15
Apr
09

The Radical Label

When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.

Then they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat.

Then they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, I did not speak out; I was not a Jew.

When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me. – a poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) concerning the inactivity of the Germans following the Nazi rise to power and the destruction of their chosen targets, one group after another.

For the last two days, I have listened to a few conservative radio show hosts express their shock and anger over being labeled insane by liberal news outlets and extremist, radical and possibly domestic terrorists by the Department of Homeland Security – the creation of which conservatives overwhelmingly supported back in 2002, in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks – due to the massive “tea party” protest events scheduled all across the country.

I could stop, here, with the simple lesson of being careful of what you support, the monsters you create and how they often turn on their so-called masters, but that isn’t enough for me. For ages, anarchists have been incorrectly labeled radicals, extremists and domestic terrorists, mainly by conservatives, so I have to admit that I’m getting a wee bit of satisfaction from seeing conservatives getting their panties in a wad.

The funny thing is that true conservatism doesn’t even support true freedom, with its foundations based on the Rule of Law (slavery and the will of tyrants). How ironic that the Law might come back to bite them in the rump.

All that’s left to say now is…welcome to the club, brothers and sisters! We are all in the same boat, now, eh? Sucks to be labeled incorrectly and ridiculed, doesn’t it? Don’t you just love that big bullseye on your chest? Being publicly attacked, out of ignorance, feels wonderful, right?

It is not a “radical,” “extremist” or “domestic terrorist” view to love freedom and want others to stay out of your pockets and personal business. In fact, protection of freedom was the reason given for establishing government, in the first place – which blows my mind, because of government’s very nature.

These days, if you are opposed to theft, increases in government power, invasions of personal privacy, being told how you can live your life, what you can say, what you can read, where you can go, what you can eat, what you can purchase, where you can live, etc., you must be insane, a radical, an extremist or a terrorist. Sorry, but freedom is no more radical a concept, now, than it was when the Founders fought for it.

Will conservatives learn anything from this? Sadly, probably not, in my personal opinion. Self-righteousness seems to be running rampant, these days – and in all walks of life.

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1 Response to “The Radical Label”


  1. April 17, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.
    Joker


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