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Why do liberals hate innovation?

I want you to listen to this speech from Jesse Jackson Jr.

Now you would think with Atlas Shrugged coming out as a movie that liberals might try not to associate themselves with the villains of the movie (more than they usually do at least), but let’s be honest here, many have gone broke betting on the intelligence and foresight of liberals.

“A few short weeks ago I came to the House floor after having purchased an iPad and said that I happened to believe, Mr. Speaker, that at some point in time this new device, which is now probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs. Now Borders is closing stores because, why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine,” Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL, Chicago) said on the House floor Friday (4/15) afternoon.

Huh?

The iPad is responsible for that. Notice it’s just Apple’s iPad that is to blame (the Barnes and Noble, Nook, Amazon, Kindle, and Sony, e-reader, lobbyists must have made their extortion payments,…er…I mean campaign donations on time). But let’s ignore how the funding for DNC looks like it was set up by the Corliones. (It gets worse when you figure that Union funding is a key component in both operations).

So innovation is to blame. Innovation of new products is a bad thing; the country that gave us the assembly line, the first mass produced car, the personal computer, the internet, the microwave, and a dozen other things. But apparently innovation is a bad thing when it destroys jobs.

I would have hated to have this guy around when the automobile first came out. I mean just think of all the buggy-whip manufacturing plants that must have gone out of business that this idiotic bleeding heart would have defended and demanded that something be done to destroy this new invention.

I shudder to think what would have happened if this twit had been around when the light bulb was invented (oh wait, Ayn Rand wrote that scene in Anthem, with almost point for point objections in the mouth of her villains—her heroes may have problems, but that women understood the mind of evil all too well).

Not to mention that a lot of his complaints are the same ones made about that new-fangled invention, the printing press, a few hundred years ago.

Now, I hate these e-readers. Why? Because I’m a snob and believe my books should be tangible and smelly (the only thing better than new book smell is old book smell), but I don’t hate innovation. These things will only make my nearing 1000 (70 books to go!) book collection all the more impressive.

Still for all the jobs that it eliminates (really if your job can be replaced by a machine, were you really contributing in the first place?) it creates new jobs in Apple marketing, in publishing companies that no longer have such high overhead, in creating new writers who can get their words out in this fascinating new forum. It’s a brave new world (and I mean that without the cynicism Huxley associated with it).

Now to mention manufacturing jobs. But the question is why is it cheaper to build these things in China and pay the extra costs for shipping? Oh, that’s right Jackson and his cronies have made this country’s laws so inhospitable to manufacturing and business you’d have to be an idiot to open a business here. Does Jackson sound likes he wants to get rid of unethical protection of union bullying? Of ridiculous federal red tape? Of preposterous tax codes? No, I didn’t think so. If we’re losing jobs to China for manufacturing, it’s probably because Jackson and his buddies (and his father, let’s not forget his father) drove those businesses away.

(Also why is a liberal complaining about a device that will drastically reduce deforestation and transportation of books and papers? Isn’t that environmentally friendly?)

But at a more deep seated level this is the liberal hatred of the human mind. The human mind that can create new things (things that most people who vote for Democrats could never come up with). The hatred of a company that in the last decade redefined what technology can do. Are there some draw backs? Yes. Is society having to adjust to a new paradigm? Yes. But it will adjust, and you will find all those fun little gadgets that start with ‘i’ (and the competitor’s knockoffs) have made our lives better when we don’t let the technology rule us.

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