Simple, Not Easy

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I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before. I call it “the politics of ease.” It’s the liberal tendency to blame every hitch in society’s collective gallop on someone or something other than the actual offender. Guns cause crime. Freedom causes terrorism. Wealthy people cause poverty. Your SUV causes bad weather. Junk food causes Michael Moore’s waistline. And criticizing those who hold the aforementioned nonsense to be true is racist.

With the accumulated wisdom of the human tribe available to anyone with even a spark of curiosity, it’s hard to imagine that anyone beyond the creepiest of the tinfoil-behatted basement dwellers actually still believes the above nonsense. Yet such addled creatures walk among us in numbers large enough to populate an entire “Occupy” riot with enough left over to fill to the local sex offender registries with the sort of people you wouldn’t allow within miles of your children.

Following the Newtown, Conn., massacre, liberals — goaded by their Democrat shepherds — decried gun ownership, the AR-15 rifle and even the National Rifle Association for their purportedly central role in the horror and demanded draconian prophylactic infringements on the Bill of Rights. Oddly, the millions of legal gun owners nationwide were uninvolved in Newtown, the AR-15 in my gun safe had nothing to do with it, and there were no Wayne LaPierre sightings in the Newtown area that terrible day, but no matter. Passing useless laws (like the ones Connecticut already had), restricting law-abiding Americans’ rights and blaming unrelated third parties is counterproductive or worse; but it is dramatically easier.  After all, blaming guns for the violence that has turned cities like Chicago and Detroit into gladiator arenas is unlikely to cost the Democratic Party machines the support of the gladiators. That’s dishonest, and dishonesty is easy.

As the civilized world reeled in horror at the savage brutality of the islamofascist murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, our leftward-leaning friends raced out to reassure us that Muslims present no danger.  Even as the Woolwich murder shook our collective sense of security, the blessed socialist paradise of Sweden was rocked by anti-integration riots perpetrated not by xenophobic red-State types (they don’t have those in Sweden) nor even racist Republicans, but Muslim immigrants. President Barack Obama, who bizarrely declared to the United Nations in the wake of the Benghazi, Libya, massacre that “the future does not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam,” delivered a speech late last week that condemned terror without acknowledging the religious identity proudly crowed by both the Woolwich butchers and the Stockholm savages. Not only did Obama take pains to avoid insulting “the prophet of Islam” (presuming the prophet of Islam gives a whit about Obama’s mewling), but he went in the opposite direction. “But this war, like all wars, must end… the core of al-Qaida… is on a path to defeat.” I’m guessing the war to which he referred is the war on global terrorism, which will end only after the last terrorist’s passage is booked to the afterlife. And if al-Qaida’s core is on the path to defeat, that path must be as long as the Quran, and it must detour from Benghazi to Boston and all points in between. Following the Boston Marathon attacks, the Democratic Party’s hate machine offered naked wishes that the perpetrators would be “white Americans.”

I’m not suggesting Islam and terrorism share a direct causal relationship. I am noting liberals tend to worry more about hurting the delicate feelings of Tawhal, Dariq and Hassan than they do about reporting the identity and motivation of those who seek to murder Tom, Dick and Harry. We live in a nation that not only tolerates the blatant religious hatred proclaimed by islamofascists like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Nation of Islam, but offers those hatemongers Constitutional protections. Moreover, the President of the United States is almost as worried about slighting Muhammad’s minions as he is about straightening out his putting stroke. That’s ignorance, and ignorance is easy.

The list of similar hypocrisies goes on. Liberals show an odd preoccupation with despising rich people — at least, rich people who don’t host fundraisers for Obama. To the left, wealth is a zero-sum concept. If, say, George Soros has billions of dollars, then someone in Compton, Calif., must be living in squalor. Soros does have billions of dollars, and there’s no shortage of Comptonian squalor. But the latter has nothing to do with the former. And villainizing the former isn’t going to move the latter to Bel Air.  here’s nothing wrong with envying those who are better off, as long as that envy inspires you to improve your surroundings and not degrade theirs. That’s greed, and greed is easy.

I recently ran across an ABC News report about a 9-year-old girl named Hannah Robertson. Hannah interrupted the annual McDonald’s shareholders’ meeting to “confront” CEO Don Thompson and accuse him of everything except driving past playgrounds and offering Happy Meals to little kids. The story did everything but favorably compare little Hannah to Joan of Arc. Yet the report omits a central fact: McDonald’s didn’t invade Hannah’s home; Hannah invaded McDonald’s. Moreover, McDonald’s doesn’t force-feed anyone. There’s no doubt that obesity is a health issue in today’s America. Our diets are, to put a fine point on it, as crappy as our fitness regimes. But we’re the couch potatoes who eat Big Macs while watching the Oprah Winfrey Network. Blaming our flabby midsections on the Chicken McNuggets and large fries we ate for lunch misses the fact that we ate the McNuggets; the McNuggets didn’t eat us. That’s denial, and denial is easy.

When an oversized semi hit a bridge in Washington, the bridge didn’t collapse because the GOP hates infrastructure spending. When Congressman Darrell Issa interrogated Attorney General Eric Holder, he wasn’t acting out of bigotry; he was expressing outrage over Holder’s arrogant mendacity. When the Internal Revenue Service deliberately targeted citizens over politics, the victims didn’t bring the harassment on themselves. Those may be easier explanations for the low-information set to swallow, but they’re not true.

It’s human nature to seek the simplest answers. Indeed, Occam’s razor, a scientifically fundamental axiom, holds that the simplest explanations are likely the correct ones. So perhaps we should forgive our liberal friends for their folly. But the explanations that they consider simple are nothing of the sort. In order to keep their herds in check, the left has conducted logical contortions worthy of Cirque Du Soleil. The idea that the guns in my gun safe are secretly biding their time for the right moment to shoot up a liquor store is sillier than blaming bad weather on a theory that has required multiple name changes in fewer than 40 years; yet both those inanities are taken as gospel by liberals from Haight-Ashbury to the Hamptons.

The solutions to most of the problems we face as a Nation are, in fact, quite simple. Blame criminals for crime. Blame terrorists for terrorism. Blame the culture of envy for the rise of poverty. Blame the responsible parties for the problems they create. That might not be easy, but it is simple.

–Ben Crystal

Personal Liberty

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • Rocco

    It is not just a liberal tendency Ben, it is a human one. I am sure it was the conservatives that decided that freedom caused terrorism. I never heard anyone say guns cause crime. Nor do they kill people–by themselves. But they sure do make it easier. The 2nd amendment is the law and a good one, but I think we should do our best to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, felons and the mentally challenged .
    I will agree that religion has been used by evil and greedy people throughout history to further their own desires and agendas.
    As for blaming criminals and terrorists for their actions, I agree. This culture of envy being the blame for poverty however is wrong. Poverty can be caused by laziness and lack of desire to improve one’s circumstance, but I believe it falls more on people in power, that use gov’t and arrogance to lord it over others. someone wrote “you can be free or you can be cattle.” And there are plenty of people out in the world that love to use the cattle to their own ends. Of course that is much the cattle’s fault as the bad guys I guess.

    • oldguy

      Someone’s trying to straddle a fence here. While admitting that guns don’t kill people by themselves and voicing that we need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, mandating national gun registry will not keep even one Saturday night special out of the hands of an evil person.

      Yes, religion has been used for millennia by evil and greedy people. Does that mean the we should just ban going to church? No, you take precautions to eliminate from our shores the ONE ideology whose stated aim is to “kill everyone that doesn’t agree with us”.

      As you say “poverty CAN be caused by laziness and lack of desire to improve one’s circumstances”. I worked my 50+ years and paid into the system that was going to make my golden years a possibility. As it turns out I get less than half of what some illegal alien who camps out in this country gets or some welfare mom who spits kids out every 9 months and 20 minutes. These people don’t understand that welfare is the most insipid form of slavery ever invented. Why work when everything is handed to you by a government whose desire to enslave the populace will pay you good money for being a non-producer? You’re looking , as Ben says, to play the blame game but again you are overlooking the obviously “simple” solutions. No, they’re not easy but they are the necessary ones that must be taken if we ever hope to get our country back.

      • Rocco

        maybe, but you are putting words into my mouth. I’m just saying the world is complicated, and there are very few issues that are completely black and white.

        Just because I disagree with something doesn’t mean I want to ban it. I am not for a national gun registry but that is different from background checks or a waiting period. I mean if someone needs to pay a gun this second, that seems to be a red flag. And everyone I know that owns guns already has them. So we are not hurting the law-abiding gun owners with this.

        We are too giving of a nation at times. I am against welfare for illegals and the able bodied. But we are rich enough to care for those in need.

        • oldguy

          I do agree with the main points of your post. However, I didn’t put words in your mouth. From your wording I thought you were talking about a national gun registry. We’ve had waiting periods and background checks now for decades. It still won’t stop the occasional lunatic from getting hold of a gun.
          You are 100% correct in that we are too giving of a nation. It would be difficult now to reverse the slavery of the welfare entitlement mentality but somehow it needs to be done. There is no rational reason for allowing illegal aliens access to government hand outs. I’m not against immigrants. We were all immigrants at some point in our families histories. Just the steps need to be followed to the letter and the illegal ones sent home.

          • Rocco

            Well nothing is 100 percent, put that doesn’t mean you do not try.
            And nothing worth doing is easy, that is one of the main problems today, no one wants to put in the work. That attitude will have to change if we want this nation to survive and thrive.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          All issues of life are black or white, the Dems/Progs/Leftists (specific to US only) love muddying up the waters so no one can tell when something is right or wrong.

    • Bob666

      Politics are nothing more than a tool to amass power-does not matter which side of the fence that you look at.

      • Vigilant


      • Rocco

        actually politics is just one of the ways people have figured out to get along together without killing each other. It is a tool, like guns, neither good or bad in itself, only in how you use it.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          There would be no need of politics or military or police if people would not trespass on other people. It is as simple as that. We have the reminders that say Thou shall not and Thou shall do to curb our attitudes and behaviors.

          • Rocco

            While that might be true, it is like saying there would be no need of food if we didn’t need to eat. Your last sentence seems to inject religion into the equation and they are one of the biggest trespassers of other people.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Politics begins with people inflicting themselves on other people, believing themselves the solvers of all troubles and in reality creating bigger troubles.

    • vicki

      I never heard anyone say guns cause crime.
      “In 1980, the percentage of homicides caused by firearms during arguments…..”

      “Competing theoretical claims have emerged that view guns as a cause of violentcrime, a mechanism to reduce violent crime, or totally unrelated to violent crime.”
      “But in More Guns, More Crime (NBER Working Paper No. 7967), Duggan uses a new proxy for gun ownership — state and county-level sales rates for the nation’s largest handgun magazine — to show that guns foster rather than deter criminal activity.”

      And the above is just 3 of the ~1.4 million hits on the search engine.

      Nor do they kill people–by themselves.

      And we have video proof right here on PLD

      But they sure do make it easier.

      Amazingly they make self defense easier too.

      The 2nd amendment is the law and a good one, but I think we should do our best to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, felons and the mentally challenged .

      And the simple solution (not an easy one) is to

      KEEP them in jail.

      • Rocco

        Well Vicki, your research has changed my mind, guns do seem to cause crime. But the premise behind the 2nd amendment is still valid. I am more worried about my gov’t overreaching than a few criminals. And I will keep my guns and hope my family stays sane, or at least non-homicadal

        • vicki

          Well Vicki, your research has changed my mind, guns do seem to cause crime.

          So despite positive proof that guns are inanimate objects ( and studies like

          you have decided to believe that guns cause crime. Impressive. Are you liberal?

          • Rocco

            I was being a little tongue in cheek, but it was your research. What it did seem to prove was that with higher gun ownership comes higher crime. Guns are a tool, like a hammer. A hammer makes it easier to build a house. A gun makes it easier to force your will on others. Those are facts. It doesn’t change my mind that I would rather live in a country with the 2nd amendment than one that doesn’t believe that individuals have the right to protect themselves.
            I try and deal with reality and not with beliefs. Beliefs can get in the way of learning. So no, I am not a liberal. or conservative. I refuse to be pigeonholed.

          • vicki

            The research seem to show that gun ownership creates more crime but that is because the authors explicitly reverse the cause/effect sequence. In my second post I provided for you a link to a more accurate study showing that more guns actually cause LESS crime.

            If you want to continue to be in a country with a protected right to keep and bear arms you will have to step up and argue against the constant pressure by anti-gun (its a pidgeon hole) people to take away that protection.

            You might find the following easy to verify statistic very useful in this battle.

            ~300 Million Americans didn’t shoot anyone. Not even by accident.

            Demand that government
            STOP punishing the INNOCENT for the acts of a very few

            Stop it
            Stop it NOW

      • Rocco

        Well Vicki, your research has changed my mind, guns do seem to cause crime. But the premise behind the 2nd amendment is still valid. I am more worried about my gov’t overreaching than a few criminals. And I will keep my guns and hope my family stays sane, or at least non-homicidal.(hit post to soon)

        And I am leery of simple solutions. Keeping people locked up forever can be considered cruel and unusual punishment. And locking up the mentally damaged, at least before they break any laws, is wrong. As someone said “you can live safe or live free.” I would rather be free.

      • Chester

        Vicki, you want to keep all the criminals and mentally troubled “in jail”, yet you will be one of the first to demand taxes to pay for those “jails” be cut to the bone, if not eliminated. Then you will want all support systems for inmates done away with because “they don’t deserve a second chance.” Of course, if you receive a life sentence for failing to pay a parking ticket, won’t be long before there are more inmates than citizens to support them, and someone will come up with the brilliant idea of using inmates for free labor to build stuff to sell to the few remaining free people. We have no place to transport convicts to, the way England used America and Australia, so what do we do with those who have been convicted of various crimes?

  • peter

    Spot on again Ben, but over the heads of the ‘ obama lovers’ completely. When one looks for a solution to a problem it is wise firstly to identify the problem then seek a solution. In doing so the first step is to take a look in the mirror and decide whether the gook staring back at you is part of the problem or not. Unfortunately, the potus is incapable of doing that as he sees only an innocent who knows nothing, sees nothing and conveniently has everybody else to blame for anything and everything that goes wrong. Those who voted for this empty suit have exactly the same problem. Self adoration and idiocy are no substitute for honest self examination, but hey, self examination is not easy, it is easier to blame someone else or something else for all the mishaps. With our lying leaders and their lying main stream supporters, we probably have a long way to go in order to set the record straight. That of course is also not easy when dealing with people who choose to see the law as irrelevant and hero worship idols of zero substance.

    • FreedomFighter

      What happens in Europe soon usually happens in the US and now they are arresting Englanders for being upset at ISLAMOFACIST MURDERING TERROISTS now destroying England, and saying harsh things about the anything but, Religion of Peace Islam.
      In Britain, Police Arrest Twitter And Facebook Users If They Make Anti-Muslim Statements
      In England, the government took the guns, flooded the country with Muslims, and now the English are hostages in their own country, defenseless against the murdering scum Islamos, and are brazenly mutilated in the middle of the street because:THEY THE ENGLISH HAVE NO WEAPONS OF SELF DEFENSE – NO GUNSTry that stuff in TEXAS Islamo scumbags and see what happens.We Americans need to take a lesson from the idiot governments of Europe and stop the influx of Islam, ban it as a dangerous cult of evil hell bent on overthrow of our system of government that it is. Laus DeoSemper FI

      • Dick Gazinia

        I have spent time in several Muslim countries for work reasons and agree that Islam is a dangerous ideology to all non-muslims. They are intolerant, favor ignorance over knowledge, consider women chattel, and feel it is their responsibility to destroy all those infidels who stand in the way of their expansion.

        Why Western countries issue visas to Muslims is a mystery. Muslim immigrants have no interest in assimilating the culture of their new home. Instead they want to turn it into the vile hole they wished to escape from.

        Read “The Rage and The Pride” by distinguished Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. She traces in an enlightening way the impact of the sons of Allah on Europe and especially her home country, Italy. It is frightening and disgusting.

        We must be vigilant.

        • Dick Gazinia

          Check out the opening of the great film, “El Cid” starring Charlton Heston set in Medieval Spain. Muslim aggression and hatred of non Muslims has not changed for centuries.

          Note the list of Muslim Nobel Prize winners – short indeed.

          • Vigilant


            By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

            “I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible truth – Europe died in Auschwitz … We killed six million Jews and replaced them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.
            The contribution of this people is felt in all areas of life: science, art, international trade, and above all, as the conscience of the world. These are the people we burned.

            And under the pretence of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to 20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to work and support their families with pride.

            They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of their naive hosts.

            And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred, creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe and their talent for a better future for their children, their determined clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children and theirs.

            What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe .

            A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves. Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to it.

          • WTS/JAY


            God Bless Hitler from Muslims…Hitler Honored in Upscale Instanbul Mall.


          • WTS/JAY

            Mufti and The Führer:(The Nazi/Islam Connection) By Mitchell Bard.


          • WTS/JAY

            The Arab/Muslim Nazi Connection

            Left: A picture taken in 1943 of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin el-Husseini reviewing Bosnian-Muslim troops – a unit of the “Hanjar (Saber) Division” of the Waffen SS which he personally recruited for Hitler.


          • JeffH

            Islamic Fascism: the Nazi Connection

            It was the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Cairo in 1928, that established Islamic Jihad as a mass movement. The significance of the Muslim Brotherhood to Islamic Fascism is comparable to the significance of the Bolshevik Party to Communism: it was, and it remains to this day, the ideological reference point and the organizational core for all later Islamist groups, including Al Queda and Hamas.

            The Brotherhood conducted a major campaign in Egypt, and it was against the Jews, not against the British occupiers. This campaign against the Jews, in the late 1930s, which established the Brotherhood as a mass movement of Islamic Jihadists, was set off by a rebellion in Palestine directed against Jewish immigration from Europe and Russia. That campaign was initiated by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini.

            Al-Husseini was extremely impressed with Adolf Hitler and his anti-Jewish rhetoric. In 1941 he visited Hitler in Berlin. He was so enthralled with Hitler and the Nazis, and their plans to exterminate the Jews that he decided to remain in Berlin. He lived there from 1941 to 1945, recruiting Muslims in Europe for the Waffen-SS. He was very close to Hitler. Husseini’s best friends were Heinrich Himmler and Adolf Eichmann.


          • Liberty Lover

            Thank you for this brilliant citation!

          • tccsmith

            Well said my friend.

        • Alondra

          Islam is a the largest HATE group in WORLD.
          Sharia violates EVERY PRINCIPLE of tolerance for all. It is an instrument of hate & slavery for all Muslims.

          The IMPOSTOR’s O’Homobama “holy” book teaches:

          Here are just a few commands of the “prophet” muhammed for his followers from the book of “peace”.

          “Slay the UNBELIEVERS wherever you find them.” Qur’an 2:191

          “Make war on the INFIDELS living in your neighborhood.” Qur’an 9:123

          “When opportunity arises, KILL the INFIDELS WHEREVER YOU CATCH THEM.” Qur’an 9:5

          “Any religion other than Islam is NOT ACCEPTABLE.” Qur’an 3:85

          “The Jews and the Christians are PERVERTS; FIGHT THEM.”… Qur’an 9:30

          “Maim [Dismember, Disfigure, Harm, Mutilate] and CRUCIFY the INFIDELS IF THEY CRITICIZE ISLAM” Qur’an 5:33


          “The UNBELIEVERS are stupid; URGE the Muslims to FIGHT THEM.” Qur’an 8:65

          “Muslims must not take the INFIDELS as friends.” Qur’an 3:28


          “Muslims must muster all weapons to TERRORIZE the INFIDELS.” Qur’an 8:60

          “I [muhammed] shall cast TERROR into the hearts of the INFIDELS. STRIKE OFF THEIR HEADS, STRIKE OFF THE VERY TIPS OF THEIR FINGERS.” Qur’an 8:12

          “Those that deny Our’an revelations We will BURN IN FIRE. No sooner will their skins be consumed than We shall give them other skins, so that they may truly taste the scourge. Allah is mighty and wise.” Qur’an 4:56

          “MEN have authority over WOMEN because Allah has made the one SUPERIOR to the other, and because they spend their wealth to MAINTAIN THEM. Good WOMEN are OBEDIENT. They guard their unseen
          parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and FORSAKE THEM IN BEDS APART, and BEAT THEM.” Qur’an 4:34

        • Alondra

          According to the Center for the Study of Political Islam: Islam fought 548 battles against the world (based on the ancient historic documents): Archeology beneath the Mediterranean & Archeology on land

          The religion of “peace”: 548 battles, 19,000+ jihad attacks; islam preaches violence.

          During 1400 years islamists murdered millions in the name of their FAKE religión and

          have perpetrated ALL crimes in history in the name of their FAKE allah and the murderer, child molester, pedophile, rapist, thief, burglar, LIAR “prophet” mohammad.

          Christians – 60 Million (including ~ 1.5 Million Turkish Armenians killed in jihad)
          Buddhists – 10 Millions
          Hindus – 80 Millions
          Africans+ – 120 Million
          Total: 270+ Million

          The Doctrine of the religion of “peace” drives violence. The historical FACTS show the TRUE nature of Islam.

          Islam was and is the enemy of ALL civilizations.

          islam is religion of satan.

          “Between good and evil there is no reconciliation.” – Alexander Soljenitsen

          “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

  • Trav

    How true all this is. I have been angry about this for many years now, such stupidity and how unfair it is. Why is it that if John hits Paul, Steve is to blame? And America brags about being such a fair country that is so much better than every other?

    • Nadzieja Batki

      But the Dems/Progs/Leftists would have to admit that evil exists and that there are human predators quite capable of doing evil and the Dems/Progs/Leftists are the enablers of evil. To divert themselves of blame for being enablers they have to misdirect and say that the evil is in the people who see evil. If Dems/Progs/Leftists redefine evil then nothing is evil except what they say is evil.

  • Liberty Lover

    The left frequently touts its alleged superiority of intellect, but they are as fundamentally foolish as it is possible to be. You nailed it once again, Ben. It really does start with an absence of sincere intellectual curiosity and objectivity.

    • Jeff

      What’s in that pipe you’re smoking anyway? Even prominent Republicans like Bobby Jindal realize who the stupid party is. The problem is you guys can’t help yourselves. You keep voting for people like Louis Gohmert, Michelle Bachman, and Paul Broun.. Your party has rendered the art of satire superfluous.

      • JeffH

        Jeff loves to tout his own lack of “alleged intellectual superiority” !

        LMAO at your ignorant rant clearly aimed at the Republicans despite the fact that Liberty Lover never mentioned any political party in his comment, unless you believe that the left and the Democrats are one in the same. You obviously took offense to his jab at the left, your left, which was correctly stated.

        Feeling the heat Jeff? Haven’t you figured out the obvious?
        Especially since most all of us don’t like the Repugnantcan or Debtocrat party.

        Now what was that you were saying again about Bobby Jindal, Louis Gohmert, Michelle Bachman, and Paul Broun?

        What about Obama, Biden, Pelosi, McCaskill, Schumer, Reid, Feinstein, Boxer, Waters, Rangel, etc., etc.?

        I lost my focus when I started laughing so hard at your emotionally driven comment.

        • Jeff

          I have communicated enough with LL to know his shtick quite well. He’s not a Republican; he just votes for them.
          “What about Obama, Biden, Pelosi, McCaskill, Schumer, Reid, Feinstein, Boxer, Waters, Rangel, etc., etc.?”

          You can disagree with them all you like, but none has ever said anything as stupid as the things stated daily on the far right.

          Go shoot something. It’ll make you feel better.

          • JeffH

            Jeff says, “You can disagree with them all(Obama, Biden, Pelosi, McCaskill, Schumer, Reid, Feinstein, Boxer, Waters, Rangel, Wasserman Schultz, Jackson Lee, etc., etc)you like, but none has ever said anything as stupid as the things stated daily on the far right.

            LMAO even louder at such an ignorant comment as that by Jeff. So many choices to choose from…where to start is the biggest problem. ROFLMAO!
            In the interest of fairness I’ll let you choose.

            * Anything out of Pelosi’s mouth…
            •” I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” — Bill Clinton
            •”I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go?” –Barack Obama
            •”My staff tells me not to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway, in the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it’s true.” — Harry Reid, Senate Democrat Majority Leader
            •”You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.” –John Kerry
            •”I remember landing under sniper fire” — Hillary Clinton
            •”Hiiiiaaaauuuugh” — Howard Dean
            •And… Anything ever said by Joe Biden –Joe Biden

            FYI, I don’t have to shoot anything to make me feel better…all I have to do is get up in the morning, look in the mirror and know that I’m looking at an honest and moral and responsible patriotic American who believes that the US Constitution is The Supreme Law of The Land and one who embraces the Bill of Rights. That, alone, makes me feel good!

            You, on the other hand, most likely can’t say that with any amount of honesty.

          • jopa

            You forgot to mention Sarah P with her latest TWEET about how the IRS is cracking down on some of the Tea Party money laundering activity.She is so precious.

          • Vigilant

            You shoot yourself in the foot on a daily basis. Does it make you feel better?

        • Liberty Lover

          Jeff’s intellectual inferiority is regularly on display on this site, but he literally can’t help himself. As long as he is being paid to advance the talking points of an intellectually inferior Democratic Party, he dare not approach facts with any semblance of honesty or objectivity.
          I don’t have a high regard for the average intellect of the members of either major political party and certainly not for the electorate in general whatever the names of the dolts they elect to office. Only a minority of Republicans and Conservatives possess the intellectual capital to advance the case for capitalism on either moral or intellectual grounds. When it comes to comparing Republicans and Democrats as groups, it really is all about dumb versus dumber.
          I don’t know whether it’s been tested, but I can’t imagine that the average libertarian’s IQ is not materially higher than that of the average voter.

          • Liberty Lover

            Turns out some research has been done. If the basic research fails to appear on this site, it is probably because libertarian atheists were found to have the highest average IQ. Among members of the Triple Niine Society (an IQ in the upper tenth of one percent, about 150, is required to be a member), there is a strong libertarian leaning. The summary of the research makes for some fascinating reading. None of it comes as a surprise to me.


  • Al

    Another Great Article Ben!! Thanks for your continuing educational points–just hope the Left can still read & understand plain logic! You’re dead-on!!

    • Vigilant

      “–just hope the Left can still read & understand plain logic!”

      “Still?” When did they begin?

      • JeffH

        ditto that

  • Deerinwater

    Like minds agree on many things and on many levels Ben Crystal. ~ It’s the inherent predisposition imposed on a single narrow view. ~

    In your case ~ wanting to be viewed as a victim of other people and their view is the common thread here and the casting off of any personal responsibility for failure and defeat. To see ones self as a victim is found preferable to finding one’s self defeated. ~ A normal human trait to be certain ~ but found lacking in maturity of character none the less.

    It’s never been claimed by anyone with a thoughtful mind that guns cause crime. ~ But that does not prevent you from saying such things. ~ If there be a single “cause for crime ” it would be “Laws” ~ for without “a Law” there would be no crime. ~ Yet that so, ~ at the end of the day , it is people that “commit crimes” and not the gun. So there is that third element that is being overlooked ~ “people”. It is people that cause, create, commission crimes. This view is not the product of a conservative or liberal mind that makes such an observation. ~ but just a mature developed mind.

    So the use of “omission” and simple word play can be most amusing ~ and used on the simpler mind with great effect to lead and direct.

    The more we can “omit” , ignore, and discard the simpler any single view will become, ~ creating for us a fine “illusion” of the obvious ~ But ! only for “like minds”

    You are showing great improvement in composition Mr Crystal. You have come a long way over the last year of becoming a dangerous man. Maybe your Liberal Arts degree was worth the effort after all? I see no need to apologize for it.

    • Vigilant

      “…at the end of the day , it is people that “commit crimes” and not the gun…This view is not the product of a conservative or liberal mind that makes such an observation. ~ but just a mature developed mind.”

      BINGO DW! Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. In my experience it has indeed been the liberal mind that fails to recognize that.

    • oldguy

      Read your first post and found lots in it to be agreed with. And then you posted again and blew the whole thing. I read nothing in the article that showed the author wanting to be viewed as a victim. I too, have a mature developed mind. Mid sixties with 147 IQ and 98% reading comprehension so I’m by no means illiterate. I don’t know who you are to offer any critique of Mr. Crystals work. Seemed pretty straight forward to me. And accusing him of becoming a dangerous man is ridiculous. A danger to whom? If hearing the truth from someone makes them dangerous then maybe you need to be reading the Huffington Post instead of this website. Enjoy your day.

      • Deerinwater

        oldguy says, ” I read nothing in the article that showed the author wanting to be viewed as a victim.”

        On the contrary, ~ Mr. Crystal has done an excellent job in painting himself and all Americans as victims to what he has elected to call “Liberal tendency”. ~ and then he precedes on to describe liberal tendency . ~ farming it in such a way that he has developed a very powerful essay describing how we are being systematically victimized.

        That you have elected to accept his 1st paragraph in parcel and sum allows the nest 6 paragraphs to define all the many ways we have been victimized by paragraph #1.

        So let us revisit paragraph #1

        “I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before. I call it “the politics of ease.” It’s the liberal tendency to blame every hitch in society’s collective gallop on someone or something other than the actual offender.”

        I find this to be a very sweeping generalized statement and as far as “ease” goes, ~ being this general does make it “easy” to support and defend. So basically Mr. Crystal has employed the kind of “ease factor” that he is accusing what he is calling “liberals tendencies” of doing.

        “Guns cause crime.” I’ve addressed this.

        “Freedom causes terrorism.” Freedom does not cause terrorism. Ignorance and fear, ~ and having little to lose cause terrorism. Freedom cause us to have something to lose!

        “Wealthy people cause poverty.” ~ Far too general to address in a few words, as all wealthy people cannot be the same nor can the poor. ~ and too , how is this wealth to be measured? To be poor or wealthy today ~ can be all over you like ugly on an ape in just a heartbeat.

        “Your SUV causes bad weather.” Our selection of conveyance does impart affect our general climate, while the weather is a dominion of the Lord. He would ask of us to be respectful in our contribution to his wondrous works.

        “Junk food causes Michael Moore’s waistline.” High speculative, I’m not following him around to find out.

        “And criticizing those who hold the aforementioned nonsense to be true is racist.”

        This seem to suggest that ~ criticism to opposition criticism is nonsense and rooted in racism. ~ Sort of like placing yourself between two mirrors. ~ You can see yourself , viewing yourself, that is viewing yourself.

        I thought it was one of Ben Crystal better pieces of work without question.

        That it is being offered to a select audience that would accept his opening statement ~ makes it one of his most powerful writes todate.

        That it is “not so “~ but only in the purest sense that he makes the very same claim of the left ~ and did so in seamless fashion makes Ben Crystal an up and coming danger to his opposition.

        That is a left-handed compliment that leans to the right “Oldguy”

    • Don 2

      Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,

      After reading both of your postings that went up within an hour of each other, the question begs to be asked, “Are you bi-polar?”

      • Average_Joe56

        Not bi-polar, more like schizophrenic. The left side of his brain has no clue what the right side is thinking…there is a large chasm between the two sides ( even cellphones won’t cover that kind of distance). Just my observation……

        • Deerinwater

          Exactly ~ an observation by an ambition that would wish to be seen as average.

          • Average_Joe56

            Wow, it only took 8 hours to come up with that, you’re making progress there, little fella. Did you have help this time, or did you finally take off the training wheels?
            BTW, better to be seen as average…than to be seen as below average……. But, you’re still a legend…in your own mind…….

          • Deerinwater

            My ! ~ time sure flies when you work. ~

            Little fellow? ~ I can’t say that I’ve heard that in 60 years.

            I think perhaps your perception of Average needs reassessment.

            Everybody don’t have 2 green teeth in front, wear wife beater shirts, or letters tattoos on the fingers of each hand spelling LOVE and HATE and walk around with a Bud in their hand like they are handicapped as they brag about dating their sister.

          • Average_Joe56

            “Everybody don’t have 2 green teeth in front, wear wife beater shirts, or letters tattoos on the fingers of each hand spelling LOVE and HATE and walk around with a Bud in their hand like they are handicapped as they brag about dating their sister.”

            Nope, everybody can’t be as fortunate as you (thank goodness)…such is life…..

      • Deerinwater

        You bring forward my point of contention with many posters here Don. It’s not an All or Nothing situation. But to fit in here ~without being chastised, it’s seems to be a requirement. I see many points of view , while most seem to have only one.

    • vicki

      It’s never been claimed by anyone with a thoughtful mind that guns cause crime.

      Quite true. Unfortunatly those others are allowed to vote and to print their unthoughtful opinions that politicians then use to justify bad law.

      I provided Rocco with more links above.

      • Deerinwater

        So true Vicki, ~ while I do not believe this typifies a single party affiliation or ideology. ~ flawed laws come from flawed thinking that has overwhelmed commonsense and ignored the aspect of enforcement among other things. As a law that cannot be enforced or that propagates crime is a flawed law ~ irregardless of it’s creator or it’s original intent.

        For example; ~ some women will have abortions ~ irregardless of law, ~ Accepting that as a fact is not condoning the practice. ~ while making woman a criminal by default of law ~ failed to serve well in addressing the problem of a woman electing to abort or unwanted pregnancies. Law in this case is being used to discourage the practice with penalty while the focus of enforcement in mainly on the provider and not the woman while the father gets off scott free.

        So Ben offers us that “Liberal Tendencies” fail to address the “offender” does not lend well to his argument in this case. Otherwise we would see man and women going to jail for aborting a pregnancy and not the provider of these medical services.

        Or the listing of certain things a contraband and unlawful to possess thereby forcing the buying and selling activities underground where they cannot be controlled or taxes. I am not attempting to defend or support the use of drugs ~ but who is the actual “offender” here? there again ~ we are running into some difficulty applying Ben Crystal logic in regard to “Liberal Tendencies” ~ and in the same breath ~ we are asked (demanding) to be unchained and set free from the Nanny state that knows what is best for us!

        All of the questions of law and freedom can be made as simple as Ben or you or I wish to make them ~ we can do this by omission of the merits of fact ~ where this omission is predicated on blind arrogance or simply being oblivious, the end results is much the same. Ben seems to be suggesting to us ~ Liberals have cornered the market on such misplaced thinking while the conservative mind with all it ‘s wisdom, money and entrenched power can’t offer us a candidate that has a chance of winning an election. ~ ~ Does that say something about conservative thinking, no not really ~ other then the fact ~ they cannot communicate and get along with each other well enough to be effective today ~ They don’t have a leader to unite them. So they have chosen to unite in hate of current leadership ~ but hate is a negative energy and subject to self destruction. Not to mention that it flies in the face of Christian teaching and principals which bleeds them of power.

        How about ~ us accepting the fact ~ that few of us know everything ~in spite of affiliation and the less we know, the more simple things appear?

        That would be a great place to start in reestablishing a constructive conversation about the pickle we have found ourselves in today.

  • Deerinwater

    I enjoyed your summary ~ “That might not be easy, but it is simple.”

    But it is ! ~ easy and simple go hand in hand. ~ It’s expedient ! Requires less thinking and searching and deliberation.

    Change of subject ~ maybe ~ but on my mind with your closing summary.

    We need to stay out of Syria! ~ No guns! Let them fight with rocks and sticks an a occasional haircut by Israel. ~ allow them to destroy themselves the old fashion way. ~ if it takes 20 years.

    If we give them weapons, ~ there will come a day we will have to kill them ~ I prefer they kill each other. ~ They are not appreciative people or loyal to the hand that feeds, history has proven this. ~ Kindness and compassion to them is but a weakness. They are but two demons locked in mortal battle. ~ Let it be Assad problem to work through while we can expect many attempts to make it every ones problem. If Russia insist to jump in with ground to air missiles ~ deal with it ~ when it happens. ~ but I can’t help but believe that is Russia way of saying , America , “Don’t go there” in brinkmanship fashion.

    How’s that for “omitting” a lot of silly facts and getting down to the obvious?

    I’m not a Muslim, and don’t think like one and don’t plan too. ~ I don’t see that I need them. ~ Let them drink their oil and keep their old rugs! ~ Until they can make one that can fly anyway. ~ I’m open to looking at it again when they do.

    • speedle

      Wow Deerinwater, you actually posted something I can agree with. What’s the world coming to?

      • Deerinwater

        Well Thank you “Speedle” ~ I think?

        ~ I don’t see this war going away soon. ~ I know that it’s hard for world leaders to set back and allow it to play out without getting into damage control and containment and wanting to “effect some control” ~ But that is what needs to be allowed to happen. There is no control of it ~ while maybe false promises made.

        As far as I’m concerned ~ regardless of what we do or who we might support ~ efforts to Contain will be ongoing ~ and that’s exactly where we are at with it now. ~ Why do anymore. ~ We have nothing to win. ~ None of them will never Accept Israels right to exist ~

        Among our friends, It’s Israels problem and one they have rehearsed and are well prepared for. ~

        Why engage in a no win situation with a people that’s friendship can’t be depended irregardless of what you do?

  • jim b

    Governments role is to take something simple and complicate it. They’ve been at it, and have mastered it over that past several decades, along with deniability aka ignorance/incompetence, regulation aka extortion, policy aka criminal cover up etc. Take Something Simple and Complicate It; Brilliant!

  • $36364326

    WOW! “With the accumulated wisdom of the human tribe available to anyone with even a spark of curiosity, it’s hard to imagine that anyone beyond the creepiest of the tinfoil-behatted basement dwellers actually still believes the above nonsense.” This little tidbit that you quoted is by far the easiest way to describe this situation. I can’t for the life of me figure out why people argue these stupid points when the reality of the situation is right at their fingertips. Are they complete imbeciles that don’t know how to study??? Many are going to shool so they can get their “government funding” What are they learning there? Certainly not how to investigate something before making brilliant assumptions such as these.

  • Alondra

    Letter from the Doctor from MD:
    ¨This letter prompted me to write about one thing that was killing me. I was thinking about this guy, whose Social Security number Obama is using. I was thinking about Moldova, where people spoke several languages, but mostly Russian and Moldovan. Russian, of course, is a Slavik language, but Moldovan, like Romanian is considered to be one of the languages the most closely related to ancient Latin.

    When somebody wants to say “Good Day” in Moldovan, he would say “Buna Ziua” . If he wants to say “Good Night”, he would say “Noapte Buna”. ”Bun” in Moldovan, is like “Bien” in Spanish, like “Benne” in Italian. Bounel is like Bennett. It is the same root, it means a “Good Guy” or good little guy.

    This man was a good little guy, poor, came from the old country, worked 48 hour a week in a fruit store, was renting a room in someone’s apartment. All he had, was his name, his identity. And it was stolen. And by whom? By a criminal with no conscience. Who is bankrolling this criminal? A guy, whose last name means “Evil”.Literary. “Soros” in Yidish means “Bad things”, came from the Hebrew word “Zarot”.

    And you would think that it should be easy to make Justice prevail, but it ended up being tough, such an exhausting journey. Sometimes I feel like I am walking down the streets of the ancient Sodom and Gomorrah and trying to find a few decent people. Walking the corridors of justice today, is like walking the streets of Sodom and Gomorrah: you can’t find one decent judge, one judge with a drop of honesty, integrity and any moral values, particularly when it comes to the IDs of the Usurper -in-chief.

    I hope I will find one decent judge before it is too late. I hope that this good guy, Harry Bounel, will rest in peace one day, fully vindicated for the theft of his ID.¨

  • 45caliber

    To the libs, people are responsible (except for conservatives, of course) and will always do what they can to help others. Therefore any violence is cause by inanimate objects (such as guns or rocks) or is due to the fault of the victims. It goes back to the old argument that if someone is attacking you, all you have to do to stop any attack is to refuse to fight back. The attacker will then feel sorry for you and let you go.

  • JeffH

    Ben, this may very well be your “Best of the Best”. A grand slam! An 80yd touchdown winner with the clock striking zero. Match point!

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  • Ron r

    Blame Ben for not serveing this great nation.

  • daves

    It surprises me that you all believe this. As a liberal, I would love to debate any of the points made in this article.

    I am happy to discuss any point but I’ll start with McDonald’s. They spend millions every year on direct marketing to children in hopes that they will win some life long customers. They, along with many other advertisers, share some of the blame for the eating habits of many Americans. They wouldn’t spend the money if it didn’t work.

    The little girl never claimed that we are not responsible for our own actions, only that McDonald’s cares more about profit than they care about the health of our nation. I would love to see all advertising banned from K12 schools. It would give parents much more control over their children’s influences.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      McDonald’s does not force anyone to stop at their restaurants, people make their choice to stop and eat there. How hard is it for you to understand something that simple. Don’t like the place, don’t eat there. Enough people don’t eat there, they go out of business.

      • daves

        McDonald’s doesn’t force anyone, they entice children with happy meals.

        • fliteking

          Gee daves, that is a strongly intolerant statement on your part.

          • daves

            Yep, there are many things I will not tolerate.

    • fliteking

      So where do you stop daves, do you go into peoples homes and see what they are eating ? Do you arrest people at the county fair who give their 2 year old a piece of pizza? Do you really think the majority of people get 3 squares a day at McDonlads?

      Does not the gay lifestyle carry specific deadly diseases at an elevated risk? What about smokers? Or those who drink? Or ride a bicycle in a “risky fashion” .

      Perhaps the biggest concern we should all review is the outrageous notion some liberals have that what others choose to do with their lives somehow needs to be regulated.

      Your thoughts on the need for more Gov’t over-sight and involvement in the private lives of other Americans should frighten you. You should do a personal inventory . . . soon.

      • daves

        You stop with targeting children with your advertising.

        • fliteking

          So in your mind the kids actually decide the family is going to McDonalds . . . . OK chief .

          Parents are fully able to decide what to feed their kids without the totalitarian liberals sticking their noses in where they do not belong.

          • daves

            You may think we shouldn’t decide what messages the media is allowed to send our children but I think it is very important.

            Putting pressure on cigarette companies stopped them from advertising to kids. That’s all this young girl is trying to do.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      I will give you something else to think about if you do any thinking. In this case McD is not evil but that little girl’s behavior is already evil.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    The Dems/Progs/Leftists will not go away quietly and mend their ways. Take it for granted that they will become more malevolent and sneaky and deceitful.

    • Bob666

      Like you?


    A most excellent article, Mr. Crystal! Perhaps, and in a nutshell…if i were to give a simple answer as to what ails this world, i would give the same answer as the one provided by C.S. Lewis when he was asked; “What is wrong with this world”? To which Mr. Lewis replied; i am!

  • Alondra

    ALL abou islamists:

  • Alondra

    “Bill Drafted In Secret Would Block Release Of Some Newtown (the Sandy Hook) Massacre Records”
    P.S. Please pay attention on the ¨BobE¨comments. ¿Whom is he remind you?

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  • Alondra

    Sheriff Arpaio’s opponents failed to get 350,000 signatures for recall. Arpaio will be Sheriff for the next 6 years.

  • nickkin

    Amen to your article Ben……since the left has an identity problem, most likely a good part of them consider themselves “global citizens” since they have no knowledge of American History and what the U.S Government functions are. Could it be that they are all products of “Common Core” ?