Last night, Michael Savage was ranting and raving about the recent court decision that struck down the Stolen Valor Act as unconstitutional. The case was about someone who falsely claimed to have been injured in Iraq and received a Purple Heart, even though the military has no record of his service. The government has to prove that someone was actually harmed by the individual’s false statements, and no one was. It really is a matter of free speech. However, one cannot falsely claim something as a means of acquiring a particular good or service from someone else — that’s fraud. But Savage is like many other people who have a blind love for the military and the State, and don’t like someone “dissing” the State.
But Savage also mentioned some other topics, particularly the idea of “sexual repression” being a good thing, and that’s why I’m taking this time out of my Saturday to write this. I actually agree with Savage on that. He was referring to the “liberal” philosophy of “If it feels good, do it,” and a destructive belief that not going with your urges is otherwise “repressive.” A few months back, I wrote, among other things:
Just look at the Left’s continued advocacy of drug use and promiscuous sex. In fact, I would argue that promoting drugs, a behavior of self-destruction, especially among today’s youth, is regressive and goes against evolving. And irresponsible, promiscuous sex is in the category of short-term, immediate gratification, as well as possibly dangerous, and reinforces one’s more immature and regressive impulses. One could argue, contrary to the Left’s assertion that “going with your urges” is a defeat of “repression,” etc., that such behaviors that go against self-control actually work towards repressing emotions and intellectually evolutionary activity. It is the self-control that exemplifies a more evolved human being.
America has been an impulsive, immediate gratification society for well over a century. Because of democracy and our State territorial monopoly and the State’s power of compulsion over others, those politicians and bureaucrats who are drawn to the State and its compulsory power use the State’s power of force to keep themselves in power, and further expand the power of the State, as a means to satisfy their own immediate gratification desires.
For example, President Woodrow Wilson was drooling to get the U.S. into World War I, which he knew would expand the power of the U.S. government. Wilson’s self-identity and purpose in life was merged into and enmeshed with the State.
FDR campaigned for president on a platform of reducing governmental intrusions into economic matters, and campaigned against Herbert Hoover’s interventions. After FDR was elected, however, he used the powers of the State to expand itself in every way imaginable into the lives of the American people, and greatly expanded the size and power of the federal government. FDR‘s self-identity was also merged into and enmeshed with the State. That’s how statist politicians are.
FDR deliberately lured the Japanese government into bombing Pearl Harbor, because he wanted to get the U.S. into World War II, which he knew would further expand the size and power of the U.S. government, especially all over Europe. And even though Harry Truman knew that the Japanese were already going to surrender, Truman nevertheless dropped those bombs on Japan anyway.
The excuse for wars in Korea and Vietnam for Truman, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon was to prevent “the spread of communism,” but the real purpose for their wars in Korea and Vietnam was for further expansion of the U.S. government, at home and abroad, especially to spread its own powers across the lands of Asia, in addition to the spreading of U.S. governmental agencies and forces across Europe as FDR and Truman had done. In their spreading of their own governments across foreign lands, these immediate gratification oriented politicians became the communists they supposedly wanted to prevent from spreading communism. But their needs for immediate gratification of the ecstasy of State power was satisfied.
No need to go over more recent history of the two Bush presidents, Clinton and Obama. It’s self explanatory.
But for those who don’t see how that more recent history is self-explanatory, I will add this. Rather than see what the terrorists themselves were saying as far as their motivations for their terrorism — the many decades of U.S. government interferences, interventions and intrusions into Middle-Eastern territories and Middle-Eastern affairs — the statist, immediate gratification-oriented officials of the U.S. government instead directed even more interferences, interventions and intrusions in the Middle East, thus even further motivating the terrorists to commit even more terrorism against the U.S. and other Western nations.
And so it goes (as Linda Ellerbee would say).