As the saying goes: "Out with the old, in with the new." Some folks didn't get the memo. President Obama and friends have now inherited their own mess. "Blame Bush" is over. Just don't expect to hear anything about Obama's screw-ups from the national media.
My wife and I enjoy 'antiquing.' It's fascinating to go through antique shops and see the furniture, tools, weapons, automobiles and other stuff that has been preserved through decades and even centuries. And the prices? Ouch. Of course the prices are set by how many remain and the quality of the piece. If everyone had saved that old Wheaties box the one on display wouldn't be worth a plug nickel.
There's a lot of stuff we throw away, not thinking of its value. So many products are made today with the expressed intention that they will be thrown away so we can buy more, but I'm thinking of some things that we've discarded without any real consideration of their value. Things like words.
For the past few decades we've been thoroughly brainwashed to be 'tolerant' of just about everything. When we speak out against something incorrect or mislabeled, except for food, we're reminded that we must be more tolerant. That's the new standard. Renowned journalist, novelist and essayist G. K. Chesterson wrote, "Tolerance is the virtue of a man without convictions." Here is some of what our lack of conviction has discarded:
Two words that once fit nicely together were, 'moral responsibility.' By popular demand they began to disappear in Hollywood, followed by the music industry and on to the professional sports arena. Being worshipers of television, immoral behavior slowly invaded the common American home where tolerance of vulgar, immoral and unnatural behavior has become commonplace.
Here's an oldie but a goodie: Modesty. As a teenager I was a big fan of the bikini when it made headlines. It was however, quite restricted as to places deemed 'appropriate.' Discard modesty, insert tolerance, and we now have gross vulgarity wherever we turn. We are assaulted by tons of flesh that was once discreetly reserved for private domiciles. Too much of it is covered with "body art," once displayed mostly by retired military and ex-cons.
Regardless of our First Amendment, some words, are no longer allowed. I'm thinking of the "N" word. It's applauded in Hollywood for blockbusters like Roots but not for Mr. Twain. I'm not talking about screaming "fire" in a crowded theater. Does anyone with a rational mind not know what "N" stands for? Does the actual word not come to mind? Just who are the language Nazis fooling? If this is so abhorrent then we need to include the "A, B, C, G, J, K, M, P, Q, S, and W words. If a derogatory word, properly used to describe a mean, evil or lazy person, is reduced to an initial then we need to reduce 'white trash' to "WT."
The younger generation is getting good at abbreviations. It may be that they actually don't know how to spell, but when you're reduced to 140 characters or less, you do what you have to do.
I've recently come across some new, evolutionary words, some of which were supposedly published in the Washington Post's Mensa Invitational. I heartily recommend these for the new year:
Instead of America being a democratic republic we've become an "Ineptocracy." This is a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. A perfect description of President Obama, his fellow sociocrats and his tax plan.
Another new word is "Cashtration." This is where, when you purchase a house, the market works with the government to render the new homeowner financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
Another good one is "Intaxication." This is the euphoria we get from our tax refund, and then realize it was our money to start with.
And finally, the new word "Sarchasm." This is the gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
How sad that we all seem to know the price of everything but the value of nothing.