A Common Sense Manifesto

If life were meant to be completely fair, then nature would confirm it. Equality is a joke and an insult to anyone with three brain cells that can work together.

Life is not fair. If you've been keeping up with current events, you've undoubtedly been hearing about how unfair life is.

Life has never been fair, nor will it ever be. It wasn't designed to be. No one can ever make life fair, no matter how many times their teleprompter promises you.

What would cause someone to think human society can simultaneously attain a completely “fair” and free structure? Are we all the same height? Do we all possess equal abilities of perfect pitch and an uncanny mind for mathematics? Does every region on earth incur the same proportions of disasters and sunshine? Do all mountains reach equally high while no valley dips lower than another; are they uniformly spread out across the globe as to ensure no country has too many, or too few? Are all soils similarly fertile and all regional weather likewise conducive to growing grapes or oranges so no states or countries have an advantage in the wine or orange industry? Are all trees the same height and spread out evenly throughout the globe so no region makes more money than another in the timber industry?

The mentioned observations alone should be a clear indicator that life cannot be fair. It is simply impossible. The foundation of society lies on uneven ground. I won't even delve into the different environments everyone is born into, and the role said surroundings plays in further perpetuating the uneven ground.

I know the trendy rebuke is that equal opportunity, not necessarily equal results, is what fairness is about.  While I think such a notion is ideal and desirable, I believe it to be limited. By all means, let's even the playing field as much as possible. But let's not loose our focus. If we don't accept the limits freedom imposes , clever goons in suits will take advantage by convincing the feeble-minded that more can be done; it’s only a matter of overpowering the greedy and compassionate to get past the capitalistic- imposed ceiling, and utopia can be achieved.

I was born in a country my parents were eager to make sure I didn’t grow up in. After eight years of bureaucratic nose-picking and a stash of bribery monies, my parents and their four children finally landed at JFK airport. My folks have always worked blue collar jobs in the U.S. The best they could do was provide me with housing and food while I attended community college on a state scholarship. Meanwhile, I worked part-time delivering auto parts to pay for anything outside of mom and dad’s provisions. Some of my friends, on the other hand, had doctors and entrepreneurs for parents. They didn’t have to bag groceries or flip burgers in high school. Their first working experience was an internship for a hospital or law firm, many years after my first job. While I was packing boxes in a warehouse in the summer of my college years, my friends were being dragged across the lake on a tube by their parents’ boats.

Were my friends smarter than me? Not necessarily. Most of them know nothing outside of their profession. Are they more deserving of leisure activities than me? Only if one must be super-spoiled to qualify for super-fun.

There is nothing equal about the contrasting upbringing my friends and I had. Had my parents the money to send me to law school and take care of my every need and whim so I may focus on becoming a bona fide Romanian  Johnny Cochran, I have no doubt I would’ve ended up a lawyer. But that isn’t the deck of cards I was dealt. I'm not going to waste my time crying and crashing department store windows because I don't have rich parents.

Clever strategists have somehow manipulated delicate minds into bypassing common sense and causing them to stop dead in their tracks until someone fixes this problem of inequality. Some folks are so outraged that they suggest excessive legislative actions and measures to punish people who had successful parents or businesses.

The irony is that if the whiners and crybabies would have been born to successful parents- or in a more fertile environment- the fairness doctrine they prescribe would probably never have entered their minds. But since they’re on the side without boats and vacation mountain homes, they want action. They want to release the State out of its box (many argue State has long been released) so it can extend its slimy tentacles and take from others in order to give to them. Nevermind that once an entity has such power, what’s to stop them from taking what they gave to you to give to another?

There is much irony in that those who aren’t rich want everyone else to believe they are better fit to compassionately and fairly handle vast resources. Many think wealth and power will make them compassionate and fair because it has made the previous owners of wealth coldhearted. Where's the logic in that?

Try hard not to misconstrue my views for right-wing partisan propaganda. I am in no way opposed to petitioning and protesting corruptive practices. I’m a fan and practitioner of both actions. I don't believe things are as good as they can be. I am not so naïve as to believe the advantages some have had have not given birth to and perpetuated cycles of thievery and exploitation. By all means, let’s work together to fix things as much as possible, but without sacrificing freedom. I’ll rather live meagerly and free than eat fat and live in a high-ceiling palace as a slave of the State.

My main qualm is against the idea that taking from someone whose crime is being successful and giving to one who didn’t have similar opportunities and perks, is honorable and beneficial; it's against the binary mindset that labels all successful people as exploitative, greedy monsters and all the poor as honest, humble, and exploited. My difficulty is against the ideology that someone is a victim simply because he did not have the same advantages as someone else. Are all runners who aren’t as fast as Usain Bolt victims? Are all the singers who don’t have the pipes of Christina Aguilera victims? 

If someone tells you that you should have the same amount of stuff as your richer colleague, tell him to start making such an suggestion true by giving you enough of his stuff until you both have the same amount of crap. Put your money where your mouth is, politician and protester. If all the clever instigators want us poor, disadvantaged people to believe they actually care about equality, that we should all live in the same places and eat the same foods, then tell them to vacate all but one room of their mansions, so we can all share their luxury and the cooking of their butlers.  

My Eastern European heritage has enabled me to see first-hand the results and hear eyewitness accounts of how leaders like Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, and Ceausescu were able to starve and murder tens of millions of people in a very short amount of time. It’s because people like Karl Marx planted the idea of equality- fairness- long before Lenin’s violent revolution, before Mao Zedong's 45-million genocidal Cultural Revolution. The early spewers of communism sat behind a podium and vomited rhetoric about the poor and the working man until he was purple... not much different from some leaders of today. As a result of Marx and Engel’s toxic ideas, the smart advocates of communism enslaved the masses who ended up asking for it. By the time the people realized the clever snakes could care less about them,  the only equality was the amount of poverty among all the proletariat and the equal amount of luxury the masters were living in. The people were not only hungry now; they were unarmed and surrounded by potential secret police who reported every statementspoken against the state. They now had less hope than before.

That's what equality guaranteed by the state looks like.

Marxism is the greatest and cruelest joke ever played on humanity. It goes against the laws of nature. It is an insult to human intelligence and an oppressor of creativity. Make no mistake about it, Lenin stated that socialism is only the bridge to communism. 

People may consider these thoughts paranoid. Sun Tzu says the best way to ensure victory is to win before the battle has begun; to acknowledge the threat before it comes to be.

Personally, I think, this one is easy to spot. 

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Tammy Osier September 29, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Not paranoia - common sense. People who live in the real world with real people know that handing someone money does not guarantee he/she will do the right thing with it. $100 becomes an investment for one, and a round of booze for their friends to another. Spreading money around doesn't work. Never has. You can even educate someone, but they still have a free will. You can't make all people do the right thing. When people misuse the trust of others who give to them, I guess I just don't see the equality in that.
Thor Johnson September 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM
Take time and read this.
Tammy Osier September 30, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I'm curious as to why there aren't more responses to this. Probably because liberals can't defend their thought when it's in its purest form. They have to hide it under a political doctrine of another name. A rose with any other name is still a rose...
Thor Johnson September 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
From a historical perspective socialism and collectivism does not work, long term. However liberals in western societies love sniping at the free enterprise capitalist system. Mostly because they have been taught by some leaders and public educators that making a lot of money is some how wrong or unfair. Unless, of course it’s being made by one of the celebrity folks they deem have the correct feelings for the underdog. Conservatives on the other hand, right now, are too caught up in lets get Obama. They would rather post incredibly lame and often inaccurate images, and ask is he a Muslim, does he have a birth certificate etc than get serious about the true economic and to some degree social path he is leading. “A Common Sense Manifesto” is too historically evident for liberals that want success punished and not meaty enough for those who want to blame Mexicans, Muslims or other groups for the ills of the current condition. So I’m guessing not many got past the first paragraph of a very well written piece.
Paul L. Dragu September 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Tammy, as much as I'd like to think liberals read this and decided the truth hurts and there's no intelligent rebuke, I think the reason there's not more responses has more to do with the fact that (1) it's too long for our faced-paced lifestyle (I tried my best to limit my words), and (2) this is a bleed-red district of a consistently red state. I just don;t think anyone who disagrees has read it.
Thor Johnson September 30, 2012 at 08:39 PM
You’re pretty accurate. I attempt to Blog on the Patch as well as a personal Blog on business. You really can’t get a large audience to read more than 500 words and 350 to 400 are better. Yes you’re probably right about the left of center folks. In my view the article is so well done even Brian does not want to jump in. And BTW if he does I’m out. His words fire up an out poring of 100 plus comments. And since all of those comments will not change a thing I typically don’t read them. Where our energy should be focused is on the local level. In Lilburn (where I live) there is a mini-version power group practicing bullying and exclusion. As well as an incredibly deep stack of cronies in terms of who works for the city. The city council and other community leaders practice exclusion on a scale that would astonish most. The hiring practices of the city manager are blatantly self-serving and exclusionary. Look around see any employees of color, different ethnic backgrounds or from Lilburn for that matter? All of this costing taxpayer’s not just money but options as well. I think if concerned citizens start at the local level something can be accomplished. But that takes much more than 100 back and forths on the Patch or FB posts.
Paul L. Dragu September 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Thank you Thor. I agree with you as far as conservatives go. Conservatives are too busy being distracted by stupidity. Conservatism as whole, needs to be re-evaluated. There's nothing conservative about all the gov't regulations and and anti-privacy laws that were passed under their watch. There's nothing conservative about saying tax-exempt subsidization prohibits a church from getting involved in the election, but allowing other tax-exempt entities such as unions to be a literal force in partisan politicking. The democratic party has been hijacked by Marxists and the Republicans by cowards and fascists. We need to take back the boat one seat at a time." If you're not obeying the Constitution, you're out."
Paul L. Dragu September 30, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Sounds like you got the right idea. As for me, this blogging business is as close to local involvement I can do. I, too, live in Lilburn, but I have no connections or positions to city council or any of that business. Keep up the good work Mr. Johnson.
Thor Johnson September 30, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Well said Paul but your examples require awareness and not just emotion. Not enough folks out there that understand conservative or liberal. The left over narrow minded folks as well as the so called liberals really don't know the impact of their reactionary ways.
Mim Harris September 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Wonderful post Mr Dragu! My kids always say "that's not fair" and I always comeback with "life is not fair" and "fair does not mean equal". I am hoping that if they learn this lesson early they will be happier people:)
Thor Johnson September 30, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Paul and others, start by going to the City Council meetings. And then join a volunteer group. It's not a overnight fix but start anyway. I have been doing it for years but pretty much done now. It's time for others. BTW if anyone wants a guided tour on how to get involved just let me know. I will be very happy to help you learn how to do it. goto my blog http://easybizbasics.blogspot.com/ and choose the Your questions/comments tab and leave me a note... I will respond.
Tammy Osier October 01, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Thor is correct- extremely well written piece. If conservative would stick to this and not get just as caught up in emption as their opponents. they'd win a few. if both sides could get emotion out of the way, finally they might have a civil discussion.
Robert J. Nebel October 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
While you had friends who had things handed to them on a silver platter, you didn't walk off all jealous with a chip on your shoulder expecting a total handout. That is commendable. I would expect that this post will cause certain readers to raise an eyebrow when you state, "...while I attained a state scholarship to community college." That scholarship gave you a leg up. The inspiring part is that you supplemented the scholarship with hard work.
Lori Duff October 01, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Just throwing this out there to stir things up, since this post should have engendered a much bigger conversation: runners who are not as as fast as Usain Bolt are not victims, nor are singers who don't have Christina Aguilera's pipes. Life isn't fair at all, and if you want to read an interesting little short story that shows the horrors that would be if everything were equal, read Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron. That said, the victims of the 'not fair' part of the world are the singers who DO have pipes like Christina Aguilera but can't get an agent or a record company to listen to them, or the runners WITH Usain Bolt's talent who don't have the ability to get an Olympic caliber coach or get in to the Olympic trials. More often than not it isn't nearly enough to be right or to have the talent or ability -- it is to get someone to notice and to give you the opportunity to make those talents shine. You can't force anyone to let you run at the Olympics, nor can you force anyone to play your song on the radio. You need the folks in charge to agree. Is anyone on any side of the political spectrum going to argue with the old axiom "it isn't what you know but who you know"?
George Wilson October 01, 2012 at 07:48 PM
@Tammy Osier Liberals want to create the OPPORTUNITY for everyone to succeed.We agree that people make bad decisions and choices and there are no guarantees but we want everyone to at least have a turn at the bat.We believe this helps the society and the individual. Nothing complicated about our philosophy.
Paul L. Dragu October 02, 2012 at 03:48 PM
@Lori, I think the cream not rising to the top is more the exception than the norm. Sure there might be a fabulous singer or two who will never be heard from, but with a music industry that scours the lands for talent with 300 different versions of American Idol, I think it safe to say that we will hear from those with true talent. Now, as far as anything outside the entertainment industry I have seen and agree that it matters greatly who you know... which is why I try to expand my circle of acquaintances and influence. I think for the most part, there's not much wrong with such practices. If you're a business owner, would you rather hire someone you know to be reliable and capable, or take a shot with someone based on a sheet of paper and credentials: resumes never tell the full story. The worst thing we can do to repair some of these so-called injustices is get authorities with a monopoly on force involved.
Thor Johnson October 03, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Paul you are correct. When it comes to the "who you know" factor. And that works and many use it. However the weakness in that approach can be seen right here in Lilburn. The recent crop of hire’s are perfect examples. They represent people from out of the Lilburn area as well as a friend, a former colleague or in some way connected to the City Manager or his wife. Are they qualified? Well, I won’t comment on that. However, with the most basic of common sense anyone can see there is a problem. 1) The City of Liburn has 12,000 population 2) The 30047 zip code has 35,000 population 3) Gwinnett County has near 1,000,000 4) How many represent the racial, religious, ethnic make up of our Minority/Majority community? Forever, these hiring practices have been called Cronyism which brings on the potential of major problems. And to some degree could be identified as a reason Lilburn is struggling with progress. In fact I would argue the practice of Cronyism …AKA the Good Old Boy/Gal approach to running things in our community is the single most significant cause of Lilburn’s lack of progress. And as I said I would argue... so, if anyone would like to I'll be happy to accommodate.
Paul L. Dragu October 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Thor...what is your suggestion exactly? Should someone follow the link you pasted and start taking part in local politics?
Thor Johnson October 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Taking part in local most anything is a very good start. Local events, volunteer etc. Lilburn is faced with pretty significant struggles. We can’t attract outside business, we seem paralyzed from within. Reasons? Too many to list here. But this is a FACT. The same basic make up of City Leaders have been leading this community for 20 plus years. They are still here, they are still practicing exclusion and in the past several months there's been a stocking of the halls of the Calvin Fitchett Municipal Complex with more of the same folks, to the exclusion of others. If these 20 year veterans who still “guide” our community were your own personal financial adviser and you found yourself in the financial, enterprise and moral condition Lilburn is you would fire them, in a heart beat, period! The only way it will get better is for new and different folks to start participating. But be careful. These guys are good at dismissing and ignoring history. Some are superb persuaders and give you every reason to believe all of their actions are for the ultimate right thing. Observe and observe again. These are first level politicians and often have a very narrow agenda. They believe with all they have…they are right. And they view outsiders as a threat and the cause of current problems. So after my rant, the answer is yes, “start taking part…”
Lori Duff October 03, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Paul, I'm a good bit older than you, and I'm afraid my years around here have led me to be a bit more cynical than you about the cream rising naturally to the top. I have seen far too many exceptionally qualified people fail to be hired for jobs because someone's unqualified cousin wanted it. I know far too many talented musicians and writers who can't get a break, while I listen to some horrible music on the radio and, well, Fifty Shades of Grey and the Twilight Saga are immensely popular. I am a small business owner, and I understand the value of good references. I also understand the value of someone who actually knows how to do the job. If you are a minority, or a woman, or whatever group isn't allowed in the back, smoky rooms of whatever decisions are being made, then you aren't going to be heard unless you start yelling, in which case you are written off as a rabble rouser, or unless people stand up and refuse to allow decisions to be made that way.
Lori Duff October 03, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I don't know much about the City of Lilburn, but, well, YES.
Thor Johnson October 03, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Lori this is the link from the landing page (home page) of the City of Lilburn website. http://www.cityoflilburn.com/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={89B928D9-7F2C-4FE0-8FCC-6A87771B723A}&DE={01D3985F-DCF3-45AA-8088-45B0AE41C381} What it tells you is the City got caught making some really bad decisions. And the Department of Justice essentially said, Lilburn you better change your ways or there will be consequences. Trust me when I say the "leaders" that guide our community would not put that statement on the Home Page of city website unless they had to. I can tell you what those bad decisions are but that would take a lot of key strokes. In a post above I put my blog link. If anyone would like to contact me through that link I would be glad to respond.
Connie Breland Georges October 04, 2012 at 01:51 AM
well said, Thor.
Scott Batterton July 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Nice to read a well written piece like this. Of course, as usual Thor has chosen to completely take it out of context to slam Lilburn City government. As an elected official for about 25 years I take exception to most of his comments. I will not respond to them except to say that We are the most fiscally and ethically responsible city in Gwinnett County. I do enjoy sparring with Thor on this subject but for a variety of reasons won't be able to continue this conversation at this time.


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