Thursday, August 30, 2012

F*ck the Rich? Thank the Rich!

The OccupyRNC is a small group of Occupy types that have gathered to protest the Republican National Convention.  They number in the tens.  Maybe almost a hundred.  These people are fully supported by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat party and are getting a lot of attention from the left leaning press.

But they do say some interesting things that reveal the agenda of the Occupy movement.  Watch the video as this OccupyRNC genius explains his world view.

Aside from the obvious snarky responses (he is holding an expensive camcorder and wearing clothing manufactured by rich capitalists while decrying the role of the rich) his point of view deserves some serious examination.

"The rich re-allocate wealth from the environment and its inhabitants"   This is completely untrue.  The rich create wealth by adding value.  Copper ore in the ground is a resource in the environment and it is worthless.  Copper that has been mined, smelted, and forged into tubes is of far greater value.  The man who got rich by adding all that value did not steal wealth, he created it.  The wealth in that copper ore exists only in the abstract.  It takes effort, capital, and reason to transform it into something of value.  The Marxist view that all wealth is stolen is false.

The rich have 'lavish parties for themselves while people starve.  This narrative is a non-sequitur. The two things have nothing to do with each other.  His view seems to be that no one should have more than anyone else until everyone has enough food.  Yet he stands there holding an expensive camcorder, purchased with money that could have been used to save a village in Africa.  Hypocrisy aside, he has things backwards.  Hunger and starvation are pre-existing human conditions throughout human history.  The only societies that have been able to banish hunger are the rich capitalist ones.  We not only do not have people that are starving, our poor people are fat.   It is the rich capitalists that create the means for the poor to live better than in any other time in history.

Where is his ideology used successfully?  "Freetown Christiania...Somalia...Afghanistan.."   Freetown Christiania is a small commune that supports about 850 people.  It is located in the center of one of the most modern western cities, and is clearly not self-supporting.  It is also not large enough to qualify as an example for an entire nation.  He claims that Somalia and Afghanistan are successful examples???  If that is success, then I want no part of it.  These are two of the poorest and most barbaric places in the entire world.  One country survives on an illegal heroin trade, the other by piracy.  I can't think of two worse places to use as an example.  This is the vision that Occupy-democrat axis has for us: Somalia and Afghanistan.

"Sure [the rich] can create jobs, but what we really need is housing and food"  How does he think housing and food are created??  Is he so far removed from reality that he no longer understands that these things have to be created?  Food does not grow on trees.  Well, OK, some food does.  But you know what I mean.  There is no food without the farmer and his employees.  There is no housing without the carpenter and the mason.  Jobs are just a way to add economic value for those that cannot create it independently.  Jobs are ways in which the rich give access to capital to others so that they may be more productive.  Who adds more value to the process of building a house?  20 men with their bare hands, or 20 men working for companies that use bulldozers, cranes, and other tools that are purchased with capital??  Obviously men using tools are more productive.  That is why even the lowest skilled laborer in this country is richer than 90% of the rest of the planet.  We have rich people that use their capital to make us all richer.  We should thank the rich, not f*ck the rich.

I hope this give you some insight into the madness and wrongheadedness of the occupy movement.  Remember that this movement is fully supported by the Democratic party. 

Think about that at election time. 

You are choosing between a capitalist future of un-evenly distributed wealth, and the Marxist-Democrat future of evenly divided poverty and violence.

On the Deck of the Titanic

Almost four years ago America looked at the two presidential candidates and chose the one we wanted to lead our country. We chose the path we wanted to take.

Aided and abetted by the leftist media, Obama was elected to the Presidency. 

Many people were excited and there was talk of how this was a watershed moment in America.  And they were right.  This election will be looked at as a critical inflection point in world history.

It will be seen as the moment that America decided to commit suicide.

When you look back at the decline and fall of the many empires that have gone before us, it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when they became doomed.   But we shall not be burdened with this challenge.  We will know. 

We gave up our ideals and our identity as we elected this closet-Marxist to the highest office.

His prescription for America was billed as an elixir that would cure all of our ailments.  What he was offering was hemlock.  Over the past four years we have consumed a steady diet of this Marxist-Keynesian poison and the results are becoming clear. We are dying as a nation.

Ours is a nation of ideas.  This is what makes us unique in the world and in history.  Our identity is not based on our tribal origins, or our religion, or even history.  Our identity is based on the ideas enshrined in the Constitution.   We have had astonishing success over the past 200 years as this empire of ideas had conquered the world.

Americans dominance in every field of endeavor has made us wealthy beyond the wildest dreams of the kings and emperors of yore.  It enables event the poorest among us to live better than anyone else in the world by any measure you care to take. This wealth has also generated envy and hatred for America.

This envy and hatred does not come only from our enemies.  It also festers here at home.  Since the turn of the century there has been thread of progressivism and populism running through America.  Both of these terms are designed to mask the true identity of the socialist ideology lying just under the surface of these movements.

Well, the people that despise American ideals have finally ascended to the highest office in the land.  The short term results are bad and will continue to echo for many years to come.  But the long term results will be disastrous for the United States and the entire world:

·       Radicalized Islamic nations have risen throughout the Middle East with the support and approval of the Obama administration.   This crescent of Muslim Brotherhood-green will result in wars, oil embargoes, genocide, the repression of millions of women and non-Muslims.

·       Obama has deliberately spent us in to $15 trillion in debt and counting.  Our debt levels will cripple us financially for the foreseeable future.  Every American will be poorer in the future due to the wanton and wasteful spending.  Unlike previous spending binges, we don’t have anything to show for it.  At least FDR gave us some dams and roads.  This administration has simply squandered the money.

·       Our military folly of fighting a war in which we have pre-announced the date of our surrender, plus the looming budget cuts to the Air Force and Navy, will embolden our enemies and leave us unable to project power across the globe.  When America is weak, our enemies will act.  Our military weakness will certainly lead to a shooting war or the wholesale abandonment of our allies.  God help Israel if the Arabs invade in a few years.   Weakness encourages aggression, and we will be the targets of plenty of aggression.  It is not inconceivable that this devolves into World War III.

·       A nation of dependents cannot survive.  The Obama administration has encouraged and created dependency to record levels.  We are nearly at the tipping point where more people will get benefits than there are people paying in.  As Tocqueville point out, we cannot survive when the people can vote themselves more ‘freebies’.  Reducing our dependency levels will be very painful and may well result in the sort of street riots that we saw in Greece.  We may well already be past the point of no return, where the political forces driving spending cannot be reined in. 

Many disasters unfold slowly.  But there is always a point of no return where the result is inevitable.  The Titanic was doomed long before it started to take on water because the mass and speed of the ship meant it could not turn fast enough to avoid the collision.  The people on that ship were effectively dead long before they even knew something was wrong.

Think about the fact that proposed small decreases in the rate of spending increase are met with howls of protest and remember that we have to actually cut spending 40% just to stop adding to the national debt.   Obama may have set us on a course with an iceberg that it is too late to avoid, and like the Titanic, we are doomed to sink and perish and there is nothing on earth that can stop that now.