Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


America Achieves What the Soviet Union Couldn't

SOLO-International Press Release: Airhead America Achieves What the Soviet Union Couldn't By *Lindsay Perigo*

*November 1, 2008*

The likely victory of socialist Barack Obama in Tuesday's presidential election is an indictment of Airhead America, says SOLO Principal Lindsay Perigo.

"Thanks to the capture of the state education system long ago by Gramscian leftists, generations of Americans have grown up illiterate, not only unable properly to read, write, do maths or think logically, but ignorant of their country's history and indifferent to its uniqueness. They neither know nor care that America was founded on each individual's inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, with governments instituted among men for the sole purpose of securing those rights.

Thus, when a far-left presidential candidate like Obama, steeped in Gramscian political correctness and the jargon of gender/class/race warfare, is discovered to have bemoaned the 'constraints' placed upon government by the Founding Fathers and the absence of 'positive rights' (i.e. 'entitlements,' the enslavement of some to others and of *all* to the government) in the Constitution, there is no controversy.

When he tells Joe the Plumber that 'spreading the wealth [i.e. *Joe's* wealth] around is a good thing,' there is *some* controversy, but a majority of voters appear not to grasp the Marxian import of what he's saying. When he claims he attended Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years and never once heard one of the rabid reverend's anti-white 'God damn America' rants, most voters appear willing to believe him, as they do when he downplays his association with terrorists.

When he says he's prepared to sit down with terrorists and the sponsors of terrorists without preconditions, that causes little alarm either. When he threatens media who run ads against him with post-election reprisals, no one bats an eyelid. When he blathers vapid, meaningless mush for hours on end, his airhead groupies lap it up.

"The transformation of a once-muscular, proud, capitalist, individualistic United States of America, land of the free and home of the brave, into the Union of Soviet Socialist States of America is near-complete.

When Obama scoffs at claims that he's a socialist by countering that his opponents are embracing the 'virtue of selfishness,' the tragedy is that it isn't true. McCain and Palin are peddling the same self-sacrificial morality on which socialism is based. That is why the free market, now being unjustly blamed for the consequences of previous government interventionism, has had no proper defense during this election campaign. McCain and Palin don't know how to defend it. It would appear that Obama knows his Ayn Rand; McCain and Palin do not. Selfishness, properly defined, *is* a virtue, as Ayn Rand explained, underpinning capitalism and freedom, the right to exist for one's own sake by one's own judgment, neither sacrificing oneself to others nor others to oneself.

"The only thing to be said for a vote for McCain/Palin is that it's a vote * against* Obama bin Biden, and may buy the country some time: time to reverse its slide into a European-style 'social democracy' - i.e., full-blown collectivist tyranny based on the airheaded consent of the tyrannized. For that to happen, not just Senator McCain and Governor Palin but millions more Americans need to snap out of their addled airhead postmodern stupor and acquaint themselves with Ayn Rand," Perigo concludes.

*Lindsay Perigo editor@freeradical.co.nz*


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election