We Don’t Need No Stinking Rules

Excuse the flow of consciousness but where do ya actually go.with all this stuff? Cancel loans? Right outa the blue? What are all the refs and umpires gonna do?


In a column in the Wall Street Journal called “Ask Personal Journal,” the question was asked, “… can my employer forbid me from wearing a mask while at work?”

If the worker doesn’t like what is required on the job he can quit. The employer should be allowed to set the rules. That is why he is the boss. He earned that right and the reason progress is ever made is because the people at the top have shown they belong there.

The economy should be organized in a way that promotes the common good. The common good is always served best by having each individual’s special skills utilized to their best use.

When I say “organized” it could be construed as being ordered around by a committee or um, an organizer. After twelve years of school of course, it is hard to escape the first inclination to think of being organized as being ordered about. We are used to it. In the workplace it has become standard to believe we are safe because some authority like OSHA looks it over for us. We stop thinking. It’s not safe.

I need to work on tolerance. When driving on the interstate I get frustrated. I’ve always loved cars for two reasons. They give us freedom and the rules of the road make sense. The freedom part should be obvious but it isn’t. Look at people driving, alone, with a mask on. They remind me of Jews in Nazi Germany proudly displaying their yellow stars. If they thought about it, would they believe they are protecting themselves from giving themselves the virus?

The speed limit on the interstate is interesting. What is it? Once, a trooper told my daughter it is 9 mph over the speed limit. Huh?

A hot topic today is forgiveness of student loans. Once again let’s go back to rules. If we can tell a bank or school or government the loan doesn’t need to be paid back, isn’t that a bit confusing? If the trooper has a bad day, is the limit then 8 mph over the posted limit? How do we plan our lives with constantly changing rules?

Sometimes I’ve caught myself hogging the left lane. I look in the mirror and there’s a car about 15 feet off my tail doing 78 mph. As soon as I get past the car on my right I move over. I look as the tailgater zooms past without so much as a glance of appreciation for saving them one tenth of a second on their race to some important place.

I’ve always been a waver. Maybe because I was a Californian before the Easterners invaded it. I’d pull up to a stop signal and there would be a race, who waves at the driver next to them first? If I was a bit slow I wasn’t shamed. My fellow traffic friend would be thinking, “He’ll do better next time. We are all part of a beautiful world.”

The interstate is interesting in that the city people are there for the purpose of getting to the other city. It is unavoidable until the day someone invents a way of transport without moving through space. I don’t know anything about the people in the other cars. Are they disappointed because it’s impossible to ask why I don’t have a Bernie sticker?

What if asking the car in front to move over was a flash of the headlights, like they do in Europe? That would be friendly. 

Letter to the Wall Street Journal

Dear Editor,
An interesting question appeared in “Ask Personal Journal,” April 27, “… can my employer forbid me from wearing a mask while at work.”
The fact that this question is even asked tells a lot about the accelerating deterioration of our country. Since when is an employer not the boss? What a shameful state of affairs!

Hey Patrisse, Show Us the Way

(An unprincipled communist beats a principled one)

I looked on the calendar today and found that today is “Earth Day.” Along with Christmas and Easter, Earth Day is a worldwide day of awareness.

In 1970 I was in college. Still a rebel at 19 years old, I joined with classmates to march through the streets of Oakland carrying a black coffin signifying the death of Mother Earth from the coming ice age. The impending next ice age was indeed terrifying, since cooler periods have an undeniable link with most pandemics and famines in recorded history. Most of us in college at the time had read “The Plague” by Albert Camus. It wasn’t just cool weather but the reactions to it that threatened the world. Witch hunts, demonization of religions, races, and cultures enabled ruthless wars.

Since the 1970s the crisis has changed from cooling to warming and then to “change.” If that looks like a diverse set of problems, it is because it is. What is not diverse is the common remedy, government control. It is probably a coincidence but April 22 is also Vladimir Lenin’s birthday.

Lenin stands as one of the first ruthless totalitarians of modern times whose rise was seen as benevolent. The Czarist elites had lived it up at the expense of the working class long enough. The early 20th century had technology that allowed “the masses” to be more easily manipulated than when 95% of the people lived on farms spread all over the country. (Movie buffs, see “The Battleship Potemkin”)

What Lenin started cost 100 million Soviet lives. A typical government worshiper’s response is that the ends justify the means. That is what Hitler declared and later, Chairman Mao and Stalin after Lenin.

I wrote last week that Patrisse Cullors ( Marxist co-founder of Black Lives Matter) had been making some extravagant home purchases. When confronted with that, she explained she did it for her family. I say, “Good for her!”

In the Wall Street Journal yesterday was a story about the Communist Chinese Government encouraging a reversal of Chinese policy that discouraged family units and married women. The reds are seeing the light. Think back to 1979. Even though there were farmers door to door, Chinese productivity languished. An insightful community leader decided to allow farmers to keep some of the crops. The fact that it was theirs to keep was enough to inspire better farming practices. Thus began the rise of China as a major supplier of goods with exponentially increased living standards.

In the Jamestown Colony of 1609, 400 of the 500 settlers had starved in spite of virgin soil and plentiful wild foods. The remaining 100 were on a ship returning to England when they came across a new group of arriving settlers. This gave them hope and they turned around. The new group of settlers had a different idea. Each family was allowed their own plot of land and could trade with neighbors. Before that, everything was communally owned. Private property saved Jamestown and was held up as a model for future Americans.

Ms. Cullors’ dedication to her family should be seen as a sign that her Marxist training has limitations. The trillions of dollars the feds are spending today represent a philosophy of a central government who thinks it can overcome human nature. It is not sustainable and the further we go down that road the harder we will fall.