Thursday, September 18, 2008

Liberalism's Hoof-In-Mouth Disease

Photo from AP's Marc Duncan

When will they ever learn that once they make their true intentions known they are doomed to failure? "They", of course, being Liberals, who have an ideal that is contrary to what most Americans believe and want - freedom.

Joe Biden was out on the stump for the Obama campaign trying to capitalize (a misnomer to be sure) on the troubled stock market and its detrimental effect on the economy by dragging out the old mantra of "tax the rich". Here's a snippet of what he said:

We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people.

Most people who have "greenis envy" (yeah, I made that up), where the Warren Buffet's and the Bill Gates's are concerned, tend to applaud such comments because they feel that these men are above them and need to be taken down a peg. But ask any one of those same people if they'd be in favor of the local constabulary clubbing such men, rifling through their pockets and doling out the subsequent proceeds to the nearest panhandler, and my bet is that the answer would be a horrified, "NO".

People have their heroes and only hear what they want to hear, so when someone like me points out this obvious move toward socialism I am castigated as a McCarthy-esque kook. "Socialism is dead", they will cackle, and make the attempt to call it something else, but when it is presented as an example that will affect them on a more personal level, they suddenly see. Case in point:

There is an old axiomatic story that I will present here. It hits the nail squarely.From
A young teenage girl was about to finish her first year of college. She considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat but her father was a rather staunch Republican.

One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to taxes and welfare programs. He stopped her and asked her how she was doing in school.

She answered that she had a 4.0 GPA but it was really tough. She had to study all the time, never had time to go out and party. She didn't have time for a boyfriend and didn't really have many college friends because of spending all her time studying.

He asked, "How is your friend Mary." She replied that Mary was barely getting by. She had a 2.0 GPA, never studied, but was very popular on campus, went to all the parties all the time. Why she often didn't show up for classes because she was hung over.

Dad then asked his daughter why she didn't go to the Dean's office and ask why she couldn't take 1.0 off her 4.0 and give it to her friend who only had a 2.0. That way they would both have a 3.0 GPA.

The daughter angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair, I worked really hard for mine and Mary has done nothing".

The father slowly smiled and said, "Welcome to the Republican Party".

Beliefs and polls are something that are shaped by the way the queries are presented. It's true that people want the "rich" to "pay their fair share", but many of them will never be convinced that that is already so. Again, ask those many people if they would accept a freshly-confiscated pile of cash from a nearby, unconscious "rich guy" and I bet that the honorable among them would decline. Further, ask them how they would enjoy being forced to hand over large sums of cash to be given to someone else and they'd likely gouge out your eyes.

Let's just see how many vote to forfeit.

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