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No, Chris Rock, He Ainít My Daddy, or Yours
Townhall.com ^ | February 11, 2013 | Shawn Mitchell

Posted on 02/11/2013 10:36:43 AM PST by Kaslin

Biblical scholar Chris Rock breathed the spirit of a Pauline epistle last week, as he urged children to meekly submit to their parents: “The president and the first lady are kinda like the Mom and Dad of the country,” Rock said. “And when your Dad says something, you listen. And when you don’t, it will usually bite you in the ass later on.”

Wait…he wasn’t urging submission to mom and dad, but to Caesar as if he were mom and dad.

If you’ve managed to keep your last meal down, it gets worse. Because, when you reject the parental ministrations of progressive government, you orphan yourself. Or, shifting from patriarchal metaphors to relevant vocabulary, when you reject the smothering blanket of progressivism, the Left insists you are rejecting the very concepts of government and civilization.

Overly harsh accusation? Hyperbolic partisan rhetoric? No. Have you ever heard a liberal play the Somalia card? You don’t like government controlling health care? Government micromanaging America’s diet? Government choosing industrial energy sources, grocery bags or household light bulbs? What?! Do you want to live in Somalia? You say you believe in lassez faire? Really? Do you fancy undeveloped, malarial Africa?

It’s their go-to card. Rather than defend the absurdities and excesses of the modern American state, they accuse critics of advocating barbarism. They know they couldn’t win a straight debate about what we actually want our government to do, so it’s always the false choice: Embrace Big Brother or submit to anarchy.

Happens all the time.

A while back in a Colorado senate hearing, I questioned the need for an intrusive new regulatory scheme in a long-established industry. The witness sniffed back at me: “Well, some businesses would love the libertarian ideal of no regulation at all.”

I see. Question the next bureaucratic power grab and you’re demanding a seven-decade rewind, to the land before administrative rule.

Last week, speaking to a group of executives jointly with the former Speaker of Colorado’s House of Representatives, I criticized increased federal spending, and the incumbent’s odd dictionary that defines “balance” as all tax increases and no spending cuts.

My friend and opponent retorted that the right level of taxing and spending for many conservatives is zero; we just need to strangle government and move on.

Yes, if we think borrowing 40% of spending is too much, trillion dollar deficits are too big, and $16 trillion in express ledger debt is stifling now and especially to our children and grandchildren, then we are demanding the abolition of the state.

And, in too many debates to count on social networks, any argument about the increasing federal bite in personal earnings, in GDP, and in American productivity draws a trite retort about the value of roads, schools, parks, and police and fire protection.

The most recent such doe-si-doe was just yesterday (today, as I write) with a former reporter for a major regional newspaper, now a press flack for a government agency. As we arm-wrestled over the size and reach of government, he challenged: if I’m so opposed to socialism, then how can I countenance the Interstate Highway System established by the Republican luminary Dwight D. Eisenhower?

Well. If anything is to be done collectively, I guess there’s no reasonable objection to everything being done collectively.

Like Peter Sellers, I’m mad as hell. Unfortunately, there’s no escape from continuing to take it. But if I could get in all their faces at once, boy would it feel good to rant…

No, Mr. Rock, the president is not my Daddy. I have a family and intimate relations that I treasure, and a government with constitutional limits that I respect. The two relationships aren’t analogous.

No, Mr. Regulator-Cheerleader-legislative-witness, questioning the value of new regulations is not advocating a return to the Wild West, anarchy, or law of the jungle. That’s not what supporters of liberty and limited government want. We want government that enforces the norms of civilized behavior: you can’t punch me, and I can’t cheat or defraud you.

You see the difference? We don’t want government that thinks it knows better than consumers and producers what should be produced, bought, or sold. We just want government to be a neutral referee and keep us from abusing each other in the process of our transactions.

That’s the gist: Government is a peace protector and rule enforcer, not a big-biceped coach and mentor. If you want government to be a quarterback that steers people and resources toward “good” opportunities, and deflects them from “bad” choices, you are a progressive statist, whether right or left.

But, if you want government to be a sheriff, that takes a dim view of people hurting, cheating, or forcing their neighbor, then you are a defender of liberty and limited government: Freedom except when fist hits nose.

Finally, if you argue that challenging the permanent 20% jump in spending and the relative size of the federal government we’ve experienced with this administration is tantamount to rejecting roads, schools, police and fire protection, you’re either ignorant or dishonest.

We’ve had all those public services for many decades in America, even back when the federal bite on our wealth was a fraction of what it is today. Indeed, virtually all the parade of civilized glories is state/locally funded and delivered. Uncle Sam has no call to justify his 25% lien on national wealth based on the vital local services our states provide for much, much less.

Can we debate what we actually need constitutional government to do? Or is that too nuanced for liberals?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bho44; chrisrock

1 posted on 02/11/2013 10:36:47 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

I suppose he felt the same way when W was in office? NO?


2 posted on 02/11/2013 10:42:01 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: Kaslin

Chris Rock drinks toilet water.


3 posted on 02/11/2013 10:42:01 AM PST by YourAdHere (No time like the past.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m sure Chis Rock thought George W. and Laura were his mom and pops.


4 posted on 02/11/2013 10:44:00 AM PST by pallis
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To: Kaslin

Freakin’ retard. Like ‘Father’, like ‘Son’............


5 posted on 02/11/2013 10:44:16 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Kaslin
From Paternalism and the Southern Hierarchy:
How Slavery Defined Antebellum Southern Women"

They (slave owners) became father figures to the community as a whole, treating the slave population as a benevolent father would. These father figures did not see themselves as ruthless masters, but caring overseers who had the interests of their slaves at heart.

Note, this source doesn't actually claim the slave owners were benevolent but instead, they tried to make themselves appear this way to ingratiate and pacify their slaves.

6 posted on 02/11/2013 10:45:47 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Red Badger

most of them dont know who their dad is


7 posted on 02/11/2013 10:48:17 AM PST by turdhopper
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To: Kaslin

Though we do now appear to be a nation of Pony Tail Guys
who do think the POTUS should be their surrogate Daddy.


8 posted on 02/11/2013 10:48:50 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

Actually it was Peter Finch in “Network” who mouthed the phrase: “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore”. Think we would all do well to follow suit.


9 posted on 02/11/2013 10:52:59 AM PST by Boomer One
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To: turdhopper

But they know WHAT he is.....


10 posted on 02/11/2013 10:58:18 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: Kaslin

This is just Chris’ desperate attempt at getting any sort of legitimacy to Obama’s discredited policies.


11 posted on 02/11/2013 11:15:18 AM PST by Republican1795.
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To: Kaslin; Utah Binger

Hoosier Daddy


12 posted on 02/11/2013 11:18:44 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

We’re not even sure Hussein is his daughters’ father.


13 posted on 02/11/2013 11:23:35 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: turdhopper

Chris is still a young man, and doesn’t understand that many of us have already lived through several presidencies, and we didn’t wait for any of them to tell us how to live our lives. They were our PRESIDENTS, and I hold every one of them one step below my own real father. What a shame that Chris would disrespect his father in such a manner. So Chris, what will you do when Obama is no longer President? Will you still think of him as your father? Will you still do what he tells you to do?


14 posted on 02/11/2013 11:24:58 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Elsie; Hoosier-Daddy

ping


15 posted on 02/11/2013 11:25:04 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Kaslin

Hey Chris. You wanna be a slave to
The massa, go right ahead.

“House enword”!!


16 posted on 02/11/2013 11:25:31 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Enterprise
Chris is still a young man

He's 48. Although he does act like he's 15.

17 posted on 02/11/2013 11:27:00 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL! 48 is young to me. But long before age 48, I didn’t need a President to tell me what to do.


18 posted on 02/11/2013 11:29:24 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Kaslin

If I had a son he wouldn’t look anything like Chris.....


19 posted on 02/11/2013 11:42:27 AM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: Kaslin

There’s a point here, and it’s one that Republicans have never learned, and which conservatives need to learn; how to frame an argument.

Liberals are incapable of nuance. Framing his argument for him drives a liberal insane because it attacks him at his weakest point: it kicks him in his know-it-all. They can’t stand to be put in a box. So, let’s do it. All the time.

The difference between the liberal’s false-choice argument and the conservative’s framing of the argument lies, of course, in fact. We’re going bankrupt and liberals did it. Hence:

“Okay, your President wants more tax increases as part of his unfair budget strategy. Therefore, you favor bankrupting the middle class as well as the nation due to your out of control spending and your President’s obstinate refusal to address the real cause of the budget crisis. Defend your position.”


20 posted on 02/11/2013 11:49:53 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin
Chris Rock was an acolyte of The Revolting Jememimah Wright (Wrong!) before that other foul-mouthed black pig of a rabble-rousing douchebag rose to fame as the pastor/mentor of our fly-covered Lying Black Pig In Chief. He's another of the rancid oxygen-wasting filth whom I'd have permanently re-purposed if I were King of this rat-hole that used to be America.

;-\

21 posted on 02/11/2013 11:56:09 AM PST by Gargantua ("Barbie O'Bunga ~ America's First Fly-Strewn, Maggot-Gagging Fag President")
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To: Enterprise
48 is young to me

It's been so long ago for me, I'll have to wait about 3.5 years and ask my then 48 year old daughter if that's young or not.

22 posted on 02/11/2013 11:59:33 AM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

You are correct. I can’t put my finger on it, but whatever it is that makes leftists and conservatives think differently, (or one “feel” and the other think), also makes most conservatives horrible at framing the debate. Actually, I don’t give the left enough credit, because in today’s society, their thinkers are framing the debate, setting the narrative, etc, and thought rather than emotion must go into that. It really aggravates me, but at the same time, I wouldn’t want to see staunch conservatives become better at debate by becoming more “nuanced” and losing their staunch principles. A very few conservatives have managed to control the debate on our terms without “nuancing” their positions. People like John Derbyshire are few and far between, and he’s not strictly conservative.


23 posted on 02/11/2013 12:30:47 PM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Kaslin

bump


24 posted on 02/11/2013 12:41:41 PM PST by gibsosa
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To: dfwgator
He's 48. Although he does act like he's 15.

And thus he shares 2 things in common with Obama.

1)He is black
2)He has not learned a danged thing in half a century upon this Earth.


25 posted on 02/11/2013 12:43:37 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin
Like Peter Sellers,...

Um, no.


26 posted on 02/11/2013 1:53:08 PM PST by Peet (TurboTax: "So simple even a Secretary of the Treasury can use it!")
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To: Peet

Eeeez’s not my dog.


27 posted on 02/11/2013 2:08:35 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Kaslin

So, he think his “baby daddy” is in the white house.


28 posted on 02/11/2013 2:22:16 PM PST by Terry Mross (How long before America is no more?)
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To: Kaslin

29 posted on 02/11/2013 2:28:11 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: Kaslin

0bammy b ur MacDaddy.


30 posted on 02/11/2013 4:06:43 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Elsie

Zee monkey, he iz zee businessman. I am just an atrtiste.


31 posted on 02/12/2013 3:54:07 AM PST by Peet (TurboTax: "So simple even a Secretary of the Treasury can use it!")
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To: Kaslin

Chris Rock is worth 70 million according to the internet. That is a lot of f u money so he can say anything he wants and he does. Last time he made people laff was years ago. I remember him in New Jack City which is a classic


32 posted on 02/12/2013 4:01:09 AM PST by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: Peet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue0fZfwHfzo


33 posted on 02/12/2013 4:44:18 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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