Friday, June 1, 2012
Crying for Assemblyman Jim Conte
On May 10 Long Island Politics.com re-posted and then Alex Jones's Infowars re-posted an article about a heart-breaking bill put forward by one of New York's Republicans, Jim Conte (h/t Mike Marnell). Increasingly, the two party system is irrelevant because both parties have become totalitarian. Democrats advocate socialism and bonuses to rapacious public officials. Republicans like Conte advocate fascism and ever greater suppression. Conte gives us a good reason to support Gary Johnson this year.
Conte proposes to illegalize anonymous Internet posting. While I almost never post anonymously, most who have posted on my blog do. I'm not big on anonymous posting because I think people should take responsibility for their ideas. But illegalizing it? Is Conte an American? What kind of slime has the two-party system produced? What rock did Conte climb out from under?
I suspect Conte is ignorant enough not to know that the entire Federalist Papers was written anonymously under the pseudonym Publius. Anonymous opinion pieces were typically written by both the Federalist and the Jeffersonian press throughout early America. Since Republican Conte is ignorant of the basic values on which America is based, he does not know that he is attacking one of the great traditions of American freedom.
Like a good fascist, Conte uses a pretext to attack free speech: Internet bullying. That is how totalitarians have whittled away freedom since the dawn of time.
According to the Wikipedia article about the Federalist Papers:
At the time of publication, the authorship of the articles was a closely guarded secret, though astute observers guessed that Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay were the likely authors. Following Hamilton's death in 1804, a list that he drew up became public; it claimed fully two-thirds of the essays for Hamilton, including some that seemed more likely the work of Madison...The authors used the pseudonym "Publius," in honor of Roman consul Publius Valerius Publicola...
All of this is well-known to Americans but not to Jim Conte. Watching today's America implode through pond scum like Conte drives me to tears. In Conte's honor, I'm listening to Roy Orbison's "Crying."