Printed letters, October 17, 2013

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Kudos Mike Bambino.

An interesting way to look at the national debt which Obamacare is going to increase is comparing 16.7 Trillion dollars to stars in the universe.

Our Milky way galaxy is estimated to have between 200-400 billion stars. Some of the larger galaxies in the universe are estimated to have up to 1 trillion stars.

So 16.7 trillion dollars is roughly equal to 16+ of the largest GALAXIES in the UNIVERSE!

This should be a subject of concern for the tax and spend Dems. However, their heads are stuck in the clouds and they can’t rise above them to get a real perspective of the problem.

PART 1. Of political correctness, leftist comedian George Carlin said: “Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance. It presents itself as fairness, yet attempts to restrict and control people’s language with strict [authoritarian] codes and rules. Political correctness cripples discourse, creates ugly language and is generally stupid.” I couldn’t agree more. (Libertarian-leaning comedian Dennis Miller explains his contempt for PC at http://bit.ly/caahcJ)
As a self-ownership and free-speech absolutist who suffered during youth from enough bullying and self-destructive thoughts to understand those things, the LGBT movement loses me when, as a matter of preferred political strategy, it attacks the 1st Amendment by trying to use the force/violence/coercion of government to control what other people think and say.
“Hate” speech and “hate” crimes are moral and intellectual frauds. Fat kids, skinny kids, short kids, tall kids, plain-featured (aka “funny looking” or “ugly”) kids, poor kids with ragged clothing — all are attractive targets for bullying, not just LGBT kids. The fact is, NO person should be bullied or physically assaulted, EVER, not just LGBT kids, other minorities, genders or age/shape/size/color groups.
ALL crimes are by definition rooted in hate; no crime was ever rooted in love. All crimes are by definition attacks (aka sins) against self-ownership. Nothing constructive can be gained by a strategy of special-status victimhood. How can it be a greater crime to bully or murder a short, thin, little white girl than an tall, fat, old black man? How can it be a lesser crime to murder someone because they refuse to have sex with you than because you hate the fact they are gay? How can it be a greater crime for a heterosexual to murder a homosexual than for a homosexual to murder a homosexual? The choices are intolerable ones, morally and intellectually fraudulent ones, self-evidently fallacious propaganda-based straw men. They are, as George Carlin noted, simply stupid.
The sentence, “homosexuality is not a choice” is an unacceptably illogical over-simplification. Are we talking about thought/speech or action? ALL human behavior/action is a choice, including heterosexual celibacy.
If we are talking about homosexual thoughts — a “preference” is thought/opinion — then I offer the fact that one of my favorite writers, openly lesbian humanities professor, Camille Paglia, has said that homosexuality is not a matter of birth, it’s an ADAPTATION which works for some people. Clearly it is an aberration, otherwise humanity would be extinct because heterosexual propagation is the biological means by which the human species perpetuates itself.

PART 2. Arguably the greatest danger in pretending that homosexuality is, like eye color, skin color or gender, a state of being and matter of birth lies in the fact that the fraudulent “hate” propaganda manipulations and demonizations of “the Other” make intellectually honest scientific inquiry into the development of the human personality exponentially more difficult, problematic and unlikely. I find that unacceptable.
In any society which honestly professes the goal of being a free and open society, there must of necessity and definition be a bright inviolable line between thought/speech and action. A free society can choose to criminalize behavior/action. It is not at liberty to criminalize thought/speech. The 1st Amendment forbids it. Nor would any logical mind find it acceptable to do so. A’s right to swing his fist ends where B’s nose begins.
From a pragmatic point of view, it’s a huge mistake to confuse and commingle the ideas of teasing (thought/speech) with bullying (aggressive action). It is not for nothing that my deceased mother used — and many other wise people use — the admonition: “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never harm me.” It’s relatively easy to express ridicule at, and walk away from, mean-spirited words. It is morally acceptable to use whatever means necessary to successfully defend against physical aggression.
Lastly, I believe it is a non-sequitur to assume that because LGBT kids have five times the rate of suicide — even if true — that heterosexual kids have, therefore, ipse dixit, it’s automatically the fault of heterosexuals or the adult “heterosexual community” for not “caring enough”. That seems suspiciously similar to the manipulative “white guilt” promoted for big bucks and votes by professional race hustlers. Heterosexuals are no more of a monolith than homosexuals.
Social balkanization and divisiveness under the pretense of faux love, faux fairness and faux tolerance can serve no constructive purpose. If we can find some intellectual common ground and get past all the political-strategy-based propaganda manipulations — such as “legally” redefining the millenia-old word “marriage” purely to coerce the thinking and beliefs of “the Other” — maybe society can have a very real shot at starting to make genuine progress on the problems suicide-minded people of all ages, shapes, sizes, colors and sexual preferences have.



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