Go Forward and Move On
All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions.
Adlai E. Stevenson
Are you tired of hearing "Let's go forward" and "We need to move on"? Well, these catch phrases seem to
sum up what our society has become. The idea of a forward direction in almost any aspect of endeavor, implies that progress
is our mutual goal. Maybe someone should point out that real progress is seldom achieved in an uninterrupted direction. And
what does moving on have to do with realizing this 'so called' progress?
Linguistic analysis was once a serious
study in the meaning of words, but in today's popular culture, language intent has lost most of its significance. What underlies
'going forward', is a message that one need not concern themselves about what has just transpired. All that matters is that
we make 'progress' by going on to the next event.
'Moving on' implies that evaluating the value of any activity,
need not be judged; just proceed to the next event. Fleeting interest in an activity is limited to its novelty, and exercising
any moral standard to its importance, is now unacceptable.
Apply this elocution to the politician and you have
a nifty way of public absolution for questionable deeds. The notion of inappropriate behavior has dwindled in recent years,
to a list so small that one can count them on one hand. Indeed the orators of public policy now have the protection that they
always sought, namely; the death of outrage.
Life in this era of relative ethics, has created a substitute for
belief in moral accountability. Material consumerism has become the purpose upon which most people strive to achieve. Progress
for them uses such terms as: more, better, bigger and newest. When the public abdicates responsibility for their own conduct,
why should anyone else be surprised when they transfer that same exoneration over to the image originator for public policy?
All that matters now, is whether your personal circumstance remains comfortable.
Few creatures in nature are better
suited at changing their chameleon like appearance, than the politician. Their veracity has always been suspect, but their
secret talent lie within their ability to seize upon the latest cultural weakness, invent a problem and fabricate a solution
that requires their involvement. Their access to power is directly related to the willingness of the public to maintain confidence
in their ability to keep the perception of Progress 'going forward' . . . The ebb of concern with moral excess, allows the
manipulators of social policy to craft their next grab for more control. Where there is no long accountability, there will
only be greater abuses.
'Moving on' is the classic strategy that says we will stone wall your charges long enough
until the public becomes bored. The reason is simple, this method of arrogance works; and crime pays off for the master lawbreaker.
The fact that a Ted Kennedy never faced charges for manslaughter, is not balanced with the trial of Michael Skakel.
There is a distorted standard of justice for privileged politicians. This trend has been elevated to the ludicrous after
going through the Clinton years. Legitimate charges were overwhelming against Hillary, but she was given a pass and rewarded
a senate seat by the ignoble fools of New York. Yes; I know, that's past history, it's time to 'Move On' . . .
I refuse to accept injustice wherever it appears. Time may cloud the details, but it does not automatically grant forgiveness.
Wendell Phillips is so right - "Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty". But we now live in a society that places
little weight on cherishing LIBERTY. Personal freedom is what counts, but those who profess this self-centered view, are the
very people who applaud the serialization of public indignities. Looking the other way has now become institutional in America.
The lesson is clear, it is ALL public business, and when you are confronted with another round of 'going forward', just tell
the next panderer of deceit, that it is time to face the music.
Gary Condit has become a national disgrace, but
so is Barney Frank. 'Mr. Backdoor' was given a pass by the same DC police, when the red light was lit at his apartment. Now
we have him hosting a gay pride celebration at the Langley headquarters of the Agency! "The fact that I would be speaking
at Gay and Lesbian Pride Month at the CIA - yeah, that's a sign of real progress." Congressman Franks; that's not 'going
How may examples are necessary to expose a trend? The only 'moving on' that goes on, is for the predators
of power. The rest of us are told we must adopt the 'PC' version of perversion, because that is progress. Is it any wonder
that we get these kind of corrupt politicians, when the public is a reflection of this same kind of deviation? If this is
progress, it is long overdue to stop the forward motion. I'll 'move on' when there is a worthwhile moral goal to reach. Until
that presents itself, we would all be better off standing still. Forward motion with these politicos will only bring you down
to their level.
SARTRE - August 26, 2001