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Noblesse Oblige

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There are two versions of this short "story." The first was sent to me by a very right wing New York man who I am sure did not write it, but just forwarded it.

The second is a slight re-write of the same piece that I wrote in order to make a point.

Both "stories" end with the admonition of: "Welcome to the Republican party. If anyone has a better explanation of the difference between Republican and Democrat I'm all ears."

I personally just love it when I raise the issues of the S&L's, Enron, Oil Company stuff and now the " monstrous Wall Street transgressions," the Banks, GM, Chrysler, and Ford reaching into the pockets of all taxpayers for help, my friends who are "let's deregulate everything Republicans" blame this stuff on Roosevelt, Truman, and every Democrat since.

I support a free enterprise system, because all of the other "isms" do not work. I even support the notion of "compassionate conservatism" yet the people who advocate this are, as a rule, neither "compassionate nor are they conservatives." I do wonder if "real American" Republicans would run to the Feds and cry "please help us?"

Will any of these "real American" CEO's purportedly running these companies return any part of their huge compensation packages in that they have failed? Sure they will.

Moving along nevertheless, here are the two stories.

Being a Republican

A young woman was about to finish her first year of
college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself
to be a very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal
ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support
more government programs, in other words redistribution of
wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch
Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the

lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional
chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for
years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he
thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to
higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government
programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her
professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her
father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a
4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go
out and party like other people she knew. She didn't
even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have
many college friends because she spent all her time
studying.

Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your friend
Audrey doing?' She replied, 'Audrey is barely
getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never
studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on
campus; college for her is a blast. She's always invited
to all the parties and lots of times she doesn't even
show up for classes because she's too hung over.'

Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you
go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off
your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That
way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be
a fair and equal distribution of GPA.'

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's
suggestion, angrily fired back, 'That's a crazy
idea, and how would that be fair! I've worked really
hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a
lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her
degree. She played while I worked my tail off!'

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently,
Welcome to the Republican party.'
If anyone has a better explanation of the difference
between Republican and Democrat I'm all ears.

Being a Republican (a minor re-write)

A young woman was about to finish her first year of
college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself
to be a very liberal Democrat, and among other liberal
ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support
more government programs, in other words redistribution of
wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch
Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the
lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional
chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for
years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he
thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to
higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government
programs. The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her
professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her
father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a
4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain,
insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load
and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go
out and party like other people she knew. She didn't
even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have
many college friends because she spent all her time
studying.

Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your friend
Paul doing?' She replied, "Paul can't afford to go to college."

He is working two jobs to pay for his mother's health care.
He is very popular at my school, but he can not afford the tuition.


Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you
go to the Dean's office and ask him to eliminate the tuition for Paul, and have a fundraiser to pay for his mothers' health care? She ran from her fathers presence crying.

A few months later Paul was drafted into the Marines and following basic training he was sent to Vietnam and stepped on a land mine and was blown to bits.

The young woman went crying to her Father and told him about Paul's death, and that if he had the money to attend college, he would be in school and be alive.
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently,
'Welcome to the Republican party.'
If anyone has a better explanation of the difference
between Republican and Democrat I'm all ears.

The following words in quotes were the ones sent to me by "the right wing guy.

The other words are my rejoinders.

"This is so far fetched , it isn't even in the realm of commenting upon. Only Norman could come up with this one."

Which part is far fetched? What did I say that "isn't even in the realm of commenting on." It is interesting when people do not know what to say they are "dismissive" of the points someone else makes.

During "My Korean war time" in the service, my friends who could afford college were deferred, and many who went to war came home in body bags. What is so complicated about that? Is that "the American way?"

"Actually, Paul was defending the country so the girl and the rest of us could go to school."

No He was defending the country because he was drafted and the rich kids in college did not serve. Ask VP Cheney!

I "went off to four years of war" even though no one ever shot at me. I do not know to this day who I was defending. "Mom, (I don't think so). Apple pie? (She couldn't bake) What have our boys and girls died for in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq? Don't know? Ask a Republican. In WARS, death should be available to all, Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor!

"It was never intended that the government would pay everything for everybody, so I don't buy this one at all."

No you are right, but why should the privilege of dying belong only to the poorer among us for the most part?

All of us are paying now for the transgressions of "the really big guys." Why is that OK?

The Democratic one works, however distasteful it may be to you.

I wonder how many "rich kids" are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq at this moment. There are I am sure well many motivated patriots.

In conclusion: Many Republicans forget things like war and poverty:

noblesse oblige means:

the moral obligation of those of high birth, powerful social position, etc., to act with honor, kindliness, generosity, etc.

Many in our country have replaced that with greed and self-interest!

Ain't this just great!

Norman Horowitz
Democrat