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The Stupid! It hurts!

Earlier today, New York Times columnist Nick Kristoff opined on Twitter about cuts in government services. It’s not every day that you see such stupidity displayed so confidently…except from the Left:

Imagine John Boehner home in OH, seeing an escaped tiger–and getting a msg that help is unavailable due to govt cutbacks.

Well, I don’t know about John Boehner. But I do know that if I received such a message, it’d be because I was trying to call up a government flunky to haul a tiger carcass away. And if I did get such a message, my very next call would be to a good taxidermist.

It’s an interesting glimpse into the worldview though. The unspoken assumption is that, without government tiger hunters, we’re all doomed to be mauled by wild beasts. Presumably, this is because we are all tiny, little children, utterly incapable of solving our problems without the intervention of our benevolent government overlords. It’s a worldview that operates on the assumption that the government is the only adult in the room.

Note especially the all-or-nothing mindset: Either we pay for massive government services, or we’re completely unprotected. There are no other conceivable options in Mr. Kristoff’s worldview. It’s as if the very concepts of self-help or mutual aid are inconceivable to him.

And I don’t get the feeling that Mr. Kristoff regards this as a bad thing. It’s just the way it is. We have to keep ponying up money to the government to provide services, or society will collapse. Apparently, we’re just too stupid to be trusted to take care of ourselves.

It’s always interesting how the same people who are so keen on "democracy" tend to believe that the electorate is too stupid to care for themselves, but wise enough to vote on policies that directly affect their lives. 

One of those things cannot be true.

Of course, spending much of his time in Manhattan, perhaps Mr. Kristoff is merely speaking from personal experience. After, they have created a city in which it is practically impossible for a law-abiding citizen to defend himself, so calling NYPD is about the only option when trouble arises. And I’m sure NYPD responds as quickly as they can, though, sadly, it probably won’t be before your wife gets a good raping. I’m certain they’ll investigate the hell out of it, though. After the fact.

You see, once you cede the power to defend yourself to others, you’re always a potential victim. This, however, is something about which Mr. Kristoff seems blissfully unaware.

What a sad, artificially constrained view of life.

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Dale Franks
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8 Responses to The Stupid! It hurts!

  • Of course, spending much of his time in Manhattan, perhaps Mr. Kristoff is merely speaking from personal experience. After, they have created a city in which it is practically impossible for a law-abiding citizen to defend himself, so calling NYPD is about the only option when trouble arises. And I’m sure NYPD responds as quickly as they can, though, sadly, it probably won’t be before your wife gets a good raping. Though I’m certain they’ll investigate the hell out of it, though. After the fact.

    Sadly this argument is never answered. I think they just ignore it.

  • Can’t Mr Kristoff ring one of those guys that gets arrested for shooting a bear in self-defence? He makes it sound more like an episode of the Simpsons rather than commentary from an actual journalist for a “reputable” paper.
    I read a survey today of where the highest proportion of “rich” Americans live (those with over $30 million to access in some way). New York, LA, San Francisco and Chicago. Aren’t they all Democrat strongholds? Places where you rely on the government to defend you in the case of wild tigers and rapists and you’d better not defend yourself. Interestingly the same places had the highest proportion of “poor” Americans (those living below the so-called poverty line). So it seems if you want to live in a place where your neighbours can help protect one another, have a sense of community and the divide between rich and poor is least… you should move to red-state fly-over country.

  • Hmmmmm, brings to mind Joe Biden’s recent wish, but that would be bad and wrong of me.

    I do feel damn bad about those tigers (and other beasties) though, but what the hell were the locals supposed to do, set out bowls of cat food “here kitty kitty”

    Finally, to answer your question Dale, yep, we’re too stupid to survive without government, which is populated with super beings who are NOT too stupid.
    Ever notice the left does is give human attributes to corporations and government without, it seems, ever stopping to consider Corporations are US, the Government is US.     This always leaves me shaking my head, and mumbling, “what a bunch of a**holes”.

  • Yes we must keep specially trained govt personnel at our beck and call for just such cases.

    Government trained tiger hunters who of course dont have wild boar hunting in their job description so we have to hire specially trained govt boar hunters who in turn cant inspect the boar meat being processed at meat shops so we have to have specially trained wild board who have been shot by govt trained boar hunter meat inspectors who naturaly get picketed by the govt trained enviromental “save the wild boar” protestors.

  • Don’t take my word for it, but police are not able to protect the public from violent crime.  Their function is to investigate crimes, attempt to identify the offender, apprehend him and turn him over to the courts.  They are, as a friend of mine puts it, historians with guns. 

    Listening to Joe Biden yesterday, one must laugh at his absurd political theater using cops and props while he describes a store robbery being prevented by police.   If Joe Biden can do the job of an American Vice President, the nation obviously does not really need one.

    As for self defense, it is a personal responsibility.   Waiting for law enforcement can be fatal.

  • And I’m sure NYPD responds as quickly as they can, though, sadly, it probably won’t be before your wife gets a good raping

    >>> Hey hey….no need to bring up Joe Biden’s twisted fantasies for opponents of the jobs bill.

  • If there is an escaped tiger in my back yard and the government can’t do anything about it due to cut backs then I have an alternative solution.  .30-06 should get the job done.
    This is actually a very good example of why you don’t rely on government.  Too often it fails or produces mediocre to dismal results.  Whatever happened to rugged American individualism?