Over the years, I’ve written more than 10,000 posts. (Yeah, that’s a scary thought, isn’t it.) They do tend to run together in my mind, but there are a few standouts. These are the posts in which I felt that I offered an insight or analysis that is genuinely helpful to considering a serious issue of the day. One of my all-time favorite posts in this vein is Pharaoh, the Ten Plagues, and Iran. In it, I tackled Mr. Bookworm’s complaint that Passover is a barbaric holiday, because it celebrates the massacre of the First Born Egyptians. Certainly, the Pharaoh’s intransigence, despite the many plagues sent to bedevil his people (plagues that surely brought death in their wake) culminates with a mass die-off in Egypt.
The death of the innocent Egyptian first born is certainly tragic, but the Bible story, I said, has a much larger and more important point:
Sheltered in his lavish palace, Pharaoh might worry about a populace starving and frightened, but that was irrelevant as long as that same populace continued to fear and worship him. The people’s suffering, ultimately, was irrelevant to his goals. It was only when the price became too high — when Pharaoh’s power base was destroyed because his citizens were destroyed — that Pharaoh was convinced, even temporarily, to alter his evil ways.
From that point, I drew analogies to Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and current day Iran.
Today, Duane Lester found proof that, when it comes to the current crop of Leftist elites, in government and in the media, the same thinking holds true: they do not care if the people suffer; they only care if the elites suffer.
So next time you hear some Progressive speaker go on and on and on about “the people,” ask him which worries him more: massive mob violence on the street aimed at bringing down the capitalist system, or a single conservative loon who might get too close to someone in D.C.