More and more these days, people who call themselves "liberals" have bumper-sticker philosophies that are liberal -- they're not even leftist. They're infantile. In his latest FIREWALL, Bill Whittle dissects one of these childish, undeservedly self-righteous positions and compares the modern "liberal" to the real deal. See the video and transcript below.
Hi Everybody. I’m Bill Whittle and this is the Firewall.
You know how it is on Facebook. Every now and then a friend pops up who you haven’t seen in a long, long time. I had one of those fiend pops just the other day, and so I went to her page to see how she’s doing.
Just fine, and nothing new.
She did have one of those interminable political pictures though, and while I have seen a few that were really dumb, this one was in line for the prize. And I about let it go – cause otherwise you’ll go mad – when I realized it was a share from a Facebook page called BEING LIBERAL, which has over a million followers.
So here’s what Being Liberal proudly posted as a nugget of political wisdom:
It says: “When all the trees are cut down…when all the animals are dead…when all the waters are poisoned… when all the air is unsafe to breathe… only then will you discover: you cannot eat money.”
You know, I’m sorry – I have to take a swing at this. First the jab, then the uppercut…
Let’s start with the point of the poster.
I hate to break this to you, you blindingly stupid young thing, but even before I saw this picture I already knew that you can’t eat money. I learned this not through a program of nonviolent resistance to the corporate death machine, but rather through trial and error, at age two. By the time I was two I had experimentally determined that you cannot, in fact, eat money, and thus was prepared to delve deeper into economics. But I am glad to see that you have achieved mastery of the fundamental concept. If you keep at it, you may discover – at this rate, somewhere around age 85 or so – that while you cannot eat money, you can use money to buy food. That money could be pretty seashells, shiny pebbles, gold, paper, binary digits or cigarettes, but as long as there is money it is useful in order to buy food in a way that not having money is not useful.
I’ll note in passing that not only are the trees not being cut down, but that there is far more forest in the United States today than there was a hundred years ago; in fact, there may be more today than before the Europeans arrived in the first place.
The animals are not all dead. I saw an animal on the way to work today. Like the forests – where they live! -- there have never been more deer in America, and the buffalo – nearly wiped out a century ago – are back in numbers that make buffalo burgers routinely available.
The waters are not poisoned. They used to be. The Cuyahoga river caught fire at least 13 times between 1868 and 1969. The last time was 45 years ago – it, and the rest of the nation’s waterways, are far, far cleaner now. You’d have a point if you were your grandmother.
Likewise for the air. That’s all very 20th century. The air is much cleaner than it used to be – in places where we value money. Capitalist countries. Leftist countries – you know, leftists like you guys – are indeed filthy. China’s air pollution is so bad it makes up a third of the air pollution in San Francisco! But that because the left values the state over the individual, and the Chinese state wants the money from a manufacturing economy and the Chinese individual, as usual, can go pound sand.
Now to the bigger point: namely, YOU ARE NOT LIBERALS. This isn’t liberalism: this isn’t even leftism -- it’s infantilism. It’s the philosophy of children, because that’s what you are. I know you feel brave, holding up that sign, speaking truth to power. You have no right to feel brave, because the risk of anything happening to you with that sign in America is Zero.
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See this guy? That’s an individual, risking his life to fight the armies of socialism. He’s a hero, you’re not. That took courage. What you’re doing doesn’t. Like everyone else on the left, you want something – in this case moral superiority – but you don’t want to pay for it. So you just take it. See how easy it is?
You’re not liberals – none of you are. You know who is a liberal?
This guy. We’ll use the image of this dead white male to represent the other dead white males who were, in fact liberals. They were called liberals because they believed in liberty – which meant, and still means, simply the freedom to be left alone.
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The man on the right wanted people to be left alone. He believed in private property, strict limits on the power of government, freedom of speech, private ownership of weapons and was the founder of the Democratic party.
The woman on the left wants to government to take care of her health care, birth control, housing, food and transportation. She’s a collectivist who hates private property, wants to expand the government into every aspect of not just her life but yours as well, believes in speech codes and political correctness, wants guns banned and is the inheritor of the democratic party.
The man on the right spent a lifetime of study, debate and reflection trying to determine the nature of man, his history of rare success and frequent failures and with his fellows spent a lifetime trying to devise a realistic formula for the pursuit of happiness.
The woman on the left likely doesn’t know who the man on the right is.
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