MUS-LOGUE -- PART 1
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Many years ago in the long forgotten Kingdom of Grandoldpar -- a once magical land reduced to ruins by the weight of human greed -- there remained behind, living in an abandoned castle near the city of Taxmenot, a happy and prosperous colony of castle-mice.
New generations of the furry critters would often sit quietly in a circle and listen to the stories of their forefathers ... gallant mice who attended gala events in the grand ballroom, and who would nibble away -- very discretely, of course -- on the fantastic variety of cheeses that were so often spread out before them.
"Papa, Papa!" one of the smallest mice cried out. "Tell us the story of The Great One!"
"Oh, so you want to hear about The Big Cheese himself, do you?" laughed the spectacled and wise old Papa. "Well ... it's a sad tale, you know, precisely because of his tail ... pun intended of course."
All the children held their breath as they began to creep slowly forward.
"Hm-m, yes indeed," Papa continued, settling into his favorite pile of wood chips ... his white belly protruding just below his tiny waistcoat as he clasped his forelimbs behind his head. "It got cut off, I'm afraid, by a kitchen cook wielding a carving knife."
A loud, high-pitched gasp rose like a giant invisible smoke ring from the small assemblage, which kept growing, by the way, as the little tots began to appear in ever greater numbers.
"Tsk, tsk ... so sad. The Great One was blind as well ... as were two of his older brothers, but I'll leave that story for another time -- when you're older, perhaps."
"No, no!' the children all cried as they rose onto their hind feet and began jumping up and down.
Forced to weigh the situation carefully, Papa looked into their tiny pleading eyes and decided to recant his position. He warned of nightmares, however, making it clear that he wouldn't be able to pay consolation visits to each and every one who might cry out from their beds at night.
"We know, we know!" they shouted in unison. "Please, Papa!"
And so Papa launched into the story of a great white mouse -- the Great One -- who was so clever, it was said, that he was able to learn the language of the humans who lived in the castle way back then. And as he would listen, the Great One would learn of even older things that the humans knew about ... things that made it possible for the humans to govern themselves, even.
Well, it turns out that the first thing humans did upon reaching their 21st birthday was organize a party ... a different kind of party ... one with no cheeses.
"No cheeses?" the children all exclaimed! their eyes wide as they looked at each other in disbelief.
"No cheeses," Papa sighed. "Instead they would stand behind tables and make speeches to each other."
"Aw, this isn't a good story," some of the children began to burst out, only to be joined later by the entire group. "What about the carving knife?" they taunted. "Yeah, what happened to their tails?"
Papa urged them all to calm down ... that by the end they would have a real good fright. Then seeing that his words were having some effect, Papa pressed on. He'd told of a miraculous document called "First Principles" that was revered by all humans, and one which they'd used to govern themselves.
"You see, they had dethroned their king," Papa said, while noticing many heads beginning to bob, and many eyes struggling to stay open. So as the story continued, Papa told of the Great One beginning to make speeches from behind tables just as the humans had done. But before very long, Papa was looking out onto a sea of sleeping faces.
All except for one -- a wide-eyed youngster still sitting cross-legged in the front row who seemed to be hanging on every word.
"Don't stop now, Papa!" implored the precocious youngster, rising to his feet and stepping toward the old patriarch. "It was The Great One who dethroned the king, wasn't it Papa? Wasn't it?"
"Oh, so you were paying attention then, my little one," Papa cooed appreciatively, patting the youngster on his tiny white head.
"I was, Papa, and we white mice are the superior ones, aren't we? ... just like The Great One said we were! I'm gonna grow up and be just like him."
"He lived a long time ago, my son," Papa reminded the youngster. "Times have changed. Mice are not humans. Mice don't enslave other mice -- neither physically, nor economically -- the way The Great One tried to do by borrowing those 'First Principles' he'd heard the humans speak of."
"But they were good for the humans, weren't they, Papa?"
"Only at first, my curious young one," Papa replied. "The humans corrupted those First Principles and you see where it got them. They're long gone now ... only a memory. This is what The Great One failed to realize ... that what he believed would be the beginning of a great mouse empire was, in fact, destined to fail from the very beginning."
"Aw, shucks," the little one whined, kicking a foot at an imaginary stone on the immaculate polished clay floor. Then with the gleam in his eyes returning, the little one suddenly lifted his gaze, saying sprightly, "Hey, Papa!" I could start a club, couldn't I? A kind of fan club? I could make it all alright again, couldn't I?"
"You're very bright, my son," Papa replied with a smile, looking wistfully upon all that young enthusiasm, "but you must be very careful when it comes to hero worship. It can lead toward a terrible form of bias and inflexibility, which is exactly what the humans found out -- the hard way."
UPCOMING: The Rise of Nazi Mouse
PART 1 -- INTRODUCTION
At the top of each 3-hour segment of every Mark Levin radio program, a lead-in begins the show with a silver-tongued announcer saying:
"And now, from somewhere in a remote underground command post, deep beneath the brick and steel of a nondescript building, we make contact once again with [unintelligible] Mark Levin!"
We're not making this up.
The next thing we hear, cutting through some of the cheesiest punk noise ever to be wasted on perfectly good vinyl, is the voice of a man who is clearly wearing a pair of too-tight-fitting pince-nez glasses ... either that or else he is purposely holding his nose.
"Hello again, everyone. This is Mark Levin ... I'll be your host for the next three hours."
Someone should have told this man back in the silent movie era, perhaps, that while he didn't have the talent for acting, it's possible that with his unique vocal quality he really should consider a career in silent radio.
"These people are idiots!" he screams as his voice rises higher. "I can't take it anymore!" we hear, as though someone is pushing the speed on an old-fashioned 33-1/3 turntable. Then just as we're pretty sure it's Alvin the Chipmunk speaking with tones spiraling toward the stratosphere, our mind forms a picture ... a normal sized man with a normal sized body ... and a head that is shrinking like a balloon with a faulty stem.
"Dkhkiumpo ipnph ioynp ih yphbaed!"
Take three hours of this, being listened to by a million people, and you've injected three million wasted man-hours into this suffering, employment-starved economy.
THE BACK STORY
Levin has conferred upon himself the most amazing nickname. When making their first on-the-air exchange of pleasantries, it's obvious that guests of the show been browbeaten into addressing Levin as "The Great One." Well, to all those out there who have nothing better to do than salve the ego of this preening priss with superlatives, let us remind them of something ... even E.T. knows who planet Earth's real title holder is.
"Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the one and only ... The Great One ... Mister ... Jackie ... Gleason!"
Anyone who has reached the age of wisdom has heard this introduction a thousand times.
Of course it's all nonsense. But it's dangerous nonsense, that's the problem and here's why. This man ... someone who has authored several best selling books ... who comes across the airwaves as a total bumbling idiot ... is a lawyer and (unbelievably) a former federal prosecutor. With all this in mind, listen to his program and then ask yourself, on a scale of 1 to 10 -- "1" being a walk in the park and "10" being nuclear holocaust -- how scary is this man? You can draw your own conclusions, but we have a few for you coming up.
~~ Anti-Government Rants ~~
Within the last couple of days or so, on Thursday, March 4, 2010, a Northern California man, John Patrick Bedell, drove cross-country to Washington, D.C., then shot and wounded two Pentagon security guards before being downed by return gunfire from a third. In the press he was repeatedly characterized as a "troubled individual." It was quickly learned by investigators -- according to news reports -- that the man in recent months or years seemed to be spending an inordinate amount of time posting anti-government rants on the Internet.
Begging your pardon, but this is what Mark Levin does for a living on the public airwaves, three hours a day, five days a week.
Is this to say, then, that railing against government is somehow different if done on the Internet? Because make no mistake about it, had Bedell not died of his wounds, his Internet rhetoric would have been used against him to obtain a special circumstances prosecutorial conviction, thus paving the way for the State to do the execution ... minus slip ups.
And so the question ... How much less explosive and incendiary are the rants of Levin et al. on conservative talk radio than the postings we're likely to see on the Internet? Ideas like the ones from the troubled mind of a would-be mass murderer would have to come from somewhere ... how do we know they didn't come from Levin & Company?
~~ Levin the *Inciteful* One ~~
This man has no compunction in publicly and unabashedly calling the President of the United States a Nazi, which can mean only one thing ... Levin would have to be a total ignoramus when it comes to discussing the principles of Nazism. It's one thing if Rush Limbaugh doesn't know what a Nazi is. But it's quite another if a former federal prosecutor doesn't know what a Nazi is.
Just for the sake of argument, let's say that a former U.S. District Court judge were to come out and call President Obama a Nazi. Gee, same courtroom "office," if you will, as Levin's ... right? Same environment as Levin's ... right? Same cases in some instances, with prosecutor and judge hearing the same testimony ... right? Who, then, wouldn't ask the question, "I wonder if any 'skinhead' cases ever came up before this particular judge?"
~~ Judicial Review ~~
What are we talking about here? What we're talking about is that every case decision made by this judge could be forced to undergo review for potential bias. But for a former federal prosecutor, it wouldn't? ... is that what we're saying? If so, explain that to the guy who's serving life, or sitting on Death Row.
~~ Levin the Scholar ~~
Levin holds a JD (Juris Doctor) degree -- a so-called "professional" degree requiring only three years to complete minus also a research dissertation or thesis. These were historically recognized "Only in America," as they say, up until 1996 when other countries began to follow the practice. Next we'll probably have, "Become a federal prosecutor at home in your spare time! Call now for a free brochure!"
~~ Levin the Prosecutor ~~
It's not clear nor can we find from reading any of the sources we've reviewed that Levin ever brought a single criminal case before a jury. Maybe he didn't try criminal cases ... this isn't clear either. We do know that he served in the Reagan administration in at least one capacity as Chief of Staff to [then] Attorney General Edwin Meese, who was forced to resign amid political scandal and corruption (see note 1). This, we think, should pretty well dump Levin's reputation as a political mega-brain ... putting him much closer to the loser level he now occupies as a right wing propagandist.
And what's up with federal prosecutors, anyway?
Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy wrote of [Levin's] "Liberty and Tyranny" in 'The New Criterion,' "We are in the high tide of America’s Leftist ascendancy: the Obama evisceration of individual freedom and installation of authoritarian collectivism-at warp speed, driven by an ambition that would have made Woodrow Wilson and FDR blush" (see note 2).
~~ Levin the Author ~~
Steve Almond of 'Salon' in commentary on the same book, quotes a Levinian passage as, "The current economic meltdown, for instance, should not be blamed on the psychotic greed of Wall Street, but on the State's deranged need to throw money at the poor and undeserving" (see note3).
Now "Liberty and Tyranny" makes for a stimulating title, but if we truly had tyrannical rule in this country, a federal prosecutor would sit at the right hand of Caesar, if you can ferret out where this is going, and would be called a federal executioner, not a prosecutor. Where has this happened before, we wonder, when a man spoke up a bit too forcefully in defense of the poor, the meek, the halt and the otherwise "undeserving?"
~~ Levin the Antichrist ~~
Well if the shoe fits, wear it, we always say. We'd certainly call characterizing as undeserving those who are "the least among us," nothing less than a message from the antichrist ... what else can you call it? And would it do us any good to remind folks just one more time that this man is a former U.S. federal prosecutor?
THE FAN OF MARK LEVIN
We mentioned a couple of times the many *fan* of Mark Levin in the article, "The Education of Mark Levin." Now it's time to meet him face-to-face.
On his thoroughly utilitarian website, which has a few nice touches -- nothing fancy -- you'll find an utterly Utopian point of view, that is, a single viewpoint commented upon endlessly by members and guests. The space is clearly populated by folks who can't (or won't) otherwise find ways to occupy their time during a full 16-hour work day.
What he is, is little Whitey Mouse, now all "growed" up ... calling himself "Sgt. Tim," and having, without a doubt, a serious case of psychological hero worship going on inside his head. And what did Papa Mouse say about hero worship? ... "It can lead toward a terrible form of bias and inflexibility," if memory serves us correctly.
Papa Mouse, though, is extremely diplomatic in his choice of words. Because to pick up on the gritty meaning behind his narrative is to understand that it is precisely these forms of hero-worshiping bias and inflexibility that have given us the likes of Jim Jones and David Koresh (see note 4). As it is, the only thing missing in Sgt. Tim's world is a GI Joe action figure in the likeness of Levin ... one that our erstwhile hero worshiper, here, can comfortably slip under his pillow each night
~~ First Principles & Stone Tablets ~~
"A first principle is one that cannot be deduced from any other" [from Wikipedia] (see note 5). Okay, no problem. You see, we're big believers in the idea that if you're going to borrow ... go big time and borrow well.
And how better for anyone to borrow than from Aristotle's landmark, "The First Principle" (see note 6) with the declaration that [A=A] In our view if anything should be carved in stone it would be this. On the conservatives' doctrinaire position regarding their so-called, "First Principles Initiative," however, we're not so sure.
Then too, if Immanuel Kant (see note 7) didn't believe that "first" automatically equates to "best," as the conservatives in this country are seeming to imply, maybe their firsts are actually more like warmed-over seconds (see note 8). We could take them one by one, but to what end? To the Levin Fan et al., these are the "truths that are self evident," -- First Principles -- which is a proposition that, as Kant says and we are showing here, cannot be proved. Yet if one were to try, how well would he or she fare?
Topping the disorganized list taken from the referenced website (note 8) is the phrase, "liberty and equality." Are we talking about something as "self evident" as the fact that "all men are created equal?" ... and more particularly, as written by men who at the same time owned human slaves? ... trafficked in human lives? ... tore human families apart? Is this what we're talking about?
Maybe the question is phrased wrongly. Maybe it should be asked, "equal to what? ... or whom?" Surely not equal to those who were about to be handed the quill and asked to place their signatures below such a statement. How many men since the Reformation have ever asked themselves what they'd have done in that situation? How about you? What would you have done? ... grabbed the pen and scrawled your name? Or would you have pushed Thomas Jefferson's hand gently aside saying, "I'm flattered, sir, that you asked, but hypocrisy isn't really within me."
My, how times have changed in 234 years. If the same Declaration Signatories were signing with today's moral and ethical stewardship in place, we'd think it probable that hands would have been shaking so violently, ink from the quill tip would have flown in all directions ... as long as you don't include the Mark Levin Fan, of course, who probably couldn't sign his name anyway.
~~ Cultism ~~
Psychologists do warn of it (see note 9) although from a distance, obviously, for fear of infringing on our guaranteed First Amendment rights. Yet as long as there are those who adhere to what has been so artfully described as their "Panoply of Political Saints," there will also be those -- Kool-Aid at the ready -- who would dimwittedly turn politics into something that looks much more like a religion, with loss of objectivity being the main sticking point.
Knowing this we can better understand the origin of the term, "Reaganites" -- '60s acid heads for the most part -- who cling to a brand of conservatism that with all its viable interior DNA having been stripped out, must be recognized today for what it truly is -- a malignant form of quasi-religious and cult-like fanaticism.
~~ The Mark Levin Fan Speaks Out ~~
If you'd like to join this one "fan" of Mark Levin, his website is http://www.marklevinfan.com. By doing so you can add to the overall weight of this frivolous nonsense, and, as everyone knows, a sinking ship goes down even faster when over laden.
All the howling and great gnashing of teeth ... all the sorts of verbal posturing "Sgt Tim" does in his posts when he includes, "... standing with fists on hips like The One," (see note 10) would seem to guarantee futility in any attempt at cogency in dealing with what is essentially a cult follower.
Sgt Tim seems to be totally on top of things also, standing guard, if you will, like a bronze and marble Minuteman statue over his public comment section. Any disagreement, of course, and any hint of criticism directed toward "The Great One" will immediately end your presence in the discussion forum ... past, present and future (see note 11).
Yes, I'd say go and join him. Sgt Tim would like you to sign the 'Mount Vernon Document' also, but then again you might be well advised to remember one of the legacies left behind by the occupant of that venerated palace, and the principle of "equality" as put into practice (see note 12) by the Man Who Fathered a Country around the time of the American Revolution.
Here ... the quill is practically brushing your fingertips. Take it.
(1) Edwin Meese became Attorney General in February 1985, holding this office until August, 1988, when he resigned in disgrace due to his role in the Wedtech scandal. [Jackson, Robert L.; John J. Goldman (1989-08-09). "Wallach Found Guilty] [from Wikipedia]
(2) McCarthy, Andrew."The Work of Generations" .
(3) Almond, Steve."Glenn Beck is the future of literary fiction" .
(4) James Warren "Jim" Jones was the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple, which is best known for the November 18, 1978 death of more than 900 Temple members in Jonestown, Guyana. [from Wikipedia]
David Koresh was the leader of a Branch Davidian religious sect. A 1993 ... siege by the FBI ended with the burning of the Branch Davidian ranch outside of Waco, Texas. Koresh, 54 adults and 21 children were found dead after the fire. [from Wikipedia]
(5) "The classic example is that of Euclid's ... geometry; its hundreds of propositions can be deduced from a set of definitions, postulates, and common notions: all three of which constitute first principles" [from Wikipedia].
(6) "Aristotle, author of the earliest surviving text on logic, formulated a principle, the Aristotelian tautology, denoted A=A, that later achieved the historical distinction of being called The First Principle as a proper name. It occurs in those of his writings that have come to be called the Metaphysics. The principle isn in Greek (Meta ta physica, 1005b):" [from Wikipedia]
(7) Is it possible to know with absolute certainty the truth of First Principles? Hume and Kant took the position that it is not, so we think it very interesting that Matthew Spalding of the Heritage Foundation chose to resurrect Aristotle in his book, "We Still Hold These Truths," which has become both the Holy Bible and Grail combined for what has become known as the "Tea Party" movement.
However, For a more enlightening look at the term "First Principles", see 'The Foundations of Value, Part 1' [http://www.friesian.com/foundatn.htm]
(8) The Heritage Foundation says on its website [http://www.westillholdthesetruths.org/] the following: "In We Still Hold These Truths Spalding explains and brings to life ten core principles that define us as a nation and inspire us as a people-liberty and equality, natural rights and the consent of the governed, private property and religious freedom, the rule of law and constitutionalism, all culminating in self-government at home and independence in the world."
(9) 1 a) a system of religious worship or ritual b) a quasi-religious group, often living in a colony, with a charismatic leader who indoctrinates members with unorthodox or extremist views, practices, or beliefs 2 a) devoted attachment to, or extravagant admiration for, a person, principle, or lifestyle, esp. when regarded as a fad [the cult of nudism] b) the object of such attachment 3 a group of followers; sect -- [from Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia]
(10) On (2.28.2010) the Levin Fan had this to say: "I could go over to Firedoglake & other sites for misfits, malcontents, revolutionaries and the seriously deranged and break their chops but they are not teachable so I never comment. On the other hand they can’t help but to come to a conservative site and sling their slang while never affording any substantiation. But then again that goes for most libs… almost by definition."
(11) A bit of advice to the Sarge, however. "It is a fool who chooses to ignore what his enemy is doing behind his back."
(12) "By the time of Washington's death, more than 300 slaves resided at Mount Vernon. Besides the field hands, there were blacksmiths, carpenters, shoemakers, brickmakers, and spinners." -- [from Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia]