Us vs Them
by Allan Davis
by Allan Davis: An
Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh: The Enemy of My Enemy
and the politicians would have us believe that this country is a
huge mess of "us" versus "them" combinations.
No matter where you turn, there's a debate raging white versus
minority, pro-life versus pro-choice, liberal versus conservative,
urban versus rural, smoker versus non-smoker, the list is endless.
In a sense, "they" are right there is an "us
versus them" war raging but it's not any of the groups
listed above. The real war is something totally separate. The real
war isn't about rich or poor, color or creed, liberal or conservative.
The real war is about privilege.
So, how can
you tell if you're an "us" or a "them?" Here
are a few tell-tale signs.
caught driving under the influence involves court appearances, loss
of driving privileges, jail time, probation, and likely damage to
employment and marriage because of all of those other events, you're
part of us. If wrecking your car in front of a police officer earns
you a stern talking to and a ride home to sleep it off, well, you're
one of them.
your drug excesses "in the past," yet doing everything
possible to keep the drug laws as draconian as possible, makes you
one of them. Believing the drug war has gone on too long
and gone way too far in destroying lives makes you one of
business budget. Squeeze as many cents as possible into advertising.
Cross your fingers with hope that your advertising will bring in
a handful of new customers before the business is forced to close.
You're one of us. If you can slip some money into a pet lawmaker's
pocket, and get them to pass a law ordering the public to purchase
your product, you're one of them. In the same vein, if you can get
a law passed that drives your competition out of business, or forces
them to raise their prices, or just makes it illegal for your competition
to sell their product, you're one of them.
a new job requires you to provide three different forms of identification
and a vial or two of bodily fluids, you're us. If you feel you can
thumb your nose at those requirements, you're them.
one of them, your job gets you three to four weeks or more of paid
time off a year, two hour two martini lunches paid through an expense
account or a lobbyist, and firing you requires an act of Congress.
If you're lucky to get more than five days off a year, let alone
paid for them, you're one of us.
If your budgeting
requirements demand that the numbers stay positive even if
it means going without you're an us. If you think the government
debt and deficit can rise into the stratosphere with no repercussions,
consider yourself one of them.
Run your business
into the ground and be forced into bankruptcy, and you're one of
us. Have your pet congresscritter divert tax money and bailout funds
to keep your business afloat when it deserves to go belly-up, and
you're one of them.
one of us, a typo on your tax return leads to audits, and the expenditure
of hundreds or even thousands of dollars on CPA and lawyer assistance.
Leave out huge chunks of income or just flat out refuse to file
your taxes, and then accept a cushy high-paying high-profile government
position, and you're one of them.
multiple wars, keeping troops stationed all over the world, and
spending a billion dollars a day to keep up with it all. If these
are required, you're one of them. If you would love to see all of
those troops come home, then you're one of us.
If one of your
coworkers gets caught accepting a bribe, and you get upset with
that coworker, you're one of us. If you get upset with the investigating
officers for having the nerve to search your coworker's office and
freezer for the money, you're one of them.
help the common people and solve problems? If you think so, you're
one of them. If you think government causes problems and makes certain
well-connected insiders rich at the expense of the common people,
you're one of us.
you think government is the solution, you're one of them. If you
think government is the problem, you're one of us.
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writer/photographer/database programmer hailing from the wilderness
of Nebraska. He loves to combine his interests in projects like
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