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Freedom Is Assaulted from the Left, from Nationalists, Ignoramuses, Morons

So here is another rather disorganized post (maybe another “rant”?) expressing some of the thoughts I have been having, regarding the lovers of the police state on both left and “right” (who are often “wrong” so put it in quotes), those opponents of freedom.

We have an immigration battle between the Trump nationalists who want a damn un-American Wall, and the Democrats and socialists. And Democrats announcing a run for President who have no chance of winning. They aren’t Democrats but far-left ideologues who really want a Soviet Union 2.0. (However, Donald Trump with his love for government central planning! I think he would LOVE a U.S. Soviet Union!)

And we have a continuation of a kangaroo Mueller “investigation” that should embarrass any honest people anywhere in the legal or law enforcement communities. How disgusting, all of this.

I just wanted to get this in here. Glenn Greenwald writes about NBC news with a sham report on Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard being supported by the Russian regime and Putin, based on info from a firm the New York Times recently caught fabricating Russian data for the Democrat party. I never thought I would see the day when Glenn Greenwald would write about the “playbook used by the axis of the Democratic Party, NBC/MSNBC, neocons and the intelligence community” that would be “to smear any adversary of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party – whether on the left or the right – as a stooge or asset of the Kremlin.”

Now, I am not a supporter of Tulsi Gabbard, regardless of her non-interventionist views in foreign policy, because of her way-out leftist views on everything else.

And speaking of way-out leftists, I heard someone on one of those Sunday news shows, maybe ABC This Week, not sure, on Bloomberg Radio, with a very distorted view of freedom. (Bloomberg Radio airs This Week, Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday and Fake the Nation on Sundays.) I think the guy I heard being interviewed was Sen. Cory Shnooker, who has announced a run for President in 2020, nearly two years before the actual election, just like Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris. Three ignorant and dangerous shnooks (like Trump).

Anyway, the guy was saying that people talk about “freedom” like “freedom from government regulation” and so on. And he wanted to clarify that freedom is really (and I’ll paraphrase because I’m not sure who said it, probably Cory Shnooker, or which show it was on, and can’t find a video or transcript of this), that freedom is really “freedom to not have to worry about being able to pay the bills, freedom to not worry about losing your health care,” and so on, you know, an irrational and incorrect meaning of “freedom.” (And if I’m wrong and it wasn’t Cory Shnooker I heard saying these things, then sorry about that. But I’m pretty sure of it.)

Many people on the Left believe that freedom means the freedom from contractual obligations or the freedom from risk with one’s financial decisions. They want the nanny government to take care of them so that everything is taken care of, health care, and so on. Freedom from responsibility.

And many of them believe that freedom includes the freedom to not be offended, the freedom to not hear words or expressions that might make one uncomfortable.

So they believe that censoring and silencing others by law or policy is an acceptable way of protecting themselves from having to hear uncomfortable things. But in doing so, they are using, in the case of legally doing so, armed force of government to silence others. In the case of college campuses with speech codes, using the power to have other students thrown off campus for “offensive” speech. So, that is how many people define “freedom” now.

And when they use the armed government to act as a nanny state to take care of the people, what if some of the people don’t want to participate in the scheme? What would happen if you don’t pay your Social Security taxes (that you have not voluntarily contracted to participate in)? And more recently with ObamaCare if you didn’t buy health insurance? The armed goons of the IRS gestapo would come after you.

So, many people, not just those on the Left, want to force everyone into these collectivist government-run schemes, whether they like it or not! For them, the IRS-FBI-ETC Police State is a part of “freedom.”

The conservatives and nationalists are just as bad, in my view. They are a narcissistic crowd of “freedom for me but not for thee,” especially in their anti-immigration views, and trade as well. These anti-freedom worshipers of government central planning in the name of the Nation, want a POLICE STATE on the border, within the bureaucracy centered in Washington that includes electronic databases and requirements that Americans must submit their personal information as well as harassing both Americans and foreigners who want to travel, and a government Wall on the border. How “un-American” is all that?!

Sorry, statists. Actual “freedom” is presumably innocent people (not suspected of violating the person or property of others) traveling freely and not being harassed, intruded upon by others, not being stopped and asked to show their identification, not submitting personal information or fingerprints to the gubmint, not being searched, and so on.

A society of freedom in which people come and go as they please. Peaceful people who are non suspected of harming others have a right to be left alone.

But the nationalists and conservatives are paranoid, and believe that “harm” is when someone enters the territory without a government bureaucrat’s permission or without following some bureaucratic rules imposed by central planners, i.e. an act of disobedience, not “harm.”

But whether people are peaceful or not does not matter to the nationalists. Because nationalists are collectivists, if a few people within a group of foreigners have committed crimes, then we must blame all members of the whole group, peaceful or not. Yes, that is the idiocy we have coming from the nationalists and conservatives.

Robert Higgs recently wrote on nationalism,

What is this mystical magnetism that nationalism exerts on so many Americans? It is the wholly superstitious conviction that some special, deep, and overriding solidarity binds them to a particular group of almost 330 million strangers, people they have never met, never will meet, and with whom in many cases they have practically nothing in common. Indeed, in many cases, if any given American were to meet with a great many of his “fellow Americans,” he would find them altogether odious…

In history, nationalism has served as a powerful means whereby ambitious would-be national leaders have forged groups of unrelated and sometimes hostile people into a unitary political entity with the enlarged force that resides in sheer numbers. Nevertheless, the substantive moral irrelevance of nationalism arises from, if nothing else, the mere accident of one’s having been born within the boundaries that contentious rulers happen to have established in their struggles with the rulers of adjacent territories….

Yet, however morally irrelevant nationalism ought to be, it is in practice often of life-and-death importance, and during recent centuries, hundreds of millions of persons have regarded it as so important that they would fight and die in loyalty to the political leaders of “their” nation-state or gladly send their sons to be slaughtered in the same cause…

So today’s “nationalists” are authoritarians and collectivists who are opposed to freedom, and instead love government central planning in immigration and trade. They don’t get the principles of America’s founding.

And as mentioned above, many of those on the Left, like Sen. Cory Shnooker, Pocahantas, Koala Harris, and so on, they HATE actual freedom. And by actual freedom I mean, if you don’t want any involvement in government-run retirement schemes, you don’t get involved with government-run retirement schemes. Or health care schemes, or education, etc.

And when there is freedom, someone who owns a bakery will serve whomever the owner wants, and won’t serve whomever the owner doesn’t want. A Christian who doesn’t want to serve gays won’t do so, and gay bakers who don’t want to serve Christians won’t do so, and won’t be punished by laws and the police. You see, people who believe that the gubmint ought to steal money from the disobedient ones or send the police after them, are police statists. They believe in the police state. They are fascists.

And in freedom, you will educate your children however the hell you want to educate them, you will homeschool them, Christian school, secular school, or NO formal school, and Kamama Harris can’t do ANYTHING about it! That’s freedom. But she wants to send the police after disobedient parents who don’t follow Frau Harris’s orders! She HATES freedom, just like many of her ilk on the left, as well as the ignorant nationalists who believe in “freedom for me but not for thee.” Okay, I’m done.

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