Robert O’Brien Nominee: Robert Ringer


This one is a real gem from Robert Ringer of the Worldnutdaily:

But the philosophies of the two sides are now so irreconcilable that a more peaceful solution might be for them just to split the country in half and agree to part ways.

Those who believe in big government could take one half of the country and regulate, tax and redistribute wealth to their heart’s content. Within a few short years, of course, it would become a U.S. version of North Korea, devoid of civil liberties and mired in poverty, but, hey, we all get the government we deserve.

After giving the left first choice, conservatives and libertarians could then take the other half of the country – any half would be just fine – and implement a free-market economy that would be as close to laissez-faire capitalism as possible. In a short period of time, it would become a U.S. version of South Korea (or the U.S. itself in the days of yore), with explosive wealth creation and maximum freedom for its citizens.

That’s what passes for thinking on Planet Wingnuttia.

Comments

  1. Michael Heath says

    I still vote we give Alabama and Mississippi to Israel contingent upon their leaving their supposed holy land behind. We should however be prepared to pay them for retention of those states’ current citizenry.

  2. lynxreign says

    @2 Michael Heath

    I was thinking something similar just the other day, but I was thinking we give them Texas. It is a bigger state and would help push the US to a much more liberal government.

  3. anandine says

    I’ll take the westernmost 25% and the easternmost 25% down to the northern border of North Carolina and west to include Chicago to make up for the loss. They can have the south, the great plains and some of the mountain states.

  4. says

    I’m wondering what all of those red states are going to do without all that federal money from the blue states that allows them to stay more or less afloat? They can feel free to secede, but we get to pull out all of our military bases and refuse to make government contracts with companies that deal with the traitors. They can maintain their own roads, pay for their own schools, live without all of those federal workplace and environmental safety laws, and see how much they like living the free market way.

  5. jeevmon says

    And by a society “as close to laissez-faire capitalism as possible,” they mean “with a massively active industrial policy, serious cronyism, and large influxes of military and economic aid from a significantly wealthier country,” right?

  6. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    They’re always accusing liberals of wanting “European-style socialism”. Can we be Norway (happiest country in the world, according to Forbes)?

  7. fastlane says

    I would be all for splitting it up, but we’d have to be sure to make sure that the liberal part of the country is upwind. I’m thinking the west coast, AZ, NM, East coast as far south as the Carolinas, and a swath across the north to connect them. They’ll wind up with more area, but they can have all that Dumbfuckistan flyover country.

  8. says

    Robert O’Brien is an ignorant git who showed up at my old blog many years ago to defend Sen. Gerald Allen of Alabama, who had proposed a bill to ban all books by or about gay people from that entire state. I had given Allen an Idiot of the Month award and O’Brien actually thought that was unwarranted and he stuck around and subjected himself to much humiliation for a while. I promptly renamed the Idiot of the Month award the Robert O’Brien Trophy.

  9. Akira MacKenzie says

    Guess what, Bobby, we agree! “Red State” America is a figurative mill stone around our equally figurative necks. You have made it abundantly clear they intend to use your political powrer to either block social and economic progress or drag it back to the Dark ages. I sure as Hell don’t want you and your racist, reneck, bible-humping, gay-bashing buddies around to cancel out my votes. So, please, kindly fuck off and leave!

    Of course, all those military bases are still ours, so either you’ll have to purxhase them from us, or we’ll demolish them and take the hardware with us. Oh! Those freeways and interstates belong to us too, so you’ll have to start paying rent to the U.S. To use them or by them from us. NASA will also have to go… You see where this is going, don’t you?

  10. Pen says

    He really has no concept if he’ll give the liberals first choice. Take the bits with adequate rainfall, and we’ll see who ends up mired in poverty.

  11. LightningRose says

    There already is a Teabagger Paradise on Earth. No taxes, no firearms regulations, no liberals, lots of sun and white sand beaches.

    It’s called Somalia.

  12. Crommunist says

    I can’t be the only one disturbed by his conflation of the conservative and libertarian camps. I realize they dovetail quite a bit when it comes to specific policies, but they’re not the same thing. Conservatism, at least in its present guise, is directly antithetical to libertarianism. The only thing they really share is their rabid hatred for the current administration.

  13. jeevmon says

    @ LightningRose – ah, but you overlook the fact that even in Libertopia, a government exists to keep others from taking your property. Secondarily to enforce contracts and protect the borders, but mostly to enforce property rights. There may be some libertarians who believe that everyone should enforce property claims through “self help” rather than the rule of law, but this is a pretty extreme position even for them. Norquist, for example, doesn’t accept it.

    How this mysterious entity is funded is anyone’s guess. I think “user fees” or poll taxes or something similar.

  14. Sastra says

    “But the philosophies of the two sides are now so irreconcilable that a more peaceful solution might be for them just to split the country in half and agree to part ways.”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Ohhh, that was good. You didn’t even need to put the rest.

    Ed wrote:

    I promptly renamed the Idiot of the Month award the Robert O’Brien Trophy.

    I suggest that it’s time to humiliate Robert O’Brien some more and change the name back to the Idiot of the Month award. Tell him that if he wants the trophy back he has to provide you with at least a year’s links to first-class award-worthy idiots.

    Then the first recipient of the new Idiot of the Month Award can be Robert O’Brien, for his protest over either the change or the demand, take your pick.

  15. D. C. Sessions says

    How this mysterious entity is funded is anyone’s guess. I think “user fees” or poll taxes or something similar.

    The police and courts support themselves by charging for services rendered. If you’re worried about the risk of being wiped out by legal expenses, you can take out insurance to be paid as regular premiums.

  16. chrisc says

    Before we give the wingnuts complete free-reign over Texas, we must ready the choppers for the great Austin airlift. Perhaps Boulder, also.

  17. says

    Great idea. So when all those older, small government American patriots on social security and Medicare become citizens of The Republic of Ringero, the rest of us won’t have to support them while they bitch and moan in their tin foil hats about socialism, big government and Negroes. One question though: who will mow their lawns? If Mr. Ringer imagines that his small government patriots actually believe in free markets and open borders, he’s sadly deluded.

  18. says

    One other thing. They don’t get any nukes. Nukes were developed in a huge government project under the authority of the communist Roosevelt, his brown shirts and his jackbooted thugs. The nukes belong to the big government side. Ringero citizens will have to find private teats for their suckling.

  19. marymallone says

    I’m genuinely curious to see how this would work out in practice. As a social experiment it would be utterly fascinating.

  20. Modusoperandi says

    He does know that South Korea has a variant of Universal Healthcare, right? And if South Korea is laissez-faire, I’m pretty sure that the word no longer has any meaning.

  21. matty1 says

    And if South Korea is laissez-faire, I’m pretty sure that the word no longer has any meaning.

    It means doubleplusgood with an extra side of Jesus, what else could it mean?

    These aren’t policy preferences they’re labels for the sides in a fight. Asking the Tea Party to understand laissez-faire economics is like expecting a football fan to change teams because of how they perform.

  22. jameshanley says

    crommunist, I can’t be the only one disturbed by his conflation of the conservative and libertarian camps.

    No, you’re not the only one. I’m a libertarian and I want nothing to do with those sons of bitches. How about we give the liberals the coasts and Great Lakes states, the conservatives everything below the Mason-Dixon line, and we libertarians will take the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain states? We might end up a bit resource poor, but we tend to dislike cities, so we’ll end up all right. Just remember, when you come to our country to go skiing, you can’t sue the ski resort when you ski out of bounds and hurt yourself!

  23. jameshanley says

    One other thing. They don’t get any nukes. Nukes were developed in a huge government project

    It’s not about nukes being a government project–it’s about not trusting authoritarian idiots with nuclear weapons! Letting you commie-pinko liberals hold onto them is the safest option short of destroying them. Assuming you hippie peaceniks are willing to support at least enough of an army to protect and secure them.

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