Debate Right, 9/11

We live in bizarro world

By Mark Luedtke

The extent to which many Americans are disconnected from reality is demoralizing. For example, a judge recently ordered prison officials to use money stolen from Massachusetts taxpayers to pay for a sex change operation on an imprisoned murderer. The murderer claimed the surgery was a medical necessity, and the judge determined it was the “only adequate treatment.” You can’t make this stuff up. The judge must wonder how people managed throughout all of human history without elective transgender surgery.

In a sane society, every judge would laugh this case out of court because it’s baseless on its face and everybody would laugh with them. But in our society, judges not only hear the case, one decides in favor and seemingly rational people support the decision. This is another bizarre action that proves we don’t live in a sane society.

The judge agreed with the murderer’s argument that “Everybody has the right to have their healthcare needs met, whether they are in prison or out on the streets.” I’ll refute this morally bankrupt argument again. Health care must be provided by another. Nobody has a right to force others to provide anything for them. At best, that’s stealing. At worst, it’s slavery. Nobody has a right to steal from or enslave another, whether it’s for food, water, shelter, health care or anything else.

You might think this judge, because he sided with this leftist argument, was appointed by a Democrat. No. He was appointed by Reagan. This is another reminder that there’s no substantive difference between the two parties.

But this decision begs the question of how our society turned into Bizarro World.

The American people used to understand that taxes were theft and they resisted them. Tax resistance was a motivating factor in the Revolutionary War, the Whiskey Rebellion and the Civil War. Americans revolted against taxes as recently as the Great Depression. But today, Americans meekly accept confiscatory taxes that punish productivity, investment and saving while the two parties debate over minor differences in rates.

President Obama’s government has stolen more money from the American people in four years than any thief in history, yet Obama is considered a great man. Before him, President Bush’s government did the same, yet Bush is considered a great man. The same is true of every president. Worse than Mafiosi, politicians steal our money to enrich themselves and their cronies, yet we call them leaders instead of arch-criminals.

The American people used to fear government because they understood it’s a coercive institution and the power of coercion is always corrupting. The majority worked to keep government as powerless as possible. But in Bizarro World, we call upon the most corrupt institution ever invented to solve every perceived problem.

In the past, Americans resisted central banks because they knew central banks are legalized counterfeiting scams. Yet over the last century, Americans meekly allowed the Federal Reserve to steal 95 percent of the dollar’s value, stealing our savings, most of that after Nixon abolished the last vestige of the gold standard. The Fed and its banking cartel create Federal Reserve notes from debt to enrich politicians, bankers and their cronies. The more notes in circulation, the deeper in debt we are. The biggest debt bomb in history is about to explode, but few notice because the Fed creates the illusion that money really does grow on trees.

The nineteenth century was the most productive in history, but then Americans put progressives in charge of both parties. After a century of being brainwashed in government prison schools and bombarded by government-controlled media and phony experts, Americans don’t see things as they really are. For example, like Democrats, Republicans support policies Marx declared were precursors for implementing communism, but conservatives vote for them anyway then complain about big government. It’s nuts. The government we empowered turned American values and morals upside-down, turning graft and squandering wealth into virtues and production, voluntary exchange and thrift into vices. We created Bizarro World.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at

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  1. Geoff Burkman September 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm #

    Two words, one hyphenated: military-industrial complex.

    Actually, much as I agree with some of what Mr. Luedtke has to say in this piece, I’m still left wondering just exactly what he believes is the true function of government, and if that involves the expenditure of any monies whatsoever, how he would propose those monies be raised. “Shrink government” libertarians like Mr. Luedtke always seem to have at least a few pet cows they want to feed, and no real way of explaining how that will come to pass without taxes.


  2. Johnathon Gallienne September 16, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    Mark Luedtke’s seemingly mindless rant was good for a laugh. However, as an openly member of society, I can’t help but think someone might take what he has to say seriously, misinterpret his statements as cut and dry facts, and then back in the ignorance masked as intelligence that seems to exist ever so readily in the Debate Right Columb here in the Dayton City Paper.

    Mr. Luedtke critiques the judge for deciding a prisoner’s sex change operation was a medical necessity. Now, in order for this to be a medical necessity one would have to assume there was something that was wrong with the prisoner to prompt this question even being raised. The inmate was most likely diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder, which is recognized by both the ICD-10 and DSM-IV as a legitimate medical and/or psychological condition. While it appears that Mr. Luedtke is a no taxes ever kind of guy who likes his roads delapitated and negotiating with firefighters before they put out a house fire. So, I feel safe in saying he also wouldn’t want an inmate to have an apendectomy if such surgery was required for an inmate based on a recognizable medical condition. Why do I feel safe in saying this? Because, like all good Conservatives Mr. Luedtke doesn’t make exceptions for his beliefs, there is zero chance the opinion of the procedure has anything to do with his antiquated views on gender or sexual orientation. It is a cut and dry issue based on taxation and nothing else. Then again … I’ve been wrong before.

    Tax Resistance was not a motivating factor for The Revolutionary War. The Tea Act gave a tax break to The Dutch India company, who was not only Britian’s largest company at the time but also facing impending bankruptcy due to not being able to sell tea fast enough. As the tea without tax entered the American colonies, now at a greatly reduced tax rate, it made tea smuggles like John Hancock far less able to achieve wealth through smuggling tea in the the colonies. The other tea companies and their owners also did not receive a tax break, like the Dutch India Co. did. So, at the end of the day, while your high school history book says differently, The Revolutionary War was actually has its roots in fighting colusion between corporations and government … not tax resistance.

    To keep my corrections of your propagandist statements going here Mr. Luedtke. How is it that President Obama has stolen more than any President in history? The established basis for theft at this point in your writing is taxation, Obama kept the same tax plan that Bush had. Now, certainly the overall dollar amount would be more as people enter the job force, pay taxes, and thus increase the overall dollar amount of taxes collected. However, the tax percentages would have remained the same as they were under The Bush Administration. So, not only is Mr. Luedtke’s statement patently false it is also tatamount to the statement of someone looking to gain allegiance through fear and not through presenting facts and allowing one to decide if or to what degree they wish to lend their allegiance.

    While I don’t have statistics in front of me at the moment to dispute Mr. Luedtke’s claims concerning productivity in the Nineteenth Century, it seems like a plausible notion so lets run with it. It’s easy to be productive when you are forced to work 16 hour days or face losing your job, children are often working in factories, there are no safety or sanitation standards for the work place.

    And as for being brainwashed, Mr. Luedtke comes off like someone who is drinking the Tea Party Kool-Aid. He is trying to frighten people into agreeing with him by painting a picture of a trembling Republic in its deathrows. I know not what the future holds, but if fear mongering by ecentrics is what leads us there, chances are good it won’t be a future worth having.

  3. Johnathon Gallienne September 16, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    The second sentence should read “openly cognizant” apologies for any confusion.

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