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July 01, 2002

Plant Melons, Grow Melons

種瓜得瓜 (pronounced tjong kwaa dak kwaa). It means, If you plant melons, you will grow melons. This is the earliest version of a proverb that is common to almost every culture. In America we use, "What goes around, comes around." (not as colorful as the Chinese version, is it?) or more recently, as in the words of Malcolm X, "The Chickens have come home to roost." The idea is that the good or bad that you do will eventually come back to you in the same form, good or bad. 

So when our Founding Fathers established this country they warned us that it would only work if the people were moral, they were just kidding, right? John Adams said, "The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty." as well as, "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Patrick Henry warned us that, "Bad men cannot make good citizens. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience are incompatible with freedom." Thomas Jefferson added that, "Self-love . . . is the sole antagonist of virtue, leading us constantly by our propensities to self-gratification in violation of our moral duties to others."

But throughout the entire history of mankind the one dependable source of morality has always been religion. Sure there have been evil men who used religion to do evil things, but they were stopped by men who defended the correct practice of that religion. Whether a person is Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Buddhist or whatever the primary source of their understanding of morality comes from the diligence in knowing and practicing their faith. 

But the current idea being stressed loudly by Liberals in the media is that religion is a private things and should have no place in public affairs, let alone government. Voting according to the morality taught by your faith is proclaimed immoral. In his essay title "Men Without Chests" C. S. Lewis pointed out the utter stupidity of this way of thinking when he wrote, " In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the gelding be fruitful."

For eight years we heard excuse after excuse for every scandal, peccadillo, lie, affair and scores of laws broken by the Clinton administration. Anyone who dared question the morality of a married man having an affair with an employee young enough to be his daughter was called a prude. To imply that Clinton was at fault for exposing himself to Paula Jones and telling her to perform oral sex, was to judgmentally impose your values on someone else. To question whether a complete novice to investing, who just happened to be the wife of the governor, earning $100,000 in one day in cattle futures, might look like a thinly veiled bribe, was called judgmental as well. We were told to wink at all the blatant wrongdoings of the Clinton gang, because to do otherwise was to be a religious zealot, an extremist akin to a wild eyes Moslem terrorist, demanding a worldwide Islamic theocracy.

Meanwhile the nation took note. Those of us whose morality was founded on something more than the daily newspaper, shook our heads and waited until the rest of the nation would wake up. But others lifted an eyebrow and said to themselves, "So that's the way it works now." And responded accordingly. Top secret documents disappeared, and soon after the lab they disappeared from was burned in a forest fire of mysterious origin, destroying any evidence that could show who had taken the secrets. Sexually transmitted diseases began to be spread as kids quipped, "Oral sex isn't sex, the President sez so." Not realizing that the microbes that cause herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis don't read the newspapers. 

Now we have a Federal appeals court that is declaring that the words "under God" are an establishment of religion (the same courts that pretend that teaching the unproven theory of Evolution as a fact isn't teaching religion). And we have Enron, WorldCom and the much ignored Global Crossings scandals (Global Crossings was a heavy DNC contributor, so they were ignored by the media as much as possible once they filed for bankruptcy) What happened with each of these is that execs and accountants played foot loose and fancy free with accounting definitions. Is purchased software an expense or an asset? Obviously it's an expense, since rarely can you sell it, but by listing it as an asset, along with tons of other questionable items, a companies net worth can be made to look like much more than it is. Is it dishonest. Of course it is, but that was the Clinton era, dishonesty is winked at, heck it's expected.

As hundreds of lower level employees march out of these companies, their arms loaded with their personal stuff from their desks, their back pockets stuffed with help wanted ads, we see the melons growing. 

As some 14 year-old girl is told she has herpes, and will most likely never marry or have children since it's incurable, and contagious, more melons grow. 

As impressionable school children, worried about terrorists attacking our nation, are told they may no longer pledge allegiance to their flag and to their nation, more melons grow.

We planted these melons when we slapped Clinton on the wrist, winked and said, "Well, boys will be boys."

We planted them when school students were told that they couldn't voluntarily pray in government schools.

We planted them when we paid lip service to human rights, then turned around and let women murder their babies for the sake of convenience, and animals like Jack Kovorkian murder poor depressed people by telling them suicide is dignified, rather than cowardly. 

We planted them when we said perjury and obstruction of justice was really just about sex.

We planted them when we demonized those we hired to investigate and enforce the law.

So here we stand in this gigantic patch of melons, listening to the Democrats, still holding the seed packets and shovels, blame Bush2 for them.

Too bad it's just an analogy, it'd sure be nice to pummel those Democrats with those melons, wouldn't it?


Posted by Jack Lewis at July 1, 2002 10:27 AM