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Punish Your Enemies

posted at 11:54 pm on October 26, 2010 by

In a radio interview for Latino audiences, President Obama laid bare the ugly reality of statist government:

“If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re going to punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s going to be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.”

Referring specifically to Republicans such as Senator John McCain, who formerly supported an overhaul but now are stressing border security and supporting strict immigration laws like Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration measure, Mr. Obama said, “Those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values.”

Did you ever imagine you would witness a President using this kind of rhetoric?  Well, get used to it.  He was dumping a fresh load of shame upon the office he occupies, but Barack Obama was also giving Latino voters some perfectly reasonable advice.

The power of the State is the power of compulsion.  In a free country, this power is used to protect the rights of citizens.  The “core value” of the Left is the embrace of “positive rights.”  They believe citizens have a “right” to health care, affordable housing, and various other benefits.  The State has a moral duty to use compulsive force to secure these “rights” for everyone.

What does a “right” to health care imply about the rights of doctors and insurance companies?  The progressive taxation of income, which funds the State’s quest for social justice, compromises the right of highly taxed citizens to ownership of their time and property.  The “right” to affordable housing unleashed the Godzilla of Fannie Mae upon the downtown Tokyo of the American economy.

It is logically impossible to provide a positive right to some, without compromising the rights of others.  If cheap health insurance is compelled for those with pre-existing conditions, the right of insurance companies to run their business in a prudent, profitable manner is negated.  If “free” health care is seized by government and distributed as it sees fit, the medical industry will become first indentured, and then nationalized, without regard to the will of its members.  In a land where food is “free,” farmers are slaves.

A socialist government becomes an arbiter of rights.  The State decides whose rights must be discarded, so that others can be satisfied.  Naturally, politicians will make these decisions in accordance with their political interests, for as long as they must suffer popular elections.  An individual’s rights become contingent on the influence of their political collective.

A highly organized group with well-connected leadership can expect its “rights” to be honored, at the expense of others. No doubt you thought of at least half a dozen examples while you read the previous sentence.

President Obama was entirely correct to advise the Latino voting bloc to hang together, obey its leadership, and trade their votes for rewards from the ruling class.  When rights are balanced against each other, in an equation resolved by the use of compulsive force, those who belong to opposing groups are your enemies.  Your prosperity comes with their defeat.  Holding interest groups together becomes vitally important for success under the total State.  The force which binds those groups will inevitably sour into hatred.

This is not a core American value, but it is a core value of the modern Democrat Party.  Their President gave his Latino audience a taste of things to come.  Tomorrow is France, and the day after is Greece.

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I think we’ve come a long way…too long maybe. I wish I had a better sense of what the R’s can do if they get the House. Everything just seems like it is nibbling around the edges…and anything deeper would result in huge pushback from Obama and his minions in the press and “community groups”

in a rational world the answer to illegal immigration is easy…fix the border, create a guest worker program balance with more immigrants with high skilled job.

the problem with our illegal immigration problem is a problem with Mexico….so whenever an immigrant rights group says that Mexicans come here to achieve a good life, they are saying that Mexico offers nothing.

In a rational world we would not continue the moral hazard of lending to poor risk people…or bailing out the to big to fail banks (etc.)

these are just a few of the major problems…and O pours gas on the fire of ID politics.

So, yeah, we know where he is going…but how do the R’s even start languaging what must be done.

the economy is not going to improve substantially for a long time…we are literally boxed in. this will take years and decades…but the clock is ticking

r keller on October 27, 2010 at 1:37 AM

I think we’ve come a long way…too long maybe. I wish I had a better sense of what the R’s can do if they get the House. Everything just seems like it is nibbling around the edges…and anything deeper would result in huge pushback from Obama and his minions in the press and “community groups”

r keller on October 27, 2010 at 1:37 AM

While I understand your concern, we are never, ever, EVER going to save this country until we stop caring, once and for all, what those who openly consider us to be their enemies might say or do in response to us.

Cylor on October 27, 2010 at 1:42 AM


But Obama … look at your enemies!


Socialists’ days are really numbered,

TheAlamos on October 27, 2010 at 3:48 AM

The analogy I think of, rather than France or Greece, is East Germany. Obama and his minions display the core values of that bankrupt tinpot communist hell hole

Blindsummit on October 27, 2010 at 8:23 AM

What’d you expect from a Chicago thugocrat? “Divide and conquer” is their bread and butter.

ZK on October 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM

Make no mistake, this election cycle IS a referendum on the radical policies enacted by President Obama, facilitated by Nancy Pelosi, and rubber-stamped by Harry Reid. Almost every piece of legislation over the past two years that has passed or is still pending was rejected by a majority of the electorate.

“A socialist government becomes an arbiter of rights. The State decides whose rights must be discarded, so that others can be satisfied.”

Under this current “leadership”, the “State” (which Doc refers to as our central government), has injected itself as the sole arbiter of social and fiscal policy with little regard for federalism—in which sovereignty IS divided between a central governing authority and constituent political units (like states or provinces). This division MUST not only survive, it needs to be renewed and preserved for the protection of states from an over-zealous central government. Barack Obama has deliberately and arrogantly crossed the line undermining the concept of representative government. Sending Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, and hundreds of liberal Democrats into retirement will send the message to the federal government that the electorate intends to return the power back to the people. Barack Obama fails to understand this principle. We, (the people), have met the enemy Mr. Obama, and “we” mistakenly put him in the White House. In 2012, this too will be rectified.

Rovin on October 27, 2010 at 9:17 AM

Another great column Dr Z.

The power of the State is the power of compulsion. In a free country, this power is used to protect the rights of citizens. The “core value” of the Left is the embrace of “positive rights.”

The State has a moral duty to use compulsive force to secure these “rights” for everyone.

I would really like the Leftists to explain how they can use terms that imply that they support “Liberty” and “Progress” while most of their agenda is 180 degrees out of phase with those concepts.

Their entire agenda is nothing but Compulsion – the taking of property from some and giving it out to others with the strings of compulsion attached.

They profess to be for “Progress”, but their agenda of compulsion – or Anti-Liberty if you will – is nothing but a throw back to an old, Marxist playbook.

Those old ideas on Statism have been shown to not work time and time again, why do we need to go back to them?

How do they foster “Liberty”?

How do they “move things forward”?

Chip on October 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Reading these posts gives me a warm feeling of the America I love is waking up to reality. Those warm fuzzy feelings of reality are finally brought down to wtf it’s all about. The golden goose is what makes jobs available, but they are cursed by the MSM as greedy and feeding on main stream America. We are in the process of watching our way of living being crushed by a power unheard of and we’ll be in slavery before we know it. We are five days from election and if you out there care about the future and sit home I feel I have been a victim of friendly fire.

mixplix on October 28, 2010 at 5:55 PM

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