by baldilocks

The Left has been building America up for overt communism/socialism/marxism/progressivism—henceforth called leftism–for a long, long time. Most educational systems have long ceased to educate their charges properly.They baldilockshave ceased to define objectively the concepts of leftism, small-l liberalism, capitalism, basic economics and, of course, history. Specifically, educational systems stopped calling leftist concepts and ideologies by name. This made it easier to present these principles as good and necessary–present them as rights.

The accepted and assumed “truth” that leftist principles are rights is virus-like. It has become so pervasive that, when those who are properly educated, formally or otherwise, try to explain how and why such principles aren’t rights guaranteed by the US Constitution and how the implementation of these “rights” has bankrupted this nation and how it has radically altered life in this country for the worse, explainers get labeled adversely: racist, Nazi, Uncle Tom, fascist, Aunt Jemima, sexist, tool of the Patriarchy, or some combination thereof, depending on the coating and plumbing of the Cassandra in question. And, these labels stick for the same reason–because the definition and history behind those terms isn’t taught either. So, for example, instead of a Nazi being defined as someone who oppresses a set of persons, a Nazi is defined as someone who stops another from oppressing a set of persons.

And, in the wake of the sowing of those seeds, the human emotions of covetousness have further softened the ground for Leftism. The idea of profit beyond a certain limit being morally wrong stems from nothing but envy. Therefore, if the regular Jane knows nothing about government or economics or history except for the distorted topical versions dispensed by the average public educational system, the average university system and/or the seven o’clock news, she can be convinced, for example, that nationalizing the oil industry will bring down her gasoline bill. She can be convinced that corporations are the enemy of the worker. She can be convinced that their money is her money—stolen out of her pocket. She can be convinced that all profits of other individuals and corporations belong to her and those like her. She can be convinced that the great, almighty government can save her and everyone from the dastardly, mustache-twirling corporations. And, ultimately, she can be convinced that the icon of Hope and Change—the very flowering of the Leftist transformation plan for America–can and will make all of her dreams come true.

And so it is that the Cassandras, eloquent though they may be, will go unheeded for the most part.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

If man is just another animal on earth, not divinely inspired or created, why isn’t man’s tendency to subdue and the earth and other animals for their own benefit simply a natural part of the behavior of the human animal to be embraced, respected and celebrated as a natural part of natures’ circle of life rather than something to be controlled or held “responsible” for?

Remember if man is no different than any other species than we have no responsibility to any other i terms of survival or care.

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I was talking with a friend of mine recently about some issues that arise on the nightly news.  Many of these revolve around the Constitution and various things that show up on the nightly news about this document.  The friend was also an Army Veteran and between the two of us have spent enough years in uniform that we like to know what it is we are/were defending.  So this topic does come up.

In particular this conversation revolved around the fifth Amendment.  So for review here is the original text:

Original Text of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Discussion

This Amendment is usually not one that is argued terribly often, with one notable exception, however it is invoked in ways that it may not apply, and recently.

It basically tells us that the police (or other government authority) can’t hold a Citizen for an unreasonable amount of time (discussed below) without being charged of a crime.  Being charged with a crime means there will be a trial. But, people will complain, there is a long time while the person is in confinement before their trial. This is due to the gathering of evidence phase, not because of anything else.  You can argue what reasonable length of time is but that is where we must argue, not the validity or invalidity of being held.

In other words, despite what prime time television shows have told us, we can’t be thrown in jail, have the key thrown out, and never see the light of day again.  That is, without being charged with a crime.

As we mentioned this is usually not argued by too many people, as even drug dealers and murders see their day in court.

The notable exception to this is the prisoners from the Global War in Terror that to this day still reside at a prison at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.  These prisoners went a very long time without being charged with anything.  Here is the government argument for that exception.

They are not United States Citizens; they are not inside the United States and therefore not subject to our laws and privileges.  They are, and this is where it gets sticky, on a Military Base.  Those are generally considered US Territory.  We really don’t know exactly how that one is gotten around, but somehow it is.

On top of all of that they are considered to be Prisoners of War. While we are required by the Geneva Convention to treat them with basic human rights, they don’t fall under our judicial system.

Is this government argument correct?

Maybe, but maybe not.

That is beyond the scope of this discussion and could probably fill book after book by itself (if you look on Amazon there may already be one).  However, the Constitution does only apply to Citizens of the United States and really only to the area of the globe inside our borders.

The Constitution, and the rights guaranteed by it don’t extend everywhere.  For instance, in Iran one cannot reasonably expect to have the right to indefinite detainment without being charged with a crime.  There, you can be thrown into a prison for no apparent reason and the Constitution of the United States can’t protect you, even if you are a US Citizen.

Another recent possible Fifth Amendment issue in the recent news cycles concerns the Internal Revenue Service.  There was a controversy of them holding up and allegedly harassing groups with one (and only one) political ideology.  That is the claim.

How true is that claim?

Well…enter the United States Congress doing an investigation (what could possibly go wrong now).  The Congress questioned an IRS official, and that official “took the fifth” and refused to answer questions (presumably so they wouldn’t incriminate themselves).

Here is the interesting bit.

That same official was offered immunity for any wrongdoing then pulled back in front of Congress.  So, this amendment says you can refuse to answer so you don’t incriminate yourself.  This person can’t possibly incriminate themselves in the commission of a crime…they have immunity.

So do Fifth Amendment rights pertain to this?  Can this person officially refuse to answer questions without being held in contempt of Congress (for which they can be thrown in jail)?

It is an interesting Constitutional question.

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Leela:: Do you know the answer to everything? 

4th Doctor: Yes. Well, no, no. Answers are easy. It’s asking the right questions that is hard. 

Doctor Who The Face of Evil 1977

Jed Clampett: What do you think Pearl? You think I oughta move?
Cousin Pearl Bodine: Jed, how can you even ask? Look around you. You live eight miles from your nearest neighbor. You’re overrun with skunks, possums, coyotes, and bobcats. You use kerosene lamps for light. You cook on a wood stove, summer and winter. You’re drinkin’ homemade moonshine, and washin’ with homemade lye soap. And your bathroom is fifty feet from the house. And you ask should you move!?
Jed Clampett: [deep in thought] Yeah, I reckon you’re right. Man’d be a dang fool to leave all this.

The Beverly Hillbillies The Clampetts Strike Oil 1962

There are a lot of really stupid arguments and debates out there but the most ridiculous debate that I’ve every heard in the income equality one.

Now politically it’s makes sense, when your party has supervised 6 years of economic failure to the point where the candidates of your party are advised not say the word “recovery” and your foreign policy continues to fail on a grand scale it’s important to change the subject.

But in terms of reality it’s a foolish argument, because it ignores that we live in an age when the poor have never had it as good.

 

Ever since there have been people, there has been a difference between how men live.  Wealth was a function of the warrior, kings and warlords who gained their power and wealth by the sword and as man advanced technologically to the point where the point of the sward or the barrel of the gun was not the sole way of achieving wealth, more people rose.

For the longest time as some people rose, the masses were pretty much stagnant, but with the industrial revolution, the division of labor combined with the advances of medicine and sanitation the plight of the lowest classes has steadily improved and it’s an improvement that can be simply illustrated by the most ordinary of things…the Chinese Buffett and the dollar menu.

 

You can find a McDonalds, Burger King or a Wendy’s or another fast food choice in practically every American town.  They are nothing special, fast food and a cheap meal particularly the dollar menu.

A Chinese buffet is not quite as common but it’s close.  You can get a selection of means and veggies.  The quality varies greatly and the price varies accordingly from a very high-end to ones that cost about the same as a fast food value meal.

To the average American, neither of these are any big deal, but consider what this would be for my immigrant grandfather?

He came to the country in an age where tough physical backbreaking labor was common simply to get by.  For a person to come to a strange country unfamiliar the customs, language and laws and still have to put food on the table was a fight.  He worked hard to get what he ad and allow his children to live a bit better and he knew the value of a dollar.

Contrast that to today where the federal minimum wage sits at $7.25 (or higher depending on the individual state) at even the most menial job.  That will get you a value meal at any fast food joint, two meals off the dollar menu and for slightly more say 8 or 9 bucks all you can eat at a chinese buffet.

If somebody walked up to my grandfather and told him that for just over one hour of work at the easiest of jobs he could have all he could eat including unlimited meat & fish, he’s consider it a con game,   If you told him you could feed two on a less grand day for that hour’s work he would look at you with suspicion.

That’s just food, a poor person has access to entertainment and comfort that is leaps and bound ahead of those 100 years ago from the internet to televised entertainment available publicly & privately.

And that’s at the very bottom the absolutely minimum, the slightest job improvement increases one’s possibilities exponentially in everything from cars to communications to basic comfort, and that exponential increase continues as one goes up the ladder.

Throughout history the richest have always lived better than the poor or (where it existed) the middle or merchant class.  The  technological advances of today have replaced linear growth with exponential growth.  That has changed the game in three ways.

1.  The richest of the rich have a life more comfortable and more luxurious than the wealthiest of the past could imagine in their wildest dreams.

2.  The average person lives a life that their forebears would have considered “rich”, with incredible possibilities for leisure,  comfort and security that would have been unimaginable just a few generations ago

3.  The poor live so far above the poor of the past that there is almost no comparison, furthermore not only is the floor for the poorest among us constantly rising thanks to technology & the social safety net, but the ability to rise out of poverty is greater than at any time in the past.

All of this is due to exponential advances.  Those advances have made the riches richer than ever before but they have also taken the poor and the middle class beyond any position in history.   That accomplishment is incredible and if we thought about it, it would be a  cause of pride and celebration throughout the land.

The gap between the rich and the rest of us is large but it’s not a problem that cries to be solved.   Focusing on that question simply distracts us from the actual questions worth asking:

What is the best way to continue our incredible success in raising the floor of the poorest among us while continuing to allow them to rise out of poverty?

How can we best enable the vast middle class to improve and advance themselves and all around them?

Alas those questions don’t sell books, rile up an electorate or satisfy a meme, much easier to tilt at the windmill of “income inequality” point at the rich with self righteous anger and envy and milk it for all you can get from it.

It’s a gimmick as old as history and even easier when a people have forgotten theirs

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