Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Onward and Downward!

There are two little conversations which have stayed in my mind for a good thirty years now, perfect little metaphors, little signs that pointed the way.

The first took place when Ronald Reagan was running for President. I was in a union, the Bookbinders (an AFL-CIO affiliate) and my local had endorsed Reagan. I asked the Vice-President of my Local why. She replied with a little synopsis of "trickle-down" economics: "You see, if rich people have more money, than they can give us more money"
The only thing that trickled down to that union was getting broken. Seems the "rich people" used their money to figure out ways of getting rid of the union. What a surprise!

The second was more significant, seems to encapsulate everything I see around me. In a conversation with a friend, he summed up his views thus: "You hippies (huh? Let it go...) always say 'do your own thing'. So you run around with long hair and beads, smoking pot, and saying love,love,love everybody. Well, I can do my own thing, too. And my thing is being a redneck, racist, cracker, who hates everybody."

Everybody is "doing their own thing" now. But it's good sometimes to think back to the first brave Americans who, in the late Seventies and early Eighties, made the first tentative moves towards liberating themselves from the strictures which so oppressed us back then. These were the brave souls, rejecting the intolerable burdens thrust on them by an uncaring, cold society, who first demonstrated that life could best be faced with a strict adherence to the principles and rules which govern junior-high-school social life. Most of all, we must thank them for releasing America from the elitist principles of critical thinking, and in a daring move which can only be compared to the moment when the Buddhist initiate attains Satori, or the bliss of the binge drinker who vomits before passing out, the pernicious principle of decency was cast aside.

Free to be, you and me.

4 Comments:

Blogger josh narins said...

I agree with your freedom to be me, but not you.

I have a growing sense that people are willing to be themselves, instead of me.

The correct translation of the phrase is "Free to be you (referring to me, if you aren't me) and me (if the sentence is spoken by me)"

February 11, 2005 at 7:51 PM  
Anonymous agitprop said...

we must thank them for releasing America from the elitist principles of critical thinking

The dumbing down of America is a wonderful thing for Republicans. They cut funding for education, ban the teaching of evolution, refer to university professors as leftist totalitarians and say that "we're being attacked by the educated and intelligent segments of society". Perfect!

The more people grow dumb and dumber, the more likely they will vote Republican.

March 30, 2005 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger PoppieProng said...

hi mooser. how's it going? i can't believe the hrad of your local actually bought into that tripe.

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