Ethical Comparison Drawn

The BBC’s Ethical Man attends a FreedomWorks meeting:

In the US state of Virginia the talk is of revolution. In the basement of a restaurant in Richmond we met 100 or so American patriots -ordinary people who claim to be the vanguard of a great new movement, a movement for American liberty.
“Lower taxes, less government, more freedom”, is their rallying cry…

Their call to arms focuses on two issues: healthcare reform and – you guessed it – President Barack Obama’s plan for a cap and trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions…

Most of the people I spoke at the Richmond meeting did not believe climate change is something they need worry about…

Bastards! They’re no better than the murderous defenders of slavery:

As the meeting broke up one man took me aside to say he was not persuaded by the arguments he had heard.
“You are in a state that fought for the freedom to keep people in slavery,” Phil told me.
Indeed, Patrick Henry, who demanded liberty or death as he helped launch the revolt against British tyranny, subsequently worked to defend the slave trade as an attorney.
Phil told me the story of Gabriel, a slave who, 24 years after the Declaration of Independence, attempted to lead a rebellion against the slave owners here in Richmond Virginia…
Gabriel was hanged just a couple of blocks away from the cellar where the FreedomWorks meeting was held.
“Freedom means different things to different people,” Phil said as he left the meeting.

They even held their meeting “just a couple of blocks away” from where a slave was hanged! The comparisons are spooky, aren’t they?

Coming soon – Ethical Man visits the Holocaust Museum in Washington and writes some nonsense about “deniers”.

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10 Responses to Ethical Comparison Drawn

  1. Phil says:

    Prince Charles was born in London, a city which profited greatly from the slave trade. For this reason alone no ethical person should take Charles eco-views seriously.


  2. Guest says:

    It does seem… clunky… in the analogies being inferred.

    However, in its own unique way, I am sure a perfectly good way for the narrative to be ‘enhanced’, whilst interpreting the events being ‘reported’ upon.


  3. Marky says:

    Nothing there about Obama’s repressive, big government, Marxist, Mao loving regime. Nothing there about how making the western world pay trillions in reparations, making it poorer will have negligible effect on climate change even if you blindly believe in it. Nothing there about how scientists will not share data/lost data so they don’t get caught out fiddling the results. Nothing there about why liberty is so very important today as governments are flexing their tyrannical muscles then. World Government here we come… Anyway they must all be would-be slavers and far-right wingers. Oh ****! Justin Rowlatt is on a mission to save the world! Unbiased views are obviously not his thing then ‘cause saving the world is just too damn important.


  4. David Preiser (USA) says:

    How coincidental that the two angles the BBC can find from which to report on Virginia are that the people there are racists and gun nuts (Mark Mardell’s latest blog post).  What a shock.  As if this isn’t exactly the way the Beeboids reported last November on anyone who might possibly not vote for The Obamessiah.

    But of course, this has nothing whatsoever to do with the Left’s concern that any victory by a non-Democrat today might possibly considered as the slightest, most minute hint of a referendum on The Obamessiah and His Plan For Us.  Nah, couldn’t be.  And these local US elections are worth reporting on to the British public because……why, then?


  5. Travis Bickle says:

    There’s nothing the left like more than doubling up their agendas.  If nobody’s listening on global warming then throw in a parrallel with race instead.

    It reminds me of this utterly, hilarious article written in the Times by a modern Joyce Grenfell who decides to befriend a bunch of scumbag, black hoodies, so she’d, uhm…have something intresting to write about in the Times.  And we could all have a wonderful time laughing at her.


  6. DJ says:

    Personally, I’m just waiting for the the BBC report on an EU summit held ‘just a couple of blocks away’ from a former Gestapo HQ.


  7. dave s says:

    ” The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other’ – Thomas Jefferson
    I doubt ethical man, in his poor attempt to denigrate those who hold by the American Constitution , is even aware that the author of the Declaration  of Independence was resolutely opposed to slavery.
    He may, with profit, study the life and career of Jefferson although I very much doubt he will find such a firm beliver in individual freedom much to his taste.


  8. Hurf Durf says:

    Effical Man goes to a meeting that thinks a Wealth Thieving Scheme sucks balls and – surprise surprise! – disagrees with those howwible wighties.

    Meanwhile, I go to a Greenpeace meeting, call them all pricks and they go and throw me out. Am I shocked? No. Because it’s obvious that our respective differences is too much to even bother writing about. Does Effical Man think this through? Obviously he does not.