A Common Sense Manifesto

If life were meant to be completely fair, then nature would confirm it. Equality is a joke and an insult to anyone with three brain cells that can work together.

Life is not fair. If you've been keeping up with current events, you've undoubtedly been hearing about how unfair life is.

Life has never been fair, nor will it ever be. It wasn't designed to be. No one can ever make life fair, no matter how many times their teleprompter promises you.

What would cause someone to think human society can simultaneously attain a completely “fair” and free structure? Are we all the same height? Do we all possess equal abilities of perfect pitch and an uncanny mind for mathematics? Does every region on earth incur the same proportions of disasters and sunshine? Do all mountains reach equally high while no valley dips lower than another; are they uniformly spread out across the globe as to ensure no country has too many, or too few? Are all soils similarly fertile and all regional weather likewise conducive to growing grapes or oranges so no states or countries have an advantage in the wine or orange industry? Are all trees the same height and spread out evenly throughout the globe so no region makes more money than another in the timber industry?

The mentioned observations alone should be a clear indicator that life cannot be fair. It is simply impossible. The foundation of society lies on uneven ground. I won't even delve into the different environments everyone is born into, and the role said surroundings plays in further perpetuating the uneven ground.

I know the trendy rebuke is that equal opportunity, not necessarily equal results, is what fairness is about.  While I think such a notion is ideal and desirable, I believe it to be limited. By all means, let's even the playing field as much as possible. But let's not loose our focus. If we don't accept the limits freedom imposes , clever goons in suits will take advantage by convincing the feeble-minded that more can be done; it’s only a matter of overpowering the greedy and compassionate to get past the capitalistic- imposed ceiling, and utopia can be achieved.

I was born in a country my parents were eager to make sure I didn’t grow up in. After eight years of bureaucratic nose-picking and a stash of bribery monies, my parents and their four children finally landed at JFK airport. My folks have always worked blue collar jobs in the U.S. The best they could do was provide me with housing and food while I attended community college on a state scholarship. Meanwhile, I worked part-time delivering auto parts to pay for anything outside of mom and dad’s provisions. Some of my friends, on the other hand, had doctors and entrepreneurs for parents. They didn’t have to bag groceries or flip burgers in high school. Their first working experience was an internship for a hospital or law firm, many years after my first job. While I was packing boxes in a warehouse in the summer of my college years, my friends were being dragged across the lake on a tube by their parents’ boats.

Were my friends smarter than me? Not necessarily. Most of them know nothing outside of their profession. Are they more deserving of leisure activities than me? Only if one must be super-spoiled to qualify for super-fun.

There is nothing equal about the contrasting upbringing my friends and I had. Had my parents the money to send me to law school and take care of my every need and whim so I may focus on becoming a bona fide Romanian  Johnny Cochran, I have no doubt I would’ve ended up a lawyer. But that isn’t the deck of cards I was dealt. I'm not going to waste my time crying and crashing department store windows because I don't have rich parents.

Clever strategists have somehow manipulated delicate minds into bypassing common sense and causing them to stop dead in their tracks until someone fixes this problem of inequality. Some folks are so outraged that they suggest excessive legislative actions and measures to punish people who had successful parents or businesses.

The irony is that if the whiners and crybabies would have been born to successful parents- or in a more fertile environment- the fairness doctrine they prescribe would probably never have entered their minds. But since they’re on the side without boats and vacation mountain homes, they want action. They want to release the State out of its box (many argue State has long been released) so it can extend its slimy tentacles and take from others in order to give to them. Nevermind that once an entity has such power, what’s to stop them from taking what they gave to you to give to another?

There is much irony in that those who aren’t rich want everyone else to believe they are better fit to compassionately and fairly handle vast resources. Many think wealth and power will make them compassionate and fair because it has made the previous owners of wealth coldhearted. Where's the logic in that?

Try hard not to misconstrue my views for right-wing partisan propaganda. I am in no way opposed to petitioning and protesting corruptive practices. I’m a fan and practitioner of both actions. I don't believe things are as good as they can be. I am not so naïve as to believe the advantages some have had have not given birth to and perpetuated cycles of thievery and exploitation. By all means, let’s work together to fix things as much as possible, but without sacrificing freedom. I’ll rather live meagerly and free than eat fat and live in a high-ceiling palace as a slave of the State.

My main qualm is against the idea that taking from someone whose crime is being successful and giving to one who didn’t have similar opportunities and perks, is honorable and beneficial; it's against the binary mindset that labels all successful people as exploitative, greedy monsters and all the poor as honest, humble, and exploited. My difficulty is against the ideology that someone is a victim simply because he did not have the same advantages as someone else. Are all runners who aren’t as fast as Usain Bolt victims? Are all the singers who don’t have the pipes of Christina Aguilera victims? 

If someone tells you that you should have the same amount of stuff as your richer colleague, tell him to start making such an suggestion true by giving you enough of his stuff until you both have the same amount of crap. Put your money where your mouth is, politician and protester. If all the clever instigators want us poor, disadvantaged people to believe they actually care about equality, that we should all live in the same places and eat the same foods, then tell them to vacate all but one room of their mansions, so we can all share their luxury and the cooking of their butlers.  

My Eastern European heritage has enabled me to see first-hand the results and hear eyewitness accounts of how leaders like Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and Ceausescu were able to starve and murder tens of millions of people in a very short amount of time. It’s because people like Karl Marx planted the idea of equality- fairness- long before Lenin’s violent revolution, before Mao Zedong's 45-million genocidal Cultural Revolution. The early spewers of communism sat behind a podium and vomited rhetoric about the poor and the working man until he was purple... not much different from some leaders of today. As a result of Marx and Engel’s toxic ideas, the smart advocates of communism enslaved the masses who ended up asking for it. By the time the people realized the clever snakes could care less about them,  the only equality was the amount of poverty among all the proletariat and the equal amount of luxury the masters were living in. The people were not only hungry now; they were unarmed and surrounded by potential secret police who reported every statementspoken against the state. They now had less hope than before.

That's what equality guaranteed by the state looks like.

Marxism is the greatest and cruelest joke ever played on humanity. It goes against the laws of nature. It is an insult to human intelligence and an oppressor of creativity. Make no mistake about it, Lenin stated that socialism is only the bridge to communism. 

People may consider these thoughts paranoid. Sun Tzu says the best way to ensure victory is to win before the battle has begun; to acknowledge the threat before it comes to be.

Personally, I think, this one is easy to spot. 

For more by Paul,          visit http://paulspersuasiveprattling.com/category/redstate/

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Lori Duff October 03, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Paul, I'm a good bit older than you, and I'm afraid my years around here have led me to be a bit more cynical than you about the cream rising naturally to the top. I have seen far too many exceptionally qualified people fail to be hired for jobs because someone's unqualified cousin wanted it. I know far too many talented musicians and writers who can't get a break, while I listen to some horrible music on the radio and, well, Fifty Shades of Grey and the Twilight Saga are immensely popular. I am a small business owner, and I understand the value of good references. I also understand the value of someone who actually knows how to do the job. If you are a minority, or a woman, or whatever group isn't allowed in the back, smoky rooms of whatever decisions are being made, then you aren't going to be heard unless you start yelling, in which case you are written off as a rabble rouser, or unless people stand up and refuse to allow decisions to be made that way.
Lori Duff October 03, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I don't know much about the City of Lilburn, but, well, YES.
Thor Johnson October 03, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Lori this is the link from the landing page (home page) of the City of Lilburn website. http://www.cityoflilburn.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={89B928D9-7F2C-4FE0-8FCC-6A87771B723A}&DE={01D3985F-DCF3-45AA-8088-45B0AE41C381} What it tells you is the City got caught making some really bad decisions. And the Department of Justice essentially said, Lilburn you better change your ways or there will be consequences. Trust me when I say the "leaders" that guide our community would not put that statement on the Home Page of city website unless they had to. I can tell you what those bad decisions are but that would take a lot of key strokes. In a post above I put my blog link. If anyone would like to contact me through that link I would be glad to respond.
Connie Breland Georges October 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
well said, Thor.
Scott Batterton July 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Nice to read a well written piece like this. Of course, as usual Thor has chosen to completely take it out of context to slam Lilburn City government. As an elected official for about 25 years I take exception to most of his comments. I will not respond to them except to say that We are the most fiscally and ethically responsible city in Gwinnett County. I do enjoy sparring with Thor on this subject but for a variety of reasons won't be able to continue this conversation at this time.


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