by Brad Nelson 10/29/13
A guy called my office a couple days ago. His tone was a bit odd and condescending. But in this economy, you can’t be too picky. The fellow said he had a logo and business card design that he needed help with. In an odd way, he was subtly confrontational when there was no need to be. I just put it down to his nerves.
The brief telephone conversation with him seemed odd, but then the world is full of odd people which is not odd at all if you consider. So I told him to come to my office at his convenience and we’d talk about his project.
He did and we did. He seemed a nice enough fellow. He had an accent and he told me he was from Austria. Nice. I told him that I was basically a German so we had that in common. I was just making small talk.
But somehow the conversation turned to politics. I don’t remember how it started or who started it, although I doubt it was me. I usually will finish gladly, but not lead into it, especially when it comes to clients or potential clients.
Anyway, long story short, we talked for about twenty minutes or so and the talk slowly escalated. And I admit to escalating it because of all the anti-capitalist, pro-socialist nonsense coming out of his mouth. At first I patiently was refuting his socialist shtick point-by-point by giving the positive rationale for America’s system of government and for freedom itself. Hey, if you like socialism (and it can’t ever last), then fine. But America is based upon a higher premise than having a nanny take care of you into adulthood.
The guy kept spouting more and more socialist nonsense while also saying that he wasn’t a socialist. This kind of inherent dishonesty is typical of the Left. They don’t want to be pinned down. This fellow (I’m guessing he was in his 30’s) told me how wonderful it was in Austria because everything was free, including health care, retirement, etc.
Well, I told him that nothing was free and that what he saw as “free” was simply an artificial bubble being created in Europe, supported by debt and the importation of non-Europeans to (in the words of Mark Steyn) be the children that Europeans themselves weren’t having because of the evisceration of the people caused by all this socialism. It is the only way the pyramid scheme of socialism has any chance of not collapsing. I told him that Europe is, in fact, dying and that what is “unsustainable” is not freedom and the free market but socialism.
I informed this fellow that I was very upset about Obamacare and other socialist intrusions into our lives. (He seemed to think it the worst thing in the world to show anger.) I said that it was not good or just to take over an entire segment of the economy under the guise that some people didn’t have health care, especially when that system was being replaced by something worse. I told him that America was founded upon the idea of freedom, not having the government take care of you. And this is when the conversation started to heat up, and I’ll admit that I added most of the flame because one thing I won’t do is sit quietly while someone spouts complete nonsense.
I was told to prove how I was any more free than in Europe. Well, I told him that as the state grew, that means they made more of the decisions and kept more of my money. I’d rather make my own choices. That is what freedom is all about. The guy was trying hard to justify his sponge status but it wasn’t working.
And then, as any good socialist/Leftist, he then went into a diatribe about the American Indians and how they weren’t free. It really seemed to bug him when I said that America was based upon freedom. And the next five minutes or so were spent in refuting his stream of vapid Leftist talking points. And at some point I had had enough. I tried to shake his hand (he refused) but told him I wouldn’t do any work for him and to leave my office.
But what really struck me, and I didn’t say it at the time, was the thought that if things were so damn good in Austria, why did he move to America? He impressed me as the typical drifter. In fact, after leaving my office I had to air it out a for while. It stunk a bit. He was a bit Bohemian in more ways than one.
What I gleaned from this conversation is not just that I don’t suffer fools gladly. I already knew that. But I was impressed again by the fact the socialism is the creed of the leach and the sponge. It is the dogma of secular redemption for those who want others to pay for their “free stuff.” It’s the religion for those who never want to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. And they spout a bunch of well-rehearsed cliches (care for the environment, care for the poor, etc.) to cover their own deceit and their own bad motives.
This really is what animates me to do this site. Let’s just say the God has given me the gift to understand the true evil of socialism and to see through the con of “good intentions” and professed “care for the disadvantaged.” Much of our own youth have been poisoned by this socialist outlook and there are many “useful idiots” out there who have bought into the “we care” con. No, they don’t care.
We as a country have failed miserably in our obligations to liberty by voting in a Marxist president — twice — and his many accomplices in various offices and of both parties. Too many of our supposed adults have turned a blind eye to socialism, some even denying that it exits. Well, it does exist and it is a poison to the human soul.
And, good god, you see just how souless these socialist types are. Not only are they walking, talking sponges but their one and only measure of life is a completely narcissitic concern for their own bodies. Austria wasn’t great because it was free. It was great, in his opinion, because it was “free” and because, in his exact words, the food tasted good. There was no sense of any nobler purpose for his life or life itself. It was all about creature comforts. Yet think about the true heroes and great souls through the ages who have suffered enormously in order to do good things. There is surely more to our lives than “this crude matter,” as Master Yoda would say.
But for the secular-socialist, they have no thought more noble in their heads than would a billy goat, although they try to convince themselves and others that they are more than baskets of shallow, unthinking narcissism by spouting their self-serving, self-righteous, cliches about “saving the planet” or professing care for the downtrodden. But it’s all an act. It’s all a deception.
Socialism isn’t just misguided, although it can do that too. It’s evil. I’ve seen what it does to people. History has recorded well what it has done to people. Will we learn this lesson? Who will stand up and look socialism in the eye and call it what it is? Well, I damn sure will, and have. • (1655 views)