We Have Seen The Enemy……………..

What is socialism? In order to identify it one must first define it. One of the best and simplest essays I have read was written by a Frenchman published in 1850; Frederic Bastiat The Law. His definition of law is justice. Justice that protects each individual’s right to life, liberty and equality. Sounds familiar. That is the sole purpose of Government to protect citizens and provide the opportunity for justice. Law makers (legislators are a 4 letter word for him) often put themselves above the law and taking a patronizing persona pass laws that cause systematic inequality by taking from one to give to another.

 

“The delusion of the day is to enrich all classes at the expense of each other; it is to generalize plunder under the pretense of organizing it. Now legal plunder may be organized in an infinite number of ways. Hence come an infinite multitude of plans for organization: tariffs, protection, perquisites, gratuities, encouragements, progressive taxation, free public education, right to work, right to profit, right to wages, right to assistance, right to instruments of labor, gratuity of credit, etc., etc. And it is in all these plans, taken as a whole, with what they have in common, legal plunder, that takes the name of socialism.”

“But it is the law that socialism evokes legal plunder not extralegal.”

“Legal plunder has two roots….human greed and philanthropy.”

Socialism cannot organize these systems without disorganizing justice

If we except these words as a true description of what socialism is and why it is unjust (and I do) then it becomes simple to assess what exists in America today, identify the legal plunder and call it what it is not cloak it as “progressive and enlightened”, it is regressive and deceptive and designed to  pacify those who do not relish liberty and freedom more than security through theft.

It began in the 1850’s with Union activities and has progressed through many systems of legalized plunder; progressive taxation, welfare, unemployment benefits, massive unions, and has reached a zenith in Obamacare.

Obama is the chief architect of the total transition from a Republic to a Socialistic State. We still have the bells and whistles of democracy hanging about but they are drying up as the legislators scramble to find more legal plunder. The process discourages American Exceptionalism through excessive taxation of success and destroying the underlying principles of innovation, invention and hard work.

Last week in Kansas he scoffed at the idea that some called him a Socialist while in the same breath he touts legal plunder as the centerpiece of his administration.

As Pogo said “we have seen the enemy and it is us”

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11/22/63 II

Overall it’s about as good as an 849 page novel can be. It has all the elements of dramatic rhetoric, pathos, logos and ethos. Written in first person narrative, the trip through time to save JFK is an adventure fraught with dangers that are revealed more and more as the fateful moment approaches. This time portal always goes back to the same day in September 1958. One can live in the past as long as one chooses it seems with only a time lapse of 2 minutes in the present. However the actual aging process occurs normally so for example, if a 35 year old leaves at 11:58 on April the 28 and goes back and lives from September 1958 to December 1963 upon return it would be 12:00 April 28 and the traveler would now be 40.

History can be changed but……it doesn’t like being changed and resists by creating obstacles to prevent significant change; the bigger the change the bigger the obstacles. Since saving JFK is a pretty damn big change the obstacles are enormous. There are also lasting ripples in the fabric of time that come into play. Each time one goes back time “resets” so that the changes that resulted from a previous trip are negated and time reverts back to the way it was.

King did an enormous amount of research on the assignation and builds the suspense of the fateful day to a feverish climax. While the protagonist is almost certain Oswald was a lone shooter he still can not be 100% certain until he arrives at the School Book Depository 6th floor on 11/22/63. So he can’t take Oswald out ahead of time as there might be a conspiracy. The conspiracy ramifications are a major factor in the book.

One of the story’s themes is that time travel causes “harmonies” names are similar, in past and present, story lines converge and coincidences abound to the point of becoming the new reality. I found that to be personally amusing. In 1965 I desperately wanted my first car to be a 1957 ford sunliner . I have never really gotten over not having it. So of course that is the car the time traveler purchases. I am so envious.

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I loved the book and sad to have finished it.  And if you like a good love story you should read it, it has one for the ages (lol).