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Yes, the onslaught
continues in the comment thread below my year-old piece on Chris
Kyle. Here's the most recent exchange. My comments are identified
with my initials:
is a word that would apply to only the very worst governments Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, North Korea today. And the word
"Incurably" just reinforces it, meaning not only is it depraved,
but there is no hope of ever fixing it.
from the perspective of those against whom its power is deployed,
the regime in Washington should be considered the "very worst government"
in the world today – at least in terms of its ability to inflict
misery in geographic terms.
In terms of
concentrated viciousness, North Korea is obviously worse – but its
evil is contained. That regime isn't able to kill people half-way
around the world by remote control, for example, nor does it have
the means to occupy so much of an acre beyond its borders.
mind the scope of the evil we're discussing, let's turn to your
I must ask the obvious question if you truly believe what you
wrote above, why are you still even living here? Move to Canada,
Australia, New Zealand. Unless you think they are more depraved
yet, in which case, your cynicism has reached a level of total perfection.
Why would you
see such a choice as a reflection of the "cynicism" of the expatriate,
rather than a demonstration of the failure – indeed, the evil –
of the government that has driven him to leave the country he loves?
There are thousands of Americans who are being driven to leave this
country every week, most of them because they can no longer stand
having their honestly earned wealth plundered by Obama and his comrades.
is of limited practical value when you're confronted with a regime
that claims the world as its natural jurisdiction. I'm reminded
of an observation from Edward Gibbon's history of the only previous
imperial power to which the Regime in Washington can be compared:
of the Romans filled the world.... The world became a safe and dreary
prison for its enemies.... To resist was fatal, and it was impossible
to fly....`Wherever you are,' said Cicero to the exiled Marcellus,
`remember that you are equally within the power of the conqueror.'"
"cynicism" originally referred to the view that human actions reflected
individual selfishness – or what James Madison called a "defect
of better motives" on the part of people in public office. Our original
constitutional system, therefore, was itself an artifact of educated
and principled cynicism, was it not?
government that impudently rules us must – and will – collapse.
It is irremediably vile and entirely unsustainable. In the meantime,
however, I have no intention of allowing the criminals who are running
it to drive me out of the country that I love, or to allow them
to commit atrocities – supposedly in my name – without condemning
what they do.
To digest the
matter into the language of a meme: Why should I leave, when they're
the ones who are screwing things up?
When guys like
you and Ron Paul start to sound a lot like Noam Chomsky, you know
something screwy is going on!
another possibility: Guys like us are sufficiently wise to eschew
the sophomoric fallacy that the truth of an idea is dependent on
the identity of he person who expresses it. To the extent that Chomsky
supports the non-aggression principle, defends individual liberty,
and examines official policy accordingly, he is to be commended.
within your own premises, I'd suggest the following experiment:
positions, and yours, into German, and consider how they would sound
if they had been offered in, say, 1941. My views would survive that
transposition quite well. Yours would not.
"But that government
was uniquely evil!" you will protest with the dubious advantage
of hindsight, and from the perspective of someone who is not the
immediate target of its criminality, thereby missing the point entirely.
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