Hard to believe, but my favorite radio talk show host actually missed a dot today while he was, correctly, excoriating the dreadful remarks of the current U.S. President.
Dot One. You know the one… “you didn’t build that.” Radio hosts were all blasting those insensitive, stupid comments. Even given some context, which the link above does, it is still really, really insulting to anybody who works. But is it new? Of course not.
Dot Two. The second-hander-in-chief used the same ideas that Elizabeth Warren, who is running against Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, did last year.
Dot Three. The missing dot. The “you are not special” speech given to kids graduating from high school this June by David McCulloch Jr., a teacher at that Massachusetts high school. Imagine how you would feel hearing that speech after overcoming the many obstacles that junior high and senior high school set before you.
The pattern shown by these dots is a repetition of the notion that “You are Nothing and Nobody. You only are what others make of you and make for you.” Since there is a kernel of truth (that people do help us over rough spots) in that bucket of warm spit, some less-careful thinkers may say, “Yeah! That’s right. Those [successful] guys are nothing.” It’s linked to the hate-the-jocks syndrome that we pick up in high school. Some of the more immature among us carry it with us throughout our lives. Jealousy. Envy. Resentment. Not very nice, eh?
Why do some Americans run down individual effort? We realize that other nations do the same thing – we’re focusing on our own. We realize that many people, conservatives included, praised those remarks denigrating the efforts of kids and adults striving to do well in whatever they undertake.
Kind of reminds me of the mixed, confused reactions conservatives had to the Elian Gonzalez case. Should they despise him because he was a Spanish speaker and maybe illegal? Or praise him because his mother sacrificed her life for his freedom? That case still gives us nightmares and is a reason we will never be a conservative. Same thing with the Patriot Act, Dept of Homeland Seccrity, TSA…
And for you liberals, don’t get too complacent. If you applauded any of those dots above you have no deep understanding of human rights, civil rights, or foundations for success. People who learn their ideology by rote will never be able to solve new ideological problems easily or come to the “right” conclusions.
So, what do we learn from this? Try to think clearly, read or listen to the entire text, and think carefully about context and ramifications.