by Bob Murl Bearden
Today on the 58th anniversary of Joseph Welch’s now famous utterance to ‘Joseph ‘Tail Gunner Joe’ McCarthy, “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”, we might all wonder if there is any sense of decency left in the political world at all?
There is certainly not any left in the Republican controlled House of Representatives where during the current session they voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood; they voted to redefine rape and to let women die. They also voted to gut the Violence Against Women Act taking out most of the protections for women against violence. How’s that for a sense of decency? And Mitt Romney says he is for women. It was your party sir who took these actions against women.
Now comes another friend and former colleague of the Mittster one Edward Conard (an appropriate name) with his new book entitled ‘Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About The Economy Is Wrong’. Conard argues that the income equality is an indication of a healthy economy. Say What?
He thinks that the wider the income gap the better off we all shall be! Why? Because economies grow and thrive when smart people devise solutions to our problems by inventing or perfecting goods and services.
Conard thinks that ‘art-history’ majors are lazy and that they should be out creating businesses and taking risks. In his warped mind-set the way to encourage risk taking is the promise of obscene wealth for those who succeed and abject poverty for those who don’t. He has absolutely no sense of decency.
Okay here we go again. It’s okay to be rich and to take advantage of everyone else and get special tax breaks and own a few politicians because that’s how to make the economy grow. Yeah! Right! For the upper one percent maybe. But what about the rest of us? Don’t we count for anything? The answer is no only in that we can produce enough to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. When it comes to the other 99 percent Conard and his crony Mitt Romney has absolutely no sense of decency.
Sadly there is a huge segment of our society who goes a long with that idea and votes to cut their own throats. And why not? Every sitcom and every ‘reality show’ (and I use that term loosely), and every half-baked politician spews forth the idea that’s it’s okay to be rich and if the rest of us don’t get rich that’s because we are lazy and shiftless. Is there no sense of decency left in this world?
Apparently not when union members and their families will vote to destroy their own jobs and benefits, where is the decency in that? When people on the lower end of the economic scale will vote against their best interests and vote to ensure their economic well being will get worse, there is no real sense of decency left.
Have we become a nation of citizens where only the richest one percent is allowed to have happiness and all of the rest of us are destined to become serfs toiling out our days to ensure that those who have much get much more and those who have little get maligned and dissed as lazy, shiftless no account derelicts?
I still have a sense of decency. To paraphrase Patrick Henry, “Forbid it almighty God, I know not what course others may take, but as for me, I will not stand idly by and see a bunch of cranky rich old white guys tell me I don’t matter any more.
At long last I still have a sense of decency. I still know what is right and what is wrong. And what is wrong is that we the people have become so complacent and inured in our skins that we have allowed ourselves to let a bunch of cranky rich old white guys tell us who we are and to define us as lessor citizens! I am not a lessor citizen. I matter and I am mad as hell and am not going to take it any more! And yes I still have a sense of decency in that I know they do not!” —– Bob Bearden