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June 1, 2005, 06:51 PM
OPINION RELEASE: How Come It's Still 1984? by Vin Suprynowicz


Subject: How Come It's Still 1984? by Vin Suprynowicz

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"The Duty of a Patriot is to Protect his Country from the Government."
-Freedom had been Hunted round the Globe - Reason treateded as Rebellion;
- and the Slavery of Fear - had made - Men Afraid to Think.-
But such is the irresistible nature of truth,
- that all it asks,- and all it wants,- is the liberty of appearing.-
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How Come It's Still 1984? by Vin Suprynowicz

Why are the Democrats - the party of my youth
- so widely dismissed as pathetic poseurs these days?

Let's see. George W. Bush makes a big speech
about how America promotes democracy throughout the world.
How do the Democrats respond?
By pointing out that our Founding Fathers purposely set us up
with a Republic, while strongly warning against direct "democracy"
as nothing but "mob rule," likely to vote the constitutional rights
of minorities out of existence at the first opportunity?

Of course not.

Do Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi - sitting there stiff-backed,
our modern equivalents of Herman and Lily Munster
- calmly acknowledge, "OK, if Mr. Bush can figure out a way
to promote participatory government in the Mideast, we'll admit
that's a good idea and we'll do what we can to support him,
even if we think selective bombardment and invasion
under false pretenses should not be our preferred opening gambit.

"But let's be honest about this: It was a Republican administration
that sent in Major Smedley Butler and the U.S. Marines to overthrow
the democratically elected government of Nicaragua, forcing
the legislature in Managua to sign a peace treaty in English
as American warships loomed offshore, a treaty giving us the right
to run the Nicaraguan railroads under the laws of the state of Maine.

"It was a Republican administration that overthrew the popular
government of Mohammed Mossadegh, the 'weeping mullah,' in Iran
in 1953, re-installing the Pahlavi shahs, whose secret police
surely ranked them among the most repressive despots in recent history.

"Let's not even get started on the regime-change assassinations
we backed in places like Chile and Vietnam, as little as 30
and 40 years ago. And if we're so in favor of democracy and
self-determination, why is President Bush making nice with KGB
assassin Boris Putin, when just last week the Russian special forces
murdered Aslan Maskhadov, the last elected president
of independent Chechnya?

"If we're really going to change our stripes now, a good start
might be to acknowledge to our own people the things we did
that caused our government to be so widely feared,
hated and distrusted, out there in the world at large."

Do the Democrats say any of this? Not in public, they don't.
And why?
Because they're complicit.
The Democrats have signed on to the old way of doing things;
Bill Clinton set out on many a foreign lark (albeit far less
effectively, being the distracted dilettante he was).
They have no principled alternative plan or world-view to offer.

Loyal opposition? The only thing the modern Democratic Party
can find to "oppose" are such irrelevant cosmetic features
as the churchgoing habits and adopted Texas drawls of the ancient
Connecticut banking family known for more than a century
as the Prescott Bush clan, while shrieking about
"tax cuts for the rich," when this other set of elite millionaires
who hasn't done their own grocery shopping in decades
secretly defines any private-sector slob who works hard enough
to own a house as "rich."

The only guy they could find to run against Bush was another,
less adept Yalie poseur from Skull & Bones, and the only "agenda"
they have to offer is to require us to ban smoking,
use helmets and seatbelts, sort our garbage into different colored
baskets, and hand over our foreign policy to Jacques Chirac
and Kofi Annan. Meanwhile, they block economic development
anywhere in this country under the rubric of "smart growth"
and protecting any "geographically distinct population"
of scraggly weed or bug their babbling ecofreak subsidiaries
can locate.

Oh, and - of course - ever higher taxes.

Some "alternative."
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Las Vegas police Lt. Steve Franks is concerned about the midnight
smash-and-grab theft of 1,700 blank Nevada driver's licenses
from the DMV office on Donovan Way on March 7
- along with a digital camera and all the other paraphernalia
necessary to turn them into realistic IDs - asserting last week
the purloined documents could easily be used to pass through
airport security checkpoints, etc.

Kind of like the way all those Arab hijackers
got through our security checkpoints by showing their fake IDs,
three-and-a-half years ago?
This follows the conviction last year of a Nevada DMV clerk
who took $300,000 in bribes to sell unauthorized licenses
and IDs to some 1,000 illegal aliens - that they know of.

So, do we have this straight?

All that billion-dollar "check-your-ID" crap at the airport
has improved our safety and security not one iota, instead
accomplishing nothing but creating jobs for thousands
of new blue-gloved butt-gropers-in-training while further conditioning
the American populace to be ready to show our
"government-issued photo ID" on demand, any time, anywhere,
and ...

The "driver's license" is nothing of the sort,
but rather constitutes the nine-digit nationally coded
"internal passport and travel document" which Franklin Roosevelt
solemnly promised our Social Security numbers
would never be turned into?

Just checking.

March 16, 2005

Vin Suprynowicz [send him mail] is assistant editorial page editor of the
daily Las Vegas Review-Journal and author of The Black Arrow.

Copyright 2005 Vin Suprynowicz

Links referenced within this article

Vin Suprynowicz
mailto:vsuprynowicz@reviewjournal.com
send him mail
mailto:vsuprynowicz@reviewjournal.com
The Black Arrow
http://www.libertybookshop.us/mall/TheBlackArrow.htm?Ref=LEW

posted Wednesday, 16 March 2005

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neoncowboy
June 1, 2005, 07:33 PM
Interested in the adolescent musings of the confused?

Nope.

fjolnirsson
June 1, 2005, 08:54 PM
Interested in the adolescent musings of the confused?

I know certain people on this site and others get a lot of responses, both positive and negative. Obviously, there are those who are "Interested in the adolescent musings of the confused".

:rolleyes:

Myself, I'm not quick to dismiss anything written by Vin.

SteveS
June 2, 2005, 09:57 AM
I think he makes some interesting points, though I wouldn't agree with his brief assessment of Chile. We certainly didn't get what we bargained for with Pinochet, but we were trying to stop the incursion of Communism into Chile. It is easy to look back after something has happened and say we should have done something different. Instead, if a Communist dictatorship had taken root in Chile, we would have been bashed for letting this happen.

alan
June 2, 2005, 10:31 AM
I wonder if I should have posted the last part of Vin's piece more prominently. Should that be the case, same follows below. Re recently passed legislation, and the way it was pushed through, in The Senate, a non-germane, undiscussed rider to "must pass" legislation, that possibility seems especially appropriate.

Las Vegas police Lt. Steve Franks is concerned about the midnight
smash-and-grab theft of 1,700 blank Nevada driver's licenses
from the DMV office on Donovan Way on March 7
- along with a digital camera and all the other paraphernalia
necessary to turn them into realistic IDs - asserting last week
the purloined documents could easily be used to pass through
airport security checkpoints, etc.

Kind of like the way all those Arab hijackers
got through our security checkpoints by showing their fake IDs,
three-and-a-half years ago?
This follows the conviction last year of a Nevada DMV clerk
who took $300,000 in bribes to sell unauthorized licenses
and IDs to some 1,000 illegal aliens - that they know of.

So, do we have this straight?

All that billion-dollar "check-your-ID" crap at the airport
has improved our safety and security not one iota, instead
accomplishing nothing but creating jobs for thousands
of new blue-gloved butt-gropers-in-training while further conditioning
the American populace to be ready to show our
"government-issued photo ID" on demand, any time, anywhere,
and ...

The "driver's license" is nothing of the sort,
but rather constitutes the nine-digit nationally coded
"internal passport and travel document" which Franklin Roosevelt
solemnly promised our Social Security numbers
would never be turned into?

Just checking.

March 16, 2005

Vin Suprynowicz [send him mail] is assistant editorial page editor of the
daily Las Vegas Review-Journal and author of The Black Arrow.

Copyright 2005 Vin Suprynowicz

Links referenced within this article

Vin Suprynowicz
mailto:vsuprynowicz@reviewjournal.com
send him mail
mailto:vsuprynowicz@reviewjournal.com
The Black Arrow
http://www.libertybookshop.us/mall/...row.htm?Ref=LEW

posted Wednesday, 16 March 2005

Baba Louie
June 2, 2005, 11:02 AM
So Vin is a gun owning/shooting newspaper writer who also practices his first amendment rights daily/weekly and takes all of his civil rights much more seriously than our elected officials (surprise)... he regularly lays into them Sunday mornings. Makes bookmarking the LVRJ almost worthwhile.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/index.html

Having lived in Las Vegas the past 20 something years, I find it kind of funny/scary/enlightning to know that the RJ has an assistant editor who seems to think similar parallel thoughts to those hidden deeply in my own mind. Also note that the RJ is anything but liberal in their understanding of all things political... (that's the LV Sun's job) tho' they do give one or two columnists a chance to show the other side of the coin.

I'm still waiting to read his take on the new-improved, lemon-freshened, terrorist-proof-no-wait-gotcha-ya-dirty-American-citizen National SuperDuper ID (RealID)

http://www.unrealid.com/

Even if he writes about it, It won't really change anything... but it might wake up some few who don't really know that the slippery slope has been reached, breached and it's a long way down if ya wanna slide. (or even if ya don't wanna)

Vin's take on the Minneapolis Gun Shop debacle...
http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2005/May-15-Sun-2005/opinion/1552310.html

Nazirite
June 2, 2005, 11:17 AM
Lets see Mr. Vin doesnt like democracy but likes the republic our founding fathers originally set up. The republic where only white male landowners could vote. :scrutiny:

alan
June 3, 2005, 03:29 PM
Baba Louie asked:

"I'm still waiting to read his take on the new-improved, lemon-freshened, terrorist-proof-no-wait-gotcha-ya-dirty-American-citizen National SuperDuper ID (RealID)".

If you take a look at ther tag end of the article I posted, I think you will find Vin's opinion of the legislation there. He seems not in favor thereof, which should not come as a surprise.

As to othetr aspects of this thing, nothing will change, except for gfetting wporse, absent a greeat and ongoing storm of complaint from the citizenry. The citizens of this couinytry must start climbing up and down the backs of teir elected things, and keep doing same. Absent such action, nothing will change, for the better that it.

I note that there seemed little adverse comment regarding enactment of H.R. 418, prior to it's enactment, and as I recall, and that was this Real ID Act of 2005.

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