Its Sin, and its Virtue
It is both contemptible, and it is praiseworthy.
On the one hand, contention is the hallmark of the loyal opposition.
On the other, it is the bane of the ruling class.
So what is the fine, divining line for what represents “good” contention?
One must first analyze the concepts of both good, and evil.
The rational mind can easily make such determinations.
For example, when a duck is roasting above an open campfire, “fire is good”; however, put yourself in the place of the duck in the form of a house fire, and “fire is bad”.
The rationalist would say that it is futile to measure, or to try and measure, good and evil.
They would say that it is all based on perspective.
I suppose they’d have somewhat the conundrum on their hands were it to be their cousin, Eddie the duck, who transpires in his house due to fire…but the rationalist would probably say “ah, just go ahead and chow down on old Eddie – never was worth much anyway – oughtta do somebody some good in death, since he didn’t in life”.
I would argue that there is evil in this rationale.
What are you willing to sacrifice so that there can be an improvement in your own condition? Moreso, what are you willing to see others sacrifice for your own hide?
Being in the minority party now, contention takes on somewhat a “new” light for me. Now I am forced to defend all, and I am forced to do so by a party that basically falls into the category of the cold rationalist.
They will do whatever it takes to hold on and survive.
I am reminded of spoiled brats I grew up with who would do most anything to “get their way”.
Well, I’m afraid that my contention is a bit different.
I am not willing to sacrifice others for my own sake.
I am, however, most willing to put them in harm’s way for something that is beneficial to us all.
For example, I will not sacrifice one company to save another, when through tried and true principles (free market enterprise), they could both be salvaged.
I was twenty hours from receiving a minor in business, and I remember vividly the mantra of our professors, from econ to business management they railed “Profit is King”.
From the standpoint of business operating in a capitalist system, there is absolute truth in this statement.
The unfortunate thing is, we are no longer a capitalist system (some say never to be again, but I disagree – all things are possible with God, and I believe, free men).
Henry Ford once said “they can have any car they want as long as it is black and a Model T”.
General Motors introduced the concept of a paint line.
People could have a choice.
And boy, did they ever choose.
So much so, that the concept of diversification took on new life.
From the concept sprang not only paint lines, but different car lines.
What was once one, became many.
Cadillac, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, GMC (and I’m sure I’m leaving some out) – the concept grew into the titan.
I learned, also in business school (and probably before through friends and other classes) that the Japanese have a saying that “on a clear day, you can see Mt. Fuji” (the island chain, I understand, is more extensive than meets the eye in Japan and I’m sure it is akin to my seeing my smoky mountains from far reaches – reminding me of home).
A book came out once entitled “On a Clear day, you can see GM”.
General Motors is one of the flagship corporations that made this nation strong.
It is in part what has stood as a rampart of sorts. It is one tier in a lined fortress.
ALCOA, IBM, US Steel, Unisys, Microsoft…the list can go on, and on ad infinitum. Each one represents a rampart in our fortress.
And now we have the voice of “change”.
“Mr. Obama, tear down those walls!”.
It is one thing to tear down a wall that is oppressive and designed to keep people in.
But let’s consider, these are multi-national corporations. They employ people all over the world.
They are not designed to either keep people in, or keep people out.
Theirs, is but one mission.
They are not prejudiced.
I once worked for a heavy metals company. I remember fondly how they would say, “we know how to do one thing, and we know how to do it well. We make that metal. That metal is our pay. We do it right because we know there is a reward in the end in the form of our paychecks that we get from making the stuff. It is what we do”.
Now we have Obama and his merry band telling us that they have it all wrong. That somehow, this needs to be changed.
It is not “fair” that they should make a profit through their hard work when others do not.
You want fair?
Fair is seeing the feather-bedding sons-a-bitches getting off their assess and help the rest of the world turn a profit. That is fair.
Fair is having a system where everyone is expected to pull their weight.
Fair is a world free from muzzles of the kind Congress and BO’s stinking plans want to place on blogs and talk radio through the “fairness” doctrine.
There is no fairness in their regulation (UNLESS your lazy ass is laying in a feather bed).
He is single-handed tearing down what this nation has built from dust.
He is taking a thriving, positive system and turning it into one that “plays favorites”.
He is essentially reducing it to the lowest common denominator, the sluggish, apathetic sorry piece of shit laying in a feather bed while others accept risk and build civilization.
I am no rationalist when it comes to good and evil.
I believe that any can see the difference between the two.
There can be no good in dismantling through regulation.
The bible states that evil will twist the truth and use it to its own devices.
I believe we are witnessing this first-hand.
There is no good in the policies that are being forced down the throat of this nation today.
What we have is an evil Pygmalion one with an intent not to improve the lot of some lowly individual (what was lowly about American capitalism – once the envy of the world?).
What we have is someone with their own concept of what is righteous and good, and yet from what I see, there is no good in any of his policies.
To destroy what was once something others held in high esteem – where is the good in that?
I remember when Russians (before the wall came down) – when common Russians desired to wear Levi jeans.
We took them for granted. They were “knocking around” clothes.
They were prized behind the iron curtain.
What is evil in that?
Sure, if the object is greed. But what if it is simply to have a quality pair of durable britches that happen also to be (in some individual estimation)…stylish? Is that evil?
I always detested that teacher from school who would say “if you bring bubble gum into the class, you have to bring one for everybody”.
It was my ass that was out on the weekends picking up bottles to turn them in for coins with which to buy the bubble gum.
Let the other bastards get out in the hot sun and pick up bottles so that they too can enjoy and nice, juicy chew in school.
What is unfair is for you to expect me to work double-time for the damned lazy slugs who would not get up off their fat assess to change their minds, much less earn a piece of bubble gum.
Your damned right.
But I believe that mine is a form of contention that stands for what is true, and what is right, and therefore, what is righteous.
No more mister nice-guy.
It is time to take off the gloves, and fight for my damned piece of bubble gum.