Why it’s pointless to try to win an argument with a progressive

Win an argument with a progressive on Facebook, get a 12 hour ban.

This is how they work.  They are free to insinuate, accuse, lie, insult, attack, belittle, and harass anyone with impunity.

And when you dare to point out their lies, correct their errors, or destroy their argument, they report you and you get blocked for violating the “community standards” and there’s no appeal process at all.

So from now on, any time a progressive starts with the attacks or lies, it’s reported for hate speech.

No more mister nice guy.

Connecticut – stagnant since 1991 for your convenience.

Forbes asks: “How Did Rich Connecticut Morph Into One Of America’s Worst Performing Economies?

I can answer the question in one word: Democrats.

The people of Connecticut bear 100% of the responsibility for this.  We used to be the precision manufacturing capital of the world.  Until the people of this state elected Democrats.

When the state didn’t recover from the 1991 recession, they elected more Democrats.  When a so-called independent shoved an income tax down our throats, they elected more Democrats.  When the Democrats, tired of his continued vetoes of their millionaire surtax, finally ousted John Rowland, they elected more Democrats.

When Jodi Rell (R) ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility (and won, oddly enough) the people sent enough Democrats to the General Assembly to give them a veto-proof majority.  I wonder why Rell decided not to run again.

And after all that, they elected an imbecile Democrat for Governor who gave them the highest tax increase in CT history.  And having voted for him, they have the gall to complain about taxes.

You people did this to yourselves!  I didn’t vote for any of those clowns in Hartford, YOU DID!  But I’ve gotta suffer for your idiocy.

There is only one way to save Connecticut.  Get rid of ALL the Democrats — including the Republicans like McKinney who vote like them on everything.

Otherwise, we’re going to end up like that other Democrat bastion – Detroit.

Communism and Libertarianism are a lot alike.

How?  Simple.  They both fall apart as soon as they meet Humans.

The false assumption underlying all collectivist beliefs is that Men will willingly give up their own desires for the good of other Men.

The false assumption of all anarchist beliefs is that Men will willingly not seek power over other Men.

The fundamental flaw with both is this:  There are only two kinds of people; those who believe individuals must be controlled, and those who do not.

And this is why these systems (which I shall call Utopian) are doomed to fail.  Men cannot be perfected.  If you are a Christian, you believe that all Men are fallen.  If you’re like me, you believe that MPAI (Most People Are Idiots).  In fact, if you’re anything but a Utopian, you believe in the maxim “Power corrupts.”  But no utopian system can ever bridge the fundamental gap between people.

Functionally, there is no difference between an all-powerful central government and no government at all.  In either case, the weak are completely at the mercy of the strong, and there are no fundamental rights at all.

Thus, we have the Constitution; a document that was crafted by men who were wise enough to understand that Men respond to incentives.  A document that enshrines at once the competing needs to limit the powerful and to protect the weak.  Through sloth, we have allowed the original concept to become corrupted, and we have ceded too much of our individual liberty to bureaucracies because it’s easier than actually being in control. But solace will be found neither in collectivism nor in anarchy.

Only by dismantling the bureaucratic state we have allowed to come about can we ever hope to return to a properly free society.

Karl Marx is DEAD!

OK. I want all of you climate-change cocksuckers to read this. I want you to read it AND UNDERSTAND IT.

Look at this graph: http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-observations-for-tropical-tropospheric-temperature/

LOOK AT IT!

You have been lying to yourselves and us FOR THIRTY YEARS. You knew it. We knew it. But you had the politicians, the schools, the media. You thought you had finally won one for The Great Socialist Revolution.

Science is about coming up with an explanation for a phenomenon, developing testable hypotheses, and performing experiments to test them. If a hypothesis fails, it is thrown away and another is developed. If no testable hypothesis can be found, then the explanation is dismissed, and the search begins anew.

Unless you’re a socialist. Then you come up with a political end-state. You develop a non-falsifiable explanation, offer up hypotheses that either nobody can test, or only people receiving government grants will test, and then offer the fraudulent “settled science” as a reason to steal liberty from the people.

Progressives! Your God lies broken before you, his feet of clay melted by the unending drumbeat of truth.

Who’s the denier now?

What are the limits of the second amendment?

I’m always annoyed when some lefty gun-banner throws out this bon mot: “Well, what are the limits, then?  Should people be able to buy rocket launchers?  Nuclear missiles?”

Just because I like to see their heads spin, I say “Certainly.”  I never bother to explain it to them because they are incapable of understanding.  But you?  You’re different.  I can tell.

Ralph (commenter at TTAG) gets it.

Basically, the Second Amendment was intended for two things – repelling an invading army over land, and overthrowing tyranny.  So if you look at it in the spirit in which it was written, at the very least it covers personal arms and crew-served weapons.  So yes, the Second Amendment would cover a howitzer.

The nuke issue gets tricky, but not for long.  See, nukes are VERY expensive.  And they aren’t safe to be around, so on a private property rights basis most people won’t be able to keep them in their residence.  And they’re useless without some kind of delivery system.

So we’re talking a couple BILLION dollars to have one nuke with the ability to use it (excepting suicide bombers, but hey, how likely is that given how big a nuke is?).  So there’s maybe a dozen people in the world who could afford it.  And they all have a vested interest in the world not getting nuked.  No, the real threat of nukes is from nations like Iran and North Korea with nothing to lose.

So I think I can say with 100% confidence that there ought not be any limits on the second amendment.  Anything our infantry can carry and use should be on the shelves at the local gun shop.

So, what is to be done then?

Ok, so you’ve internalized the horror of the last post.

Good.  What’s to be done if prevention is out of the question? I’m glad you asked.  Mitigation.

You may not be able to save everyone.  But you can come close.  It took 20 minutes for the police to get to Sandy Hook Elementary School.  I blame physics.  So, that makes the adults already on site the first responders.  It is left as an exercise for the reader to determine what that means.

So, that aside, let’s look at the kinds of people that are engaging in these acts of mass murder and self-destruction.  Mostly, they’re losers.  People who have concluded that their life sucks, so they’re gonna go out with a bang, make a statement, and be on the tee vee so they’ll be Internet Famous when they get to hell.

All of these mass murders have something else  in common besides the basement-dwelling loser status of the perpetrators.  They all happened in so-called Gun Free Zones.

I’m pretty confident that if we get rid of “Gun Free Zones” that these atrocities would simply cease because the losers wouldn’t get the infamy they crave.

They’d just get a bullet in the brain.

Something Must Be Done.

The refrain we hear every time something bad happens.  This time it’s the atrocity at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

And we are told that Something Must Be Done to prevent the next mass shooting.  And all the predictable “solutions” are proffered.  We’re told that law-abiding citizens must forfeit their rights in the hopes that someone might be denied a particular method for causing mayhem.  We’re told that we must surrender our property to the government so that it may not fall into the “wrong” hands.  And we know that it won’t work, because it never has before.  But that won’t stop the politicians from trying.

Why?  Because they are unable to accept the truth:

There is nothing we can do to prevent the next mass murder.

Say that a few times.  Until the horror of what it means wears off a bit.  Internalize it.  Accept it.  Because in your heart, you know that it is the truth.

No law taking guns away from law-abiding citizens is going to prevent a lunatic  from slaughtering innocents.  No invasion of privacy is sufficient to prevent it either. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.

I’ll have more later.  But for now you need to understand that one horrible sentence.  Read it aloud until it has been imprinted upon your soul.  Only then will you be ready to move on.

On Liberty

I’m going to put this as simply as I can, because it needs to be said.

When you start a “discussion” by asking me why I need this or that thing, you’ll notice that I get agitated. You honestly don’t get it, I realize that. In your mind, you’ve asked a perfectly reasonable question. But once it gets to my mind, it isn’t reasonable at all.

Because this is America. This country was founded upon the principle that all men are equal, and therefore nobody is endowed with the ability to determine what I am to be trusted with. We don’t have a gentry class in America that is charged by God with guiding the peasants to the most productive use of their lives.

No, we fought a war that started in 1775 with the attempted seizure of arms and powder at Lexington and Concord for the sole purpose of throwing off the yoke of an appointed ruler who ruled by decree in a manner arbitrary and capricious for the benefit of the gentry class.

Americans are unlike any other people on Earth. We are inherently distrustful of authority, and we hold in contempt those who try to run our lives based upon what they’ve determined to be moral and right.

We are Americans. Before anything else, we are free. We do not accept the authority of government to protect us from ourselves. We do not accept the authority of self-appointed nannies to tell us how we must live so that we may best serve the state. We do not accept having our “betters” tell us what we need or what we may be allowed to want.

I am an American, and my reasons for wanting something are none of your concern. Unless and until I do something to deprive you of the just exercise of your liberty, how I exercise mine is none of your business.