“Thou Shall not Bear False Witness
A Yiddish proverb says a half truth is the same as a whole lie. If the proverb is valid we are living in a world of lies. Curmudgeons and cynics are those searching for the missing parts of the truth.
One of my favorite historians Howard Zinn in his book “A Peoples history of the United States” exposes the history omitted or skimmed over in most of our textbooks by politicians, teachers and the media,
One of his reasons for writing this book is “There are themes of importance to me which I found missing in orthodox history that dominated American culture. The consequences of the omissions has been simply to give to give a distorted view of the past, but more important, to mislead us about the present.
“One can outright lie or omit certain facts which lead to an incorrect conclusion. Emphasizing certain facts or mentioning facts and quickly going on to something else are methods of concealing the truth.
In Jon Winokur’s book Portable Curmudgeon I finnaly found myself. I thought of myself as an angry young man, but not being young anymore have now earned the title curmudgeon.
Curmudgeons refuse to see life through the filter of wishful thinking and are outspoken about the harsh realities of life. They attempt to bring to light the half truths for those viewing the world through rose colored glasses.
The protesters and their parents could have solved the dilemma they find themselves in if they had listened to some of the curmudgeons and protested when President Reagan did away with anti trust laws and regulations for Wall Street and corporations plus starting the demise of unions. Instead he was reelected and had an airport named after him. You and your parents even reelected Bush for a second term. What you sow, so shall you reap.
Protesters should have been out on the streets when Clinton passed NAFTA. Large companies are still moving to Mexico for cheaper labor. In the last few months Whirlpool and La -Z-Boy have moved at least 3 plants to Mexico. Buying other brands would get the attention needed for change. The public has the power if were willing to make some sacrifices.
Removing your money from large banks is small move, but need to do more by taking more effective actions. Icon Steve Jobs, a multi billionaire, Needed more money so had his electronic devises assembled in China instead of providing jobs for Americans, Not purchasing these products would be more effective then withdrawing your money from banks. The same could be said about shopping at Wal-Mart whose products are all made in China. The same could be made about buying foreign cars etc. Don’t allow the money changer lead you into temptation Waving your signs and playing your drums is nice, but not productive.
Remember, the appetite of the rich is never satisfied.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constitutes, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. H.L.Mencken