In response to the snark I received this week from Alex, my husband decided to rebut Alex's points one by one. Don's comments are in italics.
My name is Alex and I've have been an Economics and Sociology professor at [location of university removed so as not to identify the writer] for 6 years. [I’m not so sure. I’ve done extensive searches on the university’s website and can find no mention of Alex’s name. But perhaps he wrote under a pseudonym.] I just finished reading your article, "A Nation Bursting With Spoiled Brats." To start, I just want you to know that I'm not a Republican or Democrat. Nothing I say here is influenced by any political philosophies or motives. [Okay, this is just too stupid to be real. As you will see as you read on, EVERY thing that Alex has to say beyond this point is politically motivated as a part of the socialist/progressive/coercive mind set.]
I enjoyed the first half of your article and agree completely that Americans today are wayyy too spoiled, fickle, and unappreciative. There's no denying that.
However, I am concerned with your ignorant, insensitive, and elitist rant vilifying less fortunate Americans [You mean the spoiled, fickle, and unappreciative ones, right Alex?] (meaning less fortunate than you) that desire things such as free health care, affordable housing and food, and employment that pays a livable wage.
[First off, any “professor of economics” who can use the term “free health care” is a prime example of the failure of our education system. It ain't free, Doc. Someone has to pay for it. Likewise “affordable housing,” and food, and a “living wage.” Secondly, I desire a lot of things too. But desire without a willingness to work for these things is called envy or covetousness. And these are listed by just about every religion in the world as great sins, because they are the prime movers in nearly every form of bad behavior.]
I want to make clear that I do not support government pampering of criminals, illegal aliens, or lazy people who want to sit on their butts all day, and that I do not believe in punishing people for their success [except by sticking a government gun to their head and demanding a sizable portion of their “success” to support not only those down on their luck but also “criminals, illegal aliens, or lazy people who want to sit on their butts all day”], but your views expressed in your article is exactly what anyone would expect from a person as financially well off as you who has never known what it's like to really struggle in poverty and who is extremely out of touch with reality, especially with regard to urban life.
[Financially well off!!!??? Buddy, we work twelve hour days to remain comfortably at the upper edge of the poverty level. But we do so by choice so that we are home with our kids and so that we can be beholden to none but God. I'm absolutely certain that you, by yourself, make more money than Patrice and I do combined while working far fewer hours.]
A white American woman from the rural Mid-West who owns a business, a shop, a home on 20 acres of land, with home-schooled children, has a lot of nerve thinking she has the right to say ANYTHING against people who didn't come from where she did and who don't have what she has.
[I don't have what you have either, Alex. Does that mean you have no right to say anything against me? Apparently not. What was that you said earlier about Patrice's “ignorant, insensitive, and elitist rant”?]
You think everyone in America has 20 acres of land, their own business, and the same opportunities that a white American woman has, who has an American sounding name, and who's ancestors probably have been here since the days of the colonial settlers?
[Actually, her grandparents were Polish immigrants who worked in poverty, learned English, and sent their kids to school to do better than themselves. A proud family of immigrants who left their despotic socialist country behind and came to the land of freedom to become proud Americans. And what IS your fascination with WHITE women??]
Do you think for example, that a person in the inner-city or suburb, who has a parent or family member who's a drug addict or who barely speaks English or who has no idea how the American economic and financial system works [So far I've seen no sign that YOU understand how our economic or financial system works. But you've got an excuse. You're a progressive professor.], whose family lives off of 11,000 per year from their slave-wage job, who went to poor schools with bad teachers [Remember: highest per student expenditures: Washington D.C.] and, as a result, got a poor education, and who live in a drug and crime infested community – do you think such a person is going to be inclined to be positive-thinking winner who goes out and seizes the world by the tail and be a success?
[And all we need is more regulation and more money to fix this problem, right? A trillion dollars spent so far on the war on poverty. Most going to fat cat community organizers and race pimps, and bureaucrats. Oh, and liberal professors. If this poor family hates living where they do, they should work hard, save money, find a way to become better educated, AND MOVE! It's time they accept their role as free adults and not the children of government.]
Do you think a parent who has to work 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet and who can barely put anything away at the end of the month, and who has no time to pursue further education or even to take care of their own kids, is going to easily escape the economic prison they're in with their heads held up high?
[Hmmm. Let’s see. We work three jobs just to make ends meet. We rarely have anything left at the end of the month. We pursue our further education by reading (usually late at night) after long work days because we MAKE THE TIME FOR IT. And we still find the time to take care of our kids. All things are possible with God and with a willingness to do what is right. However, since I assume you aren't talking about us specifically, here's the answer to your question: Yes. If they stay married, get a high school education, wait to have kids until they can afford them and stay off drugs and booze. Works every time it's tried.]
Sure, it happens, occasionally. [All the time, man. It used to be the norm in America. That is, until the government started paying poor parents money to not get married (or to separate) and produce more kids.] We always hear inspirational stories of people who succeeded in the face of enormous hardship or who started a business idea or invented something that soon made them a successful millionaire, but people need to stop rubbing such success stories in the faces of the masses because it is a huge misrepresentation of reality. [No it isn't, Doc. These things are common place. It's what has made us the greatest nation on earth. And it only become less likely if we continue our slide into the ‘command and control’ system of socialism. Remove the incentive to strive for greatness, and greatness ends.] The number of people who come from nothing and succeed in escaping their life of struggle and poverty are in the extreme minority! [Over 80 percent of today's American millionaires came from middle or lower-class families. And until the "War on Poverty programs destroyed the black family structure, black Americans were rapidly entering the middle class. Don't believe this? Read "Losing Ground" by Charles Murray. You might actually begin to get the education to go with your title.] Mathematical probability always allows for an occasional winner to slip through the cracks, the same as with the lottery. [Your chance of winning the lottery is one in millions. Your chance of escaping poverty by being married, getting a high school education, not having kids until you can afford them, working hard and staying off drugs is nearly 100 percent. I see you're every bit as good a statistician as you are an economist.] However, the average person who pursues the lottery just because of the "You never know" slogan, is a fool who will spend the rest of their lives trying and hoping, but will never win. Why? Because the system wasn't designed for everyone to make it and be financially well off. After all, if everyone had money and was doing well, the value of money would be worthless. [Oh God, give me strength! (That's a prayer, not taking the Lord's name in vain.) There is no way you can POSSIBLY be an economist. Money is an abstract, a handy way of moving the value of labor and time around. It's not a thing in and of itself unless you are an idiot socialist. Money only becomes worthless when the issuer creates more of it then the total value of work accounts for. Today this is referred to as quantitative easement.] The game is fixed and most people don't know the rules.
[The rules are simple when a coercive state isn't involved. So let me make it easy for you and anyone else that doesn't know the rules.
1. Work hard six days a week and then take a day off.
2. Remember and honor your parents and ancestors for all that they did for you. Teach you children to do the same.
3. Do not murder.
4. Do not break your word, especially for those whom you love and who love you. If you can't keep your vows, don't make them.
5. Theft is wrong no matter how you justify it. "It's for the children" or "They have more than they need" are the same justifications for theft when used by a back alley mugger or a progressive professor. Slavery is theft as well. And it doesn't matter if the slave is owned by a single master or a collective.
6. Don't lie or gossip. Be a person that others can depend upon.
7. Kill your envy of others. Work to improve your lot however you define it, but remember that no matter how great your material wealth, it ends with your last breath.
There. Those are the rules (mostly). I purposely left God out of the equation because I suspect that had I placed Him in His correct position at the head of the list, you would have hyperventilated. But even without inviting God into your heart, just following the rules above will give you a good life more often than not.]
In conclusion, my point is, do you think the people in the above two examples I mentioned can, whenever they need it or feel like it, go out and afford a nice health care plan, buy good food with nutritional value, or find a job that will allow them to live like human beings and not like slaves? [If they follow the rules above, more than likely.]
Should anyone be forced to live in a cramped, dirty, overpriced apartment or tiny cookie cutter house & lot where the neighbors on both sides are so close they can hear everything you do in
your own house and vice-versa? [Hee Hee!! When Patrice and I married, we lived in tiny cookie cutter house in a crime-ridden neighborhood with section 8 cramped, dirty, apartments next door (and we heard a lot!). We worked our tails off to get out of there. Eventually we left that city and moved to a four-acre property in Oregon. I say four-acre property because even though there was a "house" that came with the land, it was assumed we would tear it down. The roof leaked everywhere. The walls were literally one inch thick. There was no foundation. I had just started my woodworking business. Patrice worked nights as a waitress and went to school. The night work was important because it meant that one or the other of us was always home with our children. I took the babies to bed with me, a bottle of mothers' milk in my armpit to keep it warm for them. The wolf never came to our door because it knew the pickings were too slim. And we worked and worked. We didn't complain. We knew that that work was leading us to something better.]
In a greedy and corrupt economic and legislative system where the business owners and the wealthiest of the wealthy get all the breaks, loopholes, and advantages, and the masses carry all the nation's economic burdens, it is not socialism to even the bar a bit and give people a fair, human standard of living.
[If you took all the money from everyone and divided it up equally, inside of one year the same people who originally had the most would have it again. Sorry, but bell curves exist for a reason. When ever you take something from one person by the threat of force to give to another (while some of it sticks to your own hands "for expenses"), it's socialism. "Evening the bar" is another tool of the despot.]
You, like many Americans who use the word "Socialism," have no idea what it means. What you label "Socialism," I and many others call common decency and love for your fellow mankind.
[And you'll enforce that decency and love with a gun as needed. I do know what socialism is. It's the Gulag in the old Soviet Union. It's the concentration camp in Nazi (National Socialism) Germany. It's the "re-education" camps in China and Cambodia and North Vietnam. It's State sponsored slavery. And it's coming to America unless we expose it for what it is, and destroy it root and branch.]
And you call yourself a woman of God? [You are talking about the finest, most caring, most loving woman I have ever met, Alex. I don't deserve her. But God has blessed me with her despite my failings. Watch your mouth.] Do you think Jesus Christ would have spoken about the masses as arrogantly and insensitively as you have in your article? Do you think Jesus, when he was on earth, would have denied someone food, water, shelter, or would have refused to cure their ailment just because they didn't have money, were unemployed, had no skills, didn't go to college, or were lazy? [Your ignorance of the teachings of Jesus and his disciples is appalling. Get to a church that teaches the Word alone, then write back and apologize. We'll forgive you. Promise. But just a hint to start you out, read 2 Thessalonians 3:10.] The Bible teaches us to be hard, self sufficient workers but it does not teach us to be insensitive and arrogant towards the less fortunate and does not teach us to deprive others of help because they're poor and have nothing to contribute. Jesus Christ would have found your article appalling and disgusting. [Did you actually READ Patrice’s column?? Like the part where she said, "This isn't to imply we should sit like fat cats, cocky and smug and surrounded by affluence while we let others suffer. Of course not. It behooves us to be generous with our gifts from God." No. Of course you didn't read her column. After all, the whole point of your rant is an apology (in the old fashioned sense of the word) for elitist statism built on envy, covertness, fear, and violence.]
I would very much be interested in hearing what you have to say in reply, just as long as you have an open mind, can think for yourself, and do not spew a bunch of conservative rhetoric.
[So there you go, Alex. Let me make my opinion of you as perfectly clear as I can. You are a fool and a tool. You have no concept of logic or critical thinking. You are incapable of historical analysis. You have absolutely no business teaching puppies, let alone young people. You are therefore a credit to your progressive statist masters. You are the worst kind of elitist because you actually think that in the brave new world you envision, you will be one of the leaders. You are all for egalitarianism as long as someone else will be cleaning the toilets.
We've seen your type before: Human bedbugs who scream about your right to share in the warmth of someone else's body heat while you suck their blood. And before you start yammering about my lack of "Christian kindness," try this one on for size: I believe the pernicious evil that you and those like you represent deserves the same level of mercy as the temple money changers or the demon-filled pigs (Look them up. It will be a good start on your religious education.)
Alex, your philosophy and mine can never reach accord. Any compromise that would cause me to take even a step towards your way of thinking would take me away from the Good and a step closer to the horror that awaits if your world vision ever comes to fruition.
I will, however, pray for you. See, I have one thing going for me that I suspect you don't. I know what sin is. And I know I'm a sinner. And believe it or not, that knowledge is a strength, not a weakness, because I also know what I must do to be forgiven my imperfections. Alex, start your journey towards the Good by finding out what I mean. But stop teaching others your filthy lies until you've learned the truth yourself.
Now I know there are some of the Patrice's readers who are appalled by my harsh words to Alex. You no doubt feel that I have gone beyond the bounds of propriety and civil discourse.
And you know what? You're right.
But it is time to end this dangerous losing game of trying to make nice with people like Alex. The Alex's of the world happily plan for the day my children will be in chains. They are from the same mold as the monsters who supported Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union. Their concepts of "decency and love" are, in the end, the interior of the crematorium and the horror of the mass grave. You can no longer compromise with evil.]