Good Morning Sunshine(s):
I remember the famous quote from someone getting his head handed to him: “Why can’t we all just get along?” Or, it was something along those lines. Whatever it was, it’s become more or less a New Commandment; as in “I give you a new commandment! You shall get along with everyone! You shall be tolerant, and diverse, and non-judgmental of your neighbors. You shall not think their behavior savage, profligate, illegal, immoral or fattening lest you cause them to feel bad! I am the, umm, the Happy Face!”
It was something along those lines that I woke up thinking about today, remembering the recent accusations of treasonous behavior directed at a group of senators from the opposite party here in these Untied States who wrote a very public letter warning a very public enemy about the life expectancy of a deal in the making. A deal which a lot of folks, including the letter writers, not only think is not good, but is downright bad, not to say stupid, wrong and jejeune. But, we have come to expect such things from certain folks over the last half dozen or so years.
So, they think the deal’s wrong, all wrong, and said so. Well, at least we know where they stand on that issue. At least, too, they don’t meet their opposition, who was one of their own, on the porch of the Senate and stab him to death to preserve the Republic. But, it isn’t yet March 15th.
Some folks, not yet at the “calling someone treasonous” stage, lament such public displays of differences of opinion uttering versions of the “Why can’t we…” plea for harmony, unity, peace and good will. Being right (not politically, Dear. Puhleeze!) and acting that way causes disharmony. Being polite does not.
Well, sometimes polite is wrong and right is, well, honorable. I mean, it wasn’t right for former Rep. Wiener to show his naughty bits to a lady, even if some folks would say he had a right to do it…which I do not think he did, being after all married even if it was(is?) to a lady who works for a lady who has long thought it’s always right for her not to do the right thing (but what difference does that make?). But it was right to say, and that loudly, that it was wrong, that HE was wrong, even if some folks would have preferred to “avert eyes” from the rude behavior, and to reach the conclusion that his wrongness was much wider and deeper than a mere matter of dressing or not. Are you still following?
Stuff like this upsets a lot of folks. They want everyone, like the fellows above, the Senators of Great Discord, to just get along; because, after all they say, it’s the right thing to do. Families get along. Don’t they? They’re not polarized. Neither are countries; or they shouldn’t be. A nation needs to stick together and follow one leader. “My country, etc…” So they did in Rome, as recently as 70 years ago…and look what’s happened since. And, they did it in places like Germany, Russia and China which were paradises and thousand year empires, for a while. Then other folks started thinking it wasn’t right, more or less, not to be polarized about some things…most things…everyone said should be right, including, most importantly, a bunch of Dear Leaders, and Uncles. How else, one reasons in these cases, can Great Leaps Forward be accomplished unless everyone at all times thinks; nay believes with heart and soul, that all is right, and just, proper and helpful toward salvation?
While I continued thinking about this, I came across an article by a fellow with the odd sounding name of Hadley Arkes. He wrote about polarization, a bad thing to have say the right believers in this article; worse, I suspect, than Ebola, because it has proven fatal in many cases among the polarized. And Prof. Arkes concludes that it just might be right; despite what all of the folks who want us to have and exercise our rights in an atmosphere of smiling tolerance and agreeable silence say; vigorously exercise them, including the new ones which have been hiding in closets and shadows until coaxed out into the light by judges and oddly dressed or undressed people.
But, he, being a well educated fellow, and a real live professor of something, somewhere, says it much better than I ever could here.
Right’s never wrong. But sometimes, and lately quite often, “rights” are, and being polarized, even angrily so, about that is, to my way of thinking, right. The folks who argue against that, preaching tolerance of wrongs, will see nothing wrong, some sweet day, with putting people away who aren’t tolerant, diverse of opinion and supportive of one dear leader, a person not afraid of progress and change; a person to charge full speed ahead into the hope filled future. Dammit all! They’ll do it because they’ll say that those who don’t think right are wrong and have no rights, particularly the right to think the way they do about the right way of doing things, including such things as Prof. Arkes mentions in his little article..
They’ve done it before. And, they’ll do it again, to paraphrase a once popular song.
They’ll do it again.