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A Nostalgic July 4th Offering
by Lindsay Perigo

Note from Linz: On looking back over the hundreds of daily editorials I broadcast during the life of my Politically Incorrect Show I found I had not delivered one specifically about America's July 4th celebrations. But the following, broadcast on July 10, 2000, after a five-week break, was clearly written with the recent July 4th in mind. Here it is as broadcast. For the benefit of non-Kiwi readers, "Neanderton" was my name for our Minister for Economic Development, Jim Anderton; "Neanderton Nicotine" was an entirely fictitious cigarette company invented to thumb my nose at the country's laws against tobacco sponsorship.


PI Show July 10, 2000

Music - Die Fledermaus

Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA and welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Monday July 10, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd., the show that says bugger the politicians and bureaucrats and all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit and 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.

Music up, music down

Ladies and gentlemen, I've changed my mind.

In the five weeks I've been away I reconverted to socialism. I resolved to return and become a dutiful citizen of the Democratic People's Republic of Aotearoa. Never again shall I hold aloft the banner of individual liberty. Liberty, I have concluded, is a selfish luxury that society can ill afford. I hereby place my life at society's disposal. Society in its collective wisdom has elected a government that requires more of its citizens' money, that desires more control over its citizens' activities, that wants us to demonstrate our spiritual credentials by undressing and brandishing spears who am I, a mere lone individual, to question any of this? Henceforth I swear unswerving obeisance to society and the Great Leaders it has chosen to rule over us.

Like hell!

Actually, I have returned more convinced than ever that freedom's greatest modern-day enemy is democracy, the dreadful despotism of unbridled majority rule. In his new movie, The Patriot, Mel Gibson playing a widowed South Carolina landowner, Benjamin Martin explains his reluctance to take up arms against the British by asking, "What is the difference between one tyrant 3000 miles away and 3000 tyrants one mile away?" As it happens, a new tyranny of numbers was never what the Founding Fathers intended, and Gibson does eventually join the War of Independence, but his question resonates today because a mobocracy is what America has become. What was it supposed to be? A country based on inalienable individual rights, governed, in the words of Thomas Jefferson's first inaugural address, by "a wise and frugal government which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labour the bread it has earned." With what horror would Jefferson view the elected regime of William Jefferson Clinton!

And that of Helen Clark and James Anderton. One of the first things to catch my eye on my return was a report that Neanderton's new Ministry for Economic Development has, in its first four months, taken from the mouth of labour some two million dollars with which to pay consultants. This included ninety thousand dollars for work on the Ministry's new logo. Outrageous, you say? Not at all this is what a majority voted for, and that, according to the mentality of mobocracy, makes it right.

On Jefferson's Memorial are quoted his words, "I have pledged eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the minds of men." I echo that pledge today and direct it especially against that most insidious form of tyranny, mob rule.
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