Equality or Liberty?

Milton Friedman, being a wise man, said, quite correctly, that we cannot have both liberty and equality. You might have one, or the other, but never both. Why is this you might wonder. After all, many politicians, pundits, and media types use the two terms almost as if they were entirely interchangeable. Of course, they, quite foolishly also do this with democracy and republic, bu that is a different topic. So why can’t we have equality and liberty? Consider this story, by Nate Madden from Conservative Review

Earlier this week, four churches filed federal suit against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over its now-infamous “bathroom bill,” contending that it infringes upon their basic First Amendment rights.

The law, which went into effect at the beginning of the month, comes alongside guidance from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD):

“Places of public accommodation may not discriminate against, or restrict, a person from services because of that person’s gender identity … Even a church could be seen as a place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public.”

A similar case in Iowa popped up over the summer, where the government quickly backpedaled after enough public pressure. However, Massachusetts is a whole new ball game. Despite the protests and media coverage that blanketed the issue, it would appear that everything is going forward as written and that houses of God are now required by law to keep their views on the nature of man and woman to themselves, lest they face fines and/or up to a year in prison.

Could we have a more concise case of how “equality” as defined by the Left, and liberty, as defined by our Founders can not coexist. Equality demands that everyone, have access to any bathroom, no matter their gender or gender identity any time they wish. This, the Leftist minds believes is equality. But, shouldn’t a church have a right to decide if they have unisex restrooms, or men’s and women’s rooms? Really, I would argue shouldn’t any business hold that same right? I can argue this position because, I, unlike the Left believes in liberty. So, if a church., or business decides to have separate facilities fine. If they choose to have single stall restrooms, fine. If they decide to have restrooms open to anyone fine. That is their right.

Liberty is messy isn’t it? In a nation that has freedom of expression and speech, we will all hear and see things that aggrieve us. In a free country, we will have neighbors that live quite differently than we do, who worship differently, who hold very different views on politics, culture, and everything else. That is liberty! And liberty ensures equality of opportunity, equal treatment under the law, and protects or liberties equally. But the Left loathes such ideals for the same basic reason they loathe liberty, they are Collectivists, and Collectivism certainly demands equality be enforced by the State.

Think of what the Left’s view of equality really requires? It requires empowering the State to mandate equality. What would that mean? It would mean that the government would be powerful enough to decide what type of housing you might live in. After all, if you live in a three-story mansion and someone else lives in a trailer, that is inequality. What kind of car you might drive, because you Audi A5 and my Ford Fusion are not equal. What else might an  “Equality Enforcement Agency” take control of?

How much money you make? Check!

How much property you own? Check!

How many kids you have? Check!

Your health care? Check! Check! Checkmate!

What type of food you buy, grow, or eat? Check!

You can see how equality as defined by Collectivists and liberty, as defined by Individualists are wholly incompatible. These two competing ideologies are the root of every difference between the Left and Right. Individualism, and its values, and principles has been championed by people like Locke, Mason, Madison, Franklin, Jefferson, Prager, Williams, and Sowell. Collectivism, has been espoused by Marx, Engels, Lenin, Mao, Castro, Chavez, Obama, Clinton, and the majority of the Democratic Party. 

In closing, understand one thing about Leftist equality. That equality demands everyone, except the elites, of course, be equal. A look at the history of Communism gives us a lesson on the pursuit of Utopian equality. That pursuit has led to poverty, starvation, slavery to the State, and complete destruction of individual liberty. But, that is OK with the Left, because equality of destitution is still equality, and equality is the goal. Not success, not competition, not limited government, not pursuing your dreams. All of those are by products of liberty, and liberty, although it makes everyone’s plight better and gives true opportunity to all, leads to inequality. To the Left equality, even equality of destitution and misery is preferable to inequality. The consequences of Marxism, and all its bastard “isms” matter not. 

Have you heard the one about Venezuelans descending into the Marxist Abyss?

Because Marxism is funny to dictators

As every country that has tried it knows, not only is socialism immoral and inherently tyrannical, it does not work. Ask Venezuelans, half of whom are ready to abandon their own country. Under end stage socialism, food is scarce:

There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty.

There are horrific tales of desperate people slaughtering zoo animals to provide their only meal of the day. Even household pets are targeted as a much-needed source for food.

President Maduro is doubling down on the proven failed policies and philosophies of “Bolivarian Socialism,” while diverting attention away from the crisis — pointing fingers at so-called “enemies” of Venezuela such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and others.

A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year.

A country rich in resources has become a starvation state. But at least socialist ruler Nicolas Maduro has kept his sense of humor:

To the outrage of many in Venezuela, embattled President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday jokes about the shortages and hardship under his administration.

“The Maduro diet. Makes you hard without needing any Viagra,” said Maduro Sunday, laughing, during an exchange with the audience.

Maduro had asked a man in the audience, “why are you so skinny?” To which several people in the audience responded, on live television: “That’s the Maduro diet!”

The “Maduro diet” is what Venezuelans call slow starvation due to economic dysfunction inflicted by the socialist government.

Get that punchline? People are starving, they are unable to get medicines, medical care, or even properly bury their dead, but to Maduro, it is  funny somehow! Suffering is funny because Marxism brings equality comrades. Sure it is always equality of hunger, sickness, suffering and slavery to the State but none of that matters because equality is Utopia! No, as a wise man said, you can have equality or liberty, but you cannot have both. And the results? Well they matter not because in the pursuit of “equality” the individual seeks to matter, and in fact, becomes the enemy. And the Marxist will never admit the evil of their ideology

Hugo Chávez has been dead for more than three years, and the results of his irresponsible fiscal policies and criminally despotic rule have finally come to light in the form of pain and misery.

Images of Hospitals that look like catacombs, and prisons that have become maximum security business centers for criminals where no law applies, have become a reference when speaking about the country. But the wound goes much deeper than that.

We’re not just talking about shortages of basic staples such as toilet paper and soap, or daily electricity cuts, the five-day weekends for public employees, or about any of those stories that have turned Venezuela into a punchline with a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council. No. The economic collapse at the hands of chavista economic policies has brought something deadlier, and so much simpler: hunger.

Children who eat once or twice a day, who don’t go to school because they don’t have the energy. Families of four sharing a portion for one person. These stories have become as common as social media posts from people hunting for medicine to tend the ailments of their loved ones. This is the new kind of misery porn that has been drawing attention to Venezuela. A country that squandered close to a Trillion Dollars of oil revenue under chavista rule. Try to wrap your head around that sum for a sec. And now try to refocus on the country that today drowns in a humanitarian crisis. It’s as if the rate of the fall is proportional to the income received and wasted.

And yet, the Maduro administration remains paralyzed. If Chávez was guilty for the decisions that steered Venezuela onto this collision course, then Maduro’s sin is inaction, watching as the country crashes into the iceberg without lifting a finger, except forcefully preventing anyone else taking the helm.

Sadder still is that right now, today, in America, the nation that better than any other, illustrates how Capitalism and individual liberties benefit all, college students are being taught that Marxism and all the bastard “isms’ it spawned give power to the people, and provide for everyone’s needs. Right now, people here, in this nation, look at policies that are rooted in Marxism and swoon. Just look at both presidential candidates proposals on how to make child care “more affordable”. Of course we now have “affordable” health insurance because of Obama Care right? Yeah, how is that working out? And how about our tax code? It is confiscatory, and punitive, as graduated income taxes, another Marxist ideal, always are. Look at our out of control regulatory overlords that work for the alphabet soup of governmental agencies. 

The biggest tragedy of Marxism is that the fools who buy into its false promises never learn from the actual history of Marxism. They never learn from 110,000,000 that it killed in the last century. The gulags of the Soviet Union of the past, or from the modern-day gulags in North Korea. The trampling of liberty? Who cares about that, the lemmings want their promised free stuff. The inherent destruction of everything good that Marxism always brings? Bah, tell the lemmings what they want to hear, to Hell with facts. So, the destruction will come again, and again, and again. And people will continue to believe the lies, the sweet promises that always bring destitution and misery rather than paradise.

I can not bring my mind to envision a more disturbing scenario. History lays out, indisputably, how the American model our Founders laid out, brings prosperity, opportunity, and liberty. That same history also illustrates how the Marxist path leads to evil ends. Yet some, many in fact simply will not see. Yesterday it was Russia and China, today it is North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, tomorrow, it will be…………May God help us

It’s Time For Another White Privilege Conference, Complete With Marxist, Anti-Christian Hate (Video)

White Privilege Conference 2014: New Levels of Hate, Marxism & Anti-Christian Indoctrination – Gateway Pundit

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** WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE trains 2,400 educators to attack capitalism and Christianity in the name of defeating racism (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Progressives Today went undercover to expose the new levels of hate and race-baiting at the White Privilege Conference 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin.

The conference was filled with hate-filled rhetoric and far left lunacy.

Progressives Today released this teaser video today with much more to follow.

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Your Marxist Moron of the Day is Joy Reid

If you have never heard of Joy Reid, you are not alone, she appears on MSNBS, which has some ratings issues mainly because it is a Left wing network that hires Left wing nuts like, well, Joy Reid. The Right Scoop has a video of Reid, pretending to be both snarky and funny

I love that Reid is angry that Robertson did not see abuse of Blacks where he grew up. How the Hell does this moron know what Robertson saw in those days? She doesn’t. But, Robertson is not allowed to give his testimony about life in Louisiana in the 1950’s. NO! He must say that he witnessed horrible things, even if he did not. He dared challenge the narrative, and that is not allowed. With the Left it is all about narratives, and that includes history.

 

Your Marxist Moron of the Day David Cook

H/T The Other McCain

Who is David Cook you might ask. He is another fool embracing Marxism, despite its utter failure to result in anything positive in its’ pathetic history.

It’s right there on the list. Just before food and clothing. Right after the section on people being able to vote and participate in government.

“Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.”

It’s Article 23 on the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The 30-article document was written after the horrors of World War II (one of its primary authors was Eleanor Roosevelt) and expresses an exalted vision of what’s possible for humans here on earth.

It lists the fundamental rights we should have — any and all of us — simply by virtue of being alive.

Some things you have to earn: a ski trip to the Alps, a second home, a third set of golf clubs. Yet other things are as attached to us as our own skin. Just by being born, we have the right to worship freely or own property or have a family.

We have the right to be free from unwarranted arrest or torture or slavery.

And the right to form a union.

Yep, there you go, unions are now a natural right, what do you want to bet Cook also would list health care as a”right”. We can see, from his past columns, he hates true natural rights, like self-defense Reading over his columns, I do not think Cook is a bad guy, some of his stuff I agree with but he is misguided on what “rights” really are, but what else can we expect from a guy with a degree in Peace and Justice Studies?

 

Welcome to Marxism 101 America. ObamaCare punishes those who had insurance

Donald Douglas has a link to a WSJ piece that looks into the truth about how bad ObamaCare REALLY is. Odd isn’t it the “Affordable Care act” is proving to be anything but affordable, or Americans or America. Even odder, perhaps, is that this bill shows how little Democrats “care” about working Americans.

Another essential analysis, at the Wall Street Journal, “ObamaCare’s Plans Are Worse“:

Liberals justify [ObamaCare’s] coercive cross-subsidies as necessary to finance coverage for the uninsured and those with pre-existing conditions. But government usually helps the less fortunate honestly by raising taxes to fund programs. In summer 2009, Senate Democrats put out such a bill, and the $1.6 trillion sticker shock led them to hide the transfers by forcing people to buy overpriced products.

This political mugging is especially unfair to the people whose plans on the current individual market are being taken away. The majority of these consumers are self-employed or small-business owners. They’re middle class, rarely affluent. They took responsibility for their care without government aid, and unlike people in the job-based system, they paid with after-tax dollars.

Now they’re being punished for the crime of not subsidizing ObamaCare, even though the individual market was never as dysfunctional or high cost as liberals claim. In 2012, average U.S. individual premiums were $190, ranging from a low of $123 in North Dakota to a high of $385 in Massachusetts. Average premiums for family plans fell that year by 0.5% to $412.

Those numbers come from the 13,000 different policies from 180 insurers sold on eHealthInsurance.com, the online shopping brokerage that works. (Technological wonders never cease.) Individuals can make the trade-offs between costs and benefits for themselves. This wide variety is proof that humans don’t all want or need the same thing. If they did, there would be no need for a market and government could satisfy everybody.

That is precisely what the Obama health planners believe they can do. Regulators mandated a very rich level of “essential” health benefits that all plans in the individual market must cover, regardless of cost. This year eHealth reported that its data show individual premiums must be 47% higher than the old average to fund the new categories in the individual market.

The ugly face of Marxism has begun to show itself hasn’t it? The promise of ObamaCare is far removed from the reality of ObamaCare. But that is true of all promises made in the name of Marxism. That anyone would still defend this gargantuan power grab is inconceivable, unless you accept the truth about those people. They are Marxists, or are blindly supporting Marxism out of sheer ignorance. Even though they see the train coming, they refuse to accept that it is, indeed, a train.

 

The newest way to support the evil of Communism? Climate Justice!

Good Freaking Grief, here they go again

I told you the other day about how Warmists are making a concerted push with the “inequities” meme. I’ve seen a bunch of tweets regarding #COP19 along those same lines. Now, here comes the NY Times, which apparently received the memo about the meme

Growing Clamor About Inequities of Climate Crisis

Following a devastating typhoon that killed thousands in the Philippines, a routine international climate change conference here turned into an emotional forum, with developing countries demanding compensation from the worst polluting countries for damage they say they are already suffering.

From the time a scientific consensus emerged that human activity was changing the climate, it has been understood that the nations that contributed least to the problem would be hurt the most. Now, even as the possible consequences of climate change have surged — from the typhoons that have raked the Philippines and India this year to the droughts in Africa, to rising sea levels that threaten to submerge entire island nations — no consensus has emerged over how to rectify what many call “climate injustice.”

Growing demands to address the issue have become an emotionally charged flash point at negotiations here at the 19th conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which continues this week. (snip)

Although the divide between rich and poor nations has bedeviled international climate talks for two decades, the debate over how to address the disproportionate effects has steadily gained momentum. Poor nations here are pressing for a new effort that goes beyond reducing emissions and adapting to a changing climate.

No one uncovers the fraud of the Green is the new Red crowd like William Teach

So, much of the article goes along in the same vein. The inequity meme is part of the “climate justice” progressive talking point, deriving from their “social justice” beliefs, which come from their need to create more and more Big Government.

And what these “developing countries” want is $$$. Lots of it. Because they’ve done so great with all the money we’ve given them for other things. And because Bad Weather is never supposed to happen and the climate is always supposed to stay static.

Fraud! Scam! Many other words describe what the climate justice crowd is about, which is, in large part redistribution of wealth that will benefit the elites the most. Give Communists credit and never sell them short. Yes they are evil, yes their designs are evil, but they are doggedly determined to hold all power over us all. They will use tragedies, they will even create tragedies to use, they will lie, and threaten and will never stop. They will use good causes, like conservation, civil rights, women’s rights, education, gun safety, and of course equality etc. to get  their way. They latch onto these causes, and slowly bastardize them to push more Communist propaganda onto society. Their goal is not to actually solve problems. Their goal is to empower themselves. The greatest lie ever told? It is the Communist’s cries of “power to the people”. The people have no power under Communism, they have no rights, but they have equality, equality of misery. 

Take environmentalism for instance. There is no shame in caring for the earth, and preserving resources, nothing wrong in protecting endangered species. But the end game for Leftists who mask themselves as environmentalists, or animal rights types is not noble. Their end game is Marxism. So they dress it up and rebrand it as environmental justice because who would be against saving the earth, or elephants? No one would, but, again, that is not their goal is it? No, and it never has been.