I’m not saying that it is Oregon itself that causes such strange behavior, but there sure are some strange people there. And the fact that they elected this guy should give one pause. And it is not the first time the people of Oregon have elected a nut. Merkely was from there, too, and while he didn’t wear a tiger suit, his expressed ideas were every bit as nutty.
Archive for February, 2011
enjoy reading VDH.
When I was a very young man, I built horse trailers. It was a dirty, nasty job with dirty, nasty co-workers. It was at a place I will call “Johnson” (not the real name, of course). I got the job because a buddy (now also a Ph.D. in the same field I am in) worked there and got me on. Of course, he worked in a much nicer “shop” than I did–he was in the “finish shop” while I was in the “prep shop” where we got trailers ready for painting. I think I had primer boogers for months after that job.
But my buddy and I usually sat down and ate our lunches together. One day we were sitting there and an older guy walked by (gee, he was ancient; he must have been 30!). My buddy turned to me and said (after looking at this guy), “I’m not going to be a Johnson lifer.” It was then I became determined to go to college. What’s funny is that my buddy also escaped the “lifer” fate.
I think that if you haven’t done hard labor in your life, you have missed out. Parents often try to “protect” their kids from such hard work and noxious environments, but in some ways that is a mistake. Those days of primer boogers and a guy next to me who wore three masks (the middle one soaked with paint thinner so he could get high) were invaluable to me. Those days were not fun–I had to BE at work by 6am each day. And the work was less than ideal. But it paid well and that’s how I earned money for college. It also changed my life in important ways. A small part of who I am today is a result of my time at Johnson Trailers.
say that NAZI-ism is not socialism?
Well, the main issue is that the left (and public school teachers are generally hard to the left) is frantic to say that NAZI-ism is not Leftism. Most people realize that NAZIs were evil (and there are countless movies about that, “NAZI” is generic term of disgust and disapprobation, and Bush was called “Hitler” over and over. When the left doesn’t like someone, they call him a NAZI [see Wisconsin]), but fewer people realize how evil Stalin and the USSR were. So in an effort to paint themselves as “virtuous,” the left needs to make NAZI-ism as evil as possible (not very difficult) and to either not mention the Soviets at all or to downplay their crimes. See, they are on the side of the USSR and so they don’t want to criticize it. The best way to avoid that is to simply say the obvious–that NAZI-ism was evil. And since Germany and Russia were on opposite sides (and the USSR out of convenience sided with the west), well, that deal is done.
Why? Because those people have historically controlled the media and they were and still are very sympathetic to the USSR, communism, and leftism in general. Many (though by no means all) will admit that they are hard left. Now it makes it easy that Hitler and Stalin did not get along and ended up fighting each other, but that was not because their economics differed much, it is because they, ahem, could not share power. But they were both Sauron (sorry for the geeky Lord of the Rings references).
But an actual review of history shows that there were only minor differences between Hitler and Stalin. They were both despots and mass murderers (and Stalin killed a whole lot more than Hitler, though that is a small comfort…). They both had fundamentally the same economic world view. Heck, NAZI is an acronym for “National Socialism!”
We need to understand that the Gulags and the ovens and force in general are a characteristic of leftism. Yes, there may be differences in degree at times (though often the difference is just in how many people are at your disposal to kill). But the key here is that the left has always relied on force. That is not an aberration. That’s not a bug, it’s a feature! Stalin and Hitler certainly made all they could out of this particular feature…
It’s a great quote:
We are socialists. We are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are determined to destroy this system under all conditions.
OK, who said that? Eugene Debs? Joseph Stalin? Trotsky?
Adolf Hitler, 1927
Look, many of you have been fooled by teachers (who likely didn’t know better) and others that NAZI (National Socialist is the source of the acronym) ideology was somehow different than communism, that it was somehow NOT socialism. That is a ruse. NAZI-ism IS socialism! Any difference is quite minor, indeed. Time to understand the history, and your teachers often wouldn’t have known history if they stepped in it. And I’m talking about both high school and college teachers.
Krauthammer notes that the conservatives have “crossed the Rubicon.” Yeah.
So what is the Rubicon? It is a shallow river in Northern Italy. In ancient Rome, this marked the boundary between the northern provinces and Italy itself. No general could have imperium in Italy itself, and commanding troops there for most people was a capital crime. It was also a capital crime to obey a commander in Italy who was exercising imperium in Italy proper.
So Julius Caesar was commanding troops in Cisalpine Gaul, north of Italy proper. He marched on Rome, and once he crossed the Rubicon, he was in Italy proper, and was subject to getting his head cut off if captured. So were all his troops. So truly they had gone past the point of no return once they crossed the Rubicon, and it was either be the victor or the executed.
Conservatives have also crossed a sort of Rubicon. Humpty Dumpty has fallen, and all the king’s horses and all the kings me can’t put him back together again. We either get serious about our financial problems or we die as a country. And things will really get nasty if all the institutions of civilization go down. Better be armed, better have a food supply (and water), and you better have propane for your gas grill. Get at least a small garden.
You think I am just being an overwrought conservative, a doomsayer. OK, but understand that things are going to get hairy if the crap hits the fan. I sincerely hope it doesn’t. I don’t think it will. But then again, people never think it will when it actually does…
the Politically Incorrect Guide to Socialism and it is surprisingly good. Especially those of you who have sympathies for the left ought to read it. I hope you will.
in the U.S. Don’t kid yourself, this is the end result of all socialized medicine. This is what the U.S. is hurtling toward.
visiting SF. Because it snowed there for the first time in 35 years. Good thing there is so much Global Warming! Yeah, I get it, climate is not local weather. Still…
oil production, and now the Middle East is going to Hell in a handbasket. Charming. What on earth are these people thinking? I use the term “thinking” very loosely, obviously.
If we had drilled two years ago (as many of us urged then), we would not be in the bind we are in now. Hello? McFly? It was really stupid to elect Obama and his mindless shills in the first place. I hope that we as Americans have learned our lesson!
I swear people with these “Coexist” bumper stickers are smug, crap-eating morons. It’s sad that they have been so duped that they would deface their own car with such nonsense. I think it is just a holier-than-thou expression, particularly in conservative places. They are desperately trying to show that they are not the average bear.