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Is Edward Snowden a hero?
Hell yes! His actions were moral.
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Submitted by Lindsay Perigo on Tue, 2012-09-18 00:24
Recently, Sean Hannity interviewed mega-slimeball Alan Colmes about the Islamaelstrom currently engulfing the Middle East, North Africa and parts of Asia. Sean was trumpeting his own prescience in predicting the course Egypt would take under the Muslim Brotherhood. Colmes triumphantly rejoindered: "You wanted democracy! And the Muslim Brotherhood was democratically elected!" Hannity had no response except a lame, "I don't know why I like you." (I don't know why he does either.) This exchange pointed up yet again the mortal damage one does to liberty by equating it with democracy. Mindful of this, I am here reprising my Stratos TV "peritorial" on the subject:
Winston Churchill once said that the best argument against democracy was a five-minute conversation with the average voter. These days, the average voter couldn't even sustain a five-minute conversation. [These days, in fact, the best argument against democracy is five seconds on Faecesbook.] Government education and the culture it has engendered have combined to make the mob unprecedentedly dumb, not to mention sullenly dependent. But still they have the vote. That's why we can't make any headway against the problems that assail us.
Democracy, said my late friend William Weddell, is counting heads regardless of their content: and politicians have done their evil best to make sure that content is zero.
How democracy works can be summed up in 7 p-words: Power-lusting Politicians Promise to Plunder the Productive to Pay Parasites.
Politicians are parasites themselves. They produce nothing, unless you consider hot air and lies to be among the fruits of productivity, and live off some of that loot they steal from the productive, whose enterprises they somewhat perversely constantly thwart.
Politicians are interested in one thing only: power.
To get power in a democracy, they must garner votes.
To get votes in a democracy like ours, steeped in envy of and hatred for the productive, they must make promises to the unproductive.
They strive to outbid each other with money stolen from the productive. Elections become, as H.L. Mencken said, “advance auctions of stolen goods.” Politicians, said Nikita Khruschev, who knew, are the same the world over: they promises bridges everywhere, even where there's no river.
They may or may not intend to keep their promises; they don't actually care, as long as they win power.
Not for nothing are politicians regarded as among the lowest of life forms. They are. There are exceptions of course, and there is a role for politicians—honest ones—in a free and civilised society. Legalised thievery and thuggery is not part of it. What is? That'll be one of the questions I'll pursue with my guest tonight.
For now I want you to hold this thought, one of Thomas Jefferson's: “Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct.”
The same Thomas Jefferson observed, "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
If he was right both times, as I believe he was, then the only person as rotten as the congenital power-seeker is the voter who gives it to him.
What is right is no more a matter of numbers than what is true. It's not democracy we should seek; it's liberty, with democracy entirely subordinate to it. Exactly what America's Founding Fathers intended.
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