I feel I must explain, at least to the small audience that is available to me, that the naivete with which people are discussing the tea party protests is distracting everyone from the meaning of those protests.
The people who went to those protests were not there simply because they don’t like Obama and they don’t like paying their taxes. There is something much deeper behind their revulsion–a revulsion I share.
The point is this:
American citizens spend half of every year working simply to make their tax payments. That is to say, all taxes combined (US, state, county, city, etc.) are so burdensome to Americans that they must spend literally half of their income paying them. I don’t care what you say about the cost of running the government, protecting our shores, or helping the poor. This is wrong.
It is interesting to note that we consider ourselves free and self-determined yet we are subjected to such staggering regulation of our lives. You can point to our material wealth and say, “you’re wrong… we have it great,” but you’re fooling yourself if you think that. Being free and being rich are not the same thing. Essentially, we’re rich because we’ve managed to fool the world into thinking our money is actually worth something…this is another story. What is really going on here is that our government has become so monstrously plutocratic and tyrannical that they feel they can start wars, spy on us, and abscond with half our paychecks. We are told to shut up and stop whining.
Well, I’m tired of being told that I should put my “nation” before myself. That’s obviously not what this is about. People who say that mean, “put the government before yourself—you are their property.”
I don’t care who the president is (they all manage to find a new and unique way to be absolutely terrible) and I don’t care what they promise us. I think that the feelings of the people at the tea party protests and my own feelings can be quite succinctly expressed:All experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.
I don’t suppose many people today would even recognize that text but be sure, were it written by someone today, its writer would be labeled an “extremist” or “domestic terrorist” and thrown into some dark prison. In its day, that text caused a war.
I urge anyone reading this (and believe me, I have no delusions that many are) to consider for a moment whether the life led by an American is a free life. Consider whether anyone can actually claim, under threat of force, half of all your labor. Can those people spy on you? Can force you to fight a war on the other side of the earth? Can they silence you? Can they imprison you? If not, can they stop you if you decide to rob them of their power? Can they stop a million like you? Can they stop 300 million belligerent Americans who know what freedom is and crave it?
I think not.
Having said that, I do not believe these tea party protests were at all effective. Sadly, a protest against the government and its atrocities is rendered impotent when the scoundrels who operate that government make speeches at the protest. Yes, I refer to the infamous Richard Burr who gave a less than stirring speech against Obama and his bailouts. Oddly enough, Mr. Burr voted for the original bailout. How disingenuous to oppose graft only when it’s politically expedient.
Thus, any effect the protest might have had was soundly negated. Especially since Fox News took it upon themselves to portray it as a partisan anti-Obama rally. I think they just like rattling our cages, to be honest.
Just remember, the struggle the United States face today is a lot simpler than economics, party politics, or monetary policy. It is simply a struggle for power between the People and the government. The only power you and I crave is power over ourselves but the government claims that power as well. I am not prepared to submit to them.
Remember, there is nothing patriotic about supporting the government. The United States government is not the United States themselves. We are. We are the country. Our homes and our neighbors are this country. Your choice is either loyalty to them or loyalty to the government. I know on what side I stand.
Unfortunately, all of this requires a population who gives a shit and, alas, the greater part of the population of both countries seem to be quite happy, thank you, to have their lives—their decisions and their course of living—underwritten by the money stolen off others: in the course of doing so, they seem more than happy to have their lives controlled by the state.
I wouldn't mind, were I allowed to opt out, but I cannot. Why? Why should I pay NICs, for instance, when I have covered myself privately (and for half the price)? I am not going to be a burden on the state: why should I have to pay? Why can I not opt out?
I don't see why I should pay for other people to have children—why should I be forced to subsidise the lifestyle choices of others through taxes when the loss of that money curtails my own lifestyle choices? How is stealing half of what I earn, at the point of a gun, to pay for things that I would not otherwise pay for in any way "fair" or "just"?
Because, of course, the people on the Left are not really interested in a "just" or "fair" society. What the socialists mean when they talk about "justice" and "fairness" is that those who do not share their concerns should, nevertheless, be forced to pay for them.
In other words, dear readers, what the Left demand is that you and I should pay for their precious morals: these socialists demand that you and I should be deprived of our hard-earned money in order that the consciences of these shits be salved.
Not only that but, in the opinion of your humble Devil, these Leftie cunts advocate that the state steals and redistributes our money to "the poor" because these statist bastards don't actually want to get their hands dirty.
You won't find Lefties actually going around sink estates actively helping these "poor"; oh no, that might be dangerous. Much better to hive such things off to the state's employees. Don't actually go and help someone yourself: just get the state to do it.
This has caused a fractured society, in which "helping someone" is redefined as "stealing money off someone else, by force, and giving it to someone anonymous in order that they should be employed to help the equally anonymous poor". And so our culture has led not to people thinking, "there is another human being in pain: how can I help?" but "why hasn't the state sorted that out?"
I am sick and tired of having to scrimp so that others can be feckless; I am sick and tired of fucking socialist hypocrisy; and I am sick and fucking tired of being forced to pay for the personal fucking morals of the sanctimonious Left.