"To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.I don’t generally quote anarchists as they are a bit impractical, but it’s a bit hard to argue with Proudhon on this one.
It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality." ... P. J. Proudhon.
Town hall presented an article, A plumber and a Fisherman Walk Into a National Debate: -
Thanks to his courageous confrontation of Barack Obama, Joe Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber", has become America's newest folk hero.Elian for those who don’t remember was a child plucked out of the sea by Donato Dalrymple after the boat on which he and his mother attempted to escape from Cuba, sank in a storm and Elian was one of only three survivors. Elians mother drowned. The rule for Cubans at the time was that if they were intercepted at sea they were to be returned, but if they made it to America they were accepted.
Obama's minions, being typical leftists, decided against responding intelligently to the phenomenon -- and threw a tantrum instead. In a fit of irrational passion, they immediately began digging up dirt on the newly-famous "everyman".
The resulting attacks were immediate and personal: "He has tax liens ... he's not named Joe (it's his middle name) ... he's not even a plumber!"
The allegation that Joe is not really a plumber is the one I found most interesting, as it reminds me of another incident from a few years back.
As you might recall, the fisherman who plucked Elian Gonzales from the sea was later criticized for not being a "real" fisherman. Not only was Elian's rescuer criticized for this -- but the liberals attempted to impugn his character by implying he was a phony who was posing as a fisherman. …
This, of course, begs the question, "What is a fisherman?" In this instance, Donato Dalrymple was not a licensed commercial fisherman, but rather a man who happened to be fishing when he rescued Elian. In a lot of people's minds, this made him a "fisherman". However, the slime-mongers decided that this was not a correct definition and made an issue of it. Ultimately, the debate was utterly irrelevant to the larger political discourse surround young Elian, but relevance does not seem to way all that heavily on the minds of certain leftist.
The whole thing erupted into a political dogfight when the child’s father with the backing of the Cuban government demanded him back. He was subsequently taken by armed officers from his relatives home and sent back. Dalrymple was vilified in the press owing to being in the way of the Clinton administration.
For a great description of liberal hate read what Lawrence Auster has to say in “Liberal Fascism and Donato Dalrymple.”