Of Course, AOC is a Deadbeat

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has drawn continued scorn from her own party as she reportedly refuses to pay party dues to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and is instead redirecting those funds to other far-left candidates like herself.” [from The Daily Wire]

Oh, it makes total logical (and psychological) sense. She’s a deadbeat. She’s a big mouth parasite with disproportionate influence in a political movement of deadbeats. Socialism is for deadbeats. The productive, the competent and the honorable have NOTHING to gain from socialism and everything to lose. Only parasites and moochers stand to gain anything from socialism. So why wouldn’t a leader of that movement act this way?

It’s a variation on the theme that there’s no honor among thieves or criminals. It’s the same with moochers. If you’re a moocher counting on others to pay your way in life, then AOC is what you get. As for her fellow Democrats left with the tab: They deserve her.

A reader points out on a Facebook thread with my article: “She’s fundraising, not giving money to the Democratic pool, and funding candidates to primary out the democratic old guard. She’s playing with Fire.”

My reply:

She’s like other snowflakes. She has no rational anxiety. It doesn’t occur to her that her feelings and her emotional will — all by themselves — cannot deliver everything she wants. And the fools who elected her (and no doubt will reelect her) have enabled her delusion. The only thing that can bring the whole delusion down? People like her getting control of everything. Then we’ll become Venezuela, and, being the snowflake she is, it’s hard to imagine she would survive that scenario very long.—Michael J. Hurd

No Freedom for Hate Speech

“No freedom for hate speech”.

You have to understand what leftists mean by “hate speech”. What they mean is: DISSENTING speech. Dissension from WHAT? From anything they believe.

This includes socialism. This includes gun control. This includes 90 percent tax rates. This includes treating enemies — like Iran, or ISIS — as if they’re actually enemies … and calling them what they are.

Anything non-leftist is “hate speech”. They’ve already established this point psychologically and ideologically. They already have most non-leftists (who will never agree) afraid to say so aloud. I know of literally hundreds of non-leftists “in the closet” about their views. I don’t know of a single leftist who’s like that. Leftists are righteous, perpetually indignant and outraged at the drop of a hat. In such a psychological atmosphere, how long do you think before they’re ready to round up dissenters and give them what they supposedly deserve?

Now get a load of the latest, from a story at Breitbart News:

Researchers at the UK’s University of Cambridge have created a new software technology that treats online “hate speech” as a computer “virus” or “malware.”

The “Hate O’Meter” warns users they are about to view “hate speech” and gives them the option of viewing the content in advance.

Authors of the research Stefanie Ullmann and Marcus Tomalin assert in the journal Ethics and Information Technology that establishment technology platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google merely react to offensive posts by removing them if there are sufficient complaints about them.

Such “reactive” methods, the researchers say, still “cause the recipients psychological harm” because users view the content first, meaning “the harm has already been inflicted.”

Wow. So we can measure “psychological harm” in real, objective terms? If so, what are those criteria?

And how does this square with the standard of a “sufficient number of complaints”? Can’t the majority be wrong? What if a majority, in some context, were Trump supporters or conservatives? Surely the leftists who condemn “hate speech” would not want that as a standard. They intend to rig the process ahead of time, quite clearly. That’s what dictators do.

How do we know harm was inflicted? Merely because the offended party says so? But how can the law be applied to such a totally subjective standard? Make no mistake. The LAW — the compulsive force of government — is what leftists are after. They start with shaming; and they end with the prison, or the gulag. It always ends this way, and America — if leftists get their way — will be no different.

My advice? Fight them while you still can. Fight them verbally, ideologically, intellectually, emotionally and psychologically. Those are powerful weapons. But only while they’re still legal.—Michael J. Hurd

Homelessness: The New Normal in California

“While the rest of the country experienced a combined decrease in homelessness in 2019, significant increases in unsheltered and chronic homelessness on the West Coast, particularly California and Oregon, offset those nationwide decreases, causing an overall increase in homelessness of 2.7 percent in 2019,” HUD said in a statement. “Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia reported declines in homelessness between 2018 and 2019, while 21 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness. Homelessness in California increased by 21,306 people, or 16.4 percent, which is more than the total national increase of every other state combined.” [The Daily Wire]

Let’s be clear: Government — state or federal — has no right to enslave its citizens by forcing them to take care of the homeless. Slavery was outlawed in the 19th century. Whether you’re coerced to labor on a plantation or coerced to labor all or part of your day to take care of the poor, coercion and slavery are NOT freedom.

Nevertheless, it IS the responsibility of a state government not to enable and foster homelessness. The best way for government not to do that? By staying out of the economy. By letting economic growth occur, by upholding contracts and property rights, but otherwise leaving the economy the hell alone.

California imposes some of the highest taxes and most onerous regulations on its citizens in the country. California is what the national Democratic Party wants the entire USA to become. Witness the results. If California did a better job of leaving its most productive citizens the hell alone — free to make a profit and in the process create jobs and prosperity for everyone — the state would not be experiencing rising homelessness while the rest of the country experiences a reduction in homelessness.

The other problem has to do with virtue-signaling. It’s an ethical and psychological problem. Leftists who dominate state government in California want to be SEEN as being virtuous. For reasons many of us will never comprehend, they SEE it as VIRTUOUS to leave homeless people on the street. It gives them an opportunity to say, “Look at me. I’m not being mean to a homeless person. I’m letting him sleep on the sidewalk”. The politicians and highly wealthy are not exposed to the homelessness the way middle class and most other people are; so to them, the problem is tolerable, and they get to be seen as “holier than thou” because of it.

Homelessness is mostly due to substance abuse. Substance abuse is a sad problem. But it’s not the fault of the people being forced to walk around the homeless people on the street. At some point, you have to blame the people who are living on the street for letting their lives go in the first place. The amazing thing is that we make the use of certain substances illegal. Yet when people abuse those substances to the point of being addicted to them, to the point where they live on the streets and no longer even care — well, it’s somehow not virtuous to judge or hold them accountable in any way. We demand their right to live, defecate and urinate on the street … property owned by the government, by the way.

So those are the two basic problems with homelessness. Virtue-signaling and government strangulation of the economy, especially in places like California. Will Californians EVER make a change? It seems doubtful. But I suppose time will tell.

 

 

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Why Medicare for All Wouldn’t Last Five Minutes

Medicare for all would be a hilarious concept — if the stakes were not life and death.

“Medicare for all” rests on the premise that Medicare is a popular and successful program. But Medicare is the ONLY health insurance for the elderly. So how could it not be popular? For seniors, it’s Medicare — or nothing. Government made it that way back in 1965. If the alternative is Medicare or no insurance, well of course Medicare is popular.

Is Medicare successful? Only with the existence of a for-profit sector to prop it up. The great majority of people on Medicare are middle class, since the middle class make up the majority. They all have supplemental, for profit private insurance policies to back up their Medicare plans. Either their former employer pays for them as part of a retirement package, or they purchase one through an organization like AARP.

The fools running for President say, “Medicare is great for seniors. So let’s extend it to everyone.” But it’s not Medicare covering seniors. It’s lots of other people and programs. It’s private dollars, too. Without a robust private sector — albeit a heavily regulated one, especially since Obamacare, which drove up costs massively — there would be no Medicare as we know it.

So the fools running for President and the even greater fools who believe them say, “Outlaw private insurance. Outlaw the private practice of medicine. No more profit. The government will manage and pay for everything”. Seriously? The government that can’t even get a war right, most of the time — and defense is, unlike health care, an actual legitimate function of the government specified by the Constitution!

Nobody talks about how Medicare depends on the private sector for its survival. Payroll taxes come from the private sector. They will go up massively once Medicare covers everyone, not just seniors. More than that: Without for-profit insurance and private profits for hospitals and doctors, Medicare wouldn’t be able to function as well as it does. And it can’t function without supplemental private insurance. And, like Social Security, it’s set to go bankrupt eventually, at least without massive spending cuts. If you want to know what cuts look like for medical care, check out the elections in Canada and Great Britain. They have the equivalent of Medicare for all. Politicians make ALL the decisions. It’s ugly.

We need health care reform, for sure. We have to totally wipe out Obamacare. We have to deregulate health insurance, including allowing it to sell across state lines. Seniors and young people should be allowed to opt out of Medicare, and purchase other and better options on a private market, which will open up if the government permits it. Most likely, the private market would restore health insurance to the rational function of “hospitalization” rather than being mandated to cover every single last little service, as our current, highly expensive system does. But that’s up to the private market to decide, meaning: you and me. NOT the government!

And perhaps most important of all: Americans have to adopt a consumer mentality for health care just as they already have adopted for cars, computers, clothing, groceries, restaurants and travel. We have to stop letting bureaucrats and politicians make decisions for us. Right now, the politicians on the left are essentially saying, “Government handles most of health care now. You have to let us handle ALL of it”.

They can’t be serious. But they are. And I shudder for a future where millions of people believe them, and will give the life-and-death power over medicine to people who have never done an honest day of legitimate work in their lives: politicians.

 

Impeachment Day

It’s such a partisan issue right now, and this will be a partisan impeachment. This is going to change things forever. Future presidents will have to worry about this very thing – and that would be Republican or Democrat,” White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said.

So true.

Will Republicans someday retaliate? Democrats are counting on that never happening. Why? Because they’re living in the times of the Bushes, the Romneys and the McCains. These were Republicans who did not mean most of what they said, and desperately wanted to be liked by the Establishment in D.C. and the media.

Donald Trump could not be more different.

President Trump has ended that forever. For one thing, no Bush or Romney equivalent will ever win again. They won’t win the Republican nomination and, even if they do, they won’t win the final election — as Romney’s defeat in 2012 proved. Those days are over, forever. Those times are as dead as John McCain.

The other thing leftists and Democrats are counting on — I’m sad to say — is some version of a dictatorship. They hope that by disarming American citizens and passing “hate speech” laws as well as more restrictions on campaign speech, they will — in effect — turn us into a one-party state, like California. Totally socialized medicine will chain citizens to their government, as well.

President Trump’s election and continuing combative stance — in the face of overwhelming, unprecedented support from the Republican voters he represents — shows it’s not going to be so easy to roll over us. The Democratic leftist fantasy is that we get rid of Trump, and then the road is cleared to pass (for all practical purposes) a repeal of the First and Second Amendments — the core of what make us a free country.

Not without a huge, huge fight.

That’s where we are. It’s either roll over for the leftists, or endure some kind of civil war. I can’t predict the outcome. What we do know, for certain, is that Democrats mean business. They are never going to stop. Their hatred of Trump is only surpassed by their hatred of liberty itself. It’s not pretty.

It’s up to those of us who cherish freedom, liberty and individual rights to fight the evil partisans in our Imperial City with absolutely everything we have.

—Michael J. Hurd

 

Article 1, Section 8

Notice the concern the Democrats suddenly have for the Constitution in their phony impeachment hearings.  Yet, they care not a fig that 80% of the laws they approve and support are patently unconstitutional, i.e. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, farm subsidies, housing subsidies, public education and every other other form of redistribution.   If you can find it in Article 1, Section 8, I doff my chapeau.

ARTICLE 1, SECTION 8

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;

To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States;

To establish Post Offices and Post Roads;

To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;

To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;

To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations;

To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years;

To provide and maintain a Navy;

To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;

To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;

To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And

To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

Everyone Wants to be a Victim

Everybody wants to be a victim. It pays psychologically, in our culture, to be a victim. But why? What value or virtue is there in being a victim?

Sometimes we admire people who really ARE victims in what they overcame. And that’s indeed a valuable, admirable and even a beautiful thing. But it’s the OVERCOMING that’s the value here. We didn’t look at survivors of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps and say, “Wow. That’s great. You were in a concentration camp”. We said, “You survived it. You lived to tell the tale. And you tell us what you learned”. Those things are valuable — although you surely don’t need such horrendous suffering in order to learn, grow and prove your worth.

Suffering is not the purpose of life. Happiness is.

America, despite all its issues, is — at this point in time — the most prosperous, comfortable and even rational place to be living in all of human history. Do YOU want to be living in any other place or time? I doubt it. Yet somehow suffering is now the standard of value. It makes no sense. Achievement ought to be the standard of value. Survival and overcoming are values.

People create crises and disasters — or exaggerate them — in order to prove they’re suffering. As if suffering is the only way to prove your worth. It makes no sense!

People lie about being victims when they’re not. They fabricate stories about being victims of racial slurs or “hate crimes” that never took place. Jussie Smollett comes to mind as one of the more grotesque examples.

Why can’t they focus on achievements? I don’t condone lying about achievements. But I can see the temptation. Achievement is a good thing. But what in the world tempts people to lie about having been a victim? Being a victim is a horrible thing. It’s not a shameful thing. If you’re truly a victim, something shameful was done to you. The shame is with the victimizer. But how did being a victim become such a point of pride?

Something is deeply wrong in the thinking of millions of people for victimhood to have become such a dominant theme — and implicit virtue — in our culture.

I suspect it all stems from the false belief that sacrifice is virtue. The degree to which you sacrifice, the thinking goes, you’re supposedly a good person. Victimization is the currency or proof of your sacrifice.

But sacrifice is NOT a virtue. Suffering is not a virtue. Yes, suffering is sometimes the price you pay for virtue or achievement. But actual virtue — integrity, honesty, competence — is the REAL thing to shoot for. At most, misery is an unfortunate side-effect that it’s admirable to overcome.

Our civilization has never been more prosperous and full of opportunity. Yet most agree we seem to be spiraling toward some sort of unthinkable disaster. The problem is in our minds. Our minds contain ideas — often toxic, irrational ones. We have to fix ourselves INTERNALLY. Medicare for all won’t fix us. Free college won’t, either. Rational thinking will.

—Michael J . Hurd