Now hear this!I heard something I really liked when listening to my podcast of Jim Quinn‘s radio show last night as I was walking home. This morning, as I was listening to the next day’s podcast, I heard Quinn repeat his comment from the day before. Quinn read something written by Walter Williams back in 1997 that is well worth rebroadcasting here:

Capitalism is relatively new in human history. Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.

Apparently this recently appeared on Rush Limbaugh’s show, too. And Rush does a great job of showing the difference between capitalism and socialism. Quinn, after quoting Williams above, further explained on his show the difference of capitalism and socialism this way:

The problem is that pleasing your fellow man requires creativity and hard work. Looting and enslaving can be done by any thug with political connections. So what’s the purpose of Socialism then? Well, Socialism allows these same elites and losers to return us to the days of looting and enslaving, but while presenting it as a moral imperative sanctioned by the government. So I guess we can say that Socialism is a system of economics that allows men to loot and enslave other men while claiming the moral high-ground.

But not everyone likes and agrees with this quote by Williams. Case in point, Williams has an entry in the Daily Kos wiki that engages is some typical libtard bashing. It quotes Williams and then finishes off with “What Williams cannot say is that the African slave trade operated as a global capitalist market for centuries.”

Attention Daily Kos mind-numbed robots: the African slave trade was not capitalism. Capitalism is the free exchange of goods and services from one to another. The African slave trade was part of the “looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man” that was and is so common in mankind’s existence. And it is what Socialism will bring us back to if we allow it.

Williams finishes up his article with this very true statement:

Despite the miracles of capitalism, it doesn’t do well in popularity polls. One of the reasons is that capitalism is always evaluated against the non-existent utopias of socialism or communism. Any earthly system pales in comparison to utopias. But for the ordinary person, capitalism, with all of its warts, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with our everyday needs and desires.

When it comes to economics, I’ll take reality over fantasy every day.

Now hear this!Victor Davis Hanson writes so very well. I wish I had a modicum of his talent, but I’ll get by with just pointing people to his writing instead. Go read a recent article that ties together Helen Thomas, Turkey, and the recent PR nightmare of the “peace flotilla” sent to Gaza. To whet your appetite, here is how he sums up the current situation for Israel, but go read the whole thing.

Israelis should assume by now that whether they act tentatively or strongly, the negative reaction will be the same. Therefore why not project the image of a strong, unapologetic country to a world that has completely lost its moral bearings, and is more likely to respect Israel’s strength than its past concern for meeting an impossible global standard?

How odd that the more the activists, political leaders, and media figures issue moral strictures against Israel, the more they prove abjectly amoral. And the more they seek to pressure Israel, the more they are liberating it to do what it feels it must.

Now hear this!Carol Peracchio, over at American Thinker, wrote a very interesting article about President Obama, titled “The President Who Won’t Grow Up”. She starts off with the sentence, “Everything I need to know about Barack Obama I learned as a Cub Scout den leader.” And then she continues with five examples of young Cub Scouts and shows how President Obama has the same tendencies as an adult:

  • Boys are bored by day-to-day work.
  • Boys don’t respect things they haven’t earned.
  • Boys love snack and game time.
  • Boys have difficulty grasping the importance of tradition and protocol.
  • Boys are always in a hurry.

Don’t miss this article.

Now hear this!This is just way too good to let slip by, so it’s time to break out the megaphone. Posted by Val Prieto at Michelle Malkin’s site.

 

Some months back I went over to my parent’s house for lunch as I needed a fix of my mom’s cooking. When I arrived, Mom was adding the finishing touches to her famous arroz con pollo and Dad was watching the local newscast on TV. So I sat down next to the old man and chatted with him: I’m doing OK…Wife is fine…Work is a little slow…Dogs are driving me nuts.

As Dad and I are catching up, the big news of the day was being reported on TV. The government had just taken over GM and the talking head anchor kept mentioning how unprecedented it was and how thousands of jobs would be saved and how GM would now turn around and yadayadayada.

At that moment Dad lets out a sigh, looks over at me and asks me to hand him the remote.

I look at him kinda funny. He always lets me have the remote when I’m there. He extends his big, calloused hand towards me and asks for the remote again.

I hand the thing over to him, he points it, turns off the TV and says “Bah. I’ve seen this movie before.”

Dad’s a Cuban exile, so he knows a little something about the Nationalization of businesses and government intrusion.

There’s a brief moment of silence between us, then the old man sighs again, puts his big welder’s hand on my arm and squeezes just a bit. “Listen to what I’m about to tell you,” he says. “Prevent or lament.”

Now hear this!Senator Edward Kennedy is dead. No, I didn’t watch the days of breast-beating and garment-rending that some political shows put on, and neither did I watch the actual funeral. I didn’t feel any need to listen to people talking about how wonderful a man Teddy was. De mortuis nil nisi bonum means “of the dead, speak no evil,” so does that mean he gets a pass for the terrible things he has done? No, I don’t believe it is a good idea to ignore the failures, bad ideas, and/or evil acts of people just because they are dead. But I am nice enough to not do it during his funeral, and I’m not going to do it here. But I will link to a Top Ten list.

And now I have finally reached this megaphone moment. Repeat my words anytime you hear someone say America should pass ObamaCare because Kennedy is dead.

Even after someone has died, a bad idea is still a bad idea.

Pass the bloated bill for the bloated dead guy!
Photo by Sharp Elbows

Now hear this!And now for a Megaphone Moment, the time for me to point out something either well said, or outrageously stupid that just needs more attention. Today, I’m going for something outrageously stupid, as reported at CNS News:

Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.

“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.”

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.

“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”

I’m having a real hard time pointing to something as dumb as this statement by our Vice President. This ranks up there with “I’m up to my eyeballs in debt, so I’m going to max out a few more credit cards.” Or “I’m over my head in this hole, so I’m going to keep on digging.”

We’re going bankrupt as a nation because of the government’s rampant overspending. What we need is fiscal responsibility, not more wanton spending. Vice President Biden was brought onto President Obama’s ticket to bring gravitas to the team. So how’s that working out for you, Mr. President?