This morning I was watching some post SOTU interviews to catch up on the reactions to the speech. I turned off the TV before the speech ended, because there is just so much bullshit I can take in one sitting, and went to bed, a more productive use of my time, by far. So there they had a panel discussing the aftermath, and on it was with some lady from some institute for progressive something or another. She was quite outmatched by the others. But she did drop a bombshell that remained unchallenged, and she sure felt she had scored a big win because of that. I want to address this, because her argument and line of thinking was so easy to take apart.
Basically when it was brought up, she made the case that democrats should not let republicans win the argument Obama made about all the “injustices” – there you have that marxist drivel again, even when you try to pretend you are an optimist like Reagan – he wants to address. Those that identify this as base class warfare rhetoric and point out that what democrats are basically really doing is counting on this rhetoric to galvanize enough jealous and envious people into giving them the go-ahead to steal even more money from the productive sector, to keep their big government efforts going, did not sit well with her. To her this was a just struggle, and she thought she was quite clever to link it to the struggle to build this great nation. Something Obama spend a long amount of time paying lip service to in his speech as well.
Her defense of class warfare was based on drawing a parallel between the choices made by our forefathers and the ones that the class warriors, I am sure she doesn’t like that term, but I am calling it what it is, tell us they want made. Their premise is that the forefathers created our democracy in order to prevent the European aristocracy and oligarchy from being the driving force in America. I agreed with her on that premise, to some extent, even if she was got a lot wrong – I am certain that what our forefathers concocted was a republic, specifically because of the inherent dangers of a pure democracy where the majority would be free to impose their will on the minority – to insure a just society, but she was way, way off base. This concept of three wolves and a sheep deciding what’s for dinner, sound familiar? And then she dropped the bombshell and concluded this line of thinking by making the ludicrous argument that what the people opposing Obama referred to as class warfare were trying to do the same. That’s because, after all, the democrats where fighting the power of the rich, which are a manifestation of aristocracy or oligarchy, which basically had turned America into an unjust society!
How clever! Except, it is transparently bullshit. I could go into a long ass diatribe about how these class warriors fighting the rich, aristocracies, and oligarchies have always played out, but suffice it to say that that this is unnecessary, because the premise that they are fighting the rich, the aristocracies, and oligarchies, is pure unadulterated bullshit. I could also wax philosophical about how the left is trying to recreate the European experiment, which is still rooted in a society where the credentialed elite rule the masses, by fiat, and represents the ultimate class conscious society. But I will just stick to pointing out that what the class warriors are really fighting against, is what they perceive as the current centers of power. And what they intend, the reason they fight, despite the claim that they are trying to address an injustice and level the field, is to replace the current people in power with themselves. That’s what their struggle is about. That’s what marxism and every other spun off collectivist ideology that came from it has been all about. This battle to replace the existing power centers with themselves played itself out everywhere that the class warriors did their thing. From the revolution in Russia that gave us 70 years of the USSR to the one in China, Korea, Cuba, and every other third world shit hole that embraced this cancerous ideology, the fight was to kick the people in power out and take over that power. In every single instance, whoever was in charge that the class warriors wanted gone, was replaced by a singular individual or a gang of tyrants, which did far worse things than their predecessors. The injustices got even more pronounced after that.
And what we have here going on with the ne breed of class warriors, is more of the same. This lady’s argument that the democrats should tell people that what they are doing is not class warfare, but a noble struggle, one that emulates the virtues and values of the forefathers that set up the republic, and addresses the injustice between the suddenly aristocratic rich and the common man, is bullshit. A huge, smelly pile of bullshit. A whopper of epic proportions. These leftists have no problem with rich people, or for that matter aristocracies. Most of them are super rich. Practically every single one of them belongs to the credentialed class and thinks they are far, far above the stupid common man. They have all the answers, and we all need to do what they tell us. So when they tell you that what they are doing is battle the powerful rich and to level the field, it is a lie. They don’t have any problem with the rich: they have a problem with any rich people that do not go along with their vision of a big government nanny state run by an oligarchy/aristocracy of the approved/credentialed leftists. This fight isn’t against an aristocracy or oligarchy of the rich, but a fight to replace the current people in power – which hilariously is themselves – with an oligarchy or aristocracy composed of those they approve of. And have no doubt our new people will be powerful, and rich. Castro and Chavez claim to be men of the people but they have the wealth of the entire nation they are raping at their disposal.
I guess, to paraphrase some Orwell, some rich people are created more equally than others. That absurd distinction is why Mitt Romney is a bad rich guy. But John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, George Soros, and Warren Buffet, to name a few, all are not bad rich people. Or for that matter even considered rich or worthy of being called such. Romney’s crime is that now that he is running as a republican, he isn’t a big supporter of the nanny state the left sees as a means to ensconce itself in perpetual power. That makes him earning millions and paying what the law says he should on these earnings from investments, unjust. Those “rich people” that say they are fine with the class warriors call for government to jack the rates up, while making backroom deals that allow them to not only be exempt from the new financial burdens these onerous regulations impose on people trying to get rich, but often double their earnings because government rigs the game in their favor, are not the good guys. Crony capitalism sucks. Warren Buffet telling us he is fine with higher income, estate, and even investment taxes, knowing full well that his investments will make a killing, in excess of whatever he would have to pay now, once people trying to avoid getting whacked seek some redress. And when that all comes with a huge bonus, like that big government scratching his back, by killing a deal that then sets up more of his investments to make oodles of cash, in return for his support of their power grab masquerading as a battle to redress injustice, we should be angered. It shouldn’t us think Buffet is a good guy, and it certainly shouldn’t lead to people thinking that these crooks are doing a decent thing.
It has forever bothered me that so many people fail to realize that this class warfare rhetoric is bullshit. These democrats are playing them. They do not plan to address any injustice at all! If that was the case we wouldn’t be burdened with the nonsense of the last 5 decades which have only served to make the injustices they proclaim to be addressing worse. What power is there to derive from declaring a war on poverty, racism, sexism, and so on, when you actually fix the issue? No, what the class warriors are after is to shift the power from those that have it now to them and those they approve off. That’s what the fight against big oil in favor of green energy – more like red, but I digress – is all about. That’s why Buffet and Kerry are good guys, but Romney and the Koch brothers are greedy and evil. That’s why Immelt’s GE is a good company, and Immelt gets to sit on a panel, but Ford gets told they will get the full force of the government on their back if they dare put out a commercial where they point out they didn’t get bought out, at tax payer’s expense, so democrats could secure power & wealth for one of their constituent blocks. That’s why Obama tells us flushing billions down the toilet on idiotic ventures like Solyndra or fining the energy industry for not doing something that is physically impossible is considered an “investment”, while anything done for evil oil companies are “subsidies” and in dire need of ending. That’s why they tell us government creates jobs and we need to let them funnel close to a trillion dollars to their friends, lobbyists, special interests, and campaign coffers, then blame the fact things are going south faster on everything but their idiotic wealth redistribution based social engineering policies.
What people need to understand is that the only injustice these democrats seek to address is the one where they don’t control everything. After all, they are the credentialed smart ones, and they know better than the rubes. So they should both be calling the shots and getting the rewards for doing that. That’s why Obama delivered a speech last night where big left leaning government was going to solve all the world’s problems. And these are the reasons why people should wise up. At the beginning of the last century the fellow travelers of our current crop of class warriors used the same arguments, banking on the jealousy and envy of the majority to propel them to success, through violent revolution. Now they have abandoned most of that violence – unless it is union related, I guess – because it is a dead give away of what is to follow. But the goals remain the same. And based on historical evidence, the end results will be the same too. Sooner than later. It’s the whole theory that if you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water he will get it, but if you do it to it incrementally, the dumb thing gets cooked.
Class warfare is a disgusting excuse used by power hungry scam artist to fool people into letting them do what they otherwise would never go along with. Class warriors have never fixed any injustices, history shos us that they only managed to create more of them.