The Car and The Driver (or Obama’s “Metaphor”)

18 08 2010

A while back Obama started using a metaphor about a car (our economy) getting run into the ditch by President Bush and how he, Obama, and the democrats are trying the best they can to steer the car out of the ditch.

This is a PERFECT example of what’s wrong with America today – This “metaphor” shows that Obama (and many people in general) don’t understand who the driver really is.

Let’s get this story right:

The President: He’s the mechanic. Has his shop and all his tools and try’s to keep everything maintained and lubed. Its up to his skill and knowledge to keep the car in good condition, in compliance with inspections, and safe to operate. That’s about all a good mechanic can do.

The rest is up to the driver.

The Congress: That’s the driver. He’s the one that has to keep everything between the ditches. Not run over anybody or hit anything. Not go too fast and get a ticket, or blow up the engine. The driver decides when to get the oil changed, and what type gas to use. If the driver is reckless, well there really isn’t much the mechanic can do but try to keep the car running the best he can.

From 2001 – 2006 George Bush was the chief mechanic and things went along pretty dang well, despite some pretty bad road conditions. The driver that was operating the car (the republicans) took his good advice pretty well and the thing ran just fine and dandy. In fact, even with some mighty big potholes and terrible road conditions the car performed much better than one would have thought. It even set some fairly impressive records along the way. But…

In 2006 we decided to get a new driver (the democrats). It was in 2007 that the car ran into the ditch. The mechanic we had tried his best to give them a towrope to help them get out, but they didn’t want it. They said that they could get us out of the ditch just fine without him. In fact…

In 2008 they convinced everybody that running into the ditch was the mechanics fault and that the car need a new mechanic, and that we should hire the new inexperienced one that said he could fix anything. After all what that car needed was just to show the ditch some love and everything would be hunky dory.

Now, two years later, the car is STILL in the ditch and the tires have dug in deeper from all the spinning trying to get out. And we’ve spent up a ton of money trying various things to try to lift the car up out of the ditch, but it hasn’t worked (even though they say it is…) and now it looks like the waters coming up and things don’t look good for the future of the car…

But they keep saying that the reason for all the problems with getting the car out of the ditch is because of the old mechanic. And some people are foolish enough to keep believing it.



My top 25. (Shouldn’t that be bottom?)

13 08 2010
Thanks to blogger extraordinaire John Hawkins and Right Wing News there are several ‘lists’ of the “Worst figures in American History” making the rounds right now, so I thought I’d do one, too.

We ARE talking about people in the historical context of American history (people that damaged our country) aren’t we, not just political in scope and nature? I could make it more political, but that just wouldn’t do justice to history would it? Sure there is plenty of reason to hate on the Jane Fonda’s and Michael Moore’s of the world, but that would probably be giving them more credit than they deserve. And yes Barack Obama seems to wanna stake out first place on the worst Presidents of all time list, but its early yet… Anyway, here’s my take:

1 – Osama Bin Laden (His actions will turn out to be the costliest in its human toll and expenditure of time, resources, and money)

2 – The Rosenburgs (what they did had world wide negative consequences)

3 – Benedict Arnold (his name is synonymous with evil intent)

4 – Timothy McVeigh

5 – Jeffery Daimler

6 – Charles Manson

7 – Lee Harvey Oswald

8 – John Wilkes Booth

9 – Margaret Sanger

10- Aldrich Ames

11- Jim Jones

12- Sirhan Sirhan

13- James Earl Ray

14- William Tweed

15- Malcolm X

16- Arthur Bremer

17- Ted Bundy

18- David Berkowitz

19- Bernard Madoff

20- Warren G Harding

21- Franklin Roosevelt

22- Larry Flynt

23- Louis Farrakhan

24- Timothy Leary

25- Jimmy Carter (Why? Not only did Carter sink the economy along with the national psyche, but caused negative reactions and turmoil in the middle east that last until this day.)


The lowest common denominator

6 08 2010
Omar Thornton pulled out a gun at Hartford Distributors and shot to death several of his coworkers. What he did was shocking. The reason he gave, sad to say, was not.
It’s nothing new for a disgruntled worker to react with violence on the job site. We even have sort of a nick name for it: Going Postal. It’s something that has happened from time to time as far back as I can remember.

The reason that we find for many of these sad instances is often a person feels that management, or the company, or even their coworkers have it out for them. They feel singled out, and think that whatever occurs between themselves and management, or whatever, is somehow an evil plot. That there is some grand conspiracy against them, or that people are out to get them. Somehow they are being singled out for ill treatment or abuse.

Most of the time that abuse is only in their imagination. It’s a paranoia that creeps over them, and they think, somehow, that there is some honor in reacting with violence against the abuser.

Everybody is prone to make excuses for their failings. That’s nothing new either. We point fingers and blame others for our shortcomings. We’ve been conditioned to do that over the last many years as society and politics has played up victimization as the reason for most everything evil.

That Omar Thornton cried racism should come to no one as a surprise. It’s the easy peg to hang his own failure on. It made him faultless in his own mind.

While I don’t pretend to know all the facts here, what I have heard and read is that Mr. Thornton had been asked to resign his job after being caught on video stealing. That his stealing had nothing to do with his race is probably safe to say.

Was Hartford Distributors a racist place to work? I have know idea. But what I do know is most people born after 1970 have little clue what racism is. Real racism.

Racial, and racism are two separate things. Many people confuse racial actions, desires, and motivations, for racism today. They don’t understand that someone acting in a racial manner, or holding racial views, is a completely natural act. We ALL do it. Black, white, yellow, whatever. Everybody around the world has always been partial to their ‘tribe’. Nothing new to that.

Preferring people of ones own race over people of another race isn’t racism. Not allowing someone to be your friend because of their race IS racism. People not liking the music that another likes isn’t racism. Not allowing it to be played is.

Not liking how someone wears their hair, or pants, or how they talk isn’t really racism either. What many chalk up to racism today is really just jerks being jerks. The world is becoming full of a**holes. It’s not ‘racism’, it’s ‘a**holism’. Race doesn’t really play a part.

Today many people cry foul over things that are trivial by comparison to what there forefathers bore. Most people today never saw a water fountain with “Whites Only” written above it. They have never experienced not being allowed access to something because of their skin color, or had someone call them “boy”.

Does racism exist any more? Of course. Only a fool would think otherwise. But true, too, is the fact that the cry of racism has become a crutch for problems that have little or nothing to do with race anymore. It’s been, what, almost 50 years since the Civil Rights Act and integration, and our schools are worse now than ever. Voters have placed blacks into high public office, yet poverty still weighs down that electorate.

There was a guy here a few years back who I really respected. He was the janitor at the Post Office, drove a school bus, and ran a successful service station all at the same time. A few years ago he bought (or leased) a building in what was then a predominantly white area of town and opened a small convenience store. That it failed should have come as no surprise.

Why? Not because he was black, but because the location had been a convenience store before he opened his, and that one had failed, too.

But it’s what he did afterward that cost him not only my respect, but the respect of many others as well. He hired a young (black) man to burn a cross in front of the place. Thing was, he did so with the police sitting there watching him, and when they caught him he ‘sang’.

You see, burning that cross would give him his out. His excuse for failing. At least that’s what he’d intended. He could have closed his doors on his failing business, walked away, and claimed racism to be the fault.

Things should really be so different now one would think. Perhaps we went about things the wrong way. We corrected many of the ills of the past, but drove a wedge between people at the same time. We made being a victim something it should never have become in our society. We made it a handy scapegoat, and a reason we can fail without guilt. I don’t think Martin Luther King would be happy with things today, and he would also find little being practiced to what he preached.

Did Omar Thornton experience racism on his job? I don’t know. What I gather by reading is that Omar Thornton had a history of crying racism whenever he had problems on a job. This wasn’t his first time. But even if he did, is that a reasonable excuse for his actions? No. But in his mind it was all the excuse he needed when he failed at life.