History Rhymes

Rudyard Kipling

Cover of Rudyard Kipling

 

Mark Twain told us that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme. As we look at the economic numbers which show the workers and the middle class are losing income every year, and only the connected are succeeding in increasing their income, it struck us that it is literally true in this case.

 

Why? Because it was much the same in Rudyard Kipling’s day, and he wrote about it. So, on Sunday morning, we bring you this

 

The Wage-slaves

OH, glorious are the guarded heights
Where guardian souls abide—
Self-exiled from our gross delights—
Above, beyond, outside:
An ampler arc their spirit swings—
Commands a juster view—
We have their word for all these things,
No doubt their words are true.

Yet we, the bond slaves of our day,
Whom dirt and danger press—
Co-heirs of insolence, delay,
And leagued unfaithfulness—
Such is our need must seek indeed
And, having found, engage
The men who merely do the work
For which they draw the wage.

From forge and farm and mine and bench,
Deck, altar, outpost lone—
Mill, school, battalion, counter, trench,
Rail, senate, sheepfold, throne—
Creation’s cry goes up on high
From age to cheated age:
“Send us the men who do the work
“For which they draw the wage!”

Words cannot help nor wit achieve,
Nor e’en the all-gifted fool,
Too weak to enter, bide, or leave
The lists he cannot rule.
Beneath the sun we count on none
Our evil to assuage,
Except the men that do the work
For which they draw the wage.

When through the Gates of Stress and Strain
Comes forth the vast Event—
The simple, sheer, sufficing, sane
Result of labour spent—
They that have wrought the end unthought
Be neither saint nor sage,
But only men who did the work
For which they drew the wage.

Wherefore to these the Fates shall bend
(And all old idle things)
Werefore on these shall Power attend
Beyond the grip of kings:
Each in his place, by right, not grace,
Shall rule his heritage—
The men who simply do the work
For which they draw the wage.

Not such as scorn the loitering street,
Or waste, to earth its praise,
Their noontide’s unreturning heat
About their morning ways;
But such as dower each mortgaged hour
Alike with clean courage—
Even the men who do the work
For which they draw the wage—
Men, like to Gods, that do the work
For which they draw the wage—
Begin-continue-close that work.
For which they draw the wage!

 

Have a good day.

 

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Christmas Gifts and Home Protection

Sort of a mish mash but they also sort of connect. In any case, enjoy

How I wanted this when I was a kid! I had the pistol and shoulder holster though. But that Tommy Gun was to die for.

This is decidedly my kind of girl

And it’s time, I think, for a Christmas concert

And Navy won.

 

The Pirates of Penzance – Wichita

Since it’s the weekend after Halloween, I think we need a pirate story, so here you go

Enjoy

 

Buckeyes & Boilers

You know that we tend to relax a bit around here on the weekend but, we usually have a point, even so. But we like to have fun, too. Last weekend I ran a post that showed something nearly obscene for a Boiler, I ran a video that included the Notre Dame Victory March, not surprisingly it woke up that proud Buckeye friend of mine, Gilia over at the Hump Day Report. I got this back in comments:

It came with some comments about some outfit called “the Best Damned Band in the Land”, and I wasn’t very surprised. I don’t think I completely agree with that designator but then I’m an Alumni of the “All American Marching Band”

Anyway, all kidding aside, it’s one heck of a band, I don’t know about OSU but at Purdue, the marching band is an extracurricular activity, no credit, nothing, well, you do get to go to the Indianapolis 500, and lead the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade and a few things like that, but it doesn’t help your academics a bit.

But you know, it’s hard to get too far down on a generation that can produce kids that show this kind of discipline, cause I’ll tell you right now, doing that script Ohio, is some of the best work I’ve ever seen.

And that’s the point, we need to give these kids that kind of leadership in things other than marching band, any 18 year old that can do this, can do just about anything asked, if someone will take the time to teach them. That someone needs to be all of us.

And here’s the AAMB, you know the first band to have an alum on the moon, on the Great Wall of China

Saturday Matinee

Something different, John Wayne in Flying Tigers from 1942

Enjoy

 

Trifecta: Education and an Open Thread

Here’s a Trifecta on why public education is so bad. I won’t say enjoy because it’s pretty damning.

Let’s discuss this and let’s call this an open thread as well.

 

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