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August 7th, 2010
As many of you may have noticed, I haven’t been around much this last week. This is because, as I told Tom, I was taking a couple of weeks off in order to give myself some time to cool off, regroup, and actually do some work with my thesis and my day job (yes, I actually do have a life outside of this blog). For those of you who enjoy my work, don’t worry, I’ll be back in another week. But to show that I haven’t abandoned you all completely, I thought I’d try something a little ad-hoc in the meantime. Every once in a while, Thomas Sowell will write a column entitled “Random Thoughts” which are full of just that: random thoughts. So… here they are:
It’s always amazed me that those who advocate socialism in this country can’t find any ordinary people who have actually lived in socialist countries to help them with the advertising. I’ve never encountered so many people from socialist countries in my life as I have in the last 12 months at Tea Party protests, Objectivist speeches, and while watching the Glenn Beck show.
If I had to choose between dealing with a sexist or a feminist, between a mugger and an IRS agent, I would take the sexist and the thief. They may still be out to get me, but at least they wouldn’t tell me they were trying to help me and they wouldn’t expect me to thank them for it.
An article that recently appeared in National Review about a trip to Pyongyang called North Korea a country that was “a country obsessed with and built upon victimization.” I would argue that such a mentality dominates not only the DPRK, but the vast majority of those who belong to the modern Left.
If I really, truly hated black people and wanted to destroy them, I wouldn’t join the KKK and I wouldn’t march down the street with neo-Nazis. I’d put them on welfare that favored single mothers, socialize their school system, give them free housing projects and food stamps, and send in Leftists to preach victimhood, racial solidarity, and black liberation theology.
According to a 2006 survey, most Israeli Arabs are not proud of their citizenship (56%), and are not ready to fight to defend the state (73%). In contrast, the rate of Arab Israelis who believe that Israel is better than most other countries (77%) is among the highest in the developed world and 82% of Arab respondents said they would rather be a citizen of Israel than of any other country in the world. But Israel is an apartheid state. Really.
Those who complain about the “right of return” for Palestinian Arabs, while having some justice to their views, have probably never heard of the 800,000 Jews who were displaced from Arab countries after the formation of Israel or the $2.5 billion in property which was confiscated from them by the various Middle Eastern governments. Nor would they care about the “right of return” of those Jews if they knew.
A Lefty acquaintance of mine said after the Gaza flotilla that she “would like to see a lot more diversity in terms of age (and gender, etc.)” in its army. Apparently she is unaware that the Jews who have come to Israel hail from all over the world, that gays serve openly, that women are drafted, that practically every adult male is a member of their civilian reserve, and that the only way the IDF could become more diverse would be by drafting its Arab residents, which the Left would scream bloody murder at if Israel ever actually tried it.
While I’m glad gays have the right to form legal partnerships in CA now, I have to wonder at the logic of a judge declaring a portion of the state constitution to be unconstitutional.
If gays had campaigned for “civil unions” instead of marriage, they probably would have obtained the right to form legal partnerships on par with those of heterosexual couples a long time ago. While there are certainly religious fundamentalists out there who think gays should all go straight to Hell, I believe that the real holdup has been the insistence of homosexuals on using the law to mandate social acceptance (as opposed to legal recognition) of their choices.
When the Arizona illegal immigration bill was passed, the Left screamed although they hadn’t read the law, they were absolutely positive that it was discriminatory and proof that Americans in general and Arizonans in particular had a deep-seated problem with brown people. When the federal government actually went to sue Arizona over the law however, discrimination somehow failed to come up. Further, when the injunction against some of the most controversial parts of the law was passed, one of the reasons given for the injunction was essentially that forcing the federal government to enforce federal law was placing an undue burden on the federal government.
If I had to guess at which group in America hated illegal immigrants the most, including illegal Mexican immigrants, I would not say the Republicans and I would not say the conservatives. I would guess legal immigrants.
Free tip to illegal immigrants and other Leftists protesting SB1070: calling America a racist nation, desecrating the American flag, and flying the American flag beneath your own native flag is probably not the best way to win converts to your cause. Additionally, it is a tad facetious to argue that you are not a “second-class citizen” when the truth is that you are not a citizen at all.
It never ceases to amaze me that those would deny to their dying breath the power of ideas in the culture and how those ideas have influenced their own opinions are invariably the most slavish followers of foolish ideologies originally expounded by men decades or centuries dead whom they themselves have never actually heard of.
The Tea Parties, which are so non-violent that they can be counted on to pick up their own litter, are invariably portrayed as one step away from mass murder, whereas the anarchists who seem to gather in and smash up any town which contains more than three world leaders at one time, are invariably portrayed in an ideologically neutral and non-inflammatory manner. It almost makes you wonder whether, if the Tea Parties ever did decide to engage in acts of vandalism and terrorism, that would finally be the magic key which would make the Left embrace them as authentic citizens concerned about the future of America.
It never ceases to amaze me that the Left, which claims to champion the rights of women, homosexuals and minorities, would stick up for a religion in which unbelievers are either killed or relegated to second-class legal status, homosexuals are executed, and women are systematically oppressed, abused, and viewed as little more than baby-making factories which can be murdered with impunity to preserve the family honor.
Media Matters is touting the fact that the University of East Anglia and Penn State have cleared Phil Jones and Michael Mann of ethical wrongdoing as proof that ClimateGate was a hoax. The fact that those members of the public who have condemned Phil Jones and Michael Mann did so based on the direct empirical evidence of Jones’ and Mann’s correspondence which can not be waved away by an ethics panel has apparently escaped them, as has the fact that what basically happened was that a panel commissioned and payed for the University of East Anglia has exonerated the University of East Anglia (ditto for Penn State), which is exactly the sort of corruption that the emails were hailed as evidence of.
If I could pick one economic fallacy to wave away from America with a magic wand, I would choose to wipe out the idea that it is physically possible for a third party to do good by spending other people’s money.
A seven-year old in Oregon who wanted to run a lemonade stand just got slapped down by a federal regulator for not having a “temporary restaurant license.” But government regulation is for the people’s health and safety, and we need more of it in order to fix the financial crisis. Right.
Lenin once remarked that “When I get ready to hang the capitalists, those useful idiots will sell me the rope — on credit.” I actually disagree; like Mark Steyn, I believe Lenin underestimated our society’s suicidal stupidity: We’re happy to give the rope away.
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