Do We Really Have Fools In Congress?
In the January 8, 1993, Brady Standard I wrote an article under the title of “I’ll Just Quit Reading” which was in reference to a 30 or more year old article in the Readers Digest on the danger of smoking cigarettes. My article stood for the proposition to quit reading rather than quit smoking, for, in so doing one would then not learn of the fallacies of life that are revealed to us through reading.
Had I followed my own counsel I would have quit reading and thus never have learned of all of the crooks I had help vote into high government offices; I would never have learned that most of our politicians are liars, and that the time had come when one is taking a chance when he believes much of what his government tells him.
So, through the years that followed I continued to read and continued to be disappointed in the things I learned. Then the other day I read an article in the Readers Digest (America’s Shocking Disability Scam) which took the cake, cooked my goose, left me one sandwich short of a picnic and has made me consider, once again, the advantages of giving up reading.
This article convinced me of a fact that I had long suspicioned but long hoped was untrue.....and that fact is that we are electing stupid people into our congress. It also leads one to believe that these congress people who pass these bad bills seldom realize the stupidity of their act and do little or nothing to rectify their misdeed, thereby leaving the taxpayer, as usual, to pay for their act of foolishness. Sadly, however, when they do try to correct their mistakes they generally mess up again .(Bring your thinking to the present Health Care problems in congress and then wonder if it was a bunch of idiots that got us into this mess).
Had you read the referenced article it would have convinced you that we do have idiots in congress (idiot in this instance being taking from Webster’s definition as “one without professional knowledge—very stupid or foolish”). You would have learned that while on one hand the government might be trying to reduce the number of drunks, junkies, child abusers, and other misfits, but with the other hand it is doling out $25 billion a year to urge these misfits to continue on this government entitlement program for life.
How did people learn of this giveaway program? Through “public service” ads on TV and word of mouth. It would appear that the government is encouraging parents to coach their children to act crazy in order that they can receive “crazy money”. Their message is also “show us you are a hard-core drug addict and, as long as you continue to shoot up or drink up, the money is going to keep coming.”
In searching for words to express my feelings toward fools and stupid people I decided that I was not learned enough to qualify for the high demands of such an endeavor.
So, feeling that the words I was seeking might be provided by wiser people I turned to my book of quotations and here is some of what I found:
“Generosity is a part of my character, and I therefore hasten to assure this Government that I will never make an allegation of dishonesty against it whenever a simple explanation of stupidity will suffice.”
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.”
“When a man does a thoroughly stupid thing, it is always from the noblest motives.”
“It has been said that there is no fool like an old fool, except a young fool. But the young fool has first to grow up to be an old fool to realize what a damn fool he was as a young fool.”
While these word were not exactly what I was seeking I found another quotation which induced me to cease my faultfinding for it read as follows: “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain — and most fools do.”
Touché — and out!
A LITTLE OF THIS AND THAT
On inauguration day, Jan.20, 1997, President Clinton revealed to the nation his vision for the future where 34 years earlier, in a nearby spot, Martin Luther King had told of his dream. Just as Martin Luther King’s dream held hope for the day when “little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers”, and so it was in President Clinton’s dream that he saw Democrats and Republicans joining hands and working together for the good of our country.
Now I must admit that the President had a good dream, but I fear that the vision he had was of men big enough to forget the slings and arrows of the recent presidential campaign will not hold water, for in that respect I question that the Republican leaders are big enough to overlook Democratic tactics they have viewed as “unscrupulous”. I hope that I am wrong because I would love to see some real bipartisan politics in action once more.
Well — at last — someone said something that should have been said a long time ago. But — it took an African-American journalist to find the courage to call Dennis Rodman (the basketball player with different colors of hair) what he really is — a punk, a jerk, a nit-wit and a bum. He even went so far as to suggest that “we find for him some dark hole in the bowels of obscurity.” He further suggests that “we shouldn’t allow celebrities to undermine standards of behavior”.
To those suggestions I say hallelujah brother and thanks to Leonard Pitts who writes for the Miami Herald.
Excuse me please if I extract from the column of Daryl Huggard, another African-American, just a few words that I am sure are pleasing to most white people while irritating the hell out of many blacks. These words are:”Like the crack dealers and murderers, I am an enemy in my own community. Because I let white people in on the well-guarded secret that our kids don’t value education, and tell blacks that we are now our own worst enemies, I have become sort of an enigma.
“I do regret that KKK now stands for krazy kolered killers, or kids killing for krack, but I have developed a sort of “race fatigue” that comes from constantly making white people responsible for the majority of black problems.”
Mr. Hubbard also has something to say about the “black whiners” who moan about the corrosive effects of white racism and the “white whiners” who blame blacks for their misfortunes. This was a very interesting article and was sent to me by an old friend who lived in Jackson, Tennessee.
While I am passing out accolades to the above two black columnists let me tip my hat to another of their brethren, Representative J. C. Watts of Oklahoma , who delivered the Republican response to President Clinton’s State of the Union address. He has been quoted as characterizing Rev. Jesse Jackson and Washington Mayor Marion Barry as “race hustling poverty pimps” whose power depends on keeping blacks tied to the “plantation” of government dependency.
Mr. Watts is seen as “an apostle of black individualism and self-reliance” by some and as an “Uncle Tom” by others — personally I liked his speech and my prediction is that he will go far in the political field.
The receipt of the following two letters from Mason readers coupled with the loss of my wife has convinced me that it is time to hitch up my old “Memory Wagon” and stay busy.
I am sorry I have not written sooner to say thank you for writing your memory articles in the Mason County News.
I have enjoyed each of your articles. I like your style of writing. I will miss them. I wish you well and hope that your
health will last a long time. Your mind at the age of 98 is doing just fine.
Take Care and if you get the urge to submit any more articles, you can count on me reading and enjoying it.
It has been one of my greatest weekly pleasures to read the columns you submitted to the Mason County News.
I’m sad to see that you are laying down your pen but understand your position. You will be missed.
I think you should publish your past columns in the form of a book.
There are a lot more than 7 of us out here that enjoyed your writing and would love to have a collection of your writings.
Those two letters added to the other seven similar letters I have received in the past three years made me feel that at least my memories have been appreciated by some and I am sure that they made the writers glad they had written. At any rate MOSTLY MEMORIES has begun again in this issue and will continue as long as I am able to use the copy, paste and forward functions on my computer. Be advised however that they may contain memories dating as far back as 1928 as well as re-runs of some of my favorite stories.
When you come to think of it re-runs are not altogether bad and as an example I will tell you that I have been watching re-runs of John Wayne movies for 50 years or more and I still like them. So read those old memories again when they appear, hell’s fire, you may like them better the second time around.