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#OccupyWallStreet; One Question, Please.

Lady Freedom

It sounded like Hannity had an open line to the #OccupyWallStreet moochers on his radio show this afternoon. One raving idiot spewing forth ignorance after another. One I remember suggested we take money away from corporations and use it “for the starving children around the world.” Another said something about “No one should be allowed to earn a billion dollars, no one can spend a billion dollars.” I’m not so sure about that, I’m pretty sure I’d really enjoy a run at proving that wrong. And really, hasn’t B Hussein Obama already blown that one out of the water? But one other question occurred to me. I’ve flirted with liberalism and a few other ideas over the years. That same question was always enough to pull me back from the precipice.

Who gets to decide?

“We should take their money away and use it for the starving children of the world.” Who gets to decide who’s money were going to take? Who gets to decide who gets to keep their money? Who gets to decide what starving children get the money?

“People shouldn’t get paid 10 million dollar bonuses.” Who gets to decide what the upper limit is?

“People shouldn’t earn millions of dollars a year.” Who gets to decide what a suitable salary is?

When I was younger Paul Harvey supported a program of selective breeding for humans. He claimed (and I fear he may have been right) that it was the only hope mankind had. Look no further than #OccupyWallStreet to see where the expanding shallow end of the gene pool has gotten us. But there was that question again… Who gets to decide who reproduces and who doesn’t?

We’ve seen countless examples of this in just the last few years. Too big to fail? Who gets to decide what is too big and what isn’t?

Who gets to decide? B Hussein Obama? Nancy Pelosi? Johnny McLame? eburke? Cold Warrior? EPU? Lady Penguin? Who do you trust the most?

And then comes the next question. What do they get to decide? How much money I can make? How long before they decide to decide where I can work to earn that money? How long until they decide what kind of car I can drive to the job they picked for me? Where I can go to buy the clothes I wear to that job? Depending on who you picked to make your decisions the time to these uncomfortable questions will vary, but sooner or later they are going to begin making decisions you don’t want them to make.

The only answer is Freedom, for those of you camping on Wall Street they called it Liberty in the olden days. You won’t like my decisions any more than I would like yours. Leave me with the Freedom to make my own decisions, I’ll leave you with yours.

nessa
Retired Paratrooper, Biker, Tattoo Artist

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  1. If we didn’t know you better, nessa, we would say you are quite the reasonable human being. Unfortunately, you are also a relic. Reason went out with critical thinking, respect for tradition, appreciation of accomplishment and *genuine* altruism. So just let the deciders do the deciding, huh? Know your place.
    But on a more serious note, you have hit on something that sorely needs done, and that is reaching out to young people with dialogues like this.

    • You’ve seen through me Bob. Not the reasonable bit, that’s just a disguise. The relic part is right on.

      I had these discussions initially with George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Robert Heinlein and even a couple of friends of Fritz Lieber. Fafhrd’s a pretty good guy if you can catch him sober.

  2. Most excellent, Nessa. This one simple question, “Who gets to decide?” is both a great discussion opener, as Lady P. points out, but also a pretty good quick test of whether the person you’re trying to talk with is reachable or not. If it’s met with a pause and moment of thoughtful silence, you’ve got a shot. If not, the person is probably an ideologue and you’re wasting your time.

    The other part of this, of course, is that many, probably most, of the Wall Street protester types would not, deep in their secret hearts, actually want to be the ones making the decisions. Because if you are the one making the decision, you own the decision…and the results of the decision. They don’t have the gumption.

    Like the current POTUS, they’d much rather be in the position to blame somebody else for their own failings.

  3. Just let ME decide and all the problems of the world will be solved! Just appoint ME dictator for life and I’ll take all the money from the evil rich people and give it to the poor!

    BUT it’s very expensive to maintain the lifestyle a dictator is supposed to have, so I’ll keep a little of it… really only a very small fraction…. for that purpose. And of course my son will need to be given a share so he can prepare to take over in the very unlikely event that I ever die. And my friends will need sufficient resources to make sure that the money is collected properly. And some other friend will need sufficiect resources to produce an army to protect the money from the masses so I can properly feed the poor, and they’ll also need to place soldiers on every corner to make sure no one complains……

    And for the troublemakers, I’ll need to build a reeducation camp to hold them. But you know there are SOME people who never will reform so unfortunately, we’ll have to build some guillotines and maybe a few ovens….

    Those people don’t know the evil they intend to unlease on us… or maybe they do but they don’t care.

      • The worst part is, no matter how good and honorable a person’s intentions were when appointed to the task of deciding, they would turn into such a monster as a necessary part of the job. They would be forced to engage the army in keeping the peace and collecting the resources. Supressing freedom would be mandatory to get the job done and once you start supressing freedom… well there’s no where else to go.

  1. If we didn’t know you better, nessa, we would say you are quite the reasonable human being. Unfortunately, you are also a relic. Reason went out with critical thinking, respect for tradition, appreciation of accomplishment and *genuine* altruism. So just let the deciders do the deciding, huh? Know your place.
    But on a more serious note, you have hit on something that sorely needs done, and that is reaching out to young people with dialogues like this.

    • You’ve seen through me Bob. Not the reasonable bit, that’s just a disguise. The relic part is right on.

      I had these discussions initially with George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Robert Heinlein and even a couple of friends of Fritz Lieber. Fafhrd’s a pretty good guy if you can catch him sober.

  2. Most excellent, Nessa. This one simple question, “Who gets to decide?” is both a great discussion opener, as Lady P. points out, but also a pretty good quick test of whether the person you’re trying to talk with is reachable or not. If it’s met with a pause and moment of thoughtful silence, you’ve got a shot. If not, the person is probably an ideologue and you’re wasting your time.

    The other part of this, of course, is that many, probably most, of the Wall Street protester types would not, deep in their secret hearts, actually want to be the ones making the decisions. Because if you are the one making the decision, you own the decision…and the results of the decision. They don’t have the gumption.

    Like the current POTUS, they’d much rather be in the position to blame somebody else for their own failings.

  3. Just let ME decide and all the problems of the world will be solved! Just appoint ME dictator for life and I’ll take all the money from the evil rich people and give it to the poor!

    BUT it’s very expensive to maintain the lifestyle a dictator is supposed to have, so I’ll keep a little of it… really only a very small fraction…. for that purpose. And of course my son will need to be given a share so he can prepare to take over in the very unlikely event that I ever die. And my friends will need sufficient resources to make sure that the money is collected properly. And some other friend will need sufficiect resources to produce an army to protect the money from the masses so I can properly feed the poor, and they’ll also need to place soldiers on every corner to make sure no one complains……

    And for the troublemakers, I’ll need to build a reeducation camp to hold them. But you know there are SOME people who never will reform so unfortunately, we’ll have to build some guillotines and maybe a few ovens….

    Those people don’t know the evil they intend to unlease on us… or maybe they do but they don’t care.

      • The worst part is, no matter how good and honorable a person’s intentions were when appointed to the task of deciding, they would turn into such a monster as a necessary part of the job. They would be forced to engage the army in keeping the peace and collecting the resources. Supressing freedom would be mandatory to get the job done and once you start supressing freedom… well there’s no where else to go.

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