Friday, October 28, 2005

The Trolley is Off the Tracks

Peggy Noonan has one of the most thoughtful pieces I've seen written in a long time. Her thoughts are mine exactly. I've wondered for a long time now if I'm just being an alarmist - that all will be well no matter my concern - but now, I'm not so sure.

What do *I* think would be a good start to getting the trolley back on track? Stop the ridiculousness. Stop changing the rules at the whim of a few and to please an ever increasing number of minority groups of who-demands-what or whose-feelings-are-hurt-today. Sure, the "size" of government and who controls each branch is a problem, but more importantly, the result of that as the "scope" of each branch and whose lives and quality of living are controlled by a few has run amok. Some things should be left for society to dictate themselves.

There are those in government who have sold their souls to those who promise them money and power and some who can't be bought and still fight the good fight. It's our responsibility to support those who engage in the important fights and leave our individual lives to us. Make the government do what they're supposed to do. They're supposed to protect us from outside forces, maintain our infrastructure and provide us with justice in our courts. Nothing more. Protect us from that which we personally have no control over. NOT protect us from ourselves. NOT provide us with food and water and clothing ten minutes after a hurricane. NOT tell us how to raise our children. NOT to bastardize our constitution and interpret it so loosely that we can lose our homes and livelyhoods to greed. NOT to correct discrimination with reverse-discrimination.

If one parent beats their child to death - "no" parent is permitted to spank their unruly child without fear of humiliation and jailtime. If one woman uses her blow dryer in the shower - every blow dryer company in the country is at risk of heavy fines for not applying warnings to all who buy their product not to do the same. If one person kills another for greed and another kills for racism, punishment differs. A teacher must say grace in secret before they eat their lunch.


There are those in our government who seek to punish the rich for their gains and redistribute it to the poor indiscriminately, yet they amass their own wealth and power at the expense of those same poor they claim to want to protect. They blantanly arrange the rules to make themselves exempt from their rules. Utter hypocrisy.

There are those in academia whose ideals are so mislead that when they see the wheels come off the trolley as it goes off the tracks, they steal the tracks. They try to make everything that made us great disappear into a fog as they attempt to rewrite the rules and indoctrinate our children into a model of every past failure in history. To socialize and institutionalize every aspect of our lives because they don't like what someone did twenty or even one hundred years ago. To ensure that everyone, no matter their contribution, is rewarded the same, ignoring the human nature in humans. They wear Che Gueverra t-shirts, romanticizing his blood-soaked insanity, and look down their noses at the working class. They applaud the ban on DDT which has caused the deaths of millions, yet, demonize the deaths caused by the liberation of a country.

And here's her money quote that sums it all up:
I suspect that history, including great historical novelists of the future, will look back and see that many of our elites simply decided to enjoy their lives while they waited for the next chapter of trouble. And that they consciously, or unconsciously, took grim comfort in this thought: I got mine. Which is what the separate peace comes down to, "I got mine, you get yours."


That's what I think is going on with our elites. There are two groups. One has made a separate peace, and one is trying to keep the boat afloat. I suspect those in the latter group privately, in a place so private they don't even express it to themselves, wonder if they'll go down with the ship. Or into bad territory with the trolley.

The only thing I would add to it is that the "I got mine, you get yours" elite crowd do it at such an advantage the rest of us will never enjoy unless we act. We put them there. We need to take them out.


At 11/01/2005 06:12:00 AM, Anonymous GM Roper said...

The hypocracy of the elite, especially of the Kennedy, Kerry, Moore types is astounding. It is always do as I say, not do as I do with them.

Unfortunately, those that follow don't understand that those who are "elite" leaders really don't give a crap about them.

The old chinese saying "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day,teach him to fish and he eats for a lifetime" doesn't seem to apply to the "elites." By making sure they control the "fish" via handouts, they insure they control those dependent on them, the very ones sometimes that have said "Why learn to fish? These fine folk insure I get a fish every day."

At 11/01/2005 07:08:00 AM, Blogger A Person said...

Yeah, that. And for some of those elite, it's all just a "feel good" thing for them. "See how generous I am?" It's like a constant reaffirmation of their usefulness they crave.


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