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Because it’s pretty effing obvious that they’ve never read his works. He never promoted unregulated free markets: in fact, he advocated for individuals and governments to control capitalism, and to take into account the needs of people, no matter which economic and social strata they may occupy. Our “Republican” “leaders” and their corporate paymasters are willfully ignorant of these facts, damn their manifold “souls”.

A few sample Adam Smith quotes for all y’all who haven’t read him:

“It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.”

Yeah, but don’t tell that to the BoehnerBots.

“No society can surely be flourishing and happy of which by far the greater part of the numbers are poor and miserable.”

Again, the Baggers and their puppeteers have evidently missed this little bon mot.

“Our merchants and masters complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price and lessening the sale of goods. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people.”

Pretty obvious reference to the 1-percenters of his day and ours, innit?

:“The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another. Avarice over-rates the difference between poverty and riches: ambition, that between a private and a public station: vain-glory, that between obscurity and extensive reputation. The person under the influence of any of those extravagant passions, is not only miserable in his actual situation, but is often disposed to disturb the peace of society, in order to arrive at that which he so foolishly admires.”

Sounds a lot like Repubs and Teabagggers, does it not?

More of his quotes can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/14424.Adam_Smith But if you can, you really ought to read all of his Wealth of Nations writings, because the man was the kind of capitalist that has nearly gone extinct in these decadent modern times.

This writer hopes that whatever eventual tribunal metes out justice to these Teabagging scumbuckets remembers one more Adam Smith quote:

“Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.”

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

P.S.: What prompted this rant? Why, ’twas this article on a skanky lobbyist who played both sides of the street during the recent ACA imbroglio. Said scuzzbucket is the recipient of ALEC’s “Adam Smith Free Enterprise Award”. ALEC is, of course, the über-teabagger lobbying group that wants to ban all regulations, so the very notion of those f***wits naming an award after Adam Smith is so far beyond ironic as to be beyond belief.

At least, that is the only conclusion to be drawn from George Zimmerman’s recent autograph session at an Orlando gun show, and photo op at a gun shop. Hundreds of people from the “get away with murder state” lined up to kiss George’s pimply backside, thus showing their support for his actions.

And his actions were as follows: stalking, assaulting, and murdering an unarmed minor in cold blood. So if you support Zimmerman, you support kiddie-killing.

Don’t like that characterization, oh Gun-Nutter Floridians? Are you offended by being called out for the racist, child-killer wannabees that you most obviously are? Then show us differently. For now, the shoe, having fit you so well, remains on your foot.

“Florida: Paradise for Child Murderers”. It has a certain ring to it, and is 100% accurate, too.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

Obama said it: http://news.yahoo.com/-obama–trayvon-martin-%E2%80%98could-have-been-me-35-years-ago%E2%80%99–180734663.html Click the link and read what the man said.

“And for those who resist that idea—that we should think about something like these ‘stand your ground’ laws—I just ask people to consider: If Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened?” the president said.

“And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws,” Obama said.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky is hardly a fan of the President, as his readers well know. But dammit, the man is right on this one. Stand Your Ground laws are nothing more or less than the Old West come again. Gun battles on the streets will be the logical result of this policy.

Think about it: Armed Citizen Number A meets Armed Citizen Letter 2. Both feel threatened by the other. A gun battle ensues, because both shooters are justified under Stand Your Ground (SYG) laws. Somebody dies, nobody can be charged, and people realize they can kill anyone they damned well please just by claiming that they were all skeered and s***.

The more people on the ground with guns and nebulous rules of engagement, the more shootings and shootouts we will see. Just like Sanford. But all over the country. Not just one kid, but many times many.

And criminals are using SYG in the course of their business: for example, the burglar who used SYG to justify shooting the man he was robbing. Yes, it really happened: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/07/17/2308681/stand-your-ground-south-carolina/?mobile=nc And it’s just gonna get crazier, peeps.

Just this once, everybody, let’s listen to the man in the White House. The rule of law is what America is based on. We tried the Wild West, and it didn’t work. That’s a big reason for all the handgun laws we have now, you know..

So instead of continuing to let the arms industry con us into financing their money-making schemes by trying to cram more and guns into every pocket we own, let’s go back to what worked for decades.

Instead of going waaaay back to what didn’t.

Mr. Blunt and Cranky

P.S. The “lying sack of s***” award will return next Saturday. This topic was more important than a sarky dose of snark.