Photo of a US dollar bill in an article on wealth redistribution by Allen West at the Old School Patriot

Other People’s Money

In #SOSS, Democrats, Economics, Front Page by Allen West

Howdy, y’all!

Where does the week go? Yes, it is time for another announcement of our weekly “Stuck on Stupid Saturday” recipient. Now, I must admit right up front, I was really leaning towards a joint awarding of this dubious distinction to Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi. I mean, who would be so desperate, and yes, stupid, as to render a rebuttal to a presidential Oval Office address, one that lasted less than 15 minutes, if I recall correctly. They both looked incredibly ignorant as they talked about efforts to secure our citizens against the scourge of illegal immigration as “unnoble,” “immoral,” and a “manufactured crisis.”

But, nope, they are not this week’s “winner, winner, chicken dinner.” This week’s recipient of The Old School Patriot Stuck on Stupid recognition is none other than the person they refer to as “Bolshevik Bill,” NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio.

I could have also done a joint award for him with California’s new Governor, Gavin Newsom, who also called for healthcare coverage for illegals. However, it was ol’ Billy Boyz assertion at his State of the City address that earned him the singular nomination.

I don’t quote them often, but I had to. As reported by the NY Times:

“Taking aim at the everyday tribulations and injustices of life in the United States, Mayor Bill de Blasio used his sixth State of the City speech to present his tenure in New York City and his promises of things to come as the alternative. 

The hourlong address on Thursday followed a vow by the mayor earlier in the week that he would embark on a national tour to “preach the gospel” of liberal governance, trumpet his accomplishments in his first five years in office and argue that his new proposals — such as requiring paid vacation for most private-sector employees — are a model for the Democratic Party nationally. 

He spoke against a campaign-style backdrop of seated supporters in a relatively small Manhattan theater that was filled to capacity, giving the event a heightened energy that previous addresses had lacked. Mr. de Blasio railed against big business, promised to seize the buildings of scofflaw landlords and pointedly framed the argument over income inequality — long a theme of his rhetoric as mayor — in zero-sum terms. 

“Here’s the truth, brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city,” the mayor said, flanked by screens with graphs of productivity outpacing compensation. “It’s just in the wrong hands!”

Oh boy, we can bet for sure this useful socialist idiot is going to be running for President in 2020. I mean seriously, a national tour to “preach the gospel?” And he is using that terminology to address the meaning of “liberal governance?” I must ask Mr. Bill, what type of “liberal governance” do you speak of? I mean, are you talking about the classical liberal theories of governance from the Father of Classical Liberalism, John Locke? Are you going to speak on natural rights theory which advocates the unalienable rights of the individual being endowed by the Creator, naturally? As Locke stated they are Life, Liberty, and Property? Hmm, something tells me you are just gonna preach the same ol’ tired bovine excrement of wealth redistribution, as articulated by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels from, you know, your favorite textbook, The Communist Manifesto.

Can you believe that we have elected officials in the United States who would say, as the referenced article states:

“Here’s the truth, brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city,” the mayor said, flanked by screens with graphs of productivity outpacing compensation. “It’s just in the wrong hands!”

So now we have Comrade Bill deciding in whose hands your money belongs? This is just as absurd and disconcerting as the statement made by another brash young progressive socialist, Barack Obama, when he stated, “If you own a business, you didn’t build that.”

See, the essence of the type of “liberal governance” of which de Blasio speaks is the system of governance that does not respect or regard the efforts of individuals. They only see the needs of the collective, guess who also believed in the same “liberal governance”? Yep, Hugo Chavez, and how did that work out for Venezuela?

Lots of money in the wrong hands?

I would advise Billy to put down the writings of Marx, ya know, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” as well as the writings of Saul Alinsky. Perhaps de Blasio should be studying the writings of French economist Frederic Bastiat, especially his essay, “The Law.”

What Bastiat warned against was what he termed “legal plunder.” He defined legal plunder as the use of the law to take from one and redistribute wealth, and services, to another. The real intent of The Law Bastiat asserts is:

“. . . the organization of the natural right of lawful defense: it is the substitution of collective for individual forces, for the purpose of acting in the sphere in which they have a right to act, of doing what they have a right to do, to secure persons, liberties, and properties, and to maintain each in its right, so as to cause justice to reign for all.”

What Bolshevik Bill is talking about is not liberal governance according to the law. de Blasio is advocating the tyranny of legal plunder for the purpose of collective wealth redistribution. Bastiat clearly defines what de Blasio is doing:

“The law has been perverted through the influence of two very different causes — naked greed and misconceived philanthropy. Men can only derive life and enjoyment from a perpetual search and appropriation; that is, from a perpetual application of his faculties to objects, or from labor. This is the origin of property [Personal]. But also he may live and enjoy by seizing and appropriating the productions of the faculties of his fellow men. That is the origin of plunder [Socialism].”

If now in America we live under the tyranny of folks — like Bill de Blasio — who deem it their right to legally plunder your wealth according to their ideological agenda. Then why work, produce? We all know that is the inherent problem with socialism . . . it’s all good until you run out of other people’s money.

President Abraham Lincoln appropriately discerned what Bill de Blasio and his ilk believe:

“The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name—liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names—liberty and tyranny.”

Therefore, this week’s Stuck on Stupid Saturday recognition is bestowed upon the pure embodiment of tyranny, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. As well, a supplemental Special Kind of Stupid recognition goes out to all the mindless lemmings who encourage this socialist rhetoric.