That sense of entitlement

By RUDY CHEEKS  |  July 20, 2011

I don't blame labor unions for taking care of their own. That's what they are supposed to do. But they do seem to have a tin ear when it comes to a realization that the noble heritage of labor history in this country is being soiled in much the same way that the noble spirit of this continent's original native people is sullied by gambling casinos. Of course, being screwed out of your land, your heritage, your rights, and your way of life and, oh yeah, and that genocide thang, might have the effect of driving a people a little crazy.

While not specifically blaming the labor unions, I believe quite a bit of responsibility lies at the doorstep of our elected officials. They were elected by the people to represent "the people" (not just the "taxpayers," that's a little too exclusive for me).

Since the sense of entitlement has so much to do with ego, it is not surprising that those who have attained great wealth and power are particularly susceptible to cultivating the Me, Now, More disease. But — and here is where it gets tricky — it is not necessarily a component of great wealth and power. Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton and, locally, the recently deceased and lamented Kim Chace (and, for that matter, the extraordinary Senator Claiborne Pell) all attained quite a bit of wealth and power. They used it well.

The same cannot be said of the giant corporations and banks (they are essentially the same) that rape and pillage and despoil the earth and then hire scientists to lie about the impact that human folly and greed is having on our earth, air, and water. They feel that they are completely entitled to destroy our planet so that they may enjoy even greater power and wealth.

That's what's been on my mind. What's been on yours?


I was listening to a National Public Radio program the other day that featured gay and lesbian couples offering their personal stories on how the near-moronic federal Defense of Marriage Act has wreaked havoc in their lives. The sole point of this heinous piece of legislation has been to deny equal rights to same-sex couples by mandating that the federal government accept the religious beliefs of certain people over the religious beliefs of others.

For the record, my religious beliefs tell me that same-sex love is exactly the same as heterosexual.

The other week, I opined that perhaps there should be no "marriage" recognized by the government at all and that all unions should be civil unions. I think this is eminently more logical than the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. I believe in freedom and I believe that when government action is called for it should be fueled by rationality and not merely the religious and spiritual beliefs of some of the people.

The Defense of Marriage Act is really government at its most inane and I just want to say that over and over and over again. Stop the madness. Who in Congress has the cojones to clamor for abolishing this stupid idea?


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