Now we’re just haggling over the price
An old anecdote that is alternately attributed to Winston Churchill, Groucho Marx and George Bernard Shaw (among others) goes something like this in its various retellings:
A wealthy gentleman is having a cocktail party discussion about ethics and integrity with a young socialite.
He: “Would you sleep with me for a million pounds?” (she knows full well he has such a sum…and more).
She: “Yes, I probably would.”
He: “Well then, would sleep with me for one pound?”
She: [indignant] “What do you think I am?”
He: “We’ve already established what you are, madam. Now we’re just haggling over the price.”
And here we are today in America. So who plays the part of the ‘young socialite’ in America today? LOTS of people…
- Congress…but right now especially Republicans. The complete caving of the Republicans in the Senate and the House in return for damn near NOTHING in re. the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ shows just how little it takes to buy them off (or into bed…in keeping with the metaphor)
- the Media…every day. David Gregory is merely the latest to sell whatever smidgen of a soul he still had in order to get “access to the President”. But damn near every media whore is, well, a media whore.
- the VOTERS! In 2008 Obama was elected on a promise so vague NO ONE could decipher it: “Hope & Change“. He got re-elected without even THAT flmsey promise! Why? Because a majority of Americans desperately believe Obama will GIVE them “something”…even if he has to steal it from someone else. In fact…many Americans WANT Obama to steal it from someone else. REVENGE!!
Simple. Remember the anecdote is about a discussion on “ethics and integrity“. There is shortage, a dramatic shortage, of “ethics and integrity” in our country these days. WIIFM (“What’s In It For Me?”) is the acronym that rules the day. And it is the acronym that will be scrawled across America’s tombstone.