Yes, Steven Crowder is a bit of a blowhard, and he’s only funny to some…but here, he’s not wrong.
A third and final trait, one which, in my eyes, best describes socialists of all schools and shades, is a profound opposition to personal liberty and scorn for individual reason, a complete contempt for the individual. They unceasingly attempt to mutilate, to curtail, to obstruct personal freedom in any and all ways. They hold that the State must not only act as the director of society, but must further be master of each man, and not only master, but keeper and trainer. For fear of allowing him to err, the State must place itself forever by his side, above him, around him, better to guide him, to maintain him, in a word, to confine him. They call, in fact, for the forfeiture, to a greater or less degree, of human liberty, to the point where, were I to attempt to sum up what socialism is, I would say that it was simply a new system of serfdom.
Alexis de Tocqueville, Remarks to French Constituent Assembly, 1848
Such a shame. Socialism refutes itself, and the power mongers never look inward to blame. It’s always someone else’s fault.
The power goes out all over Venezuela…that can’t be incompetence, corruption, and laziness, no! That’s due to sabotage!
The healthcare exchange website fails on its trial run — that’s the capitalists we hired (who were your friends), it’s the Republicans (who didn’t vote for the law and are just sitting back watching the whole thing implode), its sabotage! But there’s no way it’s incompetence or laziness, or corruption.
The French economy couldn’t hit positive growth even with German laborers getting taxed by the EU…but that’s not lazy “workers”, incompetent administrators and corrupt politicians…no! That’s evil rich people and capitalists!
The main issue isn’t so much socialism as the people it appeals to: lazy free riders and hucksters masquerading as “experts” and “leaders” — the sorts that go to good schools and think of themselves as smart, wordily…better than you. It’s not possible that they are collosal fuckups, in their minds, and to even entertain the idea would shatter their egos.
There can be no socialism without a state, and as long as there is a state there is socialism. The state, then, is the very institution that puts socialism into action; and as socialism rests on aggressive violence directed against innocent victims, aggressive violence is the nature of any state.
– Hans-Hermann Hoppe
…or “American”, but what do we expect from the antediluvian socialist twit?
Here’s Bernie lamenting the obstructionism of Republicans in Congress:
“In a time of disfunctionality in the Senate, and all kinds of absurdity, this probably takes the cake when you filibuster your own” bill, the self-described “democratic socialist” lawmaker told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Friday evening. “The American people want action and it is undemocratic, it is unAmerican when a small minority can deny the majority from going forward.”
Sanders made the remarks after McConnell on Thursday called for a vote on legislation giving President Obama unilateral power to increase the nation’s borrowing limit, the so-called debt ceiling. McConnell had hoped to demonstrate that Republicans and Democrats alike oppose what he described as a “power grab” by the president, but he was forced to object to a simple majority vote after Democrats agreed to move forward.
Democrats said it may have been the first time that the minority in the Senate blocked one of its own bills from moving forward. The Senate did not end up voting on the measure, which would have required 60 votes to move forward after McConnell objected.
“I certainly hope we will succeed with very serious filibuster reform, because if we don’t, we’re going to continue to be tied up in knots,” Sanders said. “Look, the Senate is not the House, and we want to create a situation where the minority, whether it’s Republican, Democrat, whatever, has the right to explain to the American people why they feel the way they feel. That is … important.
“On the other hand, the majority in this country has the right to rule, has the right to make decisions. Obama won a huge victory. We won 25 out of 33 elections in the Senate. We won seats in the House.”
Where to start..? “The American people want action and it is undemocratic, it is unAmerican when a small minority can deny the majority from going forward…” Democratic doesn’t mean you get elected and get to do what you want. It means you represent the wishes of your particular constituency (the assumption being the majority voted for your evinced policies), not giving in to the major opinion of other representatives.
So resisting the efforts of the “majority” is democratic. More over, the point to representative democracy over direct democracy was to prevent the tyranny of the majority. You might want to have a shufty at the writings of the Founders, Bernie.
As for un-American — this is just as ludicrous as the undemocratic comment. Representative democracy, as designed by the Founders, is supposed to be gridlocked by partisan, branches, and levels of government self-interest. It is, as Microsoft would say, a feature, not a bug.
“On the other hand, the majority in this country has the right to rule, has the right to make decisions…” [Emphasis mine] No, they don’t have the right to rule. That was a specific issue the Founders hoped to avoid (see the points made above), but it is very insightful regarding the mental state of your “representatives” and the ideologues of our political class: they want to rule, not represent, not govern. RULE, tell you how to live, steal your money for their comfort and power, kill your kids in wars that have nothing to do with you. Rule. Like the kings of old.
And you elected them, America. Good job.
“We won 25 out of 33 elections in the Senate. We won seats in the House.” One…you might have won House seats, but you lose ground there. Two, you are a socialist, Bernie, not a Democrat…unless you are suggesting Democrats are now socialists…? (Yes, I know he caucuses with them. STFU.)
Bernie Sanders is a classic example of the grasping, self-involved, arrogant, and ultimately useless bastards that run for office and whom we willing elected and re-elect to office. So it’s no wonder they think they are smarter than you are, that they have the right to do as they please…you keep voting for them.
The president shot his mouth off in Roanoke — the site of the first, and failed British colony in North America — last Friday. It was one of those beautifully quasi-scripted gaffes the president is prone to, where he says what he actually thinks:
If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. [More on that here…] Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.
I’ve already pointed out the utter absurdity of this statement by noting that those roads, and school, and infrastructure…those were paid for primarily with taxes from small businesses — because of their success — and the taxes of those successful Americans who pay taxes.
The media is already scrambling to cover the Idiot-in-Chief’s unfortunate display of personal belief, telling us that it is all a right-wing talking point ginned up by bloggers (the execrable David Taintor) — never mind it was caught on tape and is demostrable;
(OOPS! Oh, you didn’t come up with that idea Mr. President, the latest incarnation was faux Injun Elizabeth Warren) …or that the president was just speaking off the cuff and got his talking points muddled (here it’s former Reason alumni David Weigel, who asks us to read between the lines of something to see what the president actually meant…because, you know, he didn’t really mean that.)
Unfortunately, the president is a little out of synch with the American folks (but he would be right at home in France…where the new 75% tax on those with over a million Euros and 45% on “rich” is going over about as well as could be expected.)
Here’s Team Romney’s response…while I personally think he’s a terrible candidate, this is spot on: