Back Porch Papers
Volume 1, Number 1
I pulled one of a pair of deck chairs, an anniversary gift from our daughter and son-in-law, out to the rear deck to enjoy the sun while reading the Sunday paper. I read the comics first, then the weekly tabloid insert, and finally settled down to actually reading the paper.
I had an idea rambling around in my brain since my morning run for coffee and the paper. I was trying to distill it into a 300 word submission to said editorial section of said paper. I had a good draft in my head. I set it aside to enjoy the sun and avoid firing up the computer.
Instead, I read the articles in the A section stopping to editorialize. Finishing I paused to watch a red tailed hawk circling to gain altitude. Instead of soaring about looking for its next meal, it began a long decent glide path from the area near a ridge, running south and east of the deck, to the west, northwest toward a creek. I could barely hear the call of its mate. It disappeared behind the housetops and treeline, from a approximately 100 foot drop in elevation from the 1020 feet of the deck to the 900 feet of the creek no more than a quarter of a mile from me.
I decided to borrow the time to start this first of hopefully a few more posts of an editorial nature. The seed was planted by, interestingly enough, an editorial first printed in the Los Angeles Times and distributed by the Times nation wide. It was couched in progressive language, siting 'legal precedents' when in fact it was simply pushing an agenda toward the elimination of private property.
How to respond?
I have the paper copy. It is going to be time consuming to prepare a rebuttal. How to not let the moment escape researching a logical and reasoned response as the nation runs toward its destruction?
Maybe a 300 word comparison in summary form.
People have been appropriating and misappropriating language to bend others to their will for millennia. Some for noble causes. Others for ignoble causes. Private property rights are a case in point. Let us use a comparison that utilizes a 'hated' word which causes some, mistakenly, great 'anguish'.
The alternative to 'private property rights' is the 'plantation'. The plantation is an old, outmoded method used in agrarian societies. It is actually inefficient. In its attempt to retain some semblance of efficiency it must stoop to crushing brutality, inhumane treatment of the principle resource, humans. It supposedly provides economic success, while destroying the very fabric of society.
Moderns, so enamored of socialism, fail to realize, Karl Marx was waiting for a 'miracle' to occur in the 'sweat, or rather, sweet by and by' give me some pie. Socialism is the plantation writ large. A good propagandist knows how to 'turn a phrase'. An educated and knowledgeable populace is difficult to seduce.