Ok, here’s the thing. I do NOT spend any time at all wandering around and about the Wingnut Idiosphere, and I’m not going to start doing so now, no matter what. Period. That said, I have to acknowledge (and maybe thank??) Daily Kos for the following exploration of that wingnut IDIOCY that’s come to define today’s . . . today’s . . . what’s the word? GOP? Nah. Tea Party? Nah. American Fascist Movement? . . . Hmmm. Ok. Maybe. Javohl?
(oops, ummm . . . etc.) . . .
Well, whatever. Onward. Oh, and hang onto your hats if you dare to follow this link (and READ it, even!) courtesy of an Amurkan “patriot” named Harry Binswanger . . . ummm . . . Harry Bin Swanger?? . . . hmm. Puzzling. Oh well, anyway, Bin Swanger is clearly an Aynian Randian Thingian, and he makes “it” real clear right up front when he states his thesis:
It’s time to gore another collectivist sacred cow. This time it’s the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.” That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.” And beneath that lies the perverted Marxist notion that wealth is accumulated by “exploiting” people, not by creating value–as if Henry Ford was not necessary for Fords to roll off the (non-existent) assembly lines and Steve Jobs was not necessary for iPhones and iPads to spring into existence.
Let’s begin by stripping away the collectivism. “The community” never gave anyone anything. The “community,” the “society,” the “nation” is just a number of interacting individuals, not a mystical entity floating in a cloud above them. And when some individual person–a parent, a teacher, a customer–”gives” something to someone else, it is not an act of charity, but a trade for value received in return.
[etc. . . . ]
Carry on, read ALL the crap Bin Swanger has, ummm, ‘written’ and then, if you have the stomach for it, feel free to discuss it all here . . . in this
Butt — in the process, don’t miss this l’il tidbit courtesy of Bin Swanger:
. . . a modest proposal. Anyone who earns a million dollars or more should be exempt from all income taxes. Yes, it’s too little. And the real issue is not financial, but moral. So to augment the tax-exemption, in an annual public ceremony, the year’s top earner should be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Right. Please forgive and excuse, but I have to run off now. I feel the desperate need to burp, sneeze, and fart — all at the same time. Maybe also barf. So . . . I may not — never not — return. Meanwhile, remember always the Wingnuttistanian voice of . . . ummm . . . eternal (?) wisdom:
An end must be put to the inhuman practice of draining the productive to subsidize the unproductive. An end must be put to the primordial notion that one’s life belongs to the tribe, to “the community,” and that the superlative wealth-creators must do penance for the sin of creating value.
And Ayn Rand is just the lady who can do it.
Yeah. Like that. Meanwhile, I’m outta here.