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by Paul Kiser
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Tis the season and there are a lot of political candidates out there selling their version of what is wrong with this country/state/county/city and how they are going to fix what ails us. This year is different from most because it seems that a lynch mob has taken over a prominent role in politics and like most lynch mobs they don’t need facts, they just need someone to be angry at and someone to blame.
It would be easy to label the people behind this political lynch mob as ‘stupid’, but that is probably overly harsh. These people are driven by emotions, not a lack of intelligence, so stupid is not the correct term. I prefer to describe the lynch mob as people who have a Lack Of Critical Observation Skills (LoCOS for short.) This year the LoCOS are trying to sell a lot of garbage and I’m not buying it. For example:
LoCOS: Lower taxes will improve the economy
To the LoCOS who are selling the load I have one word. Nevada. Nevada has no Income tax. Nevada has no Capital Gains tax. Nevada has no Corporate tax. Nevada has no Inventory tax. Even conservative business groups rate Nevada as one of the most ‘business-friendly’ states. Nevada is to business what the Bunny Ranch was to male ego.
According the LoCOS argument, Nevada should be awash in new business. Nevada’s economy should be booming. Nevada should be the poster child of the low tax concept.
The fact is that the State exposes the Lo Tax/Mo Biz as a myth. Nevada is Number ONE in unemployment (2nd place Florida is over a full point better than the Silver State.) Nevada is Number ONE in crime. Nevada is Number ONE in housing foreclosures. Nevada is consistently among the lowest in unbiased education rankings. Nevada is proof that lower taxes does not make for a better economy.
(Article: Nevada’s State of Disaster)
LoCOS: Business is better at running our government
Let’s remember that it wasn’t government that put us in a recession but business…BAD business. Government was an enabler, in that it stopped regulating and monitoring the unbridled greed of the incestuous investor-run business world, but at the end of the day it was business people who made all the decisions. The corporate executives chose to ignore the obvious result that would happen from their greed and dove head on into unethical practices that doomed our economy.
Greed is inherent in business. Greed is why business exists. There is no ‘care for fellow citizen’ in the business world. Business is based on competition, winners and losers, and often the losers are not the weakest, but rather loser’s are the one’s with morals. Business only keeps to a moral compass when there is an unbiased arbiter oversees its activities. That is the role of government.
This year we are seeing the perversion of investor-run business with clearer eyes. The Chamber of Commerce has abandoned their mission of promoting good business in the community in favor of attacking local governments and promoting only those candidates that will remove the protections for honest business and our citizens. It is ironic that anyone would suggest that business, with its greed-driven motives and proven track record of unethical practices, should replace good government.
Don’t get me wrong, a strong economy needs good, healthy businesses, but good, healthy businesses need a strong government to create and monitor the rules for which guide and protect all. The leap of logic of the LoCOS, that our government should be run as a business, is as absurd as saying that FIFA needs fewer referees on the soccer field.
LoCOS: The trillion-dollar debt is bad
The LoCOS must have Alzheimer’s.
I’m not in favor of a large deficit, especially when it involves sending US dollars to finance the destruction of another country …. but I’m really not in favor of is a Depression. That is what we faced in early 2009. Business had raped our economy through outrageous, unregulated practices and we were on the brink of an abyss that had no bottom. Again, business, not government caused our economy to fail. Initially, our country let big banks suffer the consequences of what they had done, but it quickly became apparent that what was about to happen was the massive collapse of the entire economic system, which would have forced the United States government to take over the day-to-day operations of almost all of our major financial institutions.
The alternative to a nuclear meltdown of our economy was to lend money to those institutions, help initiate controlled purchases of ailing banks, and invest government money in key assistance programs. Was it a bailout? Yes, but it was investing, not buying, which meant we would get the money back in almost every case.
The government also invested money in the mismanaged auto industry that, if not preserved, would have sent us into Depression-era unemployment overnight. Yes, it increased our nation’s debt. A debt that had gone from surplus in President Clinton’s years, to a deficit under George Bush. It would have been better if we had not spent so much money on Cheney’s overseas folly and already been in the hole when the house of cards of bad business fell, but there was no choice. The decisions made in late 2008 and early 2009 were necessary and save our country from disaster.
Have we recovered? No. But the LoCOS rage over a big deficit is being driven and financed by the major corporations that would prefer the citizen forget what really happened. I wish business hadn’t forced us to use trillions of taxpayer’s dollar to remedy their greed, but we had no choice.
LoCOS: Government is bad
Government is really, really good providing it is run by reasonable people who truly care for the citizens … all the citizens. There is one difference between civilization and anarchy and that is government. Every time I hear the LoCOS point out an example of bad government I can think of a hundred ways that government has made our country great. I mentioned to a person that the airlines need to be regulated again and they pointed out how, under government regulation, an airline was forced to maintain a route to a small city that was not profitable. Yes, that is tough, but what about the scores of lucrative routes that government regulation handed that same airline on a silver platter? I’m really weary of the single exceptions to how great government has been in making this the strongest country in the history of the world. Single exceptions do not make an argument for destroying our country.
Government is the foundation of our society and the only people who don’t benefit from a strong government are the greedy and unethical. When we were in school we would have rather had no teachers telling us what to do, but that wouldn’t have made our education better. It’s time we stopped making the argument of a 5th grader…and time we started respecting what a blessing it is to have a government that keeps our society from devolving into anarchy.
LoCOS: Electing stupid people is smart
This one mystifies me. A candidate from any other party would be laughed out of politics for saying or doing something stupid and yet candidates for the LoCOS wear their stupidity like a new hat. LoCOS candidates are avoiding the media, saying one thing, then changing their story. They scream about illegal aliens and how they are destroying our country, then it’s revealed they were employing them. They dress in Nazi uniforms. They steal other people’s work and claim it as their own. They take campaign money and pay their personal bills with it. They have to explain to people why they are not a witch. They threaten violence on people, yell about almost anything, deceive, and often outright lie…and the LoCOS cheer on.
I know that the quality of candidates of the LoCOS is a reflection of the lack of respect they have for our country and government, but isn’t prima facie evidence that the LoCOS can’t really be trying to improve our country when they are represented by the worst of the worst?
LoCO S: Illegal aliens (=Hispanics) are destroying this country
First, let’s remember that a major portion of the United States (California, Nevada, Utah, southwestern Wyoming, western Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas belonged to Mexico until the mid-1800’s. We took the land from them at gunpoint and paid fifty cents on the dollar for the land. I could make a strong argument that Mexican nationals are not really the illegal aliens in Alta California, Nuevo Mexico, and Tejas, but I will let that dog rest.
(Article: America’s Hostile Takeover of Mexico)
Regardless of the history of Mexico and the United States, the fact is that a typical tactic of a lynch mob is to find a symbol (person or group) that has little or no opportunity to defend themselves and present them as evil. This is a tactic used by the KKK, the Nazis, and every ultra-right wing, nationalistic, racist group. It doesn’t matter of whether the targeted group is guilty of anything, just that they, or no one else, is able or willing to stand up and challenge the accusations. Mexican immigrants are the perfect target for a group like the LoCOS.
The facts are that:
- Most Mexican undocumented immigrants lead quiet, peaceful, law-abiding lives in the United States (a fact that the LoCOS lie about)
- Mexican undocumented immigrants are working jobs that no American citizen wants to do
- That the United States is the primary enabler of the drug wars in Mexico (we buy the product and sell them the arms)
- Mexican undocumented immigrants can’t file for Income Tax refunds (which most would get if they were citizens) so the United States collects and keeps all the money deducted from their pay.
But according to the LoCOS, they are pure evil and responsible for our all our economic and societal ills. In Arizona, a sheriff’s deputy called that he was under attack by Mexican drug smugglers and was shot. He became the hero of the LoCOS.
Despite a massive effort, no drug smugglers were found. Now it turns out that the wound was from a bullet fired at close range (not from 25 yards as he claimed) and likely self-inflicted. Almost no one questioned the story of the deputy at the time, despite the inconsistencies in his account. Why should they, blame it on the Mexicans. Naturally, the story has to be true!
To me, the whole issue of ‘illegal aliens’ is a tornado in search of a trailer park. The damning terminology, the use of single examples, and falsified facts all indicate that the LoCOS need to create a threat and it the Muslims are too far away to pick on so the target is Mexican nationals.
The New Testament of the Bible has clear instructions on how a Christian is behave. Jesus said to love thy neighbor as thyself. The Apostle Paul says, “…as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another..” (1 Thessalonians 4:9). The LoCOS often boast of their devotion to Christ and then desecrate his teachings by their un-Christian attitude towards those of Hispanic descent.
I’m not buying it.
LoCOS: Threatening our government and the electorate with armed rebellion
Several members of the LoCOS, including LoCOS candidates have indicated that ‘some people’ may be mad enough at our government to invoke ‘their Second Amendment Rights’. I don’t care how you say it, to suggest that some people are going to take up arms against their fellow citizens (if the LoCOS don’t get their way) is wrong. In this country we vote, and we don’t take up arms to enforce the LoCOS will on the majority. Anyone who suggests this is a threat to our Constitution and to this country. Mad or not, there is a line that cannot be crossed over.
I know that everything I said here will not make any difference to the LoCOS. In fact, they will be outraged that I spoke out against their unbridled illogical arguments. You can’t reason with a lynch mob. But sometime in the future we will all look back on this and say, “What were the LoCOS thinking?” The problem is that they are not.
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Arizona rancher said:
The Pinal County Sheriff’s office reopened the case and forensics testing of Deputy Puroll’s shirt proved the bullet wound was not self-inflicted. Two weeks after Puroll was shot two people were murdered in the same remote location. You ignore the news. If I were Deputy Puroll my attorneys would be all over you personally like a bad habit. I’m not buying anything you say simply because your blog is dedicated to inflaming people. Try telling your sorry story to my close friend Sue Krentz, whose husband was murdered March 27 in cold blood on his own land and for no apparent reason, by a suspected drug scout that then walked back into Mexico. My own experience 65 miles north of the border was being awakened at 4 AM on Feb 8, 2007 by a Guatemalan illegal immigrant drenched in human blood knocking on my front door. A smuggling cartel war erupted ten miles from my house (the nearest neighbor in that direction is 25 miles) and three people including a 15 year old girl were murdered. 2 more people were critically wounded. One of the dead, a woman shot in the chest and throat, and 2 survivors were then dumped on my property line. We didn’t have a reliable cell connection. Imagine yourself in this situation before the sun even comes up. Imagine trying to care for these people while you are armed for bear and wondering where the murderers are, and if they will suddenly become your own problem. Things are different here than the obviously naive and politically correct community where you live. Why don’t you park your RV near the Krentz ranch and see this situation first hand instead of throwing your little bombs against Arizona citizens from the safety of hiding behind a computer in a temperature controlled building?
Paul Kiser said:
Thank you for reading my blog and your comments. I’m pleased that a place that doesn’t have good cell service has excellent Internet service and that you picked up my blog in a Google search less than 24 hours after it was posted. (I’m assuming you don’t subscribe to my blog.)
In response to your comments, first, if you can’t put your name to what you write, then everything you say has the same level of validity as graffiti. Your name ‘Arizona Farmer’ makes it sound like you are their in Arizona, but you could be anywhere and be lying about everything you say. You could be the one sitting in the air conditioned room behind the computer. The only way we know is if you put your name and stand behind it.
Assuming you are someone from Arizona and live on a ranch near the Mexico/US border, let’s look for some facts.
Deputy Puroll is welcome to take whatever legal action he wants. Expert have looked at the wound and determined that it was an apparent self-inflicted wound. There is enough documentation to back that up. A lawsuit would also open the door for an independent investigation of not only the alleged incident, but the investigation, or lack of one, that followed, and that wouldn’t be a bad thing. The fact is that the entire incident is based on one person’s account and I would certainly like to hear what tracks were found, where the shell casings were located, etc.
Anything that happens in the desert near the border is assumed to be those ‘illegals’ and yet mysteriously no one can back it up. I will grant you the exception of the recent incident on the lake where two people crossed over into Mexico seems to have independent evidence of Mexican nationals killing the husband, but we have cities right in the United States where venturing into certain areas is dangerous, so why is every incident linked to ‘illegal aliens’? Everything thing is listed as ‘a suspected’, or ‘alleged’. Again, single examples with little or no evidence that proves who really did the crime. That is the way a lynch mob works, declare who is guilty and then figure out the truth after we hang’em.
The situation you described is certainly worthy of note, assuming that you are who you say you are the incident is a sad example of how violent things have become. If drug money is financing this violence then we know the money likely came out of the pockets of Americans. We also know that the guns and ammunition likely were manufactured in
the United States. So what is the cure? How does creating laws to single out people who look Hispanic and require them to prove they are citizens solve the problem?
You have said two things that are consistent with the conservative style of argument. First, you have reversed the truth. I offered a counter debate to the outrageous and inflammatory statements made by conservatives. I did not make up lies or attempt to twist the truth into a deception. But you call my attempt to counter debate as inflammatory. That is the conservatives way, accuse reasonable and rational debate as unreasonable and irrational. I’m not buying that either. You may not agree with me, but that doesn’t mean you can discount my argument…especially when you don’t sign your name.
Second, you turn it into a personal attack. My being in Arizona or anywhere else does not discount my right to speak on any matter…as long as I’m willing to put my name on what I write. It sounds like a fifth grader’s argument to say, “You’re not here, so you can’t question anything” when the reality is that this has been made a issue of National debate.
Thanks again for reading my blog.
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