One in a series that takes a look at some of the zany and madcap things said by the former governor of Alaska.
Here's Palin on the wealth inequality gap in America today and how she proposes to close it:
"Part of my platform is, of course, the guilty must be punished and that we no longer let our children see their guilty leaders getting away with murder. Because it teaches children, you know, that they don't have to have any morals as long as they have guns and are bullies and I don't think that's a good message," Barr told Russia Today (RT).
"I do say that I am in favor of the return of the guillotine and that is for the worst of the worst of the guilty.
"I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn't help, then being beheaded,"
Oops. Sorry. Not Palin but rather that sage, Roseanne Barr.
Now, you may say, "C'mon, she's just a comedienne, she's not really serious" and you may be correct but she sure does hang with that theme for a while and she has been a leftist hack for years so it would not surprise us in the least if she was only half-joking about the whole guilotine thing because we guarantee you, she's serious as a heart attack about that taking of wealth thing.
Which brings us to our broader point: Out of the somewhat organized Occupy Wall Street crowd and the usual band of prominent statists and leftists, we are beginning to see a broader theme emerge and that is one of involuntary confiscation.
Recall the sign that was seen at the Washington D.C. rally:
The zeal for totalitarian government amongst some of the “protesters” is shocking. One sign being carried around read, “A government is an entity which holds the monopolistic right to initiate force,” which seems a little ironic when protesters complain about being physically assaulted by police in the same breath.
And Junior Deputy Accountant found this:
That there is no "cohesive set of demands" may be a good thing, if it's real. The problem is that I'm not sure this is the case. Among some of the "looney tunes" demands I've heard include:
•A $20/hour minimum wage.
•The right to receive it irrespective of whether you work.
•Cancellation of student loan debt (Note: Not bankruptcy discharge, which I support - just flat cancellation without consequence to the borrower.)
•Tariffs to stop wage and environmental arbitrage (good) and wide-open borders (horrifyingly bad and flatly impossible given the first two demands.)
•A right to a college education (not an aspiration, a right - which means irrespective of ability. How has this worked out for our High Schools when we forced everyone, including those who are on the lower end of the bell curve in intelligence, into "mainstream" classrooms? It's been an unqualified statistical disaster.)
From Roseanne Barr and all the way down, there appears to be a theme of confiscation of other people's property and wealth for the greater common good.
And about these rights: When you start inventing "rights" out of thin air, what is required to fulfill the obligations of those rights is a totalitarian state that unlawfully and forcefully confiscates the goods, services and wealth of others. Then again, the owner of the government has the right to initiate force wherever and whenever above seems to grasp that concept.
With the Left of this country falling all over themselves as apologists for totalitarian, redistributionist regimes in the 20th century, we see a new breed in this country that is not just apologizing but openly advocating for the state to confiscate the private property of others.
It would be unfair to broad-brush any political movement, particularly one that is generally as incoherent as the Occupy Wall Street movement before having the facts but we've seen enough to be able to come to this conclusion:
At best, they are calling for the same failed statist policies and solutions that did nothing to help and, in fact, forestalled the as-yet-arrived economic recovery. At worst, they are advocating a totalitarian-style goverment to seize, without consent, the property and wealth of others to be able to meet the obligations of their demands and "rights".
These folks may want to (re-)familiarize themselves with the letter and spirit of the 4th amendment of the Constitution.
P.S. Oh, and about those attending the Occupy Wall Street rallies? Damn, they're white.
H/T: W.C. Varones