Lindsay Perigo
Lindsay Perigo

The Politically Incorrect Show - 16/01/2001

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Good afternoon, Kaya Oraaa & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Tuesday January 16, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit, & excellence, against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

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Today I want to pass on a story told to me by a doctor friend. I do so with his permission:

"Yesterday I assessed a 54 year old man's eligibility for the Invalid's Benefit. His medical problems were that he had ruined his body with alcohol, tobacco, heroin and cocaine. He had the leathery, deeply wrinkled face and wasted body of a 70-80 year old. I asked when he had last worked. He said 26 years ago, at which time the thought occurred to him that he didn't really have to work after all - the gummint would just give him money, so why bother? He had spent several spells in prison. When I asked him where he thought the money came from that the government was giving him he shrugged. I said it came from people like me - to which he added 'You're paid too much, anyway.'

"The most chilling aspect was when he told me that he would continue to vote for anyone who would continue to give him more of the same (handouts) and as long as there were enough like him around, there wasn't anything I could do about it."

If you want to know what's wrong with this country, there you have it in a nutshell: the assumption by this man that his medical condition - self-inflicted in this case - gave him a moral right to Other People's Money, & the snarling envy of someone, who, unlike him, was in a productive job, actually earning his money, supporting himself & his family as well as his patient. This mentality is not uncommon, but seldom is it spelled out so brazenly, even here on talkback where evidence of it abounds.

Our government spends six times as much on accommodating this mentality, violating our rights in the process, as it does on its proper function, upholding our rights via defence & law & order. It woefully neglects the latter & favours the former. Such a state of affairs is, quite simply, scandalous. It exists because too many people actively want it to exist, or are prepared passively to let it exist.

Ultimately, the answer to it is not just a tweaking of the government's budget - this is a moral issue. This leech ("Leech - a worm that has a sucker at each end of the body & feeds on the blood or tissue of other animals")  - this leech should be told that his needs are not a mortgage on anyone else, that his bloodsucking days are over.

My doctor friend was evidently rather gobsmacked by his patient's effrontery. Perhaps, in readiness for the leech's next visit - if there is one - my friend should have emblazoned on one of his surgery walls the words of Howard Roark in The Fountainhead:

"I came here to say that I do not recognise anyone's right to one minute of my life. Nor to any part of my energy. Nor to any achievement of mine. No matter who makes the claim, how larger their number or how great their

When we have more Howard Roarks than leeches among us - when productive effort & success are rewarded & admired rather than penalised & envied, when failure is not treated as a moral claim on others - THEN the country will be salvageable. So the leech shrugged? That's what we should do at him in return: shrug! Hard enough to dislodge him & his equally parasitical political & bureaucratic champions from our backs.

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