I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
As you know Congress is currently debating a coronavirus stimulus bill that will spend about $1.9 trillion. 9% of the spending goes to coronavirus related activities. The rest of it is for unrelated spending or programs that have nothing to do with coronavirus. This includes a $15 mandatory minimum wage. Even though it has been well documented that this program fails miserably, many politicians support it because it's popular with the uninformed masses. We have seen it fail in New York, Seattle, Tacoma, and Santa Fe. It not only has put people out of work but it has increased the cost of living for everyone. Which defeats the purpose, doesn't it?
Let's look at the reality of what people are making. Walmart is often a target for people like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, who love to point out that the Walton family is filthy rich and the average pay of the hourly worker is less than $15.00 an hour. But is it? It's a little bit hard to find current data using Google or Bing. but don't worry I've put in the elbow grease to find it.
Diversity. We are told on a daily basis by those that have a platform that we must value diversity in our society. Those of us that are paying attention know they do not really mean it or that their definition of diversity excludes groups with whom they disagree or see as the problem.
As I was preparing for my radio show, I saw an article about the comeback of the corset. The author of the article , who is a reporter on the fashion industry, set the course it never really goes out of style as there is a portion of the female demographic that still wears them for various reasons. But she credits the recent resurgence to the television show Bridgerton, which is set in the early 1800s and the corset is a big part of the show for some reason.
If we are going to judge people for their behavior, we must put it in perspective. The perspective must consider not only the situation in which the person found themselves but also the times in which they lived. Social norms and expectations have evolved over time and it is a disservice to not only the person whom we might be judging but also to ourselves if we try and place our expectations on someone who lived in a different time period or situation.
We are watching the cancelled culture remove names from buildings and tearing down statues of historical figures because they have one part of their life that we deemed to be unacceptable. Normally that has been tied in some way to slavery or bigotry. We are ignoring every other aspect of their contribution to society no matter how dominant it may have been in their life or how beneficial it was to society. Instead of using this as a teachable moment we are wiping them from history which means we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of history.
Control the information and you will control the minds of the people. Despots, tyrants, dictators, and unfortunately politicians, have learned this lesson and used it to maintain control. North Korea might be the best example of this essentially blocking information from every source other than the government. But there are many examples throughout history of how this is done to the benefit of those in control.
it is not just the flow of information through news sources that they control but also through the education system. Countries like Russia and China through the years have used the education system to indoctrinate young minds so that they distrust any source of information but those that are approved by the government. The most common tactic is to stop teaching history and civics. We have seen that happen in America over the last 30 years.