In Jim Cook's Archive


I had a sense of unease following the election. The hatred and vitriol towards the new president was unprecedented. Many of the anti-Trump demonstrators were extreme leftists who wouldn’t hesitate to overturn the Constitution to achieve their social goals. Couple these troublemakers with the Bernie Sanders supporters and you have a much larger contingent wishing to overturn capitalism than ever before. These people are talking about a revolution and a war on wealth. Who knows what’s ahead if a violent disagreement unfolds over the new administration’s policies. Imagine how many people could take to the streets if worked into a frenzy over future events. Pray it doesn’t happen.

The pipeline demonstration in North Dakota reveals how little these radical leftist need as an excuse to raise hell. Claims of water pollution and crossing sacred ground are bogus. Nevertheless, liberals and progressives from all over the country have been heading to the site of the conflict. Their irrational dislike of petroleum fostered by the current administration and their superstitious faith in wind power energizes them. We’ll see how much staying power they have as the cruel winds of a North Dakota winter sweep across the prairie.

After 150 years of living off government money reservations in the Dakotas have incredibly high levels of alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic and child abuse, crime and violence. An Indian charity soliciting donations in Minnesota claims the alcoholism rate on reservations is 90%. These are the problems that deserve attention rather than worrying about the name of a sports team or the construction of a harmless pipeline.

Another slight worry is that the criminal class in America is allied with the left. If felons voted, they would support liberals. Lenin and Stalin made wide use of criminals to murder their opponents. Many of these criminals would be totally ruthless if given a chance. The more ruthless the revolutionaries in history, the greater has been their success.

The fact that so many people are being brainwashed to despise rich and successful people is another cause for worry. Wealthy people create jobs. They hire assistants, helpers and workers. Many service jobs will no longer exist if wealth is extinguished. There are no millionaires in impoverished countries. Business success under capitalism enables individual entrepreneurs to become rich while lifting the masses out of poverty. Nothing else has ever worked. Nevertheless, our marvelous system of free enterprise is under constant attack from a ragtag band of misfits, pimple-faced provocateurs, pinko professors and misguided minorities. Among these repugnant radicals are the moneyed liberals of Silicon Valley and elsewhere who fail to see that they will ride the tumbrils to the guillotine before any others. To not understand the greatness of the system that enabled their good fortune and to not see how liberalism will destroy it is both treason and folly.

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