This post was going to be a follow up to the previous one concerning the Commerce Department's expressed desire to "help" regulate personal 401K and IRA accounts and how it was but a shadow of what the kleptocrats are proposing to do to Cypriot bank depositors. As often happens we sometimes find ourselves on different if not unexpected tangents. In this case the raving lunacy and cognitive dissonance of leftists.
|One of Our Usual Suspects|
Late Friday evening I posted the following in my local newspaper's Letters to the Editor section.
"So dear editors, why no story about the latest bail-out in the Euro zone? Come on you must have some take/comment on the forced expropriating of nearly 10% of every saving account in Cyprus.
Are you really comfortable with a bunch of political and banking elites conducting such a blatant daylight bank robbery? (Please don't tell us this is "just Europe" and it can't happen here.) Can you possible begin to grasp that this is a test balloon for even more naked thefts anytime Greece or Italy or Spain needs another round of freshly printed cash? (Well maybe not Greece as they have no money whatsoever left to expropriate.)
Can you maybe see that this just might even be connected to the announcement a couple of weeks ago that our beloved beneficent Federal government wants to get involved in "managing" our 401K and IRA accounts?
So when is the 4th estate going to return to its traditional role of being the watch dog looking out for government and institutional corruption? Or are you so imbedded in a political agenda and blind loyalty to the local banking community that you will just sweep this under the rug and hope it goes away?
Don't worry were not going to hold our breath waiting for an honest answer, or any answer for that matter I'll just be counting the minutes until this post disappears down the memory hole."
Surprisingly it was nearly 24 hours before the gaping maw of "This Comment was deleted" opened and it disappeared along with several follow ups. Had there not been numerous replies by that time it would have simply disappeared without even that trace of it existence.
What was not surprising was the viciousness and blatant hypocrisy of much of the resident leftist that regularly appear on that particular board. I refer to them as "the usual suspects," they don't seem to like it. But that aside it is the usual position of most of thes individuals to regularly condemn the "evils" of Wall Street and banking institutions. So here was a conservative making a condemnation of unelected bureaucrats and bankers and they just couldn't help themselves. Whatever tenuous commonality of interest my position may have represented was of no import to the hidebound ideological leftist mind. I was to be attacked because I am a know conservative even if that meant coming to the defense of bankers expropriating private property without any legal foundation.
I quickly pointed out that this position was both strangely contrary to their previous positions regarding banks but that it was completely in accordance with their underlying corporatist, liberal fascism. Rage, cognitive dissonance and hilarity soon ensued. The responses varied from that it didn't matter because Cyprus is a small place and very far away to that of saying that they (the banks) were just doing what needed to be done. My question to them then became "So you're saying it's ok to expropriate private property without legal authority provided those being stolen from are small in number, inconsequential or unable to effectively fight back, just so long as it needs to be done'." I then suggested that maybe then the Congress should just expropriate the bank accounts in Rhode Island or Delaware, their small, inconsequential and far away. Or maybe our city council should solve its budgetary problems by seizing the accounts of all the residents of a particularity wealthy neighborhood, there's not that many of them, and they aren't necessarily equiped to fight back. These ideas were met with silence. Knowing deeply in their corrupt little liberal hearts they would love to do exactly that I then further suggested that better yet let's seize the bank accounts of all the Jews. Again there's not that many of them and they certainly can "afford it."
|What ever you do don't point out their continuity of thought with these guys.|
Unveiling their inner fascist hearts really unleashed the vitriol and personal attacks, as was to be expected particularly as this conversation was a follow on to my bring to their attention former Supreme Court Justice Souter's comments that the greatest threat to the Republic comes not from foreign invasion or military coup but from widespread and blatant ignorance of civics and how law function and the absence of teaching history as the foundation to current events. and the critical interplay between the two.
Needless to say this was too much for both my 'Usual suspects" and apparently the powers that be at our local newspaper as I soon found myself on the "you do not have permission to post" list......again.
So then don't ever expect a leftist to be able to grasp the fundamental difference between industrial capitalism and financial manipulation. Neither expect them to accept the fact that history plays a crucial role in the unfolding of current events In short they are children who never grew up.
When confronting them with George Santayana famous admonition you can expect their reaction to to be either a blank stare of incomprehension or rage for daring to point out their immaturity such as is demonstrated by they bullying I noted above. Particularly so if you use the entire quotation; "Progress far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. In the first stage of life the mind is frivolous and easily distracted, it misses progress by failing in consecutiveness and persistence. This is the condition of children and barbarians in which instinct has learned nothing from experience."
I've already decided that my next screen name at the paper will be "Itching Powder" it is so much fun getting under their skin.