Now, I must confess, that a great deal of this enammeration was due the the exceptional personality rendered upon Heinlein's words and phrases by Christoper Hurt; who non-coincidentally, is now my favorite audio narrator. I was so taken in that, by the books end, I felt completely in touch with the character due to that vocal treatment. It seemed that I could almost see through his eyes and feel from his heart - the gruff yet time tempered manner of a southern gentleman.
With that feeling at the surface, and with interjections of my personal thoughts (non of which I could see the immortal Jubal Harshaw having any qualms with) I set out to write this installment of the Jubal Harshaw Report. My take on his feelings of subjects of noteworthiness and relevance.
It is as follows ...
It has come to my attention that this civilization we live in on the great planet Earth, has reached the apex of supreme human laziness and has devoted it's self to the never ending quest to get 'something for nothing'. Now, I say this not glibly nor 'off handedly' but with great amounts of personal witnessing guiding my statement. You may say"Oh, come now Jubal, I see a folks hard at work each day as I go about my travels. Those at the store, stocking shelves. The person who pumps my gas or even the road crews working to fix that pesky pot-hole that has claimed many an innocent suspension."Well, as true as your statement would be, I assure you that for every one of those hard working folks you saw, there are just as many out there, unseen, who are ready to steal from the hard earned coffers of others, and prance about in ecstatic glee at their triumph in doing so. Shameful. Downright, shameful.
There are, as you would expect, varying degrees of these ‘types’ in the world. From the person who takes a an entire plate of samples at your local grocers – because he can, to the one who defrauds the welfare system by having child after child after child just to get government funds in order to help ‘provide for’ and ‘raise’ them. Raise them to be responsible citizens, mind you – a result that is all too often unachieved due to the child’s direct sphere of influence. The money then continues to perpetuate the problem. The less I work the more I can get. You could even, if you so desire, throw the consummate dicker-er into this pot. The one who is always out to get a better deal for himself.
I know you have heard them as you go about your business:“If I buy this vehicle, I want you to throw in better wheels, better tires and an upgraded stereo system, or I’m hittin’ the road, Jack.”The idea that they could actually earn the money that is needed to acquire these extra options rarely occurs to them – and if the notion does tickle their conscious, it is brushed off like a gnat at a picnic. Why, because they have learned that behavior by watching others do it … and get away with it.
As I touched on above, the greatest criminal in this situation, is the government sponsored work-not. I use the world criminal because I feel that the word ‘abuser’ is a tad light and lacking due impact and ‘villain’ has with it too many top-hatted handlebar mustached imagery.
So what is to be done? Well, is that not the question of our time? I think so. Now, I’m just a simple man who, by that statement, has a simple way of considering such matters. You want to tame the best of laziness and sloth that has been ravaging mankind for the last fifty years? Then you remove the thing that empowered him to be the slacker that he has become: handouts – especially those with a government flavor.
Surely Jubal, you jest? Stop providing free food for the homeless? Certainly.
Quit providing Social Security benefits for those ho have never paid a dime in to the fund? Yep.
Cease the national tax payer provided printing of materials in languages spoken by those of another country, who happen to be here illegally?
Oh, hell yes – and don’t get me started on that nest of snakes! I’ll kick up dust on that road another time.
Now, back to my point.
I do not put the full blame of this abhorrent behavior on the individual who has committed (or is contemplating committing) the act of taking what has not been worked for. He, and I will use the term ‘he/his’ to apply to both the male and female of the species in this diatribe, using ‘he/his’ as the more general term for humanity as a whole. Continuing. He is only a partial product of his environment and has learned much of this behavior by watching those in the tribe in which he lives. Man is nothing if not all too eager to pick up on the bad habits that surround his person – I chalk that up to his original sinful nature. He is ever ready to jump at the opportunity to drink deeply from the well of others fortune, and revel in the increasing of his damnability. It takes a strong individual with sound morals to withstand the bombardment he is subject to on a near daily basis, trying to sway him out in to the path of ‘least resistance’.
Thinking back to my previous comments on these individuals being ‘lazy’, that may have been only partially correct. I have noticed that there are quite a few of these free-mongers that are far from lazy, but are, in fact, tireless in their search for opportunities to get something for nothing. They will fill out form after form, application after application. All with the hopes that all their diligent ‘work’ will pay off and they will find themselves the rightly appointed steward of some fund, or programs money for the needy and not-so-well-off. Well, hell, I’m needy! I needed all the tax money the government siphoned out of my earnings so that I could spend it on the needs of me and mine, rather than give to these ingrates living off of your and my earnings. If only they spent that much effort on actual work, the kind that provides for ones-self and ones-own, then that would be something.
Please understand me here people. I am neither a spiteful man nor am I one prone to malice, unless grievously provoked, but I do take a stand where I see one is needed, and I see that need now. Within my copious life and through my own stupidity and naiveté, I have often found myself in the position of the man whose, afore mentioned, coffers have just been pillaged. Let me tell you, that is a position and feeling that I find most distasteful. It sets my teeth on edge and twists my bowels into bow-ties.
Now, I have never claimed to have all the answers. I will leave that to the preachers and politicians. Let them spin it. What I do claim is the ability to spot error when I see it, and brother, this is a huge spot – casting a dismal shadow over all that is still good in this society. When the common man can no longer provide for his family because he is yoked to the task of forcibly providing for a nation of work-not’s, then it is time for action.
J. E. Harshaw