Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Sure, Praise Someone for an Unfinished, Ill-Executed Job in the Terri Schiavo Case

Once upon a time, there was a man who had a beautiful shiny automobile. The man was understandably proud of his car, and equally understandably dismayed when it began to malfunction. The problems progressed with the car to the point that it would not run at all.

Wisely, the man determined that he would take the car to an auto mechanic to have it fixed. After all, the man had invested a lot of time and money into his car. What good was it to him if it did not run as it should? What good was it to him if it did not function at all?

So, the man took his beloved automobile to the finest repair shop that he could find. He selected the repair shop with care, because naturally he was not going to take his car to just any old shop or a shop that had a bad reputation and a bad record of customer complaints.

The man left his car with the auto mechanic and signed a contract for the car to be repaired. At the designated time, the man went to retrieve his automobile. To his dismay, he was confronted with a large bill from the mechanic, who had not succeeded in getting the car to run.

"Why should I pay for a job that I expected to be done, that you agreed you would indeed do, that you stated I should have every confidence in you to achieve it and assured me that you would (that's the reason I selected you out of all the other possible automobile repair shops!) and yet you have not accomplished what was expected or agreed? You have in effect made a beautiful sale of your reputation and your vaunted skills, but in the end, you have not repaired my car!

No, I shall not pay you a single penny and no, I shall not praise your fine work because you have not upheld your end of the bargain. All you've done is left me looking like a fool because I selected you to do the repairs instead of someone else and you have left them unaccomplished. If you were unable to do the repairs because you lacked the skill, the tools, the parts, or the manpower to achieve them, you should never have promised to do so to begin with.

A wise and respectable workman finishes the job that he has set out to do and that he has promised to do."

Herein is wisdom, Dean: One does not owe praise for an unfinished or badly executed job. One does not owe praise to the workman who has failed.

One learns from one's mistakes in having selected the wrong workman to do the job and then one does not go to that workman again. One finds the man who can actually do what he says he will do. Last but not least, one does not recommend to one's friends the workman who has failed. If one values one's friends and wants to keep them, one lets them know to avoid the repair shop that does not do its work as promised.

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.

P.S. If I hear one more sycophant talk about our "nation of laws" and the "rule of law" as an excuse for murder, I am going to VOMIT all over the blogsphere. If we are such a fine, upstanding nation of laws, then why do we not even enforce the laws that we already have on the books?!!! The job of the Executive Branch is to enforce and carry out the laws. That job does not belong to the Judiciary. We have a law against illegal immigration, and yet over a 1.5 million illegal aliens enter this country every year (and that's a conservative estimate.) Don't give me any crap about a nation of laws and how they must be enforced. Every single day our laws go unenforced! For you see, the only laws that get enforced are the ones that the politicians feel strongly enough they want to enforce. So much for that contemptible lie about us respecting "the rule of law." Poppycock!

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW even more.