100 Years of Learning/Unlearning

January 20, 2017

saturday-postThis is the worn old copy of January 13, 1917 edition of the Saturday Evening Post that my daughter found in the walls of her century old house. One hundred years later and what have we learned?

WE, (some of) THE PEOPLE:

There are some interesting articles and ads in this 1917 magazine edition (one of Rockwell’s first assignments for the Post). There are ads for automobiles built by companies long since forgotten (hey stupid – obviously they moved their operations offshore to save money). There are ads for Columbia Records and Edison’s magic record player with boasts that the sound is so damn clear and real that it is impossible to tell if the singer is in your front room or not! Uh huh. And there are ads for that miracle substance known as asbestos (makes great brake lining for your automobile’s hand brakes). There are even articles praising the glorious virtues of said asbestos.

It took us almost a hundred years to figure out that asbestos was causing nasty harm to humans not the least of which is mesothelioma.

Generally speaking, politicians steer clear of topics that reveal negative effects caused by industries/products that make allies or friends at the country club a boat load of money. President Trump prides himself for telling it like it is. He shoots from the lip. Usually at 3 a.m. on Twitter (which he dislikes doing but has to in order to quash the rampant fake news that has plagued us since…Trump became a businessman I guess.)

So what does the President think of a known carcinogen we call asbestos. He thinks its fine of course, because people that make a lot of money from the product told him so. If you don’t believe it you’re a loser. Probably an ugly one. Sad. Oh, and then there’s his opinion on coal, and climate change and Putin and women and trade agreements and Mexicans and “the disadvantaged” and Hispanics and organized crime (what’s wrong with being organized?) and anyone who has never played 18 holes at one of his golf courses or stayed in one of his hotels and….disagree? Snowflakes*.

Of course anyone who says negative things about him is only doing so because they are sore losers or have something to gain by sharing opinions about his core beliefs. Such as this quote from a mesothelioma article (link). (I’m repeating it because I think it reveals slight (multiple) character flaws in the president).

Although the writer of this quote is just an average American trying to help people, I think it is quite obvious that they are in the group of voters who voted for the winner of the popular vote in November. Losers.

“(Donald Trump) has consistently shown himself to be abusive, obtuse, and ignorant. Over and over again, (he) has displayed a penchant to not only misunderstand the issues, but to back his own arguments with demonstrably false information and convoluted, often irrational, logic.”

Again, nothing we didn’t know. But now we have an American President who exhibits all those nasty qualities and side affects. But knowing this to be true and unhealthy (even deadly) we will choose to ignore it. Nothing wrong with that. Shows strength. Believe me.

Bonne chance tout le monde! Oh….almost forgot. Here’s the good news: Trump may prove to be more capable and good for (some of) the people than that eerily quiet and opportunistic vice-president of his (who is next in line of course). Live and learn…you can’t go back(wards) or can you?

*(Get it? Snowflakes melt – even faster in a warming planet- although each one is unique and beautiful but that quality is conveniently overlooked…in fact, we all melt eventually).

I’d like to see Sam (minus Dave) or Toby Keith cover this song:

Every day’s a new day
Fifteen there’s still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey fifteen, there’s never a wish better than this
When you only got hundred years to live

Five for Fighting – 100 Years

And…all the people who wrote those Post articles in 1917, the people who made the automobiles, and records and inventions and miracle products are dead and gone. Hope they, and the people who read this hundred year old edition of the magazine, used their short time here wisely.

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