Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, May 29, 2006

This weekend

Like every Memorial Day weekend I go and help plant vegetables at a relative’s house. This usually involves hours of digging, hoeing, planting of seeds and small plants, throwing in Miracle Grow, and then watering with Miracle Grow.
I have been doing this for about 15 plus years now. It is not easy work and with my height it makes it even more difficult having to spend hours bent over with the sun on my back.
I of course couldn’t help but think while I was doing it that doing this work is something that Americans just won’t do. I thought about it even more while I watched the guy at the next house over doing the same thing I was. We exchanged some pleasantries with each of us talking about which plants would grow better and how much Miracle Grow to use. I spent most of Sunday afternoon doing some odd construction jobs and moving stuff to go to the dump.
At the end of both days I was dirty, tired, and a bit sore. Guess I am just another American who won’t do this kind of work.

10 Comments:

Blogger Always On Watch said...

Publius,
Good point:

I am just another American who won’t do this kind of work.

At this house, my husband and I do the same kind of work, too--no housekeeper, no mowing crew, no handymen (other than my cousin, who is an American).

On a different note...Miracle Grow is such a help! I remember a time, many years ago, when we didn't have that product and had to do our own soil-testing, then "prescribing."

Mon May 29, 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Would you mind if I posted a link to your blog?

Mon May 29, 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

i think that our culture has set itself up to not have to do physical labor. i think about that daily as i do my own housework, pump my own gas(in a mid-sized car), mow my own grass, etc. it feels good to do some physical labor. perhaps if we all had less money and more common sense- we wouldn't have an obesity problem. good for you gardening like a mad man! ;)

Mon May 29, 10:47:00 AM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

Im being a tad lazy this morning... but I am pasting a segment of a posting I did a few weeks back..
"The truth is, we as Americans of all races and creeds have crept up the food chain in our self-imposed expectations. Ask most kids nowadays, what do you want to be when you grow up? I dare you to find one that says "Gee, I'd love to pick Strawberries for a living...." This is not to say tilling the earth is in any way demeaning. This country's agriculture sector feeds the world. Sure they get a ton of subsidies, but that is another topic on its own. We teach our children to aim higher, to have it better than we ever did,... Engineering, Law, Medicine, Technology. In our eyes, to be a manual laborer is to fail. That is not a indictment of honest work, but a reflection on the levels we have set for ourselves as the greatest nation and economic power in the world. But for a simple poor person from a third world country, the idea of making $10 an hour bent-over picking berries is a blessing from God,... they would never make that back home. One man's junk, is another man's treasure. The cycle of life.
...... so maybe ol' Vicente Fox has it right, but it doesn't just apply to the Black community. All of us, White, Black, Asians, Latinos, Natives,... have set the bar a little higher than the 3 foot high tomato vine.
Capitalism in its purest form is devoid of emotion in its efficiency"
great post Publius...

Mon May 29, 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Always, be my guest. Link away.

Mon May 29, 05:02:00 PM  
Blogger Cubed © said...

Publius, they make some great "egonometric" handles on some of those tools now that will spare you some strain. I have a rake like that, and it's great!

Truth-Pain,

Capitalism, like Communism or Islam, is an entire social system, not, as the postmodernist school system has successfully taught so many of us, a nasty, mean-spirited economic system based on a dog-eat-dog, survival-of-the-fittest, tooth-claw-and-nail modus operandi where there are a few winners and a lot of loosers.

Capitalism - and I know, the Left, the Socialists, the Communists, the Fascists, Islam, and every other society on the face of the earth that is based on force hates to hear it - but Capitalism is based on the respect for individual rights and voluntary, mutually agreed upon contracts between individuals.

Because it is based on the respect for individual rights, if prohibits two things: 1) the initiation of the use of physical force, and 2) the use of the intellectual equivalent of physical force, fraud/deceit.

So why, you ask, do we have so much skull-duggery in our country, which is a capitalist society?

The answer is, we are not a capitalist society. We are a MIXED society, a MIX of goot premises and bad ones, and that's not a good thing.

Economics is an important part of philosophy (I'm talking about formal philosophy, you know, the five major branches and all that) in practice; that's why it's so very important to have some knowledge of a free-market economy, which is the capitalist kind, and a controlled economy, which is the totalitarian kind. As I have already pointed out, ours is a mixed kind - a mix of freedom and controls, and that produces a real mess, I tell you!

Because it is so very important, I keep begging people who are interested in saving our country to become acquainted with economics (it's not the same as what you do when you balance your checkbook or figure out your taxes, trust me).

The easiest way is to go up to Walter William's site (please just google it - I'm afraid if I leave now to get the address I'll lose this, and I've already done something like that today). He has a great (free) on line ten-part course in free-market economics. Easy, easy, easy, and it will inform you in a way the postmodernist Lefties in our schools never did (and they hope you will never find people like Williams).

Two other engaging and informative sources I highly recommend are 1) "Basic Economics," a book by Williams protege Thomas Sowell, a book written for the adult citizen who has never had economics, and "Economic Policy," a short book of six lectures given in 1958 in Argentina by Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises. Very cool, extremely complete book. It goes in and out of publication, but it's usually easy to get.

I wish every school kid could have this material, but like THAT's gonna happen - sigh.

BTW, Walter et al. know the REAL reason why American's can't (not won't) do the work...

Another BTW - the development of technology, be it low-tech stuff that picks crops or high-tech stuff that looks into the centers of atoms, has the most useful function of all; it frees us from spending our time and effort with labor to do what we do best - to think, to innovate, to create, to produce, and to pursue happiness.

And it's capitalism that frees us to do this better than any other system in the history of man.

Mon May 29, 05:43:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

Outstanding rebuttal, Cubed. replies like that is what I live for while swimming in these media waters. Great food for thought and pointed argument. Thank you.

Mon May 29, 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Publius,
You're linked.

Mon May 29, 07:43:00 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Cubed can defend capitalism like no other blogger I've met. Go, Cubed!

Mon May 29, 07:44:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Cubed, and wouldn’t you agree that with the loss of cheap labor, i.e. illegal immigrants, science and technology would catch up and find a way to do those jobs more cost effective? I think of the automated checkout at grocery stores where one checker can look over four lanes and the store saves money in the long run.

Tue May 30, 02:10:00 PM  

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