Terrorism -vs- Property Rights... Reason as Viewed by the Progressives

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

I read Jonathan Karl's ABC article entitled " Dem Senator: Negotiating with Republicans "Almost" like Negotiating with "Terrorists" with great interest. The very idea of equating Republican lawmakers with "terrorists" is at best a lapse of reason and at its worst simply a lie intended to pander to the progressive ideologues that hate anything that resembles a touch of reason.

In excerpts from Mr. Karl's remarks {as reported by CBS News} one can easily recognize, at least IMHO, that many progressives {read Democrats} are indeed out of touch with reality. Following are excerpts from his article.

Menendez lashed out at Republicans for opposing Democratic efforts to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class while allowing the tax cuts for the wealthy to expire

He accused the Republicans of holding middle class tax cuts “hostage” to tax cuts for the wealthy. That’s a common Democratic line, but Menendez took the analogy a step further.

Asked if Democrats have a responsibility to move forward with a bill that can become law – in other words, a bill Republicans will support and not block-- here’s what Menendez said:

“Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse in its ultimate results? It’s almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists.”

I will cut to the chaste and just say it - Senator Robert Mendez is a moron. The real issue, should anyone wish to discuss it, is one of property rights. That quintessential concept that a person has the natural right to retain their property, whether it be tangible {as in land or durable goods} or the fruits of their labor - as in income or wages.

To equate negotiating the right {which already exists} to retain ones property as "terrorism" only points to the bankruptcy that progressivism has shown itself time and again to be.

The editor of Rational Nation USA recently came out in support of a compromise to insure the Bush era tax cuts were extended to the middle class even if they were allowed to lapse for those earning over $200,000 (individuals) or $250,000 for couples.

As difficult as it is to admit a mistake the editor (yours truly) acknowledges indeed such a mistake was made. Upon further reflection reason has once again prevailed. Simply put, and to paraphrase Ayn Rand, when good {right} compromises with evil {wrong or bad} evil always wins as the good {right} takes on the taint of evil.

In all things reason and logic must prevail in a rational culture if said culture is to survive. As time allows further supporting conceptual arguments will be presented in defense of property rights as well as individualism and capitalism.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Something funny about seeing the terms "reason" and "progressive" in the same sentence... Perhaps "motive" would be more accurate. Just a thought...


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