Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Tilting at Nothing

Today's Saying

Praises for our past triumphs are as feathers to a dead bird. ~Paul Eldridge

From one side of the medieval stadium comes the night in shining armor . He strides to the middle of the arena and begins to flail away. He strikes, he parries, he thrusts. There is nothing there but the crowd on his side goes wild. He is obviously winning.
Now from the other side of the arena comes another knight in shining armor. He spits at the first night then ignores him. Now he strikes, parries, thrusts against the nothing on his side. His crowd goes wild . He is obviously winning.
This is the way I see the health care debate since the public hearings.
Senator after senator made it clear there was no health care bill that had even come out of committee.
There were proposals but no bill.
That means my friends on the right are attacking what isn’t there.
Yes, a bill could emerge with their worst fears in it. Yes , it is possible all those dire things could happen.
Yes the economy could be badly hurt.
Yes health care might end up rationed.
Yes every nightmare could come true.
But there is no bill.
They attack dreams, nightmares, possibilities.
All in this insane world in which we live could happen.
Or maybe they won’t.
But there is no bill. How can one decide if it is bad or good if it isn’t there?
Now my friends on the left aren’t any better.
They have rushed to defend the bill that hasn’t be written yet.
It won’t cause problems for people on social security.
It won’t ration medical care.
You can still see your own Doctor.
They pour out assurance .
They defend the very clear nothing that hasn’t come out of committee.
Of course it isn’t their intention to produce a bill with those bad consequences.
But what you intend and what a bill does are often two different things.
The Patriot Act wasn’t intended to make it hard for an old man like me to vote or open a bank account. But it did.
Legislation often ends up doing things it wasn’t supposed to do. Sometimes, history teaches, even things we were assured it wouldn’t do.
Without a bill how can one defend it?
But the true believers on both sides applaud every action their side takes. They proclaim it on blogs. They point out how such and such a person really let those SOBs on the …… have it.
But if you aren’t a true believer of one side or the other all those people stabbing nothing is really kind of funny.
If you don’t laugh you’ll cry.

Mrs. Trumble stopped in to Nancy's for a cup of tea and a saffron bun. She shared with Nancy the problem with tuning a piano half of the parts of which are there but aren't there. Nancy suggested they get a Ghost Whisperer like they have on television to help them. Mrs. Trumble pointed out that it was just a TV show and not real life. In real life there probably are no such things as Ghost Whisperers.
At that Nancy began laughing. We livge in a town that dragons fly over, that has a whale in the lake, where a ghost plays a piano, where bodyless heads roll around and spit and you don't think there can be Ghost Whisperers in real life.
The conversations was interupted by a cup of coffee rising from the table and then smashing to the floor.
" Woops!" Nancy said" And where a poltergeist inhabits a local coffee shop, and a sensitive poltergeist at that."
" So how do we find such a person?" Mrs. Trumble asked.
" I'm willing to bet that the governments men in black have a list. You know Eino's friend sent them when our piano playing ghost first showed up." Nancy quickly stated.


Anonymous Quilly said...

But what if the ghost whisperer send the ghost away? Then the shoes will be lonely and they'll probably never dance again.

1:41 AM  
Blogger Dulçe ♥ said...

Yes life is a kind of not funny joke. Isn't it?

3:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To dream the impossible dream!

My oldest, MusicMan, read the quote at the top of your page this morning and said he disagreed! Here is his reasoning: "What did Peter Pan teach us? That you need happy thoughts to fly. Those thoughts come from memory and some of those memories are the warm feelings from past triumphs. Praise for those past triumphs brings to mind the warm memories that help you fly."
[To which I say, yes, he is a high school senior and getting ready to fly on his own. I'm glad he has such a positive outlook on life!]

Thank you, Dr. John for being a voice of reason in the health care "debate." ♥

5:19 AM  
Blogger LoieJ said...

Well said.

7:56 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I just ignore them all... There is so much wrong with "we the people" that ONLY GOD can fix it! And in His time, He will! But that may not be in OUR lifetime... All I know is... no matter what happens with the non-existent health care BILL... God will take care of ME! Even if it means I die! (my kids don't like to hear that though!)

Oh, I love Nancy! She was right on time with THAT response! How in the world the Mayor made that statement with a straight face is what I wonder!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Nancy is on to something myself.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

So true...we worry about things before they actually happen.

Sorry I haven't been around to visit more often Dr. John, I am without a computer at home right now.

I will definitely be catching up on all I missed though!

God bless!

11:15 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Ghost Whisperers? I've never heard of such a thing. Do they exist?

11:18 AM  
Blogger Carma Sez said...

Well said. Intention and reality are often two very different things.

3:39 PM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

Praises for our past triumphs are as feathers to a dead bird. ~Paul Eldridge
Yes how so very true
Are you still non-exitent?
Did I notice you being a little cranky of late?

11:05 PM  
Blogger anthonynorth said...

I must admit, I'm watching this debate with great amusement from the UK, where we have national health. The world didn't stop, people still get treatment, and we manage to pay for it and still remain the world's 4th largest economy.

3:08 AM  

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