Yeah, it’s a memorable line from a movie, when Jack Nicholson in the character of a Marine officer tells Tom “I’m not gay and I’ve got a hot wife to prove it” Cruise, “You can’t HANDLE the truth!”
There are a lot of truths in the world. Some of them make a lot of people happy when they hear them. Some make people angry when they hear them. Doesn’t matter, though, what sort of emotion the exposure of a truth may elicit, though, because the truth stands by itself. It’s facts. 2+2=4. It’s a fact. It’s a truth.
One set of tacts combining to make up an unpleasant truth concerning the growing underclass. In the Declaration of Independence, we establish a Truth, “all men are created equal”. How men are created, that’s one thing. How they are cultivated, that’s another.
Think of two seeds, both from the same pod on the same plant. They’re identical. They’re, in the terms of this article, “created equal”. Everybody in beandom believes this and lives their lives accordingly. However, for the purpose of this parable, let’s put these two beans on separate paths. One goes to a farmer, where it is stored carefully and cleaned. The other is tossed in a box, mixed with noxious outside forces, subjected to occasional talk of the equality of all beans, and given self-esteem classes by doting and misguided bean-oriented social workers, but other than that, it’s allowed to get wet, dry out, get dirty, and then left unattended.
Comes the day that beans are called to do what all beans are called to do, grow more beans. Our two “created equal” beans are no longer equal. The farmer’s bean is ready for life. It’s dropped into the ground and a beautiful bean plant grows forth, passing on life to a new generation of beans. The other bean, however, is ruined for future purposes. It’s burnt and damaged and will never grow, nor would it be suitable for all but the most horrid excuse for a soup. “Created equal”, meet “ends up useless”.
Okay, maybe you’re not into parables. Maybe the Cajun is being a bit too obtuse here. It happens. Here’s a news story.
Overstock.com Founder Refuses to Apologize for Comments About Minority Dropouts
Saturday, October 27, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY â€” The founder of Overstock.com rejected the NAACP’s demand for an apology Friday after an Internet video surfaced of him saying that Utah minorities who don’t graduate from high school might as well be burned or thrown away.
Patrick Byrne’s comments were posted on YouTube. The video clip was from a debate two weeks ago in Provo, where he was speaking in favor of vouchers, public aid for families sending kids to private schools.
A statewide voucher program that would grant $500 to $3,000 per child based on family income is on the Utah ballot Nov. 6.
On the YouTube video clip, Byrne says: “Right now, 40 percent of Utah minorities are not graduating from high school. You may as well burn those kids. That’s the end of their life. That’s the end of their ability to achieve in this society if they do not get a high school education. You might as, just throw the kids away.”
Inconvenient. But the truth. Hard to hear. But the truth. Gonna get worse. But the truth. And if you speak truths that make people uncomfortable, there are other people who will try to protect the ears of their minions.
Jeanetta Williams, a voucher opponent and president of the NAACP’s Salt Lake branch, said the videotaped comments shocked her and she believes Byrne meant that minorities who don’t graduate should be burned or thrown away.
Ms. Williams did not like Mr. Byrne’s revelation of a truth because she has one of her own making. Mr. Byrne’s truth is that the kids he’s talking about will not be able to participate in the American Dream of getting a job, working to support a family and at the same time one benefits from society, one CONTRIBUTES to society.
Ms. Williams still thinks that some of her people might have this dream, but she’s really satisfied with another dream, that no matter what, “all men are created equal” and are therefore worthy of the entire effort of society at large to keep them alive and happy despite the fact that they may spend their entire
Okay, right now itâ€™s not a big deal. America is a rich nation. We can afford the luxury of a pretty good sized percentage of the population who produce contribute nothing to making the nation work. But thatâ€™s right now. It will change.
The â€œunderclassâ€? grows. Itâ€™s not a black/white thing. Itâ€™s not a black/white/Hispanic thing. Everybodyâ€™s particular skin tone has its share of people at the bottom of the ladder sitting around sucking up resources and chucking out dimmocratic voters at astonishing rates. Too many kids who get pushed into one end of the public education alimentary canal only to emerge at the other end ill-equipped to function on the most rudimentary levels of a productive society.
Weâ€™re producing huge numbers of peasants and serfs in a society that doesnâ€™t have a peasantry and serfdom. The need for manual laborers at low pay is finite, and is pretty well filled by enough people who want to work, and theyâ€™re less of a problem than the growing numbers who donâ€™t want to work at minimum wage. Hell, you KNOW that some of these people wonâ€™t work for ANY reasonable wage if it requires showing up every day at the same time.
Letâ€™s discount hose people, though, and focus on that segment of the underclass that would work, but canâ€™t because they lack the education to work. Thatâ€™s the bunch that Mr. Byrne was talking about, and those people are being ill-served. Thatâ€™s the truth. And hushing those who dare to speak it is not going to change it.