My fellow Americans: Do not let up! We are not a country of dumb-asses!

by Ben Hoffman

When conservatives like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck talk about the people of our country, they claim to be the “real Americans.” The rest of us just occupy space here, I guess. And a lot of people believe them.

While there are a lot of dumb-asses here (since half the country has an IQ of less than 100), they are not the “real Americans.” They are Americans, but the people who made our country exceptional are the ones who embraced learning and critical thought, and that excludes most conservatives. That excludes the radical right-wingers who offer nothing but lies, fear, and hatred. It excludes those who embrace guns and violence, and at the same time claim to follow the teachings of Jesus. Those aren’t the people who made our country exceptional. Those are the barnacles on the dinghy of life.

After the shootings in Tucson, Democrats finally started speaking out. While the shooter was purely delusional in his thinking, the political climate that exists in America today has absolutely pushed some unstable people over the edge. And the left and the right are not equally responsible for that climate. Contrary to what many in the media believe, we don’t have to balance everything just to keep the overly emotional right-wingers from crying. There is such a thing as truth, and the truth doesn’t have to be balanced by a right-wing spin on the truth.

So don’t let up, fellow liberals and progressives. We need to take our country back. Obama has shown that he isn’t going to fight for our values, so next year we need to find a real progressive who will. What we need is another Teddy Roosevelt: the first American progressive (even though he was a Republican).

7 Responses to “My fellow Americans: Do not let up! We are not a country of dumb-asses!”

  1. Bravo! Well said.

  2. The rest of us just occupy space here, I guess.

    Well, technically, you are real AND you are American, so—

    However, America and being an American is more of an ideal than nationality. For example, it is very easy for citizens of other nations around the world to become “American”. I wouldn’t ever think that I would be “Japanese” should I ever obtain citizenship in Japan.

    No. America and American is an ideal; a mindset. A mindset that says the individual is sovereign and does not serve the state. The ideal that the individual is given rights from Deity and that those rights are a priori to the state. That at it’s most basic form, the state is nothing but a collectivism that would protect individual rights.

    A man has the right to his person, his life and his production. Should some one attempt to violate that, he would be acting within “justice” to prevent that restriction of his rights. The state then, is created to protect the rights of the individual.

    Liberals do not believe in this. Liberals feel tha the state comes first and that rights and Liberty are derived from the state. Following, you believe that it is the roper role of government to provide for the needs of the citizens absent any restriction of individual rights. And you feel that to enforce this proper role of state, you can legislate it to be so.

    And so it is that you legislate theft.

    If you were to ring my doorbell and ask that I provide for the shelter and relief of my neighbor and I say no, you would walk away; perhaps upset, perhaps sad perhaps disgusted. But it would not occur to you to use force of gun or sword to coerce me to provide access to my production in an attempt to provide for my neighbor.

    So, instead, you use the force of the state. Rather than knock and ask, you legislate and demand.

    THAT is what people mean when they say people aren’t “American”. It means you are not living the ideas that are uniquely American.

    • [Liberals feel tha the state comes first and that rights and Liberty are derived from the state. Following, you believe that it is the roper role of government to provide for the needs of the citizens absent any restriction of individual rights. And you feel that to enforce this proper role of state, you can legislate it to be so. ]

      You’ve been watching too much Glenn Beck.

      • You’ve been watching too much Glenn Beck.

        Penetrating insight! Where’dja get that? Debating for dummies.maddow.com?

        😉

      • You want me to debate that idiotic statement? Okay…

        Well, conservatives want a dictator who they can follow blindly like the sheep they are.

        There, now we’re engaged in enlightening debate. 🙂

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