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Today’s Appalling Facebook Meme

Wow, just wow, is about all I can say in response to this piece of leftist rationalization which I saw today on Facebook.  It goes without saying that we’d be hearing something VERY DIFFERENT from this fellow if there was a Republican president.

The message here boils down to: freedom doesn’t matter, liberty doesn’t matter, rights don’t matter, and the most important role for government is to stand for “social justice.”  Here’s the link, but I’ve quoted the whole thing in its appalling entirety below:

Things I’m more worried about than my phone being tapped:
Global warming. The richest 1% controlling more wealth than the bottom 50%. Homelessness. Gutting the food stamp program. The rich hiding several Trillion untaxed dollars. Secretaries paying more in taxes than billionaires. Politicians being bought and sold. Malaria and starvation. More people per capita in prison than any other country. The “war” on drugs. More black men in prison than in college. Rising cost of education and health care. The rise of extremism. The continued oppression of women. The general lack of compassion in the world. The degree to which we all blame our problems on others and close our eyes to our own irrationality.
That more people are outraged by a small loss of privacy than any of these other issues.

Should I add “People who write in sentence fragments” to his list of outrages more “worrisome” than a government which spends all its time monitoring its people, or is that just my pet peeve?

Not surprisingly, the best responses to this kind of thing date to the founding of the Republic.  We’ve always got the classic from Benjamin Franklin: “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

But in this context, where the message is to sacrifice liberty for “social justice,” I think Sam Adams might be better, though trying to choose just one passage that is appropriate is rather like an embarrassment of riches.  I have long admired this one:

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.

Perhaps this one is better: “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

And just in case the Obamalaise is getting to you, here’s one worth repeating regularly: “Nil desperandum, — Never Despair. That is a motto for you and me. All are not dead; and where there is a spark of patriotic fire, we will rekindle it.”

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35 Comments

  1. Patriot Act

    Comment by VS — June 8, 2013 @ 6:34 pm - June 8, 2013

  2. Geeesh….
    To trot-out the Nazi-trope again; ordinary law-abiding Germans throw-in their lot with the NSDAP in 1933 and 1934 in the hope that security was more essential than liberty. Gee, THAT turned-out well.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — June 8, 2013 @ 7:08 pm - June 8, 2013

  3. Most all of “social justice” talking points are crap anyway. Secretaries aren’t taxed more than billionaires. There aren’t more black men in prison than college. Women are not being oppressed. (Unless you consider having to pay for their own contraception to be worse than anything Hitler ever did.) And the ones that are legit, like malaria, and the rising costs of education and health care… are mostly due to left-wing liberal policies.

    Idiocracy. Just tell them Brawndo contains electrolytes and unfriend them.

    Comment by V the K — June 8, 2013 @ 7:55 pm - June 8, 2013

  4. The Facebook twidiot who wrote the original will fit in nicely with the future’s keep-busy work of drum circles singing Kumbya (which will fall into the category of artistic-expression-for-public-assistance).

    Comment by RSG — June 8, 2013 @ 8:58 pm - June 8, 2013

  5. Let’s just be honest: so-called “progressives” are very damaged people. They should under NO circumstances be in positions of authority or power over ANYONE. EVER.

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — June 8, 2013 @ 9:28 pm - June 8, 2013

  6. People who write such leftist nonsense should anty up and
    give out their home phone number and address.
    Then they might get a taste of what loss of privacy might actually be like.
    I agree that these kind of leftists are “damaged” but they are also so dependent on the nanny state, things GIVEN to them, that little else matters. Oh and their suspicions that success comes from not hard work but some “advantage”.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 8, 2013 @ 9:53 pm - June 8, 2013

  7. These USA government scandals are so numerous and so far reaching that you can’t get a handle on one before another more serious and dumb founding comes along.
    We need a reminder of what caused our forefathers to leave England. Why did they get on leaky boats and flea to the new world, with a fatality rate of 50%?
    What caused our founding fathers to revolt and throw off the English rulers 80 years later?
    It is hard for me to believe that todays USA government is less oppressive than what the greats fought against so many years ago.
    The Government can’t do the basics, but they are now hiring more people , gathering more information. DO you really have confidence that this is all for righteous reasons?
    Government is so large now, no one can control it.
    We’ve got to shrink it, go building by building and send some of these people home to work real jobs.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — June 8, 2013 @ 10:00 pm - June 8, 2013

  8. Um
    Archives are an interesting thing.
    You guys act like conservatives didn’t defend these actions in the past. Furthermore, you called on media to be tried as traitors for revealing the info and cheered when the gov prosecuted the leakers.

    http://www.gaypatriot.net/2006/09/22/america-wins-in-terrorist-deal/
    Money quotet from Bruce:
    “My test of whether something is good or bad in the War on Terror is how the Terrorist Civil Liberties Union (aka – ACLU) reacts.”

    Dues this hold true in his case?

    Here is some more fun links of some you guys cheering wireapping and demanding the press be jailed:
    http://www.stoptheaclu.com/2006/07/28/nsa-leaker-is-subpoenaed-to-testify-before-federal-grand-jury/
    http://www.gaypatriot.net/2006/07/04/a-real-defender-of-freedom-confronts-the-nyts-treason/
    http://www.gaypatriot.net/?comments_popup=1828#comment-48914
    http://www.gaypatriot.net/2006/04/21/cia-fires-traitor-for-collaborating-with-the-enemy/
    http://www.gaypatriot.net/2006/03/09/nsa-wiretapping-program-could-have-prevented-911-attacks/

    Too bad your false outrage is only due to a Dem being in charge.

    Comment by mike — June 8, 2013 @ 10:56 pm - June 8, 2013

  9. Things I’m more worried about than my phone being tapped:How ’bout that stupid gits like this get to vote with the grown-ups.

    Comment by kahr40 — June 9, 2013 @ 12:34 am - June 9, 2013

  10. Good, I needed something to post after my Sunday Morning cartoons. Thanks GP.

    Comment by Papa Giorgio — June 9, 2013 @ 1:48 am - June 9, 2013

  11. “It is better to be a live jackal than a dead lion—for jackals, not men. Men who have the moral courage to fight intelligently for freedom have the best prospects of avoiding the fate of both live jackals and dead lions. Survival is not the be-all and end-all of a life worthy of man…. Man’s vocation should be the use of the arts of intelligence in behalf of human freedom.”

    Sidney Hook, quoted in Mona Charen, Useful Idiots: How Liberals Got It Wrong In the Cold War and Still Blame America First (Washington, DC: Regnery, 2003), 11.

    Comment by Papa Giorgio — June 9, 2013 @ 2:07 am - June 9, 2013

  12. “close our eyes to our own irrationality.”

    The icing on the cake.

    Comment by BigJ — June 9, 2013 @ 8:03 am - June 9, 2013

  13. Too bad your false outrage is only due to a Dem being in charge.

    Just a second there, scooter…

    Unless you find any of words of mine to the contrary, I’ll; ask you to refrain from throwing your feces in my direction, given that I’ve been against this shit since Dios Numero Uno.

    Today’s Democrat Party: Come for the tribalism, stay for the generalized hate.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — June 9, 2013 @ 9:52 am - June 9, 2013

  14. At least mike has given up all pretense of not being an Obama cheerleader.

    What Mike doesn’t point out with his first link, is that the quote was specifically for immunity of US troops being tried in Foreign courts.

    Yes, Mike equates Iran sentencing American GI’s in absentia for the crime of being the Government montioring every aspect of his life, and he’s saying it’s a good thing.

    Comment by The_Livewire — June 9, 2013 @ 10:42 am - June 9, 2013

  15. Too bad your =outrage is only due to a gang of thugs with a history of abusing Government Power to punish political opponents being in charge.

    Fixed.

    Comment by V the K — June 9, 2013 @ 12:25 pm - June 9, 2013

  16. Exactly, Livewire.

    And what mike also doesn’t point out is that he, along with his Barack Obama and his Barack Obama Party, were shrieking that ALL forms of wiretapping were wrong, that ANY form of data collection was a police state, and that they would NEVER under any circumstances do it.

    They lied. And now rather than admit that lie, they try their usual tactics of accusing conservatives of hypocrisy and inconsistency.

    So to do that, they go back to 2006 and find quotes from Republicans — stating the same logical arguments that Obama supporters in 2013 are attempting to use to justify HIS actions.

    Which, as I just pointed out, they were shrieking were unnecessary human and civil rights violations that they would never, never, never do.

    So in short, what we have is concern-troll mike acknowledging that the Republicans that he quotes were correct in 2006; that both he and Obama, who were then ranting about Republicans’ attitudes in 2006 were wrong, terribly wrong; and that the policies that Republicans were advocating then and that he and Obama were so adamantly opposing are in fact the ones that are best for our national security.

    So concern-troll mike just confirmed that he and Obama are either ignorant idiots who don’t know anything about national security — or malicious liars who smeared Republicans in 2006 with the full knowledge that Obama and he were going to do the same things once they got into power.

    Thus, what concern-troll mike has shown with his attempt to archive-dig is that, in accusing Republicans of hypocrisy and inconsistency, his OWN and his Obama’s own hypocrisy and inconsistency is made blatantly obvious.

    My Sharia Moor put it absolutely correctly. Obama supporters like concern-troll mike are controlled by their tribalism, in which anything their Obama does HAS to be right, and their blind, irrational hatred of anyone who disagrees with or criticizes Obama.

    And it is ultimately all about power. Again, to quote Sultan Knish:

    There is not a single Obama voter anywhere in the land who believes that another four years of him will make this country better. Not a single one from coast to coast. No, what they believe is that he will make the country a worse place for those people that they hate. That he will have four more years to sink their ideas deeper in the earth, regardless of how many families go hungry and how many fathers kill themselves because they can no longer take care of their families. What they believe is that Obama will grant their group more special privileges and the rest of the country can go to hell.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 9, 2013 @ 12:26 pm - June 9, 2013

  17. At least mike has given up all pretense of not being an Obama cheerleader.

    The faux-moderate act was as tiresome as it was transparent. He’s dropped the phony “I want Republicans in office to check Obama’s abuses of power” to his actual position of “Republicans need to shut up and stop whining about Obama’s abuses of power.”

    Comment by V the K — June 9, 2013 @ 12:27 pm - June 9, 2013

  18. The faux-moderate act was as tiresome as it was transparent. He’s dropped the phony “I want Republicans in office to check Obama’s abuses of power” to his actual position of “Republicans need to shut up and stop whining about Obama’s abuses of power.”

    Comment by V the K — June 9, 2013 @ 12:27 pm – June 9, 2013

    I find it ironic that this morning, after concern-troll Obama cultist mike’s outing himself, the TCM movie is “Gaslight”.

    Because that movie, perhaps better than any other, shows the psychology of the liberal — to destroy others in the pursuit of your own selfish gain.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — June 9, 2013 @ 1:17 pm - June 9, 2013

  19. The same leftists who were apoplectic that the Bush Regime was gathering intelligence on foreign terrorists are shrugging off Obama spying on American citizens as “no big deal.”

    So, either their Bush Era outrage was faux and political; or they really believe that Tea Partiers, NRA members, and Romney donors are more dangerous than Islamic terrorists.

    Comment by V the K — June 9, 2013 @ 5:33 pm - June 9, 2013

  20. This sentence is priceless:

    “The degree to which we all blame our problems on others and close our eyes to our own irrationality”

    This is what leftists do day in and day out — they hate any discussion of self-responsibility and believe that “society” is responsible for all problems. Not to mention irrationality of their arguments — e.g., “we will tax the heck out of the rich and then complain if they leave”, “secretaries pay more taxes than billionaires”. Hilarious to see them projecting that one out onto others.

    Comment by Jane Austen — June 9, 2013 @ 5:54 pm - June 9, 2013

  21. I should point out here that there are more than a few liberals who are intellectually honest enough to be just as pissed about Prism under Obama as they no doubt would’ve been under W, had the full extent of this shitty program come to light then.

    Verily I say unto you, beware the RINO’ defending this, as well as the rank hypocrites who think this is all just peachy. Those are the most dangerous enemies we have right now, for they’ll try to craft the narrative, and are in the most advantageous position to do so.

    Comment by My Sharia Moor — June 9, 2013 @ 6:19 pm - June 9, 2013

  22. Well, the whistleblower revealed himself

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-06-09/nsa-whistleblower-reveals-himself

    Comment by Jane Austen — June 9, 2013 @ 6:31 pm - June 9, 2013

  23. […] found this fascinating! Gay Patriot found a guy who parrots the left in a way that is, as Prager notes, warps judgment. So, I decided […]

    Pingback by Religio-Political Talk (RPT) `Justice` St. Rain Tells Us What Is Worse Than What Our Founder`s Went to War With the Most Powerful Empire Over — June 9, 2013 @ 6:46 pm - June 9, 2013

  24. Well, the whistleblower revealed himself

    Phrasing!

    Comment by V the K — June 9, 2013 @ 6:54 pm - June 9, 2013

  25. My dissection (of sorts) of Rain’s post:

    http://religiopoliticaltalk.com/justice-st-rain-tells-us-what-is-worse-than-what-our-founders-went-to-war-with-the-most-powerful-empire-over/

    Comment by Papa Giorgio — June 9, 2013 @ 8:15 pm - June 9, 2013

  26. “At least mike has given up all pretense of not being an Obama cheerleader”

    Umm….I have said many times I consider myself a conservative who voted for Obama

    Comment by mike — June 9, 2013 @ 8:29 pm - June 9, 2013

  27. #23, Yikes! 🙂

    Comment by Jane Austen — June 9, 2013 @ 9:13 pm - June 9, 2013

  28. The rich hiding several Trillion untaxed dollars.

    LOL. Yes, they’re “hiding” it. Because that doesn’t make sense in this climate of wealth confiscation.

    Secretaries paying more in taxes than billionaires.

    A simple tax code would solve this better than the Buffett Rule.

    Politicians being bought and sold.

    He has a point here… Although, obviously only Republicans are “bought and sold,” and not Democrats.

    Malaria and starvation.

    If only the government cared more, then those things would go away.

    More black men in prison than in college.

    Obviously, this is because of racist police and not the gang culture that dominates most heavily Black communities and that is a direct result of welfare programs that made fathers obsolete.

    Rising cost of education and health care.

    Less competition and more regulation will solve this.

    The rise of extremism.

    Damn extremists! First they create the greatest country that has ever existed, then they complain about harmless things like the government unlawfully spying on its citizens. Also, Obama isn’t an extremist, or anything. But Romney is!

    The continued oppression of women.

    I don’t know how to respond to this one.

    The general lack of compassion in the world.

    Compassion always gets good results.

    The degree to which we all blame our problems on others and close our eyes to our own irrationality.

    I’m guessing he doesn’t see the irony of this statement (there are several levels of irony).

    Comment by Rattlesnake — June 9, 2013 @ 10:48 pm - June 9, 2013

  29. I think the FB post belongs on this list: “What is the stupidest thing ever said to you by a liberal.” I think lower case mike would agree with about 80% of them.

    Comment by V the K — June 9, 2013 @ 10:54 pm - June 9, 2013

  30. mike @ 25, if you’re a conservative how could you have voted for Obama? That’s like a Christian voting for Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — June 10, 2013 @ 2:00 am - June 10, 2013

  31. Seane-Anna, mike is some combination of delusional, dishonest, and/or stupid. He thinks by constantly yipping “I’m a conservative” (although he holds exactly zero conservative principles [i.e. limited government, fiscal restraint, individual rights, free market, respect for traditional values]) he gains some credibility as a knee-jerk supporter and defender of all the progressive left policies of President Mugabe; in fact, he achieves the opposite effect.

    It almost works as performance art, but he’s not a person worth taking seriously.

    Comment by V the K — June 10, 2013 @ 5:56 am - June 10, 2013

  32. mike is dishonest. Period. End of sentence.

    shorter mike: “It’s okay when my side does it!”

    Comment by acethepug — June 10, 2013 @ 6:27 am - June 10, 2013

  33. Oh, and when you add in mike’s constant, flawless repetition of DNC talking points in support of Obama, he’s about as credible as Richard Simmons proclaiming “Damn, I like titties!”

    Comment by V the K — June 10, 2013 @ 6:30 am - June 10, 2013

  34. You know what’s even less credible than lower-case Obama bootlicker mike claiming he’s a conservative? A. Obama claiming he’s pro-business.

    We believe in the free market. We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations. We don’t want to tax all businesses out of business.”

    Sometimes, I think the only time Obama isn’t lying is when he pauses to think of more lies.

    Comment by V the K — June 10, 2013 @ 2:03 pm - June 10, 2013

  35. I consider myself the Queen of England, mike.

    Let’s do lunch.

    Comment by guinspen — June 11, 2013 @ 9:29 am - June 11, 2013

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