Due to travels and work (about 2,300 miles on the road) this week, I’ve had little chance to do the usual in-depth review of the news and provide comments in detail. However, here are some things that just cry out for comment.
First are a couple of quotes wandering around the internet. Several people sent these to me; I will thank Scott and Steve for them.
Our right to defend ourselves under attack
Chicago gun violence now to end – a quote and commentary
Won’t fix gang violence: “If we were to pursue a tax on something like guns and ammo, clearly that wouldn’t be popular with the [gun lobby] out there, and it may not generate $50 million, but … it is consistent with our commitment to pursuing violence reduction in the city and in the county.” –Kurt Summers, chief of staff to Cook County (Chicago) Board President Toni Preckwinkle (You can find this referenced in a Chicago Tribune opinion piece. )
Chicago’s city fathers (read, the nutcases in charge of one of the three most powerful and largest cities in the nation) this week decided on the major cause of gun violence in that city (Now #1 in the nation and climbing – if that is possible: “This year, 346 people have been killed in Chicago, up 31 percent from the same period last year, while shootings are up 8 percent citywide. The homicides have been concentrated mostly in the city’s South and West Sides, where gun violence has been rampant.”)
NATHAN: What is that cause? Guns don’t cost enough. So they raised taxes on them; or at least they are trying to do so. (Chicago Area Proposes First Local Tax on Guns, Bullets – WSJ.com) Never mind that most criminals don’t pay taxes on what they steal (but isn’t that obvious?), or that until Chicago DOES contract with OCP and put up that “Chicago Wall” around the city they so desperately want, with fifty versions of Checkpoint Charlie, that you can buy guns other places and bring them into the city. (Indeed, Walter Williams has proposed that California do the same, but with the intent of keeping the wealth of its celebrities and businesses from escaping to other states: A Modest Proposal). I am sure that the price of guns in Chicago, like that of drugs, will go up quite nicely. And Chicago’s crime rate will start dropping. Right after Dorothy and Toto get back home.
A second quote also piqued my interest, similarly found on line and provided by several friends.
Environists and Tranzi enemies of liberty
Outside the Constitution
Rule of men becomes tyranny: “What people don’t understand is sometimes we have to step outside the boundaries of the Constitution to get things done. Laws are made to protect corporations and we need laws that protect Mother Earth.” –environist Paula Hern on-line at the Washington Examiner.
NATHAN: Just in case you wondered what attitude a lot of these people have. They condemn christians who put God and God’s word ahead of the Constitution, but scratch not far under the surface and you find that religious fanatic (green, Gaea, etc.) that I’ve been talking about for years.
Are these people fascists? Some, yes: the classic definition of totalitarian/authoritarian partnership between government and corporations fits many. It is only SOME corporations that Hern and her ilk condemn: their organizations are all corporations and they enjoy the protections of the state (dubious as they sometimes are) well enough.
Indeed, we can see that these are Transnational Fascists or Socialists or Progressives: Tranzis. It is not just the United States Constitution that they work “outside of” but EVERY document, EVERY system, that is designed to try and protect the God-given rights of humans. This is a bizarre mix of tribalism (“those who are not of my immediate blood and group (clan, tribe, lineage, dynasty) are not really human, and I can do whatever I want to with them.”) and a lot of other things: paganism (transformed into earth-worship with big host new-age, feminist, darwinist things mixed in), and something that amounts to worship of the State. (The old LP’s overblown rhetoric about railing against the cult of the omnipotent state is seeming to be more and more just the plain truth.)
As I have said, before, the attitude of these people is that of the ancient dynasties of the pharaohs of Eygpt: they are godlike (and therefore the only REAL humans) and will tell the mere mortals what to do and how to do it because they deserve the highest standard of living technology and slavery can bring them: the rest of us are (at best) useful tools and a source of servants and raw materials. It is the philosophy of evil, of men making themselves gods and ends in darkness.
If we take them at face value and believe that they are doing these things because they really believe that the earth is sacred and we are destroying it, or for some bizarre love of the masses which must be saved, we are doomed to fail to defeat them. Just as the ancient kings of Mesopotamia and Egypt and Anatolia and Greece and Italy and India and China and Africa did it for the power and the wealth and their own vain glory, people like Hern exercise their greed and consider the rest of us no more than ants or cattle to be used.
Fortunately, as history has shown time and time again, resistance is NOT futile.