The Twin Towers were the Declaration of Independence in towering steel - a free mind and ego soaring to the skies - happiness rising in architectural symphony. One was the BIG BUSINESS tower. The other was the EGO-SELFISHNESS skyscraper.
The towers represented a mighty threat to sacrifice-glorifiers, mind-destroyers, and oppressors. Rejecting the hands-off, nonintervention, noninterference imperative in freedom, rights-infringers targeted the Twin Beau Ideals. Enemies of free enterprise destroyed the BIG BUSINESS tower, and haters of equal inherent inalienable rights struck down the EGO-SELFISHNESS skyscraper.
Many people revolted at the September 11, 2001 destruction miss the fact that the values and virtues that made the Twin Beau Ideals possible have been under vicious attack for over a century. Deluge of vilification and incomprehensible injustice have been heaped upon free enterprise, big business, brilliant innovation, spectacular success, and self-interested pursuits of profit and happiness.
Great pioneers are calumniated as robber barons. The reign of brilliant innovation is derided as the decade of greed. The best businessmen: terrorized or hauled to prison, the creator of 62 million jobs, Mike Milken, among them. Their greatest achievements looted or denounced as evil. The decade-of-greed reversal by the US Second District Court of Appeals could not bring back the businesses and jobs gestapoed out of existence. Nor erase the years of torture.
The spectacularly successful are rightless, says the Antitrust law. A pox on logic, it proclaims - free competition must be enforced! Away with definitions, lawmakers decree - jail or dragoon job creators with undefined, elastic laws like Insider Trading. Void the presumption of innocence doctrine, regulators dictate - "the White House and the US Congress must make businessmen and doctors honest."
The Founders said: Free men DO NOT NEED PERMISSION. Free men TRADE. Obama says: “We should no longer ALLOW banks to stray too far from their central mission of SERVING their customers."
After being coerced to accept TARP funds, after being allowed to pay back “a huge rip-off”, after paying mega millions to repurchase warrants on top of the 9% on federal borrowing several banks “didn't want in the first place", King Barack now calls for more extortion and strangulation while constantly vilifying banks. He whimsically singles out banks, thus, exempting Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, GM, Chrysler, and GE, the owner of NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC.
The Declaration of Independence, the freedom of action in the pursuit of individual self-interests, has been outlawed. For more than a century now, businessmen have been slaves. Power-lusters, looters, and moochers have rendered them fair game to every vilification, extortion, and rights-infringement by dishonestly portraying them as callous evil crooks, as Goliath. Having a monopoly on coercive power, only the government can become a Goliath.
Government-Goliath terrorizes job creators. Corporate America is under a bipartisan dictatorship. The Republican and Democratic Parties champion extortion and coercion. Declaring war on productive citizens, both have arrogated the power to control and dispose of private property.
Goliath denies the Bill of Rights to big business. The tyrant puffs: the public will cheer when we torture unbridledly greedy slaves. President Obama told CEOs, “My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”
To King Barack’s unbridled greed for coercive power:What kinds of people stay silent, thus effectively sanctioning, this evil? “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent,” Thomas Jefferson said. That foothold has greatly advanced. The choice has become: intellectual revolution now so our children will live in freedom, or, Civil War 2 in their days.
Banks: Assert freedom! Fight the knave!
Else: Be crowned cowards - willing slaves.
The Declaration of Independence in towering steel, the Twin Beau Ideals, must rise again, together with the good they stand for: reason, liberty, coercion-free economics, science, technology, progress, innovation, pride, and joy!