Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Following The Leader

Let everybody ride his own hobbyhorse up and down the streets of the city, as long as he does not make you sit behind him.

Lawrence Sterne
"Get on board little children
There's room for many-a-more."

One evening there was a fund raising telethon for some cause, I was never sure what it was. It was on a local New York Cry, public access TV station. There was an MC and other people making appeals. Everyone was a leader. There were no followers.

Toward the end of the program the MC introduced a folk singer who began to sing and snap his fingers to speed up the band. But the band leader didn't change the rhythm even though the singer kept snapping. In the middle of the song the MC interrupted the singer to say they had reached their goal. The band started playing a peppier number, a woman came out, grabbed the hand of one of the girls as if to make a circle. She reached for the girl on the other side of her to take her hand. But that girls wasn't going to join any circle, she danced around by herself and clapped in time to the music.

I'm glad they raised their money, but as for order, there was none. Everyone was doing their own thing and not getting on board of anyone else's.

"Every boy and every gal
That's born into this world alive
Is either a little liberAL
Or else a little conservaTIVE."
(W. S. Gilbert)

Here's my observation about political parties. The members of a certain party will disagree with each other some of the time, but the one thing they agree on is they don't agree with the other party and they will get on board and vote against anything the other party does, no matter how good it is, just because the other party proposed it. Some party! I'd rather stay home.

So you can ride your political hobbyhorse past my door if you want to but don't expect me to get on board.

DB - The Vagabond
(This is not a contest.)

In your opinion what is the most amazing thing that could happen during this decade? Make it as outrageous as you want but keep it within the realm of what you consider a possibility.

Only 6 responses so far.

Answers will be published the first day of Summer.


DB - The Vagabond


Linda's World said...

I'm sick & tired of all the political hobbyhorses. All of them! It's the same on the state level as it is on the national level....all messed up. 51* and temporarily sunny here at 9am after a night of heavy rain & wind.

Connie said...

In answer to the question;
The most amazing thing...
One day the world suddenly changed and everyone was pleasant from then on- There would be no wars, no violence,no arguments--no nasty remarks,no dirty deeds done dirt cheap..just a world without tension from that day on.

Ooooh wouldn't it be lovely!!

I thought about no more illness and no world hunger but those will maybe come in time if all is right with the world.

Liz said...

I not only refuse to sit behind any politically minded idiot but I also object to cleaning up after their horse.