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The end result of democracy

In the modern United States, we see the end result of democracy: a society based on desire voting itself pleasures while ignoring the accumulation of debt and decay.

Democracy distinguishes itself from other forms of government by being based on human preference alone. When the group decides it wants something, it votes for it, aided by those who want to buy those votes with promises. As a result, the entire society configures itself around desire.

Modern America features a quasi-capitalist semi-socialist state where government benefits allow many not so much to escape poverty as to have luxuries: free time from work, better cars, entertainment and the like. The pundits justify this with any number of “utilitarian” ideas which distill to buying loyalty through gift-giving. We enshrine this in altruism which seems benevolent until its contractual nature emerges: we give you stuff so you do not riot, commit crimes, etc.

This condition spreads even to the workplace where a demand for high-paying but low-obligation jobs has produced a new class of people who, with both partners working, do quite well for themselves. They all want BMWs and high-rise housing. Like the archetypal “Me generation,” they have no intention of saving for retirement or the perpetuation of family. To them, children are possessions as well designed to show off the success of family to others. A life based on desire does not include others.

Validating stereotypes

Interesting and entertaining Blog.

WARNING: may cause severe emotional trauma if combined with an unfiltered progressive worldview

Furious About Ferguson? Work to Free Shaneen Allen

Whatever we eventually learn about what happened in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, Michael Brown is beyond mortal help. The same is not true of Shaneen Allen, a 27-year-old working mother of two and robbery victim who faces an eleven-year prison term for the supposed offense of carrying a legally licensed firearm.

Like the late Mr. Brown, Allen – a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — is an African-American. She has no criminal record, and her case is untainted by allegations that she had committed a violent crime.

In planning to take the case to trial this October, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain is committing what could be construed as a race-specific violation of due process by seeking prison time: As we will shortly see, a white Pennsylvania resident who committed the same “offense” was given a pre-indictment plea deal involving two years of non-supervised probation. McClain’s proposed “deal” for Allen would have included a mandatory three and a half year prison sentence.

Allen, a medical professional who works two jobs, was victimized by a series of robberies. A concerned relative advised Allen to get a gun to protect herself and her two young children. She purchased a gun, completed a firearms safety course, and obtained official permission from the State of Pennsylvania to exercise her innate right to self-defense. However, she made the mistake of crossing the Delaware River into a different tax jurisdiction called New Jersey, where the ruling political clique is stingier in granting that supposed privilege, and refuses to recognize firearms licenses that are issued by their counterparts elsewhere in the country.

How about it folks? Is this a miscarriage of justice libs & cons can agree upon? Or is simply another 'Just Us' issue?

Beaten to Death at McDonald's

To the four clean-cut college freshman out on a double date, it had seemed like a typical McDonald's: spanking clean, well-lighted, and safe. It was in a good neighborhood too, right next to Texas A&M University in College Station -- a campus known for its friendly atmosphere and official down-home greeting: “howdy.”

Shortly after 2 A.M. that Sunday, they pulled into the parking lot of so-called “University McDonald's” and beheld a scene unlike anything portrayed in all those wholesome McDonald's television commercials. Before them, hundreds of young black males were loitering about, some without shirts.

Other local residents -- the more cynical and world-weary, both whites and most blacks -- would have taken one look at the crowd and driven off, dismissing many of the young and posturing black males as thugs. But not them: innocent white kids from the suburbs. They presumed this was post-racial America -- and that they were in an easy-going college town.

Twenty minutes later, two of them were dead.

Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter

There is this notion, one we hear more and more, that the Republican Party has to shed the social issues to seize the future. “Social issues are not the business of government!” says thoroughly modern millennial. It’s a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an article about how some young libertarians dubbed the “Liberty Kids” are taking over the moribund Los Angeles GOP. Oh, wouldn’t the political landscape be simple if we could just boil things down to fiscal responsibility? But life is seldom simple.

If you would claim to be purely fiscal, or assert that “social issues” should never be government’s domain, I’d ask a simple question: would you have no problem with a movement to legalize pedophilia?.

As a Constitutionalist , I see no Roll at all for the Feds in such Issues. Were the People of a sister State say Cali or Washington to go to such an extreme as to legalize such an odious practice it would push me close to wishing my State to cut its political bonds to the miscreants. Certainly economic boycott would be on the table as would arrest and punishment of miscreant out-of-staters falling into the hands of my own State's law enforcement agencies.

Congressman Ryan and the Ending of Poverty

Remember poor Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) who had the misfortunate to explain high levels of male inner-city poverty by a weak work ethic? He was, of course, excoriated for his heretical opinion, forced to apologize to the Congressional Black Caucus and quickly claimed that he was misunderstood. Well, he’s back and has learned a painful lesson when honestly addressing poverty.

In a 73 page report, Expanding Opportunity in America Ryan offers a statistics-laden, heavily footnoted blueprint to uplift the destitute by returning policy-making to the states and localities, increasing accountability, and upping fiscal monitoring, all the while being more flexible and innovative. It is a catalogue of wonkish cures touching on education, family life, criminal justice and job training, all of it high-sounding and decorated with lots of tables and charts.

Ryan’s dense report is probably DOA but its very existence vis-à-vis his earlier inflammatory “no work ethic” analysis illustrates a fundamental but awkward reality: when it comes to curing America’s woes, never propose anything that will require people to alter their behavior. Instead focus only on what government can bestow. The venerable adage “God helps those who help themselves” has been replaced by “Washington must help those who refuse to help themselves.” Imagine if modern medicine took this path -- Washington would spend billions on healthcare without requiring patients to change diets, exercise, visit doctors for regular check-ups or exerting any other unwanted effort, all the while all benefits are “free.”

Consider, for example, Ryan’s new “no pain, all gain” solution to hardcore unemployment. It’s entirely about administrative tinkering -- consolidating today’s 47 job-training programs in nine different agencies to save money while allowing bureaucrats additional flexibility (pp. 51-3) but only if states “ show results” in exchange for greater leeway. That’s it. Absolutely nothing about why chronic unemployment still persists or expensive past failures; reform is exclusively about bureaucratic streamlining and trimming costs. This is 100% racism-free proposal that will hardly offend those who prefer indolence. Bloated bureaucracy is the culprit, not lazy people. What a wonderfully safe way to demonstrate “compassion”!...................................................

Killer Criminal Cop in Oakland Invoke 'Nuremberg Defense' Gets Reinstated

After Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen was struck in the head by a lead-lined beanbag round during an October 25 protest in Oakland, Officer Robert Roche fired a CS tear-gas canister into a crowd of people who had gathered to help him. This act of self-indulgent sadism is hardly out of what passes for Roche’s character: As a SWAT operative, Roche has been involved in three fatal shootings, and has posted a photograph boasting of his accomplishments as a killer.

“That’s the last thing many of the more observant people I’ve `met’ have ever seen,” gloated a caption Roche composed for a photograph of himself in a prone sniper’s position. “Consider yourself fortunate.”

In response to public outrage over Roche’s criminal actions during the October 25, 2011 incident, the Oakland PD fired the officer. Last March, the city hit up the tax victims within its jurisdiction to underwrite a $4.5 million settlement with Olsen. The following month, Roche filed for arbitration to get his job back. He has now been reinstated on the force, and his attorney says that he will resume his occupation as a state-licensed killer “with all enthusiasm, with all alacrity.”

Roche was placed on paid vacation prior to his termination. He will receive two years’ back pay once he rejoins the force.
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