Commentary: On December 2, 2011 I was excoriated by a young "conservative" named Mike, who wanted to give me a hiding for my communist views on "unregulated" capitalism. He called me or more precisely my views "ridiculous" I'll let you decide who is ridiculous. His tirade was quite lengthy so I am publishing my response in 9 parts as "A series of letters from Left to Right: Dear Mike Since his attack was full of vitriol I have taken off the gloves as I see no point of entertaining his bombastic rhetoric. Parts 5-9 are in-response to the object of his real distain—my post called "Adam Smith Re-examined." Note: Due to length Part 9 is broken into 9a,9b,9c and 9d.
I have color coded my blog post that he critiqued in red—his critique in blue—and my response to his critique in black.
PART 9a " Dear Mike: A Series of Letters from the Left to the Right
On the Proper Role of Government and Taxation
Its quit clear that CONservs cherry pick their belief systems and ignore long established codes of societal conduct and common human decency.
Poor Weber does not understand the proper role of government,
Not true—its to regulate factions, maintain order, print and distribute money, collect taxes for the maintenance of societal infrastructure, postal roads, provide for the common defense, provide for the general welfare. But just to make sure I don't leave anything out here's amore complete list of mandates:
The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defence[note 1] and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current coin of the United States;
To provide and maintain a Navy;
To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces;
To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof. Source Wikipedia
nor what a real conservative is, what a capitalist is,
Not true—a real, rabid reactionary, conservative/capitalist—clings—with the mindless, religious ideological fervor, of a zealot—in spite of facts—to the past, and brandish their stated intent of "starving the beast and drowning government in a bath tub"—which I find treasonous at their utterance—and when confronted by the evidence of their eight years of utter failure—point with unflinching temerity at Obama and blame him—and in the next breath call for more of the same failed policies convinced they will work if only they can get one more shot at it.
nor what common human decency is.
I'm kind to my web footed friends does that count?
It is decent of me to give of my excess to my needy neighbor.
Alleluiah! He has seen the light. And the truth shall set him free!
It is theft if I take property from my neighbor against their consent, even if I think they have more than they need.
Alas, according to you—all need, is want, disguised as greed.
That seem so obvious, so why do the bleeding hearts completely miss it? It is still theft if I hire someone else to steal on my behalf. And it is still theft if I give my hired thief a blue uniform and call it a tax. It goes against long established codes of societal conduct. It goes against common human decency.
I repent. Not really Just kidding. Who's stealing again? I thought we agreed taxation is not stealing, remember? [quote] Which is fine, and our federal government was originally designed with a very fair and progressive taxation system. [unquote] Again I must ask, are you oblivious to American History? The father of the Nation George Washington put down the Whiskey Tax Rebellion by leading an army to quell the insurrection. The Articles of Confederation of a Perpetual Union were rewritten so that taxes could be levied to support the federal government. "In order to form a more perfect Union" was in large part about raising taxes and establishing a "bigger" FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.
1. The founders were NOT against taxation. They were against taxation WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. The government issues the currency—its their currency they can't steal their own currency.
2. The founders were NOT against Regulation of factions and most of their duties in the Constitution gives Congress the ability to regulate Interstate Commerce.
Please seriously, you are giving me a head ache. Are you a Manchurian candidate on auto pilot? By the way—I seem to remember an icon of Jesus that showed him with a "bleeding heart" as in:WWJD? Are you anti-christian?
Thou shalt not covet. Thou shalt not steal. Codes of conduct thousands of years old, and still we struggle to live by them.
Alleluiah! Amen! Preach it brotherman! The summary of a great mind. But wait there's more!
Continued Part 9b