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Trade-Offs

Posted by V the K at 8:02 pm - September 14, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

I have often described the Faustian bargain of the left being: “We will let you do whatever you want to anyone in the bedroom, if you allow us complete control of everything outside the bedroom.” In other words, the left will happily trade away all freedom and opportunity for unlimited sexual license.

A comment from Venezuela’s democratic socialist president, (I’d say “dictator” but he was “democratically” elected, and is therefore a “democratic socialist president”), proves the truth of this bargain.

During a broadcast this weekend promoting new socialist food distribution policies, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro jokingly referenced a popular nickname for the nation’s dire food shortages, telling a crowd, “Maduro’s diet gets you hard – no need for Viagra!”

The Venezuelans willingly voted in this man and his predecessor, because he promised to eliminate income inequality, and offered a vast expansion of Goivernment services (free health care, free college education, and so forth) to be paid for by “the rich.”

If the Democrats had not rigged their primaries to facilitate Hillary’s coronation, a man advocating the exact same policies would be the Democrat nominee for president.

Do I Ever Miss Living in Maryland?

Posted by V the K at 1:02 pm - May 22, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Nope.

 

The Montgomery County (MD) Council, citing the unmet needs of a school system facing explosive enrollment growth and a widening academic achievement gap, voted Thursday to raise the average residential property tax bill by 8.7 percent — the largest increase in seven years.

 

The tax hike required a unanimous 9-to-0 vote because it exceeds the charter limit on tax revenue that the county can collect each year. The increased revenue will help underwrite a $5.2 billion operating budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, with about half of the money resulting from the tax increase going to Montgomery County Public Schools.

The intent was to stave off what members saw as a tipping point for the 156,000-student system, which is expected to enroll an additional 10,000 students over the next five years — many of them speaking little to no English. To boost funding for school construction, the council on Wednesday agreed to fund nearly all of the district’s six-year,$1.73 billion capital budget request.

Speaking of Blue-on-Blue Violence

A Hillary Clinton supporter is horrified to discover what it feels like to be on the other side of a vicious left-wing street protest.

As Hillary supporters made their way out of the gymnasium, an officer in riot gear pointed and said “that way only.” I stopped in my tracks when I saw where he wanted us to go. The sole exit from the campus was a narrow walkway approximately 40 feet long, lined 2-3 people deep on each side with more than a hundred screaming, cursing, jeering, angry Bernie supporters pushing hateful signs into people’s faces. They stood above the path on a two foot cement border wall, looming over and into the walkway, shouting SHAME ON YOU!

A scan of the signs revealed the same tired slurs rotated out against Hillary for decades. “Liar,” “Wall Street Shill” “Murderer” “Frack You” “Hillary Deports Children” “Clinton Crime Family” “Release the Transcripts.” A large sign written in drippy red paint screamed “Honduras!” and “You killed Berta Cáceres!” Conspiracy theories abounded, each one could easily be refuted with basic research from reliable sources, or a visit to snopes.com.

Entering the gauntlet, two protesters cursed and shouted through megaphones mere feet away, ringing eardrums. One of the megaphone men was dressed in a loincloth, partially exposing himself, his face painted red and wearing a headdress of feathers. A young girl in a pink jacket jabbed her fingers at people as they passed and yelled “Get out of here, get out of here! You’re not from here, none of you!”

Every single Hillary supporter was forced to pass through the tunnel of hate. Some smiled defiantly, flashed peace signs, sang and danced their way through. Some angrily flipped the bird and shouted back, shoving signs out of their faces. Some took pictures, some covered their faces and ran, some sheltered their children and elders. A number of people using wheelchairs or walkers navigated carefully through the bellowing mob. No one was spared. A handmade sign with Hillary’s autograph was ripped from a child’s hands and torn up. Children cried and parents’ faces registered shock, gears turning: “How will I explain this behavior, and why they’re so mad at us?”

The Democrat Party’s chickens have come home to roost.

The Triumph of Democratic Socialism

Posted by V the K at 5:58 am - April 28, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

I imagine if you’re a Bernie Sanders supporter (Sandernista), a two-day work week sounds pretty sweet; or maybe like too much effort. (“Two whole days? But my teachers said I was SPECIAL!”)

The socialist administration began imposing a four-hour daily blackout around the country this week to save electricity. Then, Maduro announced that millions of officials will now work only Mondays and Tuesdays, taking the rest of the week off in a bid to save electricity.

Electricity shortages in the country with largest proven reserves of oil in the world. Socialism is amazeballs.

Some Venezuelans complain that the country is starting to resemble the dystopian series “The Hunger Games,” in which districts suffer for the benefit of a heartless capital city.

And the five richest counties in the Unites States are those surrounding Washington DC. We’re feeling the Bern already.

There, Fixed It For You

Posted by V the K at 9:05 am - March 16, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The addle-pated lackwits who are supporting Bernie Sanders have distributed many, many stupid memes on the internet. Ace highlighted this one, and I took it upon myself to edit it to standards of… um… reality.

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Left-Wing Brownshirts Bust Up Donald Trump Rally

Posted by V the K at 11:26 am - March 12, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Not a fan of Donald Trump by any means, but what MoveOn.org and #BlackLivesMatter did yesterday was straight-up Fascist Thuggery.

People Who Lived Under Socialism Are Not Big Fans of Socialism

Posted by V the K at 10:52 pm - March 1, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Gary Kasparov on Facebook:

I’m enjoying the irony of American Sanders supporters lecturing me, a former Soviet citizen, on the glories of Socialism and what it really means! Socialism sounds great in speech soundbites and on Facebook, but please keep it there. In practice, it corrodes not only the economy but the human spirit itself, and the ambition and achievement that made modern capitalism possible and brought billions of people out of poverty. Talking about Socialism is a huge luxury, a luxury that was paid for by the successes of capitalism. Income inequality is a huge problem, absolutely. But the idea that the solution is more government, more regulation, more debt, and less risk is dangerously absurd.

The Stupid, It Berns

Posted by V the K at 10:16 am - February 24, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

The Left has a persistent habit of confusing idiotic metaphors with logic. “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle,” for example. Or, “It will be a great day when schools have all the money they need and the military has to hold bake sales to buy guns.” Leftists feel really clever spouting these bumper-stickers, but in the end, that’s all they do: Make dumb people feel clever. They fall apart under even the most cursory tests of logic and reason. Of a piece with that is this really, really stupid thing from the Sandernistas:

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There is so much stupid embodied here. Obviously, whoever made this has no idea what Communism, Fascism, Socialism, or Capitalism actually represent as political and economic system, but just sort of mixed and matched the labels to come up with the metaphor they wanted.

“Democratic” Socialism just means to me that “we’re going to vote people into power who will take away money from people we don’t like so the Government can buy us things, which makes it totally okay.”  At it’s heart, it’s still organized theft; four wolves and a sheep voting on whose for dinner. (Now that’s a metaphor that actually represents the thing it is metaphoring.)

Notice how Capitalism utterly disappears at the bottom. That is very indicative of what the Sandernista Left is actually aiming for.

Under leftism, All Entertainment Media Must be Propaganda in Service of the Party Agenda

Posted by V the K at 7:27 am - February 22, 2016.
Filed under: Academia,Socialism in America

Left-wing academics (is there any other kind?) at Duke University with nothing better to do have conducted a “research study” of Disney movies and determined that they are insufficiently Marxist because they depict the working class proletariat as happy, rather than consumed with rage at their economic inequality relative to the decadent bourgeoisie.

The depictions of working-class people are also unrealistic, the researchers said, as nearly all ‘perceive their jobs as invigorating, fun’. In Mary Poppins, Bert sings that ‘as a sweep you’re as lucky as can be’.

The study says: ‘Bert, like other characters, frames working-class jobs as devoid of difficulties.’

Many children’s films, it adds, ‘suggest that social class inequality is benign, as those at the bottom of the class ladder suffer little, lead relatively stable lives, and experience many advantages’.

It adds that this ‘erases, downplays or sanitises poverty and class inequality, implying that poverty and inequality are not particularly problematic as few people suffer from them’.

You mean, working people can be happy and not obsessed with class warfare and socialist struggle?

We can’t have that, can we?

How Did This Election Get So Weird?

Just a thought: Is Hillary really losing because she’s being “dragged down by scandals?” Because Democrats really find her duplicitous and untrustworthy? Because she’s just plain unlikeable? Or is it because Sanders is just promising a lot more free stuff and class vengeance?

I have come to believe it’s the latter. Democrats never gave a wet slap about scandals or corruption within their own party before. They didn’t care that Barack Obama got semi-trucks full of campaign donations from Wall Street and made his Administration an ATM for Goldman-Sachs. It seems odd that they would start caring about that now. I gotta believe it’s about the free stuff.

By the way, did you know that even though America’s answer to Evita Peron lost by over 50,000 votes, she gets more New Hampshire Democrat delegates than America’s answer to Salvador Allende? Hillary leaves the state with 15 delegates. Bernie leaves with 13.  Overall, Hillary has 394 delegates in hand and Bernie has 42, despite skunking her in New Hampshire and tying her in Iowa.

That “Democratic” Party is a Hell of a thing, isn’t it?

Over at the Republican side, the conservatives and the moderate establishment are both losing to a loud, boorish populist. Trump is tapping into the angst of the working class, and in a not-so-different way from Bernie Sanders. Trump also rails against the hedge fund managers, and promising to tax them more, and promising to maintain and expand the welfare state.

This is being portrayed in the media as a “populist revolt.” The narrative is that the people who have suffered twenty odd years of wage decline and economic stagnation… the people who have been losing ground economically while politicians and bankers in the DC-Wall Street corridor have built up unprecedented levels of wealth… are turning on the politicians and bankers whose policies (open borders, cheap imports, cronyism) have led to this state of affairs.

Do people really just plain hate politicians and bankers? Or do they really hate that the politicians and the bankers seem to be scheming against them to enhance their own wealth?

If you want a socialist revolution, this is how you get a socialist revolution.

In the end, this election may well come down to a billionaire capitalist supported by the blue collar working class running against an avowed Marxist supported by the trust-fund wealthy.

What an odd thing to see happening.

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A Pretty Good Rundown of the Democrat Campaign

 

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60% of the Republican Caucus vote in Iowa went to black or Hispanic candidates. But if you are uncomfortable with minorities and prefer to vote for old white people, the Democrat Party had a debate last night. It pretty much went like this:

Hillary: Vote for me. I’m a woman.

Sanders: Vote for me, I’m a socialist.

Hillary: I’m pretty socialist, too. I’ll give you free stuff.

Sanders: Grr, I’m the real socialist. I’ll give you ALL THE FREE STUFF! And I hate Wall Street.

Hillary: I hate Wall Street too.

Sanders: No you don’t. They give you money.

Hillary: Big money corrupts our entire political process… except for me.

Sanders: I’ll take all of Wall Street’s money and give it away to voters. Then everyone will be as rich as a hedge fund manager. Because that’s how economics works.

Hillary: I hate the NRA.

Sanders: I hate Climate Deniers.

Hillary: I hate the Koch Brothers.

Sanders: I hate you.

Hillary: I hate you.

Sanders: In closing, Vote for me, Free Stuff, bitches!

Hillary: Vote for me, I’m  a woman.

Socialism Fails Mainly Because Socialists Are Lazy, Selfish Jerks

Posted by V the K at 7:40 pm - February 2, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Bernie Sanders’ fan base is a lot like the youthful Bernie Sanders — lazy, irresponsible, bad with money and possessing an outsized sense of entitlement. Case in point, the “Anti-Capitalism” Campbell Co-Operative House in Oregon. (A place I actually stayed in once. They serve tofu hotdogs. They were vile.) The young Sandernistas living there wanted to establish a socialist enclave.

“I thought this would be an artist utopia if the right set of motivated and creative and inspired people lived there.”

Instead, they got lazy, irresponsible bums who were bad with money and possessed an outsized sense of entitlement.

“Though rent is cheap — between $300 and $400 depending on the room — members tend to move in, stay for a few months and move out, often without paying the owed rent, the source of the debt.The co-op’s lack of funds and “anti-capitalist” stance make it reluctant to hire debt collectors.”

There you have it. Socialism isn’t about “equality” or “fairness,” it’s about using the power of the state to force other people to give you their stuff.

This is why Socialism is very popular among people who don’t want to work but want stuff. It is notably less popular among people who actually work for the things they need.

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Stuff I Didn’t Know About Bernie Sanders But Was Not Surprised to Learn

Posted by V the K at 11:45 am - February 1, 2016.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money; mainly because he is promising to take even more money away from the productive to lavish on the unproductive Democrat base. His socialist fervor is borne of his own experience of being a lazy, good-for-nothing failure who attached his mug to the Government teat and never let go.

Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck – and it was a government check.
“I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington. . . .
Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”
Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment – and this is what his friends had to say about him.
The only thing he was good at was talking…non-stop…about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

In a meritocracy – or a country where voting majorities were rational and well-informed – Bernie Sanders would not be trusted to run a Dairy Queen, much less the United States of America.

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And This Is Why They Call It MSLSD

Posted by V the K at 2:47 pm - December 31, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

2015 as seen on the Official Network of the American Left:

 

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“I was told there would be no math on this quiz”

Posted by V the K at 4:39 pm - November 12, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Host: What are your demands?

Socialist Airhead: “Free college! No debt! $15 an hour!”

Host: “How do you propose to pay for it?”

Socialist Airhead: “Um, well… the 1% have all the money and … um the 1% should pay um…   because, um, they’re the 1% and… um I can’t do math.”

 

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Has Obama Really Failed?

This is a thing that’s going around. Screen-Shot-2015-11-05-at-4_37_03-PM-550x321 The implication is that Obama’s presidency has been bad for the Democratic Party. I guess you could make that case, kinda sorta. And since the Democratic Party threw themselves all-in to his Cult of Personality, it’s kind of Karmic that it would lead to their withering in state governments and Congress.

But I don’t think Obama or his Alinskyite backers care very much about states or legislatures. Obama has been spectacularly successful in centralizing autocratic power in the executive branch; aided and abetted by Republicans who are either too timid to oppose him or actively collaborating. Obama has unilaterally re-written welfare laws, immigration laws, environmental laws, and labor laws. His administration has imposed policies on the states ranging from dictating what school children may eat for lunch to how states may use natural resources. The Democrats may be losing power in the states and legislatures, but Obama has largely made them irrelevant.

On the Difficulty of Being a Patriot (when your citizenry sux)

Hi folks! (Jeff/ILC) I haven’t posted here for several months. Where have I been?

As a rule, I dislike negative people; I like problem-solvers and try to be one. But sometimes, even a problem-solver can get negative because problem-solving starts with acknowledging reality, and the reality may be very negative.

This is the situation I’m in, with regard to the United States of America. By my guess, Americans today fall into roughly four categories:

  • 25% good people. (Constructive people who see clearly and value liberty.)
  • 25% confused people. (Semi-good people who have been mis-educated with anti-freedom ideas. Some of these may live off the public trough, although they know they shouldn’t.)
  • 25% parasites. (People who expect to live off the public trough, claiming it’s right and they deserve it.)
  • 25% fascists. (People, usually leftists though not always, who actively want government to control more and more of everyone’s lives. Even speech, for example with speech codes.)

When I was a kid, things were not much better; but they may have been a little bit better. The proportions seemed to be more like 30, 30, 20, 20. So the balance was a little more in favor of the good people.

I believe that, by now in 2015, the balance has tipped against the nation’s remaining good people. As a result:

  • We get “leader” after “leader” who is either pathetic and confused (Donald Trump, any of the Bushes), or pathetic and malevolent (Barack Obama, any of the Clintons or Kennedys).
  • We get government officials that continually lie – for example, saying that unemployment is 5.1% when it is 11% or more – and a media that couldn’t care less, as long as Planned Parenthood or its other favorite causes will be funded.
  • Add your own. (Libya? Syria? Talk about illegal wars! Given that ISIS and the disgusting, U.S.-backed “Syrian rebels” are much the same people, shouldn’t we be asking if ISIS may be an incredibly-stupid U.S. covert op?)

I gotta be honest: It’s depressing. As I survey this post-modern, corrupt, neo-socialist wreck of a nation that had once proudly taught the world about human freedom and productivity, I feel disgust and disappointment. I’ve been absent from the blog because I hit a point where I simply did not want to pay any attention to current events. And because I (still) feel uncomfortable writing at a blog with the word “patriot” in the title when, in Obama’s America, there is increasingly less that is worth defending.

I love and support the America that its Founders had intended: a beacon of liberty. I do not love or support (except by paying a ton of taxes, in cash) the America that we have in the year 2015: a deceit-filled, national-socialist travesty whose eventual crash (and/or takeover by China) can no longer be prevented.

That’s at the political level. On a personal level: I have to admit that it took me a couple decades to “get it” – that is, to understand real economics, psychology and morality and how they should interact to make a free society. It took me awhile, because I was mis-educated originally (was told a lot of the standard lies), and because my general desire to love people and give them credit made it hard to disbelieve the lies. It took me a long time; so why not be patient with the many people today who “don’t get it”?

Here’s why not. Yes, it took me a long time; but I did “get it”, because of my lifelong commitment to figuring out what’s real and what isn’t real, what works and what doesn’t work. I don’t see most people making even half of such an effort. I see a majority of people lying to themselves and others, spouting crap, not caring that they’re spouting crap, and treating their families like crap – as they indulge themselves with daily marijuana, coke, alcohol, iPorn, affairs/hookups, all-day gaming or other destruction. Which they rationalize.

Anyway…your thoughts?

For Those Who Like Their Coffee Bitter, Overpriced, and Humorless

Posted by V the K at 11:13 am - October 20, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

They have a unique customer loyalty program. For every four cups of coffee you buy, they give somebody else a free cup.

Every cup is served by an angry bureaucrat and accompanied by a stern lecture on gun control and sustainable development.

The store later went bankrupt because of spiraling employee pension costs.

Illegal Immigrants: Show your California Drivers License for a 50% discount.

The Democrats Come Out of the Socialist Closet

“Last night the Democrats presented themselves an an openly left-wing party, to whose base Bernie’s honeymoon in the Soviet Union appears far less eccentric than Jim Webb doing his Scoop Jackson routine 40 years too late. Bernie thinks we should be more like Denmark, Sweden and Norway – just debt-ridden and with more race riots. As far as I can recall, the most pressing priority for the Democrats is free parental leave for illegal immigrants if they happen to have an anchor baby while enjoying their free college tuition. Insofar as foreign policy raised its head, it was something to be avoided at all costs. While crazy right-wing nutjobs worry about footling peripheral trifles like Isis, Putin, and Iranian nukes, smart Democrats are focused on the real global threat of “climate change”, which is why they’re committed to investing in wind-driven fax machines for all Obamacare sign-ups by 2020.” – Mark Steyn on the Democrat Debate.

The Democrat debate on Tuesday demonstrated conclusively that the Democrat Party is now openly socialist and Bernie Sanders represents its center. The Democrat debate essentially became a “Coming Out Party” for Socialists who had just been waiting in the dark among the coats and boats, afraid to express their true selves for fear of how society might react. However, now they are out and proud and ready to march at the front of the May Day parade.

It also demonstrated my axiom that the value proposition of the Democrat Party is “We will take money from other people and buy you stuff with it.” Among the FSFTG that the Democrats promised were:

  • Free College Tuition
  • (By implication) Free College for Illegal Immigrants
  • Obamacare for Illegal Immigrants
  • Paid Family Leave
  • More Social Security benefits

But don’t worry about the debt because “the rich” are going to pay for all of it.

Buying votes with other people’s money, as per usual, while also promising to tear down (what’s left of) the capitalist system that created the wealth they now want to distribute. Hillary is commonly considered the winner of the debate because of her well-rehearsed soundbite answers and enthusiasm for the New Socialism (same as the Old Socialism).  As  Mark Steyn points out, she was an alpha female among beta males (which describes the Demographic make-up of the Democrat Party quite well).

More from Mr. Steyn below, beginning at about 4 minutes in:

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Millennials and Bernie Sanders

Posted by V the K at 9:40 am - October 5, 2015.
Filed under: Socialism in America

Having access to a left-leaning, reasonably articulate Millennial, I was able to ask, “Why are you guys so crazy about this Bernie Sanders fellow?” The answer basically boils down to two things.

1. They perceive the current system to be corrupt and stacked against them. They have completely bought into the line that too few people control too much wealth and that they are disadvantaged as a result. They like Sanders because he is going after ‘the wealthy.’ This is a particularly potent attraction among those who have accumulated lots of college debt and have no prospects for paying it off.  The idea of the Government mandating paid paternity leave and a living wage sounds great. How could more money and paid time off not be great?

2. They think the free market has failed, and point to examples like the fellow who bought the patent for the AIDS pill and jacked up the price to $750 per pill as an example. (They have no idea that this was enabled by Government regulation, and not the free market because Reddit didn’t tell them that.) They know Sanders is a Socialist and they don’t care. When they think of Socialism, they think of Sweden, not Venezuela. And when they think of Sweden, they think “Free college and IKEA,” not 70% tax rates and Muslim rape gangs.

Many Millennials have had little or no exposure to the intellectual case against socialism. To them, conservatives are people who don’t want gay people to get married, and that’s about it. When the GOP talks about “tax cuts,” they see no benefit to themselves. The Conservative Right largely talks among themselves, and are terrible at explaining the benefits of free market capitalism to those who have been indoctrinated by 12-16 years of education in Government schools.

In the pre-Reagan Era, the media was just as left-leaning and reluctant to discuss the poverty and oppression that permeated the Soviet Union. But there were enough people willing to talk about it outside the media for the truth to get out. The pervasiveness of social media should make it easier, not harder, for conservatives to get a message out around the media gatekeepers. Millennials should be told what happened in Venezuela after his ideological brother Hugo Chavez took over; they should be told how toilet paper became a black market commodity and supermarket shelves became bare. And they should be made aware that Sweden is not quite the utopia they’ve been taught it is, either.