Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Short History of Travel

In the beginning is always the word. In Wisconsin and elsewhere, the public debate is between asking “is it fair (who defines ‘fair‘?)?” and “can we afford (who defines ‘afford‘?) it?” For those who claim we can’t afford it, ‘fairness’ is not an issue. For those who hold fairness above all, affordability is a moot point: Two trains passing in the night. There can never be agreement or compromise. These trains cannot be allowed to use the same track. Otherwise… disaster.

But still, it must have started somehow; when we were still united in the effort to find equitable solutions; when the 36 x 48 architectural paper was still in tubes, and we were still in the process of sharpening our pencils.

Back then the issue, as it presented itself, was simply getting from here to there, and back again. At first, the ‘back again’ part presented a problem. There was nothing we could not solve. So, it was decided, we should build two parallel tracks. Now there’s a solution!

Now we find that ‘here’ and ‘there’ are two separate places (as they had been all along); that people going there want this, and people coming here want that; and that the two would never compromise. You see, there is just enough to build one set of tracks. What to do?

Are any of us into derailing trains? Has it already reached the point, as it did during WWII, when the French resistance found it necessary to dig up tracks without telling anybody? Hell, you can go even further back and watch Buster Keaton’s “The General”!

History repeats. In the beginning there is always the word. From then on it can get confusing. One has to be nimble; one has to be quick to keep up. Our side is learning, but we are still way behind the curve. While we were busy lazing about - distracted - the Left was studying hard; working. Nobody thought, it’d ever get this far: the blurring of boundaries, identities (everyone the same, interchangeable); the blurring of truth; the blurring of meaning, of thought; two objects spinning independently in space: Farrakhan’s mother wheel (ship) and its anchor - tracking further and further apart.

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