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Letter: Blogger, Marx On the Same Page

Says piece off-base on rights, liberty, redistribution of wealth.

The following letter was submitted to Long Valley Patch by Thomas Lotito.

Did Harlin Parker in his column last month, "" declare war on his neighbors, when he wrote, "people in this country have had their differences (Civil War anyone?). But today's America in no longer so much a melting pot as it is a boiling pot." "We need to take stock, and take action, before things boil over." What type of action was Harlin referring to? Occupy Washington Township's Town Hall and demand free stuff?

I also found it odd that Harlin didn't once use the word "liberty" when answering his question, "What does it mean to be an American?" "Rights!" wrote Harlin, "We have unalienable rights, guaranteed to each of us under our American constitution." Excuse me Harlin, I thought the constitution was the blueprint for how the government was to be structured and run. Americans get their "rights" from the first 10 amendments to the constitution called The Bill of Rights. But oddly enough, I never read anything in the Bill of Rights that talked about how "we need each other, like it or not."

Moreover, who was Harlin referring to when he wrote, "Other than for a few miscreants around here, we’re all patriots?" You, Me? Is Harlin's definition of a patriot someone who loves to have his wealth confiscated through higher taxes to a big daddy government welfare state? Is anyone who disagrees with Harlin a "miscreant?"

What world is Harlin living in today when he wrote, "Yet over the past 30 years, we’ve seen that for too many of us, the American dream has become not so much a nightmare but a mirage. Too many Americans have worked hard, worked honestly, played by “the rules” only to find that the pot at the end of the rainbow slips further and further away. Why is that?"

Has Harlin Parker forsaken American ideals, held in high esteem since the foundation of our country? Does anyone remember the saying "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again?" Does any part of Harlin's manifesto even remotely resemble the American "can-do" spirit?

Since 1982, America has seen unprecedented growth in the economy. Prosperity and revenues exponentially increase to the government. Entrepreneurs have created billions of dollars in new wealth (Steve Jobs, Apple). Opportunities to go into your own business have never been greater. Immigrants, legal and illegal, forsake all to come to America for a shot at the American dream. America is all about opportunity, it's all about eduction and hard work to obtain prosperity. 

Did Harlin Parker forget President John F. Kennedy's admonition to the nation? "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country?" Doesn't Harlin's manifesto represent the entitlement mentality of socialism rather than American patriotism? 

Furthermore, who is the "radical right," Harlin keeps referring to? A two-parent working family who are self sufficient, own a home, educating their children, and are conservative, pro-life Christians? In Harlin's mind you're also a member of "the radical right" if you are not a member of a union, think taxes are too high and government is too “intrusive” and spends too much money.

Quote Harlin Parker: "We’re tired of tax policies that favor those who are already wealthy. We’re especially tired of right wing policies that punish the poor and squeeze the middle class more and more." "And now those at the very top and their right wing, Republican, enablers and sycophants, cry 'class war!!'" 

Quote Karl Marx: "In a higher phase of communist society ... only then can the narrow horizon of  bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."   

Finally, Harlin Parker sees America as a place to demand rights, and buys into the argument of class warfare, splitting everyone into groups by economic status and then pitting one group against the other, demanding that income disparity between the groups  made right by redistributing wealth.

Quote Harlin Parker: "Today’s income and wealth disparity is not good for our country and is patently unfair. And fairness in the distribution of wealth and income is all that the vast majority of Americans want. Not war. Peace."  Quote Karl Marx: "The meaning of "peace" is the absence of opposition to socialism." 

Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed its author as another Long Valley resident.

Chuck Ruff November 19, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Ok, and what about the right wing, ie; Tea Party group, who wants to enact an amendment to forbid same-sex marriage? This is obviously an example of the government "infringing" on both individual rights, and states' rights to decide their own marriage laws. Based on your POV, I would hope that you are vigorously against this proposal??? It seems to me that both sides of the political spectrum have no problem using the Constitution to their own devices in any way that will further their political causes.
Thomas Paine November 20, 2011 at 12:56 AM
I’ve found some TP groups to be rather libertarian and others that are as you describe, so other than your use of generalities, I’m happy to find common ground with you in abhorring the idea of legislated morality (and yes, both left and right extremes try to use the national government to force their morality on the rest of the nation).
Kurt November 20, 2011 at 05:50 PM
The Republic died when one part of it sought to leave legally and was massacred into submission.
Karl Marx November 22, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Kurt, off topic, but what version of written history do you subscribe to? Gore Vidal perhaps, or are you just parroting talking points from someone's blog?
Karl Marx November 23, 2011 at 07:28 AM
My children in Oakland make me proud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuFQuEwJ5xI

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