Collective Salvation, Collective Guilt

Collective Salvation, Collective Guilt

As we stand one week out from the side-show of collective damnation which the Left engaged in over the Tucson shootings, it shouldn’t surprise all Americans that this is what they have witnessed.  The Progressive Left and, by default, the Progressive Right–the collectivists in both parties–operate off of the assumption that we are all responsible for each other collectively.  You will take notice there was not much condemnation from establishment “machine” Republicans against those falsely accused: Beck, Palin, the Tea Party.  Many in America have been bemoaning the fact that, for a long time, we have had no real choice in our political leaders.  Really…what choice was their between McCain and Obama; tyranny light and tyranny?  Many have speculated, including Glenn Beck, that had John McCain been elected, America would not have had the awakening it did in the form of the Tea Party movement.  Individual Americans, the public, outwardly reject the Left’s collectivism every time it is imposed upon us.  We swing back to the Right expecting that the Right will do something about the bloated government and instead all we receive in return is simple manipulation of the mechanisms the Left has already put in place.  Why?  Because Progressives in both parties operate off the same false premise of collective salvation rather than individual liberty.  Barack Obama was elected on a wave of “collective salvation.”  In fact, I would argue he was also elected on a wave of collective guilt hung around our necks by the accusatory Left, who, for generations have convinced Americans they are racist.  “Oh goody!  I get to alleviate my (supposed) racial guilt for voting for the black guy!  No matter what kinds of realistic evaluations tell me that he’s an Alinskyite Marxist!”  How could we possible expect the Right to shrink government when they hold the same basic premise as the Left–that it is government’s job to take care of people rather than protect rights.  Until the Right learns how to challenge the philosophical premises of the Left–they will continue, by default, to accept them.  The Left counts on this and plays the game by beating the Right over the head and shoulders with such words as:

You don’t want to help the poor, the sick and the infirm.  You’re hateful!

If the Right woke up and learned, philosophically, how to answer those charges on a conceptual basis, they could deflect charges like that as easily as Superman deflects bullets.  But, oftentimes they don’t–either because they are part of the game or simply because they are intellectually incapable of doing so.

I remember learning in high school about the “sphere of liberty” which surrounds each individual person.  Our nation was founded on the sovereignty and freedom of the individual precisely because it was collective ideas down through history which inevitably bring tyranny–aside from the “good intentions” of the collectivists.  All collectivists have good intentions, however, all collectivism is incontrovertibly tyrannical; whether it is a hard tyranny or soft tyranny makes little difference.  Ayn Rand states and Objectivists hold: 

Your intentions don’t count. If you are willing to believe that men should be deprived of all rights for a good cause — you are a Totalitarian…What is destroying all civilization? Just this one idea — that to a good cause everything can be sacrificed; that individual men have no rights which must be respected; that what one person believes to be good can be put over on the others by force.

Altruism is incompatible with individual freedom.  Unfortunately, these ideas of individual freedom were implicit rather than explicit in this nation’s founding documents and were left open to too much interpretation and false compromise.  This is why collectivists of all stripes have been able to corrupt the system.  You can’t continue to compromise with tyranny and expect to remain free.

To the Left, it is completely “rational” to accuse everyone who recognizes individual freedom as the standard for determining collective guilt for the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona.  Anyone who stands in the way of their imagined Utopia is precisely why everyone who values individual freedom is guilty.  Conversely, it is epistemologically sound to recognize that people are individuals, not cattle.  Even aside from being able to defend that view on a philosophical basis–which takes time and study–most people can recognize that it is inherently true simply by observation.  You are not completely free when living under your parents roof–under their rules and their terms.  The same thing happens when everyone is “taken care of” by government–government’s rules, government’s terms to exist.  You are not completely free to do as you please in whatever work environment you inhabit–you are subject to the conditions of your boss–even though contractually, at the time of hire, you may have come to certain mutual understandings, it is still their business.  Ultimately, the success or failure of that business is up to them, therefore, the boss and the boss alone is free to make the decisions he deems are in the best interests of the company.  We all have different talents, drives, desires and goals.  None of this can flourish when put under the yoke of collectivism.  No man of dignity and true self-esteem should be willing to allow himself to be enslaved by his government for supposed “security.”  Benjamin Franklin stated:

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

Indeed, it is the ability for individual freedom to flourish which, I would argue, is the true representation of the “Utopia” the Left seeks to impose upon everyone through the force of law.  Imposing Utopia under the force of law is, in and of itself, a contradiction–if something is imposed under the force of law–it cannot, therefore, be considered “Utopia”–at least not to the particular group of people who is being sacrificed to make the other group of people “comfortable.”  Ultimately, someone has to sacrifice so someone else can live–that is the ultimate degradation.  It is the idea of exchanging, voluntarily, value for value, not sacrifice for value, which can uphold the true free-society unburdened by compulsion.  It is for this reason, that pure laissez-faire capitalism is the only political system which upholds individual rights.  Anyone who upholds any other system or “mix” of systems–is not upholding the tenets of individual rights and freedom.  There can be no compromise on basic principles.

This display of desperate malignancy by the Left has certainly given Americans a glimpse of what people turn into when they are consigned to collective societies.  They become animals.  Since everyone is collectively responsible, everyone is collectively guilty.  Therefore, you get growing numbers of pressure groups willing to feed off of and fight each other for the scraps which the benevolent collectivists get to hand out.  Why?  So the collectivists can satiate their need to cry their benevolence to whatever secular or theological powers they feel commands them–whether it is their emotions or their God.  In some cases, it really is simply a lust for political power one man seeks to hold over his brethren.  It breeds a society of contempt, jealousy, and malignancy–exactly the opposite of what the Left and Progressive Right’s stated intentions are.  The principle I am outlining here is the Marxist creed of “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.”  Ayn Rand addressed this hopelessly illogical and contradictory creed in Atlas Shrugged in her “story within a story” about The Twentieth Century Motor company.  You can find an excerpt at my Facebook page here

Love of our brothers? That’s when we learned to hate our brothers for the first time in our lives. We began to hate them for every meal they swallowed, for every small pleasure they enjoyed, for one man’s new shirt, for another’s wife’s hat, for an outing with their family, for a paint job, on their house–it was taken from us, it was paid for by our privations, our denials, our hunger. We began to spy on one another, each hoping to catch the others lying about their needs, so as to cut their ‘allowance’ at the next meeting. We began to have stool pigeons who informed on people, who reported that somebody had bootlegged a turkey to his family on some Sunday–which he’d paid for by gambling, most likely. We began to meddle in one another’s lives. We provoked family quarrels, to get somebody’s relatives thrown out. Any time we saw a man starting to go steady with a girl, we made life miserable for him. We broke up many engagements. We didn’t want anyone to marry, we didn’t want any more dependents to feed.

The collectivist’s damnation of everyone who seeks to uphold individual freedom is also a mockery of justice.  If everyone is collectively responsible–and everyone is collectively guilty–then there are no such things as “criminals.” Why have a legal system?  It’s amazing, isn’t it, how all these things when presented come together to form a coherent whole?  It’s not so mysterious anymore why the Left always seeks to uphold criminality and a depraved society void of all human virtue.  In fact, why even attempt to uphold the ideal of a government subordinated by society to moral, objective law?  Let, anarchy and tyranny (two sides of the same collectivist coin) commence!

You scream loudly to me that you are not collectively guilty of the shooting in Tuscon, America?  Well, then–I think it’s about time we get to kicking some serious collectivist ass, in both parties.  Don’t you?  If not, you better get used to liking and living with your collective guilt–because that is the damnation that awaits all of us if we don’t.

Castro’s “Basic Human Qualities”

I cannot believe what I’ve just read. I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me, particularly when it’s coming from a group that is STILL calling for the release of cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal. The Congressional Black Caucus flew to Cuba recently, but they weren’t going to visit Guantanamo Bay. They went to visit former dictator Fidel Castro and current dictator Raul Castro. Their verdict?

Democrat Bobby Rush (the same Democrat Representative from Illinois who is sponsoring the Blair Holt Firearms Act) said, incredibly, “I think that what really surprised me, but also endeared me to him, was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities.”

Say WHAT?

Let’s talk about the Castro brothers’ basic human qualities. Russian KGB and East German Stasi trained the “officers” of the Cuban Interior Ministry. That alone should give you an idea of what “human rights” and “human qualities” are to the Castros. Not only are you not allowed to leave Cuba, you’re not allowed to even ask to leave. Trying to leave Cuba will automatically result in a five-year prison sentence (which, unlike America, does NOT translate to six months in prison followed by four and a half years of parole). If given permission to leave the country on business or for school, your relatives–particularly children–are required to remain behind to ensure that you return.

By 1970, just ten years after Castro’s revolution, an estimated 5,000 people had been executed by the communist government. Most were given little to no trial for any offense deemed dangerous to the government (to include speaking against the communist regime) and were executed immediately upon arrest. An estimated 40,000 have been executed to date, if you do not include those killed while trying to escape the island in crude boats or other craft (incidents like the 1994 attempt by the Cuban navy to stop a group of citizens trying to escape on a WWII-era tugboat come to mind–41 of the 72 passengers, including women and children, were killed when high-powered fire hoses from a warship swept them off the boat’s deck).

Ask Armando Valladares about Castro’s “human qualities.” He was in prison from 1960 until 1982 after he refused to place a placard on his desk in support of the communist government. He was only released after the French intervened on his behalf because of the tales of horrid torture (you think the stories coming from Abu Ghraib are bad? At least our soldiers haven’t beaten inmates half to death and urinated on them while they lay bleeding on the floor after days of depriving them of water). Ask doctor Oscar Elias Biscet, recently sentenced to 25 years in prison for vocally opposing Castro. Or ask Reinaldo Arenas, the gay Cuban playwright sent to prison on 1973 for “ideological deviation” (meaning they tossed him away because he was gay) and tried to smuggle his work out of the prison, only to be discovered and severely tortured–nearly to death. He was forced to renounce his writings and his homosexuality to be released and escaped Cuba in 1980.

Castro’s “basic human qualities” end with the fact that he is, by scientific definition, of the homo sapiens species. Beyond that, there is little to prove that he his human in any way, shape or form. That American lawmakers are praising him makes me absolutely sick, and proves even more that the Democrat party is trying all it can to move my country toward socialist ideals.

We’re All Cowards

According to Attorney General, Eric Holder, we are a nation of cowards.  Yup.  You, me, everyone.  When it comes to race – we are cowards.  Holder says…..

“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards. Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.”

I guess we can expect more of this type of garbage from the Obama administration.  But I don’t understand why.  Remember – the Messiah was supposed to heal all rifts, rescue the nation and lead us into the age of Aquarius.  Now it just seems that this bumbling administration has no idea where it is going or what to do.  Add to that the divisiveness being preached from the perches of the White House.  Obama might as well have appointed Rev. Jeremiah Wright to the AG position.

Michelle Obama thinks this is a “mean” nation – a nation which she was never proud of until her husband became the apparent Democrat nominee.  Mr. Michelle Obama, believes that we are a nation plagued by those bitter people clinging to guns and religion.  There is no hope or unification coming from this administration.  Just bitterness.  A bunch of people with chips on their shoulders.  But guess what folks?  These angry idiots are in charge now.

The thing that annoys me most about Holder’s comments is not just the subject matter.  Remember former Texas Senator, Phil Gramm?  He was torn apart by the MSM, thrown under the bus by Johnny Mac and eventually resigned as a McCain advisor.  His sin?  He said we were becoming a nation of whiners.  So, it’s worse to be a whiner than a coward?  I’ll never understand these things.

To be honest, one of the reasons that I don’t blog as much as I used to is because I am becoming more disenchated day-by-day.  There is so much hypocrisy in the mainstream media.  There is so much venom leveled against conservatives and Republicans in general.  I’ll admit to you – right now I feel a sense of political hopelessness that I have never felt before.  I know that things are not totally hopeless, but the events of the last few years sure can take the wind out of your sails as a conservative.

I often wonder what the point is of all of this.  Everyday we continue to move closer to European socialism and lose more and more of our liberties.  We’re spending ourselves into oblivion.  We have lost our regard for the value of life.  We have forgotten the lessons of 9/11 and want to negotiate with the Islamist thugs who want to kill us all.  It saddens me to see this all around me.

Presidents Reagan and Bush Sr. oversaw the demise of communism as a form of government and socialism as an economic system.  Yet, we have now seen a resurgence of socialism in the West.  And while the US held strong against the socialist tendencies that nearly bankrupted Western Europe, we seem to have bought into this crazy experiment hook, line and sinker.  Even President Clinton was forced into accepting major welfare reform by the GOP.  That reform undid a great deal of the damage dating back to the overrated administrations of FDR and LBJ.  In the late 90s things looked great.  But look at where we are now.

We have reverted back to the failed policies of yesterday. See if you can balance democracy and socialism.  See if democracy can survive absent capitalism.  It won’t happen.  But Obama and his minions will destroy this nation trying to prove that such a system can work.  And if it doesn’t, you can be sure that democracy will be compromised in order to accomodate socialism.

Sorry for the rant.  I don’t mean to sound cynical. I’m just tired.  Tired of it all.  I’m trying to fight, but it seems that all I can do these days is rant and call it as I see it. I take heart in the fact that there are so many conservative folks blogging and opining online.  Conservative talk radio is strong and popular (for the moment anyway).  I sense some grassroots, but I don’t see it translating into much these days.

The most disconcerting thing of all is that Republicans allowed this to happen.  That really hurts me and you in so many ways.  Most of us are conservatives first and Republicans second.  Yeah, yeah.  But the GOP is our vehicle in government.  The revolution of 1994 is a distant memory.  The corruption and loss of direction that we saw from the GOP after 1994 led us to where we are now.  I don’t know when or if the next Reagan or Gingrich will surface and lead us out of the wilderness. I used to believe that all things were cyclical in politics.  But I’m not sure anymore.  Maybe we have moved irreversibly in a direction that will lead us down the path of destruction.

And perhaps Mr. Holder was correct.  And Mr. Gramm too.  Maybe we are a nation of cowards and whiners.  Egged on by the fear that was instilled in the American people by liberals and Democrats, we have apparently sold our souls to the Devil.  And now we will see the true hell that awaits unless we wake up and change things – fast.

Tengo Una Remera del Che y No Sé Por Qué

“Hatred as an element of struggle; unbending hatred for the enemy, which pushes a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him into an effective, violent, selective, and cold-blooded killing machine. This is what our soldiers must become …”  –Ernesto “Che” Guevara

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This image, of Cuban Marxist revolutionary Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, often known by his nickname “Che” Guevara, is a pop culture phenomenon.  We have it plastered on t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, mouse pads, bumper stickers, flags, sweatbands, you name it.  I work with a guy who has Che tattooed on his forearm (not at my EMS job–my bank job.  Go figure.).  In Central Park there stands a life-sized Che statue atop a base that says, “viva la revolucion!”  In 2004, Robert Redford made The Motorcycle Diaries, a movie about Che as a young man in South America, a work that romanticized Che’s beginnings and attempted to lend credence to Che’s beliefs and actions later in life.  Last year, the movie Che was released, starring Benicio del Toro.  In an interview about making the film he said, “playing Che is like playing Jesus Christ…except Christ turned the other cheek.  Che didn’t.”

Che did far more than refuse to turn the other cheek.  Who was this guy, and why is he so idolized?  I’d read a few things here and there, but I hadn’t really delved into the subject.  Until now.

I’d heard my coworker talk about Che, and I decided to read both sides of the Che legend–from viewpoints of those enamored with him and those who think he was evil.  I learned quite a bit.  We can learn as much about any period of time by studying myth as much as truth, and it seems the same legend that followed Che in the 1960’s follows him still today.  Berkely, California, is well-known for its liberal population and extreme protests.  Zombie took this one at an anti-war rally in Berkeley:

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Che’s image has been captured at pro-gay rights rallies, pro-abortion demonstrations, anti-war protests and all manner of other such public displays of political leaning.  His image has become even more prevalent at anti-Israel demonstrations of late.  Any time there’s a protest against anything conservative, Che shows up on someone’s clothes, often accompanied with the famous “viva la revolucion” warcry.  If any of these people had any idea what the truth was, they’d burn everything they have with Che’s likeness on it.

His current followers describe him as an Argentine physician and a revolutionary.  That’s usually the extent of what they know.  We know that Che went to medical school in Argentina, however there’s no evidence that he graduated and actually became a doctor.  If you really dig into his history, you find that he pretty well failed at nearly everything he did.  The only thing he seemed to be really good at was killing.  After helping the Castro brothers overthrow the Batista regime in Cuba, Che was sent to govern the La Cabana prison.  There, he appointed himself the magistrate and began “trials” of those accused of being counterrevolutionaries.  The trials (if you can call them that) were a joke.  They were short, the accused were not given the opportunity for a defense, and within hours of conviction their sentences were carried out by firing squad.  Che himself liked to deliver the coup de grace (a bullet to the back of the neck) to certain prisoners.  The quote at the beginning of this writing was part of Che’s “Message to the Tricontinental.”  He often described himself as bloodthirsty, hateful, willing to do anything necessary to protect the revolution.

And this is the guy the culture is holding up as their hero.

In Camaguey, Che began the gulag system where those deemed “unfit” were imprisoned in concentration camps.  Homsexuals and AIDS victims often populated these camps, as did anyone who had the temerity to question what was going on.  These prisoners were systematically tortured, raped, and often killed.  Any who survived were traumatized for life.

We’re wearing this monster on our clothes.  We make movies glorifying his life and leave out the parts we don’t like.  We protest in support of gay rights wearing the image of a guy who made it illegal to be gay or lesbian and imprisoned and/or killed anyone who broke that law.  We protest “the Bush regime” and decry as Nazis anyone who disagrees with our liberal ideals, and we do it waving a banner proclaiming as a hero a man who made it his mission in life to execute (read: murder) anybody who disagreed with the Marxist revolution.  Che’s own journals expose his violent nature where he describes in vivid detail how he put a .32 caliber pistol to a man’s head and pulled the trigger after he asked to leave the country.  He even talks about staging mock executions, using it as a form of psychological torture to scare any potential dissidents into shutting up.

If I were to walk around wearing a shirt with an image of Adolf Hitler on it, I would be immediately lynched and possibly beaten to death.  Hitler’s crimes are well-known and he is so despised in America that even the possibility that you may hold him up as a believable man evokes violent reactions in the public.  Yet even though we have documentation coming out our ears about Che’s crimes, we’re erecting statues of him and using him as a symbol of revolution, fighting back against things we disagree with.  It’s like presenting Hitler as a hero because he was a vegetarian and an animal lover.  Unfortunately, he was also a mass murderer.  So was Che.

Che chic has so overwhelmed America that I can’t go anywhere without seeing this guy plastered on something.  I went out to dinner with my roommates earlier this week and saw at least three people wearing Che shirts.  We should be taking it as a personal affront when we see people wearing his image, because he hated gays and liberals (not to mention conservatives, who were the first to be killed).  The dichotomy of it mostly being liberals who wear Che paraphernalia is not lost on me.

Not long ago, a 73-year-old man in New Jersey was waiting for a bus when he spotted a street vendor selling Che t-shirts.  He went and bought one, then immediately set a piece of newspaper on fire and burned the shirt.  A police officer who responded asked him why, and he related the story that he was a Cuban exile whose father had been killed by Che at La Cabana.  The owner of the stand where he bought the shirt openly said he thought older Cubans like him are crazy; you can take a lesson from this.  The younger Latinos who idolize Che think they’re crazy, but the Cubans who survived Che’s part in the revolution are absolutely flabbergasted at the phenomenon of Che becoming a new hero.  There’s a reason for that.  It’s because they remember what he was like and what he stood for.  I agree with them.  I don’t understand why we’re not doing more to educate ourselves on the truth about Che Guevara.

So, in reality, we’re wearing Che t-shirts and we have no idea why.  Vladimir Lenin had a name for people like this in America who hold violent revolutionaries up as heroes:

Useful idiots.