t run for re-election, you walk off stage technically undefeated, and you go join a lobbying firm. The hard way is, you do run for re-election, and we pry you out of your seats.
We want to do this the hard way. We will enjoy doing it.
That’s your only warning. And remember: nobody is going to be able to save you. If the President, the DSCC, the DCCC, the DNC, the SEIU, ACORN, and the netroots couldn’t manage a win in Massachusetts — what do you think that they can do for you?
(Emphasis in original.) That’s bold talk for a party this newsletter considers tired, outmoded and dispensable. Brown did not win as a Republican, but as an independent thinker and non-Democrat who could also call on the roughly twenty-five per cent of voters in Massachusetts who are Republicans. The lady running against Brown — what was her name? — was an incompetent campaigner, and the GOP cadres can’t take credit for that; it was just their good luck.
Meanwhile the GOP is talking tough, saying it welcomes Democrat attempts to avoid seating Brown and allow Kirk, the Kennedy replacement, to continue to vote.
“If you read the language of a special bill that they rammed through to get him appointed in the first place, it says that (Kirk’s) term is over tomorrow night,” Kaufman told us. (Kaufman is Massachusetts Republican National Committeeman Ron Kaufman).
That’s fine, but tough talk can’t prevent stalling.
Never mind; give the GOP its hour of glory, and do rejoice in hope and change. After all, this election tells us not only that The One and the Reid-Pelosi Axis are besieged, but that the specter of John McCain has been exorcised. In those respects, this victory for the GOP is a victory for everyone who understands and values Liberty.
Of course the real battle has not yet been joined. That will come if Flyover Country rises in November and asserts its bedrock principles. The ultimate struggle will be more cultural (rooted in non-partisan core values) than political (a matter of party loyalty), as Brown’s victory in Massachusetts indicates.
A weblog reader e-mailed this: “(ABC-TV talking head Chris) Matthews is on now. Has the ‘tingle up the leg’ become a trickle down the leg?” The reference is to Matthews’s now infamous statement, that, on meeting Obama, “I felt this thrill going up my leg.” Number 51 of this newsletter responded: “Rover! Bad dog!”
Whoa! It looks as if The One has a problem…his health care plan is not popular. Not at all. Of course Nancy Pelosi does not give a damn, and neither does this member of Congress — watch to the very end, where she says that the voters’ wishes literally do not matter. That’s the bicoastal elite in action, disenfranchising millions with Hopeandchange!
Here’s the Himalayan glacier insanity again: this is how sheer empty speculation becomes bad science, which becomes news, which becomes alarmist propaganda supporting authoritarian cult dogma, which becomes political mandate.
Newspapers know how to craft stories, and they know the impressions those stories will make on their readers. The writers and editors know exactly what they are doing when they set things up, and they lie about how objective and “balanced” they are. Here’s yet anotherexample of how bias taints virtually every aspect of a report; because it’s a comparison, the point is crystal clear.
This newsletter was informed the other day that Obama is struggling to clean up the mess W left behind, and, well, it’s going to take time, and yes, it will be difficult, because unemployment, and so on, but Hopeandchange. Baloney. Here are the facts regarding that deficit The One whines about having inherited.
Haiti: what’s the problem with the USA’s efforts? Who’s running the show? Is this a jinx that has its roots in Washington? France is scolding Uncle Sam, and now the Israelis are making him look terrible. Doesn’t that aircraft carrier have surgical facilities and helicopters? Cripes….