Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Politicizing Liberty

Politicizing Liberty

If Obama has demonstrated anything in nearly seven years of a chaotic and incompetent presidency, it is that he despises Western principles and ideas, and would like nothing better than transform our carefully crafted and noble republican experiment into a third-world-like autocratic, socialist kleptocracy, not unlike Indonesia, where he spent many of his formative years. 
When President Obama emphatically declared, in the wake of the recent Oregon shooting, that he intended to politicize his campaign to implement “common sense gun control” (which in his mind means Australian-like confiscation) my mind turned to a man most unlike Obama, the Greek philosopher Socrates. Socrates died because his fellow citizens politicized everything, and did not recognize individual liberties. So when Obama calls on Americans to politicize “gun control” he is deliberately and mischievously using the language of democracy to promote tyranny, just as Athenian “democrats” tyrannized their nation two millennia ago.

In 399 B.C. the citizens of Athens convicted Socrates of corrupting the city-state’s youth and for impiety. For this he was sentenced to death, compelled to drink a potion of hemlock until he expired.  In reality, the public “gadfly” (in his student Plato’s words) had run afoul of the state’s elites by questioning their intelligence, probity, and competence. Athens was a democracy, but not one that guaranteed individual liberty. It was in fact, a tyrannical democracy that politicized (and by extension criminalized) any activity that the elites could convince a majority of the citizenry was improper or inconvenient.  (The Full Wonderdfulness)



Sent to our attention by the Tarlow-Skoonj Trust; "A brilliant (and scathing) essay")

I'm afraid I've become a "truth elitist;" that is, I've found it impossible anymore to argue politics with people who get their news from The Daily Show; their history from books written by Howard Zinn, and are whom Cloward & Piven would travel with.  Hey, I did say elitist.  Anyway, my way will not win battles, so active word warriors, and the nation needs you, will do well to read and inculcate stuff like this while proselytizing the crap out of  the stupid bastids (whose lazy answer to problems is wearing pastel colored ribbons)

USA UAS USA

7 comments:

Stu Tarlowe said...

Rodger, ya know I love ya, Man, but please spell my name right. Thanks!

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Yikes! Sorry Stew.

Anonymous said...

Its damn near impossible to discuss and reason with people that dismiss anything they disagree with as 'hate'. And they also treat differences of opinion as personal attacks. They are some delicate little sh*ts. I ALWAYS laugh at leftists that call others bigots. They don't seem to own a dictionary.
Tim

Skoonj said...

Stu, Not to worry. I don't think Raja even knows who Skoonj was.

Stu Tarlowe said...

Well, frankly, I'm not entirely sure (although you've probably told me) whether your moniker is a tribute to Carl Furillo of the Brooklyn Dodgers, or to your own fondness for scungilli
(of which I'm rather fond myself, and also calamari).

Skoonj said...

Stu, yes, you nailed it. Skoonj was the nickname of Brooklyn right fielder Carl Furillo. He was called Skoonj because he was slow as a snail getting down the line to first base. So you nailed it on both ends!

Anonymous said...

Athenian democracy killed Socrates because it had become subject to great emotional fevers resulting from the changes made to the laws regarding who could vote. After the defeat of the Persian navy at Battle of Salamis, the law was changed from only landed citizens (those who had made up the bulk of the infantry in times of war), to all citizens. This was to reward the poor landless naval personnel who had rowed the ships to victory against great odds at a critical time.
Luigi

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