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Just Say No…

…To Socialism.

If you’ve been with me for longer than 10 minutes, then you already realize I’m what you would call an Anti-Socialist.

While I have vast and varied views, first and foremost I stand in opposition to all forms of Socialist thought. You can call it whatever you want; Socialism, Liberalism, Leftist, Progressive, Fascist, Communist, Democrat, No Labels, Crony Capitalist, RINO, John McCain… or whatever new names they come up with to keep you confused.

Why do I oppose Socialism?  Why do I oppose a political theory that promotes Elitists exercising force over all those they deem inferior?  Why do I oppose an Ideology that has resulted in the greatest destruction to the common good, and ultimately the loss of life, in the history of the world?

I am a Free-Market Capitalist.

But what apparently sets me apart is I know what that means, which is more than I can said for the majority of our elected officials… and certainly more than our electorate.

(If you would like to join me in actually KNOWING what a Free-Market Capitalist is instead of allowing Leftists to tell you what they want you to think it is… here’s a good start:  Wealth of Nations, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, The Road to Serfdom, Freedom to Choose, The Romantic Manifesto, The Constitution of Liberty, The Age of Reason, The Law, Conflict of Visions… and the list can go on.  Come join us… it is rare air to breathe indeed.)

I will share with you, the people being demonized by the press are the people you must listen to carefully. (Actually listen to them… not whatever sound bite John Stewart or Bill Mahr decide to let you hear, followed by a studio audience of the above mentioned know nothings yucking it up and a laugh track from the fifties.)

The folks you will be told are Mean, Evil, Stupid and In the Way of your Happiness are the very individuals who, most likely, have the best interest of our amazing country at heart. And, they are the few deserving an honest, unedited, un-editorialized hearing of why they stand in opposition of more Socialism.

But let me get you started:

Socialism gets you Detroit.

Socialism gets you Mexico.

Socialism gets you Domestic Spying.

Socialism gets you incredibly horrible public schools.

Socialism gets you Unions who make promises to their members they know they can’t honor.

Socialism put’s your medical records out there for all to see.

Socialism gets you expensive, crappy health care.

Socialism gets you high taxes.

Socialism gets you high unemployment.

Socialism gets you Crony business deals.

Socialism gets a quadrupling of the money supply devaluing everything you’ve worked so hard to save.

Socialism spends your money with no consideration of reason or result, because it believes it owns the money… not you.

Socialism gets you National Debt so large you cannot possibly conceive it.  You literally can’t count that high… before you die of old age.

Socialism gets you racial hatred because without it, it dies.

Socialism gets you a bigger and bigger gap between the rich and poor, because it relies on that too.

Socialism puts self-anointed Elitist A-holes in power and keeps them there… forever.

Socialism is Force.

So the very least MY representatives can do IS NOT GET ALONG WITH SOCIALISTS.  AT ALL… EVER.

The very least MY representatives can do is say NO in the face of bigger government and more spending… or should I SAY WASTING MY MONEY.

The VERY LEAST my representatives can do IS STAND IN OPPOSITION to everything… every single thing… the Socialists want to do.

And, if they DO NOTHING ELSE… I will consider them to be doing a great job.

If they really want to impress me, then start taking apart 100 years of Socialist schemes which have not only stood in the way of this country being greater than it is, but has set it back on every level.  Doubt me?  Do you think the founding fathers would have asked the public to tolerate Domestic Spying after fighting a War in order to establish a new type of Government designed to protect the Individual, Their Freedom, Liberty and Property?  (There were plenty of “Terrorists” back then too.)

So I expect that 20% of the Republican Party who are about to be positioned as the worst people in the world… will do the right thing.

I expect them to be the Party of No!

NO!  NO!  NO!

It is the least they can do.  When I say “the least”, I mean the LEAST.

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Crony Balony

Stop insulting us!  Just because you’re afraid to call something what it is does not make it something else.  Words mean things here and Crony Capitalism means nothing as it is an oxymoronic attempt to dumb down a serious problem.  Just say Fascism.

Fascism was a term coined for the Italians during the 1930’s.  It is simply a slight, very slight, variation on Socialism/Communism (these two being kissing cousins) that earned its own name.  Fascists were willing to “allow” private ownership of property and business AS LONG AS THE OWNERS WERE MEMBERS OF THE PARTY AND FOLLOWED PARTY DICTATES which meant Mussolini was in control… as was Hitler in Germany… the idea spread throughout the middle east as well.  Fascism was just easier than jumping right to the Socialist model and seizing the factories etc.  A stepping stone to full control over all wealth.

Leftist love, because it preserves the “good” image of Socialism, to confuse this issue.  They will point out the hatred between Germany and Russia during World War Two as evidence that these were totally unique ideas and opposed to each other in every way.  It will never be said specifically how, as that might lead to further exploration… it is implied and left as fact in the students minds.  While there are reasons for this hatred they are largely monarchical in nature.  (This is for another time.)  These same people, often college professors who lean left, will also position the National Democratic Socialist Party (NAZI’s) as being “far right”… this can only be true if your paradigm consists solely of Statist political theory which theirs typically does.   Anyway, there is nothing “Far Right” about Fascism in American terms.  (If anything our “Far Right” is closer to Theocratic theory than Fascism.)  But the mission is to confuse our kids and have them believe anyone subscribing to fiscal responsibility and not redistribution are “NAZI’s”.  Stupid, but historically effective.

Enough history, back to the point… We do have a problem here and it’s not the separation of church and state.  At least not right now.  It is Fascism.  The separation of business and state.  There, I said it.  It is the control of the private sector through the Tax code, EPA and OSHA Regulations etc.  It is the reciprocal control of industry by large corporations erecting barriers to entry for competition by funding the campaigns, college educations, friends businesses etc. of elected officials. If you have enough money you can suggest (never force… only government can force) those officials to champion laws that prevent competitors from entering the market by making it too expensive.  This is not Capitalism!  It is Fascism!

It might not surprise you, but I don’t blame the businesses.  The businesses cannot force the politicians to do anything… this is where I let them off the hook.  Only the politicians can force the businesses to behave a certain way through the above mentioned methods.  Our system is beautiful in every way, but it requires the heavy burden of an electorate paying attention and a press being skeptical of all sides of the argument.  In the end, only the voters can apply force to the politicians.  What I mean is we should apply force by voting them out of office when they do not behave to our liking.  (Which we do not. As we don’t even spend the time to understand what political behavior best protects our individual freedom.)  We should force them to behave by insisting they be subject to the same laws as the rest of us.  (Which they are not. But, we do not care because “our guy” won. So what if he makes stock trades with insider information that would put you, and me, in jail.)

We have not been paying attention and have approached politics and economics as if they were separate issues.  (Which they are not.  Never have been.  The fact we think so is yet another victory for the Left.)  We have reduced our participation, in what is arguably our greatest responsibility, to something similar to rooting for our favorite football team.  Our great experiment is failing because of our neglect.  It’s pathetic and it’s our fault.  We have received what we have asked for.

Keep in mind, Fascism/Statism is always backed by those with only the best intentions, and a few with the worst.  We have all fallen for this for 100-years.

The accepted argument reads that “Greedy Capitalists will kill people in the pursuit of evil profits.”  And, “If it was not for the government stepping in, corporations would make products that kill innocent women and children.”  I offer that Socialists have won so many battles with this approach in the minds of our poorly educated population that it is the number one play in their playbook.  I would also offer that if one understands Capitalism it is not in the interest of corporations, or any business for that matter, to kill their consumers.  (I will enjoy the tobacco debate at a later time)  And finally, while we all can think of at least a couple of instances where a product has been dangerous… let us compare the sheer numbers of people killed by the private market versus those killed by the government “trying to do what is right for us because we’re too stupid to do it for ourselves”.   The road to hell is truly paved with good intentions and the Statists are busy keeping that infrastructure in good repair.

I am excited to see a more active participation in the last several years, but going from 5% of the population paying attention to 10% is not going to change our continued slide into Fascism and eventually Socialism, and the Statists know this.  Time is on their side and they know this too.  Look at it this way, Statism is a cute, purring,  furry little tiger cub and Free Market Capitalism is a cold black square drawn on plain white paper.  We need to hug, cuddle and feed the cold black square… because in time it will not grow up and eat us.

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Evil is at first Honest…

…because it never see’s itself as Evil.

If Evil is Challenged it will Deny, Obfuscate and Hide Meaning… but it always exhibits the odd characteristic of Honesty up front with Deception to Follow.

This is because We recognize it As Evil.

But Good… Good will tell you the Truth up front as well. Followed only by more of it.

And this is Where we Fall Down… We Often Fail to recognize it as Good.

Below is an Wall Street Journal Op-Ed from Charles Koch.  I’m re-printing it with a challenge.

What parts of this do you disagree with?  What parts exactly?  I’m not interested with attacks on the Koch Brothers specifically…

I want to know what Points he makes here do you find Evil?

Charles Koch: I’m Fighting to Restore a Free Society

Updated April 2, 2014 7:47 p.m. ET

I have devoted most of my life to understanding the principles that enable people to improve their lives. It is those principles—the principles of a free society—that have shaped my life, my family, our company and America itself.

Unfortunately, the fundamental concepts of dignity, respect, equality before the law and personal freedom are under attack by the nation’s own government. That’s why, if we want to restore a free society and create greater well-being and opportunity for all Americans, we have no choice but to fight for those principles. I have been doing so for more than 50 years, primarily through educational efforts. It was only in the past decade that I realized the need to also engage in the political process.

A truly free society is based on a vision of respect for people and what they value. In a truly free society, any business that disrespects its customers will fail, and deserves to do so. The same should be true of any government that disrespects its citizens. The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

More than 200 years ago, Thomas Jefferson warned that this could happen. “The natural progress of things,” Jefferson wrote, “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” He knew that no government could possibly run citizens’ lives for the better. The more government tries to control, the greater the disaster, as shown by the current health-care debacle. Collectivists (those who stand for government control of the means of production and how people live their lives) promise heaven but deliver hell. For them, the promised end justifies the means.

Instead of encouraging free and open debate, collectivists strive to discredit and intimidate opponents. They engage in character assassination. (I should know, as the almost daily target of their attacks.) This is the approach that Arthur Schopenhauer described in the 19th century, that Saul Alinsky famously advocated in the 20th, and that so many despots have infamously practiced. Such tactics are the antithesis of what is required for a free society—and a telltale sign that the collectivists do not have good answers.

Rather than try to understand my vision for a free society or accurately report the facts about Koch Industries, our critics would have you believe we’re “un-American” and trying to “rig the system,” that we’re against “environmental protection” or eager to “end workplace safety standards.” These falsehoods remind me of the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s observation, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” Here are some facts about my philosophy and our company:

Koch companies employ 60,000 Americans, who make many thousands of products that Americans want and need. According to government figures, our employees and the 143,000 additional American jobs they support generate nearly $11.7 billion in compensation and benefits. About one-third of our U.S.-based employees are union members.

Koch employees have earned well over 700 awards for environmental, health and safety excellence since 2009, many of them from the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. EPA officials have commended us for our “commitment to a cleaner environment” and called us “a model for other companies.”

Our refineries have consistently ranked among the best in the nation for low per-barrel emissions. In 2012, our Total Case Incident Rate (an important safety measure) was 67% better than a Bureau of Labor Statistics average for peer industries. Even so, we have never rested on our laurels. We believe there is always room for innovation and improvement.

Far from trying to rig the system, I have spent decades opposing cronyism and all political favors, including mandates, subsidies and protective tariffs—even when we benefit from them. I believe that cronyism is nothing more than welfare for the rich and powerful, and should be abolished.

Koch Industries was the only major producer in the ethanol industry to argue for the demise of the ethanol tax credit in 2011. That government handout (which cost taxpayers billions) needlessly drove up food and fuel prices as well as other costs for consumers—many of whom were poor or otherwise disadvantaged. Now the mandate needs to go, so that consumers and the marketplace are the ones who decide the future of ethanol.

Instead of fostering a system that enables people to help themselves, America is now saddled with a system that destroys value, raises costs, hinders innovation and relegates millions of citizens to a life of poverty, dependency and hopelessness. This is what happens when elected officials believe that people’s lives are better run by politicians and regulators than by the people themselves. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty, and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal.

If more businesses (and elected officials) were to embrace a vision of creating real value for people in a principled way, our nation would be far better off—not just today, but for generations to come. I’m dedicated to fighting for that vision. I’m convinced most Americans believe it’s worth fighting for, too.

Mr. Koch is chairman and CEO of Koch Industries.

In the End,  How is Charles Koch different from George Soros?  David Geffen?  The AFL-CIO?  SEIU?  Hollywood?

There IS a Difference…

It’s the Message.

It’s the Intent.

It’s the Vision.

Which do You Subscribe to?

The Good?  Or, The Evil?