OK, I am setting all partisan politics aside and putting my philosopher/logic hat firmly in place for this post. Nothing that follows is intended to be satire, hyperbole or partisan politics. This post is based purely in logic and right reason applied to observed reality. The subject is the collective break with objective reality (otherwise defined as a form of mental illness) that has been prevalent among Leftist thinkers for years but which is now making itself readily apparent through an ever increasing frequency of public statements by these mentally ill individuals. And no, I am not meaning to insult these people, only to make the case that they are out of touch with the objective world and, therefore, mentally ill. I start with this story:
First of all, I want to disagree with those who say we have a spending problem. Everyone keeps saying we have a spending problem. And when they talk about that, it’s like there’s an assumption that somehow we as a nation are broke. We can’t afford these things any longer. We’re too broke to invest in education and housing and things like that. Well look at it this way, we’re the richest nation in the history of the world. We are now the richest nation in the world. We have the highest per capita income of any major nation. That kind of begs the question, doesn’t it? If we’re so rich, why are we so broke? Is it a spending problem? No.”
“We are the richest nation in the history of the world, we have the highest per capita GDP of any major country in the world. If you look at that you say ‘my gosh we’re rich.’ Well, if we are rich, why are we so broke?,” Harkin asked. “As I said this morning I think the reason we are is we have a misallocation of capital. All this wealth generated by the working people of America has accumulated in fewer and fewer hands.”
Now, when I was writing about the “Obama-Created “Conservative” Utopia,” I was being sarcastic. But little did I realize that, when I coined the term “otherwise allocated income,” that I was actually imitating real life without knowing it. No, I didn’t coin the same phrase that Harkin used in this piece, but it was very close. The sad thing is, I was unaware of this story when I wrote my post, but I know the mindset of these people well enough that I was able to so closely parody what they actually say. But let’s set this aside and look at the term “allocate:”
Definition of ALLOCATE
1: to apportion for a specific purpose or to particular persons or things : distribute <allocate tasks among human and automated components>
2: to set apart or earmark : designate <allocate a section of the building for special research purposes>
Now, let’s follow up by making sure we understand the definition of the word “apportion:”
Definition of APPORTION
: to divide and share out according to a plan; especially : to make a proportionate division or distribution of
Now, do you understand what this man is saying? Harkin said that whatever money you make is “allocated” to you by some unnamed, unseen, uncontrolled power or authority. He is saying you did not earn it and you do not own it, because, if it can be “allocated” to you, it can also be “confiscated” – which is what he is talking about doing to those who he claims have been “allocated” too much. Harkin is saying that you are a child, a slave child, and that everything about your life belongs to this unseen and unnamed power. The implication is that this power is god (small g). And the implication is also that the government is this power and – by extension as a representative – him and his colleagues. Yes, Harkin is claiming to be one of the figureheads of a man-made deity. It is Hobbes’ Leviathan in practice.
No, he doesn’t actually say it, and that is why Leftists will deny my assertion, but he did say it. It is inherent in the words he actually used, and I just proved that by showing you the definition of those words. If you prefer math to grammar, think of it as the “associative property of definitions:” while the words may be different, they often mean the same thing or carry concurrent meaning. So, you see, my assertion is nothing more than a logical extension of the meaning within the words Harkin spoke and the context in which he used them. Now, unless you are willing to concede that slavery can be moral and that another person – in this case, Harkin, through the government – can justly place a claim to your life and your labor, then you must accept that – at the very least – this man is advocating tyranny.
Next, let’s look at the assertion Harkin is making: that we do not have a spending problem. Let’s start by acknowledging that this nation – because of excessive spending – has a national debt of at least $16 Trillion on the books. This debt was accumulated because our government spent more money than it collected, but Harkin could still spin that into a “paying-for” issue. However, if we add the off-books debt and the entitlements this nation has promised to this debt, then we have something in the range of $130+ TRILLION in debt!!! Folks, this means our national debt is approximately 3 times – 3 times the total value of every penny on the planet. And this is just the national debt: it doesn’t address the States’ debt and retirement entitlements. This amount of debt cannot possibly be paid.
All of this means we are not the nation he described. It means that our nation is bankrupt. It also means we do have a spending problem. You see, these numbers are objective reality. Harkin cannot make them go away simply by coining a new word, ignoring them or willing them away. And the fact that Harkin cannot or will not acknowledge this and that he is in public saying that reality is not reality is a clear indication that the man has suffered a break with reality. What’s more, he is not alone: this is a characteristic of nearly every Liberal/Progressive you take time to research. Pick a Liberal/Progressive and start reading what they have said and written and you will find they all suffer from a similar refusal or inability to acknowledge and accept objective reality. They simply do not live in the real world. Instead, they live in some Leftist utopia that only exists in their imagination, yet they are hell-bent on forcing their vision upon everyone around them who doesn’t willingly submit to it. And that is an indication of mental illness presented as clearly as it can ever be present.
Now, whether the mental illness leads to the desire to become a tyrant or the desire causes the mental illness remains to be determined. But what needs to happen – and it needs to happen now – is these people need to be removed from office (they are medically incapable of performing their jobs). But we must be careful to do this legally. Even if the people we need to have removed from office have no concern for the law, we cannot allow ourselves to become like them. So we need to launch a concentrated campaign to recall and/or impeach these people wherever we find them exhibiting these clear signs of breaking with reality. The alternative is to face the real possibility of becoming the next in an historic string of victims who suffered at the hands of people just like Harkin who were not stopped when their nation still had the chance to stop them.