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Back Again

Posted by jemartynowski on November 30, 2009

Well, it’s been forever, but I need to make a comeback.   There have been so many things that go against what I believe coming to the forefront of politics and the news recently that it was almost an overload.

Now, it’s time to wise up.   Stop being one of those people who doesn’t think you need to actually use your freaking brain.

I’ve seen a disturbing trend recently when looking for opposing viewpoints to read to edumacate myself:   There is no opposing argument.   No, it’s not that there aren’t any people out there calling capitalism and objectivism stupid.   It’s just that they don’t bother to tell you why.

The opposition to capitalism can be summed up by this exchange:

Collectivist:   Capitalism is obviously stupid.  Whoever still believes in it is a dumb poop-head.
Objectivist:   Why?
Collectivist:   If you don’t already know than you’re obviously too dumb to get it.   Idiot.
Objectivist:   Umm, OK.

I hate collectivism.   But what I hate even more is when someone has an opposing viewpoint but refuses to make an argument for it.  Am I missing something?   If you really believe something, wouldn’t you try to educate someone who doesn’t get it?

Anybody see the same things I’m seeing?  Anything different?   Anything at all?

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Socialist’s View of Capitalism

Posted by jemartynowski on August 25, 2009

I had one of those great discussions yesterday with my fiance where someone asks you a question and your own answer helps clarify philosophies using real world examples.  See, she was talking about an auto dealership she was working with.  This dealership was a very successful GM lot and was one of the best in a very crowded area.  Then, shortly after the auto bailouts and government takeover of GM, they received a letter via UPS :  You have a month (or something like that) to sell all of the new cars on your lot.  If you do not accomplish this, anything left will be taken and given to another (it listed a specific) dealership.

This, to the dealership, was a shock.  They knew there were going to be some lots shut down, but why theirs?  It was one of the best in the area.  My fiance rightly posed the question, “why, no matter how crazy the government is, would they shut down the best dealerships?” 

The answer is two-fold:  first, the rival dealership in the area has very strong political ties to the Democratic party.  They actually wrote letters to local politicians to encourage them to shut down others.  Obviously a terrible thing.  The second is very telling when it comes to the leftist, socialist views now taking hold in our country:  socialists have a very distorted view of capitalism.

The leftists in power nationally, and to a larger degree locally and for a long time here in Cleveland, think that those who are successful in a capitalist society did not earn their success.  They believe the successful are such because they cheated, lied, and stole.  It is not possible that someone not as smart and awesome as themselves could amass any wealth.  It must be ill-gotten.

The reality is pretty far from that.  Ownership of property and self are much better than the alternatives:  ownership by government and the collective.  Socialism is not far from the old styles of government run mostly by dictators and monarchs.  Your self is not yours.  In those forms of government only force dictates who owns what.  Whether it is once person or the collective, they only own things based on the threat of force.  In a capitalist society, only you can own you.  It is the only form of a community that does not require force or the threat of it to determine ownership.

So, that is why socialists decide to shut down successful companies and give to others.  They will give to those who they stand to gain from.  Welcome to the new America.

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Honduras: When Democracy Becomes Tyranny

Posted by jemartynowski on August 3, 2009

I think we can learn a lesson right now from what is going on in Honduras.  Here, in the United States of America, we live by rule of law.  It is how we maintain, sort of, a capitalist society.  People must not be allowed to use force on anybody else.  The laws we have were created to prevent any one person or majority from doing as they pleased to the minority.  Created as it was, the republic was to stop tyranny by majority.  Even James Madison, father of the Constitution, said about democracy “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.”

With the current administration, the government is doing just that.  They believe, and have said so, that since they are the majority, they can do whatever they damn well please.  When questioned about Republican criticism of his plans, President Obama said, basically, we won so shut up. 

What really kills me is that there are many Americans on both sides of the aisle that say, “yep.  He’s right.”  No, he’s not.  He needs to follow the rule of law like anyone else.  He only has certain, enumerated powers according to the Constitution.  Too many of the opposition even thinks that since he won he can do what he pleases.  But that’s not what capitalists are all about. 

How does all of this relate to Honduras?  I’m glad you asked.  To recap, the president of Honduras was trying to change the rules so he could run the country for longer than he was supposed to be allowed.  The country’s constitution was being threatened by one man who was trying to take more power than it was supposed to have.  That sounds familiar. 

Then, the supreme court of Honduras issued a court order to have President Zelaya detained and removed from office, as they are constitutionally obliged to do.  The military carried out this order with no violence involved.  It was exactly as a civilized society should do.  But the socialist leaders of the world, including Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama, claimed that something was terribly wrong even though nothing, really, was. 

“Oh my goodness!  This man was elected by the people!  His will should be done no matter what!” they say.  Not true.  He, like our own president, has no right to expand his power unconstitutionally.  There is no reason a free nation should be backing away from the situation and even, as many have, support the ousted ruler.  In fact, we should be supporting the courts and the laws that helped create a free nation there. 

Obviously, there are some pitfalls that must be avoided.  If our executive branch was strong, yet compassionate to the free people of Honduras, it would support the non-violent move while issuing warnings that they would only be supported if they continued to do things the peaceful way, the interim president steps down as he says and new elections are held.  Everything can be done peacefully and correctly.  The socialist leaders of the world support Zelaya because many of them took their power by doing the exact same things.  They eliminated term limits.  They then give things away and let the majority rule and take what they want from the minority.

What lessons should we learn?  We should learn that massive expansion of powers to one branch of our government is a bad thing.  It is supported by bad people because that’s how bad people become tyrants.  We want to avoid mob rule disguised as social justice.  No, I don’t support a military coup or anything like that.  I just support the American citizens becoming wise and not being dumb enough to support those who want to take freedoms from us.  We are by no means at the same scary point as Honduras, but we want to stop ourselves before we get there.

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Obama Keeps Making My Point

Posted by jemartynowski on July 24, 2009

I’m back! I’ve been busy and out of town but I’ll be posting again on current events. There’s a ton of stuff, but I wanted to touch on one thing:

Barack Obama is a turd. We knew this already. But then he said this:

“Right now, doctors, a lot of times, are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. So if … your child has a bad sore throat, or has repeated sore throats, the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, “You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.”

Now, that may be the right thing to do. But I’d rather have that doctor making those decisions just based on whether you really need your kid’s tonsils out or whether it might make more sense just to change — maybe they have allergies. Maybe they have something else that would make a difference.”

Now, let’s try to ignore for a moment that he basically just smeared most ear, nose, and throat specialists out there.  Instead let’s focus on that fact that he is making crap up and getting away with it.  How many people right now are going, “Yeah!  Those a-hole doctors are screwing me and my kids!”  First, if doctors on a wide scale, or even a small scale, doing unnecessary procedures, there’s already a law against that.  They would be sued and taken down.  Second, if it was a question of cost, it would usually be cheaper to take the tonsils out than to have a lifetime of allergy treatments, dumbshit. 

OK, that’s enough of that.  The REAL problem here is that some idiot politician will be in the business of making medical decisions under a socialist healthcare plan.  Do you really want a d-bag who couldn’t do anything in the real world so he became a politician making decisions regarding your surgery?  I didn’t think so. 

Hopefully enough people are starting to see this moron and his cronies for exactly what they are:  socialist jerks with a need for power to accomplish their goals.  Eventually, they will control everything we do.  I feel bad for our kids.

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The Travesty of National Health Care

Posted by jemartynowski on June 19, 2009

Many may think the fight going on right now  is just an argument of how our health care system can be better run.  It is not.  It is the debate over one of the most important turning points in history.  The reasoning for this is that government being in control of our health care industry is a justification for tyranny.  Understand this:  the reason us Constitution defenders are so passionate is that we want a government who cannot control our lives at their whim.  Now we have a perfect example why.  Here is a quote from columnist and author Mark Steyn about Britain’s National Health Service: 

“Under Britain’s National Health Service, for example, smokers in Manchester have been denied treatment for heart disease, and the obese in Suffolk are refused hip and knee replacements. Patricia Hewitt, the British Health Secretary, says that it’s appropriate to decline treatment on the basis of ‘lifestyle choices.'” Steyn adds, “Smokers and the obese may look at their gay neighbor having unprotected sex with multiple partners, and wonder why his ‘lifestyle choices’ get a pass while theirs don’t. But that’s the point: Tyranny is always whimsical.”

We don’t want a government who decides what lifestyle choices we make.  I would think those who are so against the mixing of religion and politics, despite being a bit misguided, would understand this more than anyone.  However, these are just the people who are for this type of government.  Obviously, the American people don’t understand what they are getting themselves into (or can’t go back and fix their mistake).  I hope, though, that we are not distracted enough by a suit with a teleprompter so badly that we turn a blind eye to our nation being stolen from us.  I’m not holding my breath.

 

UPDATE:  http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Promises-Promises-Obamas-apf-396436588.html?x=0&&printer=1

This article makes a good point with a solid quote from an independent organization saying that the only way Obama could promise these things is if here were “king.”  Somehow I don’t see the main stream media calling him out for these blatant lies, but maybe because that’s because they think he actually is king.

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Some Good Stuff

Posted by jemartynowski on June 2, 2009

I had mentioned before about IMAO posting some awesome capitalist propaganda, but this one was so good that I’m still turned on.  I haven’t read the book The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible, but I certainly want to do so now.

A great example of a hired man in a hat (from the video) taking stuff from us is going on right now.  As of yesterday, we, the taxpayer, are 60% owners of General Motors.  Why are we buying this company?  Because they are crappy, miserable, and run like a bunch of drunken monkeys are in charge.  That’s no reason for charity.  By the way, that’s all this is.  It’s welfare, but on a much larger scale.  Rather than a person who screwed up a small business or can’t hold a job, it’s a gigantic company who, despite millions of dollars into R & D, couldn’t determine their ass from a hole in the ground. 

Don’t trash us capitalists for knocking charity, though.  Giving to those in need is fine if it is to someone or some organization that is actually trying to do better.  Just don’t force us to do it using personal guilt via the government.  This quote from Ayn Rand’s The Objectivist says it best:

The fact that a man has no claim on others (i.e., that it is not their moral duty to help him and that he cannot demand their help as his right) does not preclude or prohibit good will among men and does not make it immoral to offer or to accept voluntary, non-sacrificial assistance.

It is altruism that has corrupted and perverted human benevolence by regarding the giver as an object of immolation, and the receiver as a helplessly miserable object of pity who holds a mortgage on the lives of others—a doctrine which is extremely offensive to both parties, leaving men no choice but the roles of sacrificial victim or moral cannibal . . . .

Which brings us back to the video.  People force you to give up freedoms in the name of many good things.  That doesn’t make it right.

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