Monahan's Law

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Everyone knows
Murphy’s Law: If anything can go wrong, it will. Two quotations
to set the stage:

“Power tends
to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The danger is
not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit
to govern.” ~ Lord Acton

“It does
not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless
minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds.” ~ Samuel
Adams, Father of the American Revolution, brewer of beer in Boston
at the time, which is still sold with his name on it.

Robert LeFevre
embellished the results of Paul Revere’s famous ride at one of his
1960s Freedom School seminars by claiming that after Revere had
roused the Minutemen, they met at Buckman’s Tavern across from Lexington
Green on the morning of April 19, 1775 (the Boston Marathon is run
annually in remembrance of the event). Because it was a cold morning,
they downed a series of rum flips. When the British Redcoats finally
arrived, Captain John Parker announced, “If they mean to have war,
let it begin here.” Problem was the Minutemen were weaving so much
from imbibing rum that they couldn’t hit the Redcoats with their
muskets, and the Redcoats couldn’t hit them! The Redcoats went on
to Concord* looking unsuccessfully for the cache
of arms and ammunition John Hancock had stashed and were chased
all the way back to Boston with minimal bloodshed.

The consequence
of LeFevre’s teachings led to Monahan’s Law: Productive Work Accomplished
is inversely proportional to the Political Effort Expended or, expressed
mathematically, PWA = 1/PEE, and the ultimate corollary is POLITICS
= COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (defined as engaging repeatedly in the same
activity and expecting different results each time), a sufficiently
succinct phrase for a bumper sticker.

*Henry David
Thoreau resided in Concord seventy years later, and in the Conclusion
of his book Walden he wrote, “If a man loses pace with his
companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far

26, 2008

Brian Monahan
[send him mail] is an octogenarian
adamantly politically incorrect and named after Brian Boru (926–1014)
who drove the Vikings out of Ireland and was made king as well as
having a vodka currently on the market named after him.

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