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Allen West: The Next Generation

The false ideology of "punish some to help others."

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Allen B. West

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October 13, 2013 - 12:00 am
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In February, we launched the Next Generation TV project as part of PJ Media and PJTV in order to highlight the pressing issues facing future generations of Americans. We sought to make the connection between the generations of parents and grandparents and their children and grandchildren, an endeavor to educate and illuminate the spectrum of generations. As Plato stated: “Those who refuse to participate in politics shall be governed by their inferiors.”

It is now time to take the Next Generation TV project to its next phase: truly engaging the millennial generation. It is rather challenging for a salt-and-pepper-haired man such as myself to make a strong connection, regardless of having two daughters aged 20 and 16. I do hope we have been successful in challenging you to “stand up for the future,” and to have conversations with your children and grandchildren.

The promise of America is at stake: the promise that inspires us to the “pursuit of happiness” now faces a competing belief, namely that the government can “guarantee your happiness.” This past week on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill posed an interesting question to guests Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham:

Can we punish some in order to enable all?

This question addressed the heart of the ideology confronting America, and reminds us of Karl Marx’s creed: “From each according to their ability to each according to their need.” Marx championed government redistribution under the guise of economic equality, fairness, and “social justice.” Juan Williams’ response represented the emotional basis behind some people’s belief in redistribution — essentially, we should want to help people. Yet America is the greatest country the world has ever known because it was established to foster “equality of opportunity.” Such a government emphasizes setting the conditions for the success of the individual, the preeminent entity in our republic.

America is now embroiled in a fight against an ideology that favors “equality of outcomes,” and elevates the collective over the individual. The leading progressive thinker John Dewey stated:

The state has the responsibility for creating institutions under which individuals can effectively realize the potentialities that are theirs.

Also:

Freedom is not something that individuals have as a ready-made possession. It is something to be achieved, natural rights and natural liberties exist only in the kingdom of mythological social zoology.

With such ideological impetus, it amazes me how the classification of “progressive” retains a connotation of cool. Progressivism is antithetical to the American idea. In our collective ignorance, America is falling for something that has never succeeded on the face of the Earth. Per Thomas Sowell:

 We have exchanged that which works for that which sounds good.

Why must we stand up for the future? We currently are the first generation of Americans that will leave less for subsequent generations than we inherited. Reversing this tragedy is our challenge. Today, I am committing myself even more to taking this message across the U.S., in person and via media — an Allen West liberty and freedom road show of sorts is on its way. I intend to answer the call to arms for my republic.

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Roe v. Wade makes all mass murderers in history look like English nannies. If Hitler was alive he would be fuming over being compared to such a schmuck.
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" We currently are the first generation of Americans that will leave less for subsequent generations than we inherited. "

Yes, especially those among us who tried to make the thug Trayvon Martin into a victim saint.
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Thank You Col. West for your service in active duty, and again now to your country in this Next Gen effort. Dont worry about being cool- your daughters are proud of you, and the Next Gen voters are hip enough to know that independent thinking comes from NOT having to be part of the cool crowd. You are ahead of the curve, and a great role model - which is why you are taking so much flak from the left.
- another veteran, ret O-6.
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"We have exchanged that which works for that which sounds good." My immediate thought of Jack Kennedy's "We've got to get this country moving again." You may remember 1960 when we suffered from balanced budgets, peace and prosperity...we can do better than that. " Oh look! there's a missile gap." Later, when President (Star Wars) Reagan actually did something about it he was derided by the media as a fool.
Let us not forget, the MSM runs the country. If you play nice with Dems they will make sure you get plenty of their advertising money and access.
No interest in vetting Obama's origin and past, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, IRS, GM takeover (Obama saved the auto industry by emasculating the GM bondholders). Nothing to see here folks, move along.
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My immediate thought of Jack Kennedy's "We've got to get this country moving again." You may remember 1960 when we suffered from balanced budgets, peace and prosperity...we can do better than that. " Oh look! there's a missile gap."

You remember well. IMO, the wasteful Apollo program was but a follow-up to the phony missile gap. JFK was a showboat.
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The "wasteful" Apollo program was also a critical step to enabling us all to have a bright shining future for millenia to come.

It doesn't take a genius to see that we are gradually overcrowding this world and consuming its resources. The future of the human race is in space; if we stay earthbound, we may have only a few centuries before we've used up the available resources or killed each other to get those resources.

Apollo was a major milestone on the path to a viable future in space where resources are effectively limitless.
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Apollo was a dead end. More would have been accomplished with a gradualist approach. Dyna-Soar could have served both civilian and military purposes.
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Oh good God. Doctor Malthus comes back from the dead to warn us of the "pending Population Bomb". Oh noes!

So, for a couple hundred years, foolish people have warned that we're on the verge of completely over-populating the planet. And yet, we're still here. In fact, when Malthus first said it, we were almost 1 billion people. Look now.

Sparky, you really make yourself look like a fool. So far, we're no where close to hitting the limits of the resources we have right under our feet.
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Despite your interpretation of my words, I was NOT trying to replicate Malthus. I was trying to say that the human race has all its eggs in a single basket, one small planet. It is almost inconceivable to me that we confine ourselves to this one small place when there is an immense universe around us where we can surely find anything that we need. Even if we can sustain a substantially bigger population without killing ourselves or each other, why should we when we've got a universe full of resources practically within reach.
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Scaremongers have been saying this for decades. If we listened by then we'd have never have improved our crop production, thus enabling us to feed the world.

The West has ZERO growth. We don't even have enough kids to replace parents, yet we are constantly told to kill our children while importing tens of MILLIONS of low intellect, low skill "workers" from third world countries that do nothing more than soak up benefits.

I'm not opposed to the space program (and we should have had a moon base long before now) but blaming it on a growing population is simple misdirection.
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I am not a scaremonger. I have great respect for the work of our engineers and scientists in finding more and better ways to feed people, find new resources, etc. etc. I'm sure they'll dazzle us with lots of other innovations in the coming years. But we are putting a lot of pressure on this planet that we won't have to put on it if we can figure out how to get out into the universe. We are also vulnerable to "events" like meteor collisions - picture the one that hit Chelyabinsk earlier this year but a few times bigger - that could hugely disrupt the planet. And that would jeopardize the entire human race because we currently have no where else we can go. As improbable as these events may seem, they DO happen occasionally. It seems ludicrous to me that we confine ourselves to this one planet rather than heading out into the universe.

Just think of all the problems that could be easily solved if we had other planets within reach. We could find resources that are scarce on earth and bring them back here. Groups that weren't very happy on earth because they are in conflict with their neighbors could move to new planets. For starters, just imagine all the world's Muslims comfortably established on a new planet without any non-Muslims to fight with.

There are obvious technical challenges to be overcome in getting out into space. We may well find that we are not alone out there. We may even find ourselves getting into wars with other species. There's no guarantee that it will be a cakewalk. But I think that we would thrive as a species in meeting these challenges.
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We have exchanged that which works for that which sounds good.

Yes. "Freedom Works!" could be a good slogan.
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“Marx championed government redistribution under the guise of economic equality…”

Equality of outcome under Marxism always entails the use of excessive government force, and is thus incompatible with human liberty. Force will be used to unnaturally bring down hard-working middle class individuals and high-achieving entrepreneurs to the level of the lazy, self-centered so-called proletariat class. Force must be used to unnaturally bring down a high-achieving nation to the level of the socialist hell-holes of the world. Bear in mind that an unnatural use of force requires a superior class of not-to-be-equalized Marxist equalizers – a class superior in rights – superior before law – and superior themselves in social and economic (property) outcome. The defining Orwellian contradiction within Marxism now becomes evident – forced equality leads to even worse inequality. When Marxists and Socialists speak of equality (of outcome) you should understand its meaning in an Orwellian way - it is a lie - because the Marxists who forcefully socialize (collectivize) property end up with a lion’s share of property. In reality the dystopian Marxist dream of equal outcome turns out to be the nightmare of equal serfdom, except of course for the not-to-be-equalized Marxist elite and their favorites. So, in the end, in Orwellian fashion, Marxist equality results in inequality.

“It had long been realized that the only secure basis for oligarchy is collectivism. Wealth and privilege are most easily defended when they are possessed jointly. The so-called "abolition of private property" [Communist Manifesto] meant in effect the concentration of property in far fewer hands than before... In the years following the Revolution it [The Socialist Party of Oceania] was able to step into this commanding position almost un-opposed because the whole process was represented as an act of collectivization… It had always been assumed that if the Capitalist Class were expropriated Socialism must follow; and unquestionably the Capitalists had been expropriated. Factories, mines, land, houses, transport, everything had been taken away from them; and since these things were no longer private property it followed that they must be public property. Ingsoc [Socialist Principles of Oceania], which grew out of the earlier Socialist movement and inherited its phraseology, has in fact carried out the main item in the Socialist program with the result; foreseen and intended beforehand, that economic inequality has been made permanent.” George Orwell – 1984

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" We currently are the first generation of Americans that will leave less for subsequent generations than we inherited. "

Yes, especially those among us who tried to make the thug Trayvon Martin into a victim saint.
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And always remember that as Schopenhauer said "Honor is not to be won, it is only not to be lost".
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The proletariat [lazy, tax-eating, non-disabled government-dependents] will use its political [democratic] supremacy to wrest, by degree, all capital [property] from the bourgeoisie [laboring, tax-paying middle class], to centralize all instruments of production in the hands of the state [self-serving Marxist Government]… Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means of despotic inroads on the rights of property.” Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto

When Karl Marx advocated economic class struggle, “From each according to his abilities [middle class], to each according to his needs [proletariat class],” he failed - I believe intentionally - to account for the facts of lower human nature – the greedy aspect of human nature. The ordinary man desires to labor creatively for his property in the pursuit of happiness. The laboring man who desires and is satisfied with the fruit of his own labor is not a greedy man; his happiness is a natural sign of self-ownership and earned self-esteem. The proletariat class, and the Marxist ruling class, do not desire to labor - they desire the fruit of labor of the laboring man - that is greed. Karl Marx ignored or concealed the fact that the proletariat class becomes the lazy and greedy class – along with the Marxist ruling class - greedy for the labored-for property of the hard-working middle class. When the non-disabled man fails in his sacred duty to labor creatively he becomes needy for property, and must either beg or steal property to satisfy his need – or he can vote for Marxist-type government to do the dirty deed through unjust, excessive taxation of the laboring man. The needs of the lazy man are manifold - so under Marxism the laboring man must pay according to his ability – he must be forced to pay – he must pay without limits – because the lazy man has unlimited needs.

As George Orwell observed, Marxists are metaphorically the Pigs of Animal Farm – individuals who consider themselves “more equal than others.” The Marxist Pigs are enthralled with the idea of government (themselves) owning the fruit of the laboring “little animals” where all the eggs, apples, corn, etc. is collected. The fruit of the little animal’s labor is placed into a communal pot under exclusive control of the Marxist Pigs. The Pigs are in charge of the commune – and the communal property – they are the commune-ists. The Marxist Pigs, after gorging themselves with a lion’s share of communal food, require all the equalized little animals to approach their communal pot, tails wagging, in order to receive leftover rations. The “little animals” must lick the hand that feeds them. Pig (Marxist) government encourages the lazy proletariat animals to relax in the barn while the others work in the fields; with this they can set up a perverted form of “democracy.” The Pigs control all the property in the communal pot, so they are in a position to in effect steal property from the laboring animals (“from each according to his abilities”) and give to the lazy (“to each according to his needs”) in return for votes. The labor-challenged proletariat animals have unlimited needs, so the laboring middle class animals may be taxed without limit according to his ability. The Marxist Pigs are the managers of this struggle between the working and lazy classes, and through vote-purchasing set up a self-perpetuating perverted form of “democracy” which keeps them in power. Karl Marx envisioned victory of the Marxist and proletariat classes over the middle class as winning “the battle of democracy.”

“We have seen above that the first step in the revolution by the [non] working class is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class to win the battle of democracy.” Karl Marx - Communist Manifesto


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"The proletariat [lazy, tax-eating, non-disabled government-dependents]...."

As much as I loathe Marx and the ideology he brought forth, even I can't quite let that definition of the proletariat pass. As I understand it, the proletariat was the portion of the workforce that was skilled industrial workers, like machinists and the like, who Marx thought could be seduced to work for "socialism". When Marx was writing, there was very little in the way of government dependents (or taxes for that matter). I don't think he could have envisioned the vast numbers of people who depend on government programs these days. Marx wasn't even talking about unskilled workers or farmers; his proletariat was people with technical skills and the education that went with it. I'm not clear if he thought the engineers were potentially with him or only the people who worked under the supervision of the engineers.

There is a great deal to criticize in Marx but let's not put false words in his mouth.
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Under a feudal or fascist system the workers are indeed downtrodden under the heel of their masters, so the so-called proletariat class is the oppressed working class (serfs) under these unjust economic & cultural systems. This is not the case under a system of free enterprise, where the so-called proletariat class is comprised of the bums and criminals of society - and the government class empowered by taxation of the middle class to service them. I believe Marx understood the distinction between feudal & fascist systems vs. free enterprise, but nevertheless pressed ahead with his dysfunctional and self-serving Marxist counter-revolution. Karl Marx was an enemy of free enterprise.

“Now, in the United States bourgeois society is still far too immature for the class struggle to be made perceptible and comprehensible…” Karl Marx

http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1852/letters/52_03_05.htm

Marxist class struggle is now perceptible and comprehensible to our now matured lazy/criminal class and to our now matured neo-Marxist ruling class, but apparently not perceptible and comprehensible to our immature middle class.

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We have a modern "progressive" culture that expects instant success and gratification, with the rewards of obscene riches, unfettered sex and drug use. Hard work, integrity and perserverance are no longer values espoused by the occupants of the White House and the icons of pop culture that put these cretins in power. in a world that values style over substance there can be no lasting legacy. The inner city gangs are complaining about mexican cartels taking over their drug territories as they turn to income tax and entitlement fraud to fund their criminal lifestyles. The answers to these problems are simple, but in a world awash with the insanity of "political correctness" the fools will continue to be the ballast that keeps the ship on the rocks as it breaks up.
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Over hill, over dale,
At protecting America from Herr Obama we must not flag nor fail,
And the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along
Counter march! Right about!
Hear all the still free men and women shout
While the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along

To the front, day and night
Where the constitutionalists against Herr Obama dig and fight
And the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along
Our barrage will be there
Fired on the rocket’s flare
While the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along

With the liberty loving blogs, boot to boot
We will join in Herr Obama's pursuit
And the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along
Action front, at a trot
Volley fire with shell and shot
While the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along

Should the foe penetrate
Ev’ry Tea Partier for Herr Obama lies in wait
And the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along
Fire at will, lay ‘em low
Never stop for any foe
While the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along

But if fate me should call
And in action against Herr Obama I should fall
Keep the Tea Party A Rolling Along
Then in peace I’ll abide
When I take my final ride
As the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along

For it’s “Hi! Hi! Hee!
In the Defeat Herr Obama Tea Party
Call out your numbers loud and strong
And where e’er we go
You will always know
That the Tea Party Goes Rolling Along

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As a country we'd be in much better shape if the word "cool" was still simply a reference to the temperature. As usual, Sowell hits the nail right on the head: We have exchanged that which works for that which sounds good. Like you, I wonder why the word "progressive" still evokes a sense of romantic rebellion in the young when the evidence - broken families, substance abuse, loss of self respect and personal responsibility - shows progressivism to be nothing but a scam. If anyone can give young people a dose of reality, it's you.
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Well after all, Barack Obama, he’s an ordinary liberty destroying fascist man
Who desires nothing more than an ordinary chance
To make all people live exactly as he wishes, and do precisely what he wants…
An average fascist man is he, of no especially clever whim

Who wants to spy on and dictate everyone else's life
While he goes golfing or on yet another royal vacation with his parasitic wife
With everyone supinely doing whatever he commands
Well… just an ordinary fascist man is he …
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