More Annoying Political Comments

I really should be leaving this stuff alone, but certain things just irk me. This time, it is a quote from the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker.

The quote comes from a speech Mayor Booker gave at the DNC. It is probably filled with flaws I would pick to shreds, but the quote I encountered was this:

And when your country is in a costly war, with our soldiers sacrificing abroad and our nation facing a debt crisis at home, being asked to pay your fair share isn’t class warfare—it’s patriotism.

I will tell you flat out that is complete bullsh–. First of all, raising taxes is not asking. It’s demanding. Second, “fair share” is an entirely subjective term that, when used by Democratic/liberal politicians to talk about what they think the vague and nebulous group known as “the wealthy” should be required by law to fork over, is used to indicate that what “the wealthy” pay now in taxes in unfair and not enough. Which is exactly class warfare.

And no, demanding that other people be forced to pay more in taxes because you think the amount they pay is not fair, that is not patriotism. If you genuinely believe it is patriotism, your idea of what you being loyal to your country means is seriously distorted.

If you want to talk about wealthy people giving more money to the government being patriotic, then the question arises, where, Mayor Booker, is your check to the U.S. Department of the Treasury? Where is President Obama’s check? Oh wait, that’s right. David Axelrod, Senior Strategist for Obama’s reelection campaign, explained “that’s not the way we operate our tax system, OK? We don’t run bake sales. It’s not about volunteerism.”

Pay attention to this. The Democrats are trying to redefine patriotism not as what you give because you love your country, but as what you demand other people do for you. This will be the heart of everything Obama (and likely Bill Clinton along with the other speakers at the DNC) will have to say. They want you to demand things from other people because they can buy your votes by promising to demand it too. Demand other people pay more taxes. Demand they provide you with health care. Demand they pay for your retirement. Demand they pay for your education. And no will call you a slave, but you will not be free.

And that, they will assure you, is patriotic. Because “Freedom Is Slavery.” Joe Biden explained it the other day. Getting rid of burdensome and costly regulations is “gonna put y’all back in chains.”

But I am not done with Mayor Booker’s comment. He said “when your nation is in a costly war” and I know he means the war in Afghanistan. But two questions are raised. One, why has the Obama not brought the troops home yet? Two, what about the also quite costly “war on drugs” that Obama shows no sign of trying to abate? Mayor Booker also mentioned “our nation facing a debt crisis at home”. Notably, Obama has done little to nothing to actually cut spending. He has presided over a government spending about as much in almost four years as the government with Bush the Younger as president spent in eight years.

So again, no, demanding other people be forced to pay more in taxes is not, I repeat, not patriotic.

Cowardly bullsh– is what it is.

The sad thing is, people are going to support this kind of thinking in droves again this year. Even sadder, the only opposition with a chance of unseating the current administration is no better.

(Yeah, I am ranting, and I am libertarian. And proud of it. I said it before, and will say it again: I am libertarian because I care about people, about individuals and about society. I am libertarian because I believe in liberty, the dignity of the individual and the importance of a free society. As best I can tell, the Democrats and the Republicans care far less about those things and far more about power and control. I see no reason whatever to give them my support.)

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