I wrote a post recently, Jon Stewart and My Sister, that mentioned, somewhere in there, that conservatives and liberals both make me crazy.
My liberal friends might wonder why liberals make me crazy, so I thought I would write another political post or two, leading up to the Jon Stewart rally this Saturday.
Do you remember Say Anything, with John Cusak playing Lloyd Dobler who wanted to win the love of the more traditional and conservative Diane Court? Lloyd was having dinner with Diane and her parents and Lloyd give this passionate speech to Diane’s father…
I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.
As the unique story of one man, this is a fine speech, but some liberals make it a policy of sorts that should apply to everyone and that makes me nuts because while Lloyd Dobler is making this passionate speech, he is wearing pants.
Somebody had to make those pants. Someone had to buy the material, design the pattern and operate the sewing machine. Someone had to purchase the pants for the retail store and someone had to ring up the sale when Lloyd came in looking for pants.
There is honor in making things that people want, even if what they want is every day and routine. Our country has a huge random collection of the millions of things that people need and it has a huge random collection of the millions of things people can do and it is a beautiful thing when the two meet. That isn’t selling out, that is being a part of the interwoven fabric that keeps us all from running around naked. Some times I hear “corporations are evil” and “I’ll never work for The Man,” but that is like saying you don’t believe in rain. As long as we drive cars and use computers, corporations just ARE and sure, we can improve how they work, but it doesn’t make sense to me to make such broad generalizations or check-out all together.
Later this week , I’ll write about why conservatives make me nuts and be sure to check in tomorrow, when I write about two guys dressed up like over-processed chicken nuggets and corn-syrupy dipping sauce …