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David Mamet Goes All Real On The Obaman Fantasies

January 26, 2013
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David Mamet Goes All Real On The Obaman Fantasies
Jay J. Hector sent me this piece by Mamet in The Daily Beast, “Gun Laws and the Fools of Chelm.” Mamet writes:

Karl Marx summed up Communism as “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.” This is a good, pithy saying, which, in practice, has succeeded in bringing, upon those under its sway, misery, poverty, rape, torture, slavery, and death.

‘In announcing his gun control proposals, President Obama said that he was not restricting Second Amendment rights, but allowing other constitutional rights to flourish.’

For the saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia. The agency is called “The State,” and the motto, fleshed out, for the benefit of the easily confused must read “The State will take from each according to his ability: the State will give to each according to his needs.” “Needs and abilities” are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to “the State shall take, the State shall give.”

All of us have had dealings with the State, and have found, to our chagrin, or, indeed, terror, that we were not dealing with well-meaning public servants or even with ideologues but with overworked, harried bureaucrats. These, as all bureaucrats, obtain and hold their jobs by complying with directions and suppressing the desire to employ initiative, compassion, or indeed, common sense. They are paid to follow orders.

Rule by bureaucrats and functionaries is an example of the first part of the Marxist equation: that the Government shall determine the individual’s abilities.

As rules by the Government are one-size-fits-all, any governmental determination of an individual’s abilities must be based on a bureaucratic assessment of the lowest possible denominator. The government, for example, has determined that black people (somehow) have fewer abilities than white people, and, so, must be given certain preferences. Anyone acquainted with both black and white people knows this assessment is not only absurd but monstrous. And yet it is the law.

President Obama, in his reelection campaign, referred frequently to the “needs” of himself and his opponent, alleging that each has more money than he “needs.”

But where in the Constitution is it written that the Government is in charge of determining “needs”? And note that the president did not say “I have more money than I need,” but “You and I have more than we need.” Who elected him to speak for another citizen?

It is not the constitutional prerogative of the Government to determine needs.

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  • daveinga

    i'm afraid i don't understand this. watching films of ethopia shows malnourished children. living in the deep South, where i'm sure most claim to dwell, i have NEVER seen any ethiopian-like children here, ever. u do see 200+ pound children everywhere. many tip the scales at even more. but NEVER in my 50+ years have i seen what you describe, and i live in and was born in the "hood". maybe malnourished in that they get no veggies? yeah, cokes, burgers and fries meet few vitamin needs.

    i always said you could drop some of our fast food dumpsters into a 3rd world african country and probably start a war over them.

    imho – i'll bet these false ambiguous stat's are just being used to gain even more handouts to certain groups.
    if not, then show me where i can go to see the ethiopian-like people, besides a meth or crack house. i have a camera. SHOW ME>i'll post the for everyone.

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