Well, I certainly didn’t get the number of comments on my post that Stossel did on his Fox Business Blog post. But I got a couple that were interesting and I’d like to share them with you – as well as my thoughts on them.
First of all, I think that perhaps the original commenter, Mr Hack, should perhaps follow his own advice. He said I should have watched Stossel’s whole show before I commented on it. If I had been commenting on the show, that would indeed have been wise. But since I was commenting on Stossel’s blog post, the advice should have told me to read it first — which of course, I did! Perhaps Mr Hack should have followed his own advice and read my post completely and accurately.
Here is Mr Hack’s first comment:
How can you take Stossel out of context like that. If you really watched the show, you wouldn’t need a definition for the term ‘helped.’ It’s obvious what he means; there is no need to go into the history of how Americans and Christians screwed them over; we all know that. He’s talking about the here and now and how Gov assistance has destroyed these people while American Indians who did not take Gov assistance thrived and are doing great! They are doing great because THEY DID NOT TAKE GOV. ASSISTANCE! Had they relied on the Gov, they’d be in the same boat! There are tons of charities, churches, etc… that do a better job for the impoverished than the Gov has ever done or could ever do. There is NO LEGITIMATE REBUTTAL to Stossel’s information. He was censored by ABC hence why making you liked him back then. He couldn’t tell all of the truth; now that he can, you hate him. I spit at your bullshit comments. I’m not a libertarian, but it doesn’t take a genius to know it’s the best and most ethical system there is. Progressivism is tantamount to being drug dealers; give ‘em enough to survive, they’ll vote for you and they won’t pull themselves up with their own boot straps. I worked in environment where I saw how hundreds of people abused the social programs; phony law suits, etc.. #’s not captured by statistics because they have to be discovered to be reported as statistics.
My response to Mr Hack:
I did not take Mr Stossel out of context. I took him at his word – or words – the ones he wrote in his blog, just as I am doing here. So anything he defined in his show or anywhere else is irrelevant. His word has to be what it is in the blog.
I disagree that there is no need to go into “the history of how Americans and Christians screwed them over.” In spite of Mr Hack’s assertions, everyone does not know that. Furthermore, history is important here because the treaties that were signed by duly elected officials of the United States of America are part of that history. Those treaties are legally binding and should not be ignored because they are inconvenient.
Mr Hack, please do your homework. What the Native Americans receive from the government are not “handouts,” but the fulfillment of treaty obligations. Furthermore, if you read my post, you would see that I explained the difference between a small NC tribe that “refused” those “handouts” and the bulk of the Indians of the western region. The tribe you reference is not necessarily doing well because they “refused” the government benefits. You have some individuals of that tribe who are doing well because they have been assimilated into Western culture. You have a land developer. Certainly, if you were “in environment” as you stated, you know the difference between land in North Carolina and land in southwestern South Dakota. Try to develop the SD land – oh wait, the government did that . . . with a bombing range and uranium mines.
You stated there is no “legitimate rebuttal” to Stossel’s information. I believe there is no legitimacy to his statements. If you read my post, you would already know why. I hate repeating myself! You state I liked Stossel at ABC because he was censored there. No, Mr Hack. I liked Stossel because I agreed with some of his consumer protection/awareness pieces. I judge a person’s work on what I see, not what I have no knowledge of.
You spoke of libertarianism and progressivism. I could care less about any “ism” you would like to discuss. I am not a political person. I am interested in caring for people. I care that everyone has enough to eat, heat when it is freezing and adequate clothing.
Your last comment was about seeing people abuse the system. I have no doubt that occurs. You were in environment. I processed auto insurance injury claims. You want fraud, you’ve got it there. Yet I don’t claim that everyone who makes any injury claim is a fraud or faker. We all, even Mr Stossel and you and me, deserve to be judged on the fruits of our labors and at our words.
So, for the record, Mr Hack, I do not “hate” Stossel now nor have I ever. As for your statement, “I spit at your bullshit comments.”, I find it in poor taste and would never stoop to such a low in responding.
Here is Mr Hack’s second comment:
sorry for typo’s… John Stossel Keep Up The Great Work.. If it weren’t for people like you and even the tea party (which I am not a member), then Obama and the dems would have carte blanch to spend us into oblivion. What good is a social program when there’s no economy left to support it. Loving the stuff coming from John & Rand Paul… Loving the info. from [link removed], Heritage foundation (except more waste needs to be done away with in the military).
My response to Mr Hack:
Contrary to what you may believe, I am not for spending without attention to waste control. I believe legislation should only be for what it is meant to be — no little “pet projects” put into bills that have nothing to do with them. I believe that, if we as a nation taught responsibility and self-control to our children, we would have fewer problems and we would not have to legislate common sense. However, I also believe that we must fulfill our legal obligations, whether we like them or not.
There was one other comment that was not from Mr Hack but in response to his comments. It said:
Not wanting to drag politics into this but equating him [Stossel] to the tea party is hardly a way to endear him to …. oh, most of the country!
Thank you for not wanting to drag politics in because I really try to steer clear of politics as much as I can. My wish is to focus on human needs when I write about Pine Ridge Reservation. However, I did chuckle at your point. If not “most of the country,” certainly most of the people I personally know.
So where does that leave us?
It leaves me thinking John Stossel would be better off writing (or broadcasting, for that matter) about facts rather than using inflammatory name calling to get readers/viewers.