by Brian Wilson: Yellow
in Black and White
make your But look big
– or at least real smart – once said (paraphrasing here): "But"
means: forget about everything I’ve said up to now."
attractive BUT his mother should have kept the stork."
Only what comes
ATB (After The But) is relevant.
and you will hear people disagreeing with others – even themselves
– about all sorts of things. Many of them are pretty damn important.
I heard in an interview on my station with a spokeswoman for a seemingly
worthwhile organization. She was asked their position on "School
Choice". "As a result of our annual membership polling,
"School Choice" is very important". Then hastily,
she added: "We’re not trying to get rid of Public Schools
BUT home schooling, charter schools, private and parochial
schools are all very high in our members’ opinions."
Public Schools suck. They are the Anti-Christ of Education. They
are a chew-toy for the teachers’ unions. Public Schools are where
Mediocrity goes to breed; a rat-hole for taxpayer dollars. They
are Lobotomy Central for curing the Common Student of any semblance
Individuality. It is where "entrepreneur" is a 4-letter
word. You cannot yell "THINK" in a Public School.
OK – maybe
I’m reading a tad more into it than she intended. Still, the ATB
message was clear: Public Schools? Not a fan.
Good for her!
My folks yanked me out of 7th grade at the local "Junior
High School" (a quaint title replaced with "Middle School"
after the success of "Hee-Haw") and shipped me off to
Tie & Jacket, New England for a prep school education that serves
me well to this day. Of course, as some of my radio shows reflect,
I manage to keep it well hidden much of the time. Don’t wanna scare
away any who believe their lokal skool systum iz duin a grate job.
But I digress.
"Elected Officials" pull this stunt regularly and get
a pass every time (NB: Except on my radio station).
Thanks to the
Never-Ending Saga of Public School Scandals, a recent parade of
the aforementioned "EO’s" has made their positions and
opinions known. To the men and woman, representing City, County
and State positions, all have said something remarkably similar
Friends, as my constituents well know, I am all for charter schools
(OR fiscal responsibility OR quality education), BUT we must
support our Public Schools! We must Do It For The Children!"
the kids. Gimme the money." (See "Waiting
For Superman" and "Kids
(allegedly) done "for the children" was really
done for the children, every kid would be brilliant, articulate,
well balanced and immortal rather than mush-brained, over-weight
little perfectionists expertly burnishing their Self-Esteem on FaceBook
yet unable to find the United States on a blank map of the United
States. Critical Thinking, Objective Analysis, Logic – all given
up for Lent, 1968 by the Government Training Camps. Parental Apathy
remains an Unindicted Co-Conpsirator.
But I digress.
Some of the
biggest Buts can be found discussing Guns. No self-respecting Conservative,
Republican or Independent (or rural district Democrat) can get away
with GBT (Gun Ban Talk). But if you listen carefully….
no one supports the Second Amendment more strongly than I do! It’s
our God-given right to defend ourselves! And to go hunting! And
stuff! BUT these Assault Weapons and Saturday Night Specials
and hi-cap magazines and bayonet lugs have no practical hunting
purpose. That is why I support reasonable guns laws."
"Screw Human Rights, Bill of Rights, Right and Wrong and Common
Sense. Ban guns. Ban ‘em all! They’re evil! If it saves just one
life…! (And by the way, vote for me because I stand for our American
Values! And Freedom! Do it for the children! Really").
Coming in a
close 2nd to Guns in big BUT showing is the oxymoronic
War on Drugs. After all the logical, reasonable, statistical, medical,
moral and legal arguments have been laid out demonstrating the stupidity,
waste, fraud, abuse, costs, incarceration and loss of innocent lives
in the never-ending pursuit of a Nanny-state "ideal",
the response from too many is: "You’re right! Everyone has
the right to Free Choice! We own our bodies and our lives! In a
Free Society, we have the inalienable right to live our lives as
we choose, so long as we do not infringe on the rights of others
to do the same….BUT legalizing marijuana just goes waaaaay
too far. Think of the message it sends to the children!"
"If they legalize drugs, the kids will hijack my stash and
make brownies while I’m at the office…!"
how scared people are of Freedom but quite comfy with soft tyranny
and incremental socialism.
there’s a big BUT standing in the way of Freedom, Liberty
and the Herculean efforts being made to salvage the Republic. Especially
beware of a big BUT in small groups. When tempted to fight
fire with fire, remember the Fire Department usually prefers water.
Should you encounter a big BUT, try the soothing efficacious
applications of reason, logic, fact, historical perspective, judicial
precedent, selected articles from LewRockwell.com and, when necessary,
the occasional Louisville Slugger to gently but firmly adjust
the thinking of the demented ignoranus (correct spelling) in front
of you. Avoid citing the Constitution; the learning curve is just
too steep. Be more pragmatic than dogmatic. Remember: there’s a
fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t
Wilson [send him mail],
nationally ignored talk show host and occasional LRC un-indicted
co-contributor, is currently annoying miniscule audiences in a number
of markets from his technically challenged studios safely outside
the dictatorship of Toledo. Brian may be endured from 3p–6p at www.wspd.com.
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