Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Peter Welch is a liar and we continue to support him, WHY?

We are in serious trouble and I am going to tell you why. It’s not because of global warming, rising health care costs, oppressive taxes, war, poverty, disease…it’s none of those. It’s because our entire paradigm, our understanding of how the world should and could work has been turned upside down and we are not doing enough to right the ship. You’ve seen the sayings spray painted around…War is peace, freedom is slavery, etc…well as if you didn’t already know…what we think we know, we don’t.

I have an exercise for you. I want you to match the following group of people with the following statements. It’s simple, there are only two groups of people; lets call them Politicians and Entrepreneurs. Is that diverse enough? I want opposing viewpoints.

Ok I want you to read the following statements and decide for yourself who would have said them:

  1. “It is our strong belief that continued progress...will require the Commission to reiterate, and not repudiate it's historic commitment to competition, private investment and restrained regulatory restraint.”
  2. “progress is a direct result of policies that have encouraged competition and private investment and relied on the exercise of regulatory restraint”
  3. “We write to express our support for your announcement that the FCC will begin a process to adopt rules that preserve an open Internet.”
  4. “For most of the internet’s history, FCC rules have ensured that consumers have been able to choose the content and services they want over their Internet connections.”
  5. “We applaud your leadership in initiating a process to develop rules to ensure that the qualities that have made the Internet so successful are protected.”
  6. “In light of the growth and innovation in new applications…we would urge you to avoid tentative conclusions which favor government regulation.”
  7. “We remain suspicious of conclusions based on slogans rather than substance and of policies that restrict and inhibit the very innovation and growth that we all seek to achieve.”

There it is, seven true statements made within the last couple days in two separate letters, both addressed to the Chairmen of the FCC in regards to a rules meeting that will shortly be taking place around Internet Neutrality. Who did you guess said what? Well here’s the thing…the businessmen and these guys are the heavy hitters, the leaders of the leaders, the guys of Google, Craigslist, Ebay, Expedia, Facebook, Digg, Amazon…to name a few; these guys are responsible for numbers 3, 4, 5. Meanwhile the congressmen, all 71 of them, including our own Peter Welch, were responsible for 1,2,6,7.

What’s wrong with this picture? Well beside the fact that freedom is slavery and war is peace…since when do businessmen argue for more government intervention and since when have you heard a politician argue for openness and competition? But this is not the worst thing. The real ugliness is the hypocrisy that these “Welchs” display. And what’s even worse than that is that by their letter it is now clear beyond a doubt that Welch and the other 70 (at least) can no longer say that they don’t understand the philosophy of the free market. The question now becomes how come they choose to arbitrarily employ the philosophy. The real ugliness, the truth of these scoundrels is that Welch and his treacherous brood are completely spineless, whether they know it or not (and I am sure they know it on a deep level, the kind of level that leads them to the spotlight in the first place). A philosophy is not something that is taken at a whim. By evidence of this letter Welch’s hypocrisy is on display for everyone. He treats his philosophy as whim, which means he doesn’t believe anything except his whims…and we know this and if we didn’t we do now.

Let me clarify – Peter Welch believes that government regulation and interference stifles private investment, progress and innovation. He signs his name to this belief. So, then, how can one justify his stance on the bailout? On credit card reform? On subsidies for farmers…on basically ANYTHING else he has supported. One way or another Welch is a liar. And the fact that so many people in Vermont continue to support him when the evidence is so clear is what is truly troubling. It’s not about Welch really, it’s about who we have become as a people and who we continue to become. This is why we are in trouble, not because of the politicians or because of health costs or global warming, it’s US, we are the reason. It’s about the example we are setting for our children. Why! Why! Is the only question I have left. It’s not about the “Welchs” of the world. We know who they are …it’s about us and why we continue to celebrate and sanction what they represent!

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