This is going to be a quick one. I’ve been working later than I wanted to, so I’m not going to write a thousand words. I did want to put this out in the world while it’s fresh on my mind though.
Years ago, I had a client that was a plant manager for a corporation. What the factory made was irrelevant. He was the big boss, and quite proud of himself for sitting in the big chair. He was a nice enough fellow, but our conversation drifted towards politics in our second or third meeting and I could tell that our beliefs didn’t align. That’s okay. We didn’t have to agree for our transaction. But as that conversation went further it went past just a friendly disagreement. This man was angry and self-righteous. I had somehow brought up a disagreement I’d had with what we’ll call a “licensing authority.” I don’t want to get specific because I’m still in business and don’t want to draw their ire at present. (See how the chilling of free speech already exists?) Anyway, I was having a problem with this “authority” that was likely to cost me an exorbitant fee that might threaten my business and my ability to continue. He told me “then you shouldn’t continue.” Excuse me??? I was floored. He went on to explain that he and the smart folks that ran big businesses had all that stuff figured out. The fee that was a big problem to me didn’t mean anything to their bottom line. He explained in no uncertain terms that if I couldn’t figure out how to accommodate the powers that be, that I didn’t have any business being in business. Better to leave it to him and the rest of the smart people. And that, my friends, is fascism. It’s the unholy alliance of big business and government. It’s what we’ve been seeing play out over the last three months (longer) in America. The fat cats in government and the fat cats in business are pretty sure that none of the rest of us have the brains to do anything worthwhile. We need to get out of the way and let them handle things.
I’ve watched many people decry the way “mom and pops” are being treated since the cerveza sickness hit. Home Depot and Walmart get to stay open, while everyone else can pound sand. Governor Andy or Whitmer, or who the hell ever, has decided that those big-box stores are equipped for the order of the day. Joe Sixpack is not, and he’s just going to have to ride it out. Well, the ugly-as-sin truth is this: THEY DON’T CARE! They have this rigged game figured out. They’re smart. You’re stupid. And you had better shut the hell up and get in line. For years I’ve worried as I saw Hitler painted as a monster, a larger-than-life horror movie cartoon character. I worried because I know the truth: He was just a man. An entitled, egocentric, socialist man who had some serious grudges against certain people is what he was. By making him a monster people thought it couldn’t happen again. It was some historical anomaly. Well, it’s happening. Right here in the Bluegrass state. It’s happening. Just like 80 years ago in Germany, there are some self-righteous, smarter-than-you jerks who are pretty sure you don’t have a right to be in business. Their friends that are CEO’s of big box stores, they’re okay, but you… you had better shut the hell up and do what you’re told. It’s time to wake up and realize that how you vote has consequences. And we’d better pray to God that it’s not too late to right the ship.