Sun Sep, 10 2006
"In the real world (a phrase Billy despises, by the way), our choices are limited. Our form of government is a democratic one. Unless we're ready the grab guns, march on Washington, and throw the bums out, then the choices we have are the choices presented at the ballot box."That is simply not true.
These days, one longs for a more powerful way of stating that fact, which is a horrible travesty because the simple fact of pointing out something that is not true ought to be enough to reach any serious person. It's not anymore, though. And there is no better way to put the thing. You tell me how to solve that.
What Franks said simply is not true. But you're not going to see him take up the simply obvious, principally integrated, and proven tack of mass civil disobedience.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is why I utterly despise the words "real world" when they issue over the name of someone who writes the things that Franks does. I could venture conjecture on why, but it doesn't matter: the fact is that what he calls "the real world" is actually a very arbitrarily stunted concept. He doesn't want to talk about it, so it's not "real".
He invests precious snark in, among other things, wondering what I actually do to make things better. Well, for one thing, I urge everyone within eye-shot to begin thinking clearly about these matters, and distill actual concepts.
He didn't ask -- and he won't, because he knows this -- but what I will not do is indulge in any way a poll of mass opinion on the matter of individuals' rights, which is the nuts & bolts, rubber-on-the-road practical implication of every single election. None of his (or Bruce's or certainly not Henke's or anyone else's) rationales for this sort of thing make any difference to the fact that to open the question of rights -- in any detail, to any degree -- to a vote is to give them away. Get this through your heads: the matter is closed, no matter how many people get together and believe otherwise. Nobody has any right whatever to vote on anyone else's rights. Ever. Under any circumstances.
He offers me his rifle, once if only I would lead the way. I am not interested. First and foremost: I am not interested in violent overthrow of this or any (American -- ed.) government. I've said it until I am blue in the face, but people like this keep on simply ignoring the facts, preferring to make them up as they go. I only point out that, for people ostensibly interested in "the real world", they are remarkably insistent on attempting to change aspects of it from what it really is to what becomes convenient to their polemic headthrobs.
Since he brought it up, however: I wouldn't have that man in my foxhole on a bet. He rejects the very idea of principles as effective guide to action, and there is never any telling what someone like that is going to do next.