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For Rat Jr.

Rat Jr. has been taking a lot of heat on that Face Page thingy from her “friends” about her opposition to Obamacare.  Bruce McQuain has a great post today entitled Health Care is still not a “right,” in which he explains the difference between an inherent right and a government granted priviledge.  So, I thought I would post it to give her a little ammunition.  Not that it will help.  She knows it.  I know it.  The people in question don’t care because they are all ga ga over the possibility that they might get some “free stuff”, no matter what the cost, in actual monetary terms or in terms of encroachment of their own personal liberty.  They simply don’t care.  And they feel superior because, by definition (their own, of course), they are “nicer” people because they believe “free medical care” (which Obamacare doesn’t actually guarantee, by the way) is good, and anyone who opposes it is evil.

I suggested that if they really believe free medical care is good that they take up a collection and send me $100, because the Head Rat needs to go to the Doctor.  After all, we are part of that group of 50 million uninsured people that were used as the reason Obamacare had to be passed, right?  Surely they would help out right now, before Obamacare takes effect and the Head Rat and I get our “free health care”.

Rat Jr, of course, knows better than to ask.  She understands the inherent moral superiority of voluntary philanthropy versus the tyranny of “philanthropy” enforced via the threat of violence.She understands that believing you are entitled to free stuff from others makes you greedy, not morally superior.  She also understands that teaching a pig to sing2 is a bad idea.

At the risk of offending Junior, I will share that I found the whole thing funny.  Not the part about the ostensibly good people in her life who are so greedy for the promise of free stuff that they are blind to the consequences.  Not the part about the ostensibly good people in her life who can’t tolerate an opinion different than their own and who feel obligated to demonize and denigrate anyone with the temerity to have one.  Not the part about how people who treat you like shit are called “Friends” on Facebook.  Not the part about how she still has these people listed as friends on Facebook.

No, what I found funny is that because these “morally superior” people are so grossly intolerant of any idea they don’t agree with, and because she is currently visiting (as in staying with) a couple of them with her significant other (whose relatives they are), and because the furor had died down and she didn’t want to start it up again, our conversation took place via the internal chat mechanism of the online game we play together, because there are no internal logs that can be accessed after the fact.  She was afraid to call, or talk to me via VOIP because it might wake them up (by the way, it was 1:30 pm her local time when this occurred — feel free to make any derogatory inferences you care to; I know I did) and piss them off and she was afraid to send me an email because she was afraid one of them would read her stuff on the computer while she was in the bathroom or insist on looking over her shoulder or something.

What I don’t find funny is that these people are run of the mill progressives, but because that apparently isn’t edgy enough or rebellious enough (their parents are all pretty much run of the mill progressives, too) they claim to be, and actually believe, they are Libertarians3.  What could be funny about that is that they are too stupid or lazy or unable to tolerate an idea they don’t agree with (even for research purposes) that they won’t expend the effort to discover that not only aren’t they Liberatarians, they are pretty much exactly everything a libertarian isn’t.  Like I said, that could be funny, if it weren’t so sad.

1)  For those of you new to the discussion, don’t give me any crap about taxes being a voluntary contribution that is part of the social contract or some crap like that.  Try not paying your taxes and then tell me how voluntary your contribution feels.  Assuming, of course, that you are actually in the 53% of the population that actually pays taxes.

2)  Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It is a waste of your time, and it annoys the pig.

3)  Although how they came to decide, in their cultural milieu, that being a Liberatarian is cool is beyond me.  It is, of course, but how they came to that conclusion given what they and their friends believe defies the imagination.  Mine, at least. But then, having loads of time to think, of late, I’ve discovered I’m not nearly as creative or imaginative as I had previously assumed.

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