LIBERAL HYPOCRISY REGARDING VIOLENCE
March 15, 2006
Most liberals donít like guns. In fact, it is probably fair to say that most liberals eschew violence in all its forms. That means no capital punishment, no boxing matches, no torturing information out of terrorists, no shooting bad guys who break into my house, no murdering trees with a chainsaw, and no killing critters, especially if all you are going to do is skin Ďem and keep the hide. Oh yeah, and no nuclear weapons.
Some liberals, the more consistent ones, even go so far as to not eat meat and not wear leather shoes, because animals have a right not to be eaten or worn by us humans.
Okay, I get it. But I have one question for all you anti-gun, anti-violence liberals. Why is it, if I donít pay my taxes, you want to send gun toting government agent out to my property to physically take my house away from me?
Please allow me to explore that a bit. Letís say some conservative doesnít believe in property taxes and thinks he has a right to really own a piece of property without paying rent to the government to keep it. Thatís not such a novel concept, you know. A lot of people feel that way.
I am just speaking figuratively here, but letís say the sheriff comes out to kick this non taxpaying conservative out of his house and forgets to bring his firearm, or better yet, announces that he will not resort to violence to enforce the law. If that happened, thereís a good chance the conservative, non taxpaying property owner would keep his house and tell the sheriff to go pound sand.
Whatís the poor sheriff going to do if the property owner tells him to go pound sand? Go back to the office and get some more deputies? What good would that do? A homeowner with a hunting rifle or a shotgun and a box of buckshot wouldnít have much problem protecting his property from a bunch of unarmed deputies. Therein lies the problem.
The only way the sheriff is going to collect all that money you nonviolent liberals need to finance all those feel-good programs you and you public employee union friends canít live without is to resort to violence.
You know, it all seems to boil down to this: The entire government machine is based on force or the threat of violence. If I donít pay my property taxes, the government sends out a bunch of guys with guns to kick me out of my house. If I donít claim all of my income on my ďvoluntaryĒ federal income tax return, then you send out the guys with guns to put me in jail for tax evasion
Okay, I guess I understand now. No violence. No guns, except if the government needs them to make us pay our taxes. It goes without saying, of course, that government agents cannot merely have guns in their possession when they come out to a non taxpaying citizenís house to kick him out. They have to have the authority to use their weapons and in fact be willing to use them. This means of course that the government officials you send out are not all that likely to be gun hating, antiviolence liberal types.
I thought I had this figured out, but now I see that I am hopelessly confused. Big government, anti violence liberals need money to fund all their do good programs, so they send gun toting conservatives out to peoplesí houses to make them pay up. Sounds kind of hypocritical to me; more hypocritical than eating hamburgers and wearing leather booties.
I know it was a long time ago, but maybe George Washington was on to something when he said, ďGovernment is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.Ē
He could have added: Even wimpy, gun hating, nonviolent liberals can make you do things you donít want to do, if they have the power of government behind them. So donít let government get too big or make lots of rules you donít want, because every one of those rules will be enforced by the barrel of a gun. Thatís what government does.
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Bill Sizemore is a registered Independent who
works as executive director of the Oregon Taxpayers Union, a statewide
taxpayer organization. Bill was the Republican candidate for governor
in 1998. He and his wife Cindy have four children, ages eight to thirteen,
and live on 36 acres in Beavercreek, just southeast of Oregon City, Oregon.
You know, it all seems to boil down to this: The entire government machine is based on force or the threat of violence. If I donít pay my property taxes, the government sends out a bunch of guys with guns to kick me out of my house.