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The Angry Left Asks Bush If He's Ashamed Blacks Voting for School Choice With Their Feet

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How Do They Treat the Help?

by Christopher Chantrill
April 07, 2006 at 4:13 pm

ONE OF THE important tests of character is: How does he treat the help? When Scoop Jackson, longtime senator from Washington, died, we suddenly learned how all the staff in the Senate dining room adored him. We had no idea.

The Clintons, we learned, were not liked by the White House staff. And the report on Katie Couric is that people dive for their offices when they hear her heels clicking down the hall.

Why bother to treat the help with respect? As usual, Agatha Christie has the reason. When a friend of young Agatha dissed a servant she was told off in no uncertain terms. The servant was a professional, and worked hard. And above all, because of their position, servants could not talk back.

In the US armed forces, it turns out, mistreating the help can send you out the door. Victor Davis Hanson tells of one career-ending incident. It was quite simple. Vice-Admiral Richard J. Naughton tried to enter the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis without the proper ID.

Naturally expecting that the young Marine sentry on duty would recognize his all-important superintendent, Naughton boldly tried to pass. But instead, the Marine asked him to produce identification. Angry words and some sort of altercation ensued between the admiral and the enlisted man.

Later, Naughton claimed he couldn't "remember" whether he had "touched" the guard, but he did concede he "might" have done so.

Some skeptics thought that Naughton would skate, but he didn’t. There was a lengthy investigation and Naughton ended up resigning his position as superintendent of the academy and his commission.

In other words, the boss of Annapolis had to obey the rules or he was out.

That brings us, as you knew it would, to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. She thought the rules didn’t apply to her, either.

But she has even less class than the admiral. After an incident in which she is alleged to have struck a police officer who restrained her for bypassing a metal detector, she didn’t apologize. Instead she played the race card, the gender card, and the sexual harassment card in a naked attempt to blame the servant, in this case the Capitol Hill police officer, rather than admit that she was a “Do You Know Who I Am” narcissist and abuser of power and privilege.

Tom Delay had a telling point about the McKinney incident. He said that he would be filing ethics charges against her if nobody else did, and that he had a personal interest in the case. A few years ago, a Capitol Hill police officer died in Delay’s office, shot to death doing his job defending the congressman against an intruder who had jumped around a metal detector.

So there you have it. The superintendent of the United States Naval Academy had to resign for pushing a Marine sentry. What will happen to a congresswoman who does the same thing?

Before you judge anyone, check to see how they treat the help.

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Christopher Chantrill blogs at www.roadtothemiddleclass.com.  His Road to the Middle Class is forthcoming.


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Responsible Self

[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.


Taking Responsibility

[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050


Civil Society

“Civil Society”—a complex welter of intermediate institutions, including businesses, voluntary associations, educational institutions, clubs, unions, media, charities, and churches—builds, in turn, on the family, the primary instrument by which people are socialized into their culture and given the skills that allow them to live in broader society and through which the values and knowledge of that society are transmitted across the generations.
Francis Fukuyama, Trust


What Liberals Think About Conservatives

[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. “Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists,” she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican


Liberal Coercion

[T]he Liberal, and still more the subspecies Radical... more than any other in these latter days seems under the impression that so long as he has a good end in view he is warranted in exercising over men all the coercion he is able[.]
Herbert Spencer, The Man Versus the State


Moral Imperatives of Modern Culture

These emerge out of long-standing moral notions of freedom, benevolence, and the affirmation of ordinary life... I have been sketching a schematic map... [of] the moral sources [of these notions]... the original theistic grounding for these standards... a naturalism of disengaged reason, which in our day takes scientistic forms, and a third family of views which finds its sources in Romantic expressivism, or in one of the modernist successor visions.
Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self


US Life in 1842

Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism


Society and State

For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008


Faith and Politics

As far as the Catholic Church is concerned, the principal focus of her interventions in the public arena is the protection and promotion of the dignity of the person, and she is thereby consciously drawing particular attention to principles which are not negotiable... [1.] protection of life in all its stages, from the first moment of conception until natural death; [2.] recognition and promotion of the natural structure of the family... [3.] the protection of the right of parents to educate their children.
Pope Benedict XVI, Speech to European Peoples Party, 2006


Never Trust Experts

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.
Lord Salisbury, “Letter to Lord Lytton”


Conservatism's Holy Grail

What distinguishes true Conservatism from the rest, and from the Blair project, is the belief in more personal freedom and more market freedom, along with less state intervention... The true Third Way is the Holy Grail of Tory politics today - compassion and community without compulsion.
Minette Marrin, The Daily Telegraph


Class War

In England there were always two sharply opposed middle classes, the academic middle class and the commercial middle class. In the nineteenth century, the academic middle class won the battle for power and status... Then came the triumph of Margaret Thatcher... The academics lost their power and prestige and... have been gloomy ever since.
Freeman Dyson, “The Scientist as Rebel”


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