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The election is now over and the institutional scab picking now begins. The consensus that is coming out of the media is that the Republicans lost the election because of their focus on social issues. Being against abortion, gay marriage and evolution was the nail in the coffin. This idea is not just coming from the finger wagers on the left who are more than happy to equate the Republican views on social issues (and those that hold them) with knuckle dragging Neanderthals, but from some folks on the right as well.  One of my favorite talks show hosts, Neal Boortz, almost daily nails home the idea that a mindless obsession with abortion cost the election. He shares this idea with one of my favorite folks on the left, Wil Wheaton, who seems to make almost every other one of his Tumblr posts about this issue.

However, I disagree that it was the social ideas of either party that won or lost this election. Social issues were a smokescreen to cover the true reason for the outcome of this election. The election was about getting free stuff. All this social issue stuff was just the cover to make someone feel noble. Saying you voted for Obama because you wanted to stand up for the rights of women, gays or minorities makes you feel better about voting because you wanted free stuff. Republicans were offering some free stuff but not nearly what the Democratic Party was. When you have someone saying that they are not going to pay for your stuff verses someone who says they will pay for your stuff no matter what (and don’t worry about how we are going to pay for it) you can’t beat that.

Some of you may be saying, “Derek, you are wrong. The Republicans hate women and gays and blacks and the poor. They wanted to take away their rights and steal their money to fund wars. I care about the debt and the economy but someone needs to help those people. So I voted on the social issues to help them.” My answer to that is, “Liar.”

You see there was a party out there, The Libertarian Party, that promised nearly all the same things that Democrats claim to support socially. They are for abortion, gay marriage, legalizing drugs and for pulling out of all these wars and never going into another one unless we are attacked. The Libertarian Party received less than 1% of the vote. They promised all the social issues that the Democrats claim to care so passionately about, with the notable exception that you still have to be fiscally responsible. You didn’t vote for them because even though they said you can have all the drugs, abortion or gay marriage you want you just have to pay for them yourselves. They were rejected in droves. They didn’t offer the free stuff and that was the only difference between them and the Democrats.

That is the problem. If all those that tell me that you voted Democrat because of the social issues really believed that we also need to fix our national debt and huge budget deficits you would have voted Libertarian. However, since the Democrats promised the social issue jackpot as well as promising to do nothing substantial about our debt while promising to keep checks going out to everyone on the government life support system, you voted for that. Social issues are a fine thing, and we can debate them all we want, but if we collapse as a country because of debt we will not be around to discuss them.

So there it is. You can’t vote against the guy giving free stuff. As I saw one of my Democratic friends say, “Don’t vote against your own self interest.” So here is my advice to the Republican Party, give up. If you have enough money and can do it then go ahead and pull a John Galt and take the ball and go home. Get out now before you are drained dry. Now to all the others that cannot do that I suggest you do what I call a Reverse-Galt. There is still some borrowed money left in the system, so latch on and suck out as much as you can and squirrel it away. Crash the system so we can start over before they can mold it into a system that only keeps the body politic alive but brain dead and we cannot escape it.

That way it will be hard to promise free stuff when there is no stuff left to be free.

In Principle

Posted: November 5, 2012 in Frustration
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Well the election is tomorrow and this will be the last thing you see me post anything political until after the results on Tuesday. There have been a lot of topics and discussion on it and to me the election boils down to two choices.

1. Do we believe in the responsibility of the individual.

2. Do we believe in the responsibility of the collective.

You see I believe in a limited government that sticks to the roles laid out for it in the Constitution of the United States. I believe that charity should flow from the individual to those in need instead of forced by the government.  I am wary and suspicious of anyone who thinks that government is the answer to our problems and should act as the great equalizer and righter of wrongs. One of my favorite quotes from an awesome book by Frank Herbert illustrates this point.

  In my estimation, more misery has been created by reformers than by any other force in human history. Show me someone who says, “Something must be done!” and I will show you a head full of vicious intentions that have no other outlet. What we must strive for always! is to find the natural flow and go with it.- Heretics of Dune

It comes down to forced control in the name of the greater good. I am amazed at how the very same people that want government to stay out of their bedrooms want government to regulate their kitchens. I fear those that want government to provide the basics of life and do not understand the price that must be paid for them. Yes there are some good things in Obamacare and there are people that will be helped by it, but does the short term benefit outweigh the long term cost? Does free healthcare now when it is abundant worth the price that necessary rationing of it when supply is low will create? Have we become just short sighted animals that are only concerned with the next meal or rut session instead of long term longevity? There are those that tell me that Free Government Medical care will works. Somehow that same government that gave us FEMA and the TSA, that gave bailouts to banks that used the money to pay bonuses to the folks that ran the banks into the ground, that backed companies that immediately took the money and filed for bankruptcy, will do a better job of administering the industry at literally has our life in their hands will somehow do a better job of it.

I am amazed at how I am told that the religious among us want to force morality on the masses yet assure me that government legislating morality for the masses is a good thing. The religious maxims of feed the poor and help the needy are evil yet EBT and Section 8 are good things.

Legendary comic book artist Steve Ditko, who was famous for drawing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, The Question and a few other great characters) wrote and drew a 4 page comic called “In Principle” where he illustrates that folly of letting government (or any other group with unchecked power) decides to help someone.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of these images and am not profiting from them whatsoever.

 

 

You see government enforced charity isn’t charity at all. It is ultimately the death sentence of freedom.

So when you vote tomorrow understand that you are voting for either individual responsibility for yourself and the perils that come with it or the collective responsibility and the perils that come with that. Remember that there was a time in this country where there was a group of people, that by law, had to have basic shelter, food, clothing and medical care provided for them no more and no less. They were called slaves.

Vote for freedom.

What I have been noticing is that nothing seems important anymore unless you put it out there in a meme. For those that don’t know what a meme is it is basically where you take a picture and attach a witty snippet to it and then others take the same picture and put their own spin on it.

In this political season I am starting to get the suspicion that folks have photos pre-staged and wait until a candidate says something to release them. What I have discovered is this does two things.

1. It reduces peoples knowledge of a particular subject to bumper sticker thickness.

2. It allows people to say some of the dumbest and cruelest things about other human beings but be ok because it is funny.

Well recently on Facebook I have been trying to post some serious stuff, but it doesn’t seem to generate much interest. I am by nature a funny guy and when I try to be serious it tends to not get noticed. Then I realized my problem is I would just post in text and nobody has time to read text and think about it so I came up with the idea to post my stuff in meme form. The best meme to use is anything with cute animals.

Here is one I posted about our country’s deficits:

 

See the cuteness of the kitten softens the blow of the crippling debt we are facing thanks to the current administration.

Here is one showing a recent look at what the victims of Hurricane Sandy are having to endure:

 

Again the juxtaposition of the horrors of human beings trying to survive by searching grocery store dumpsters is offset by the cuteness of puppies wondering why they would get in trouble for digging through the trash but humans will not.

Here is something I expect the Occupy crowd to pick up and run with. A little current event of the creator and destroyer of Star Wars, George Lucas and his recent good move to sell his company to the Walt Disney Corp.:

 

See the cute kitten is reacting to the blatant hypocrisy of Lucas.

So if you want to be heard and people to pay attention to what you say, just put it in a snappy meme. Include pictures of baby animals, cute kids making funny faces, and any other number of creative things you can find on the internets. Slap them together, up load them to Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and then snark away!

Who knows you may be the next meme hit and one step away from moving on to more advanced viral YouTube videos.