Friday, December 13, 2013

Bazzo Says: Scrooge Was The Good Guy

Bazzo Says:

BY ANTHONY J. BAZZO
OF YORKTOWN NEWS
TITLE: Scrooge Was The Good Guy

 
The natural state for the vast majority of people who've lived in the world since the beginning of recorded history is poverty, and most of them never escape it.  Poverty IS.  Here come the paradox.  Everybody in politics claims to want to get everybody out of poverty. The schism is how.  One belief is government handout and the dependency it leads to, the so called womb to the tomb mentality. The other is the creation of opportunity to better ones self through employment.  

 

If that employment is government created then it is paid for by the private sector via taxes collected.  Those are not real job creation, but another, albeit a little better form of government dependency.  The other is jobs provided by the initiative of the private sector.  This is exposed in the Declaration Of Independence and the third pillar which our country was founded, the pursuit of happiness.  The equal opportunity to achieve success, not the equal opportunity of outcome.  For to achieve the latter, one must lower the bar of the former.   This equal opportunity to achieve is what has powered American exceptionalism  and the engine that powers that is Capitalism.

 

It is from that wealth we get the needed income for the taxes we pay that is redistributed by government and the charitable donations distributed by various charities. The former by government law, the latter by choice.  Yet without that wealth neither of those forms of distribution can happen.  So what what is often criticized by the left and now the Pope?   Wealth.  Wealth has become one of the most misunderstood, mischaracterized term because it's been bastardized by politics.  We want everybody to get out of poverty.  But then the escape from poverty is ripped to shreds by leftists.   Wealth has become a dirty word.  This however is not new.  It started with Charles Dickens and a holiday favorite, A Christmas Carroll. 

One of my traditions every Christmas was returning from Midnight Mass and turning on the TV to watch Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” starring Alastair Sim.  To my mind, it’s the best interpretation of the classic story, closely followed by the George C. Scott version. The uplifting ending, where the announcer intones, "nobody knew better than Ebeneezer Scrooge how to keep Christmas," would carry me the rest of the day.  The musical version, Scrooge, staring Albert Finney is also good watching as the songs are some of the best. 


Here is where the world turns upside down. Evil and successful Scrooge is the villain, and poor Bob Cratchit, overworked and underpaid, is the hero. The reform of Scrooge is not complete until he becomes a socialist and spreads his wealth.

In revisiting the story, consider that our villain Scrooge makes a success of himself in spite of odds a more generous God would allow. He is born, his mother dies in childbirth, his father blames him, and banishes him to private school, where he is left alone every Christmas.  Does he wallow in victimhood?  No!  He turns to books to better educate himself. One day, as he reaches his teen years, his sister (the only one who loved him for himself) tells Scrooge he can come home, filling him with hope and promise of a family.


But noooo, the promise of family is not to be. His father sells him into servitude. There, Scrooge meets his one true friend, Jacob Marley, and his one true love, the boss’s daughter. Life starts looking good, and Scrooge finds success. Next, his fiancee dumps him, saying she would rather be poor. Then, his sister dies after giving birth to Scrooge’s nephew.  And Marley, his only friend, passes away, leaving nobody left to love him.

When we encounter our hero, Scrooge’s clerk Bob Cratchit, he has been toiling at his underpaid job for seven or more years. (Have you ever met anybody who thought he was underworked and overpaid?)  In all those years, he could not find a better paying job to support his growing brood?  Somehow, we are to believe, this is Scrooge's fault, as if the well being of someone else's children is this unrelated man’s responsibility.  Perhaps Cratchit is a lousy clerk and that is the best job he could manage. To tug even harder at our heartstrings, Dickens brings on crippled youngster Tiny Tim. His future rests solely in the hands of Scrooge.

What irony.  In the entire town where the Cratchits live, where every person, save one, is blessed by the spirit of charity, only the miser Scrooge can save Tiny Tim?  It seems in this town filled with the spirit of charity, not one gives a rats patootie whether the crippled boy lives or dies.  Yet even here it is only Scrooge who is the villain.

 
Yet, as awful a person as Scrooge is portrayed, he has that loyal friend, Jacob Marley, who returns from the dead to save him from a life of misery.  How many of us good citizens have a friend who would come back from the dead to help us?  You know the rest of the story.


It is this story where we are taught as kids that the wealthy are selfish and uncaring. Still I have to ask, why is Cratchit a hero, and why is his family Scrooge's responsibility? Where is the principle of personal responsibility?  Scrooge not only takes responsibility, but overcomes misfortune to succeed, yet is demonized.  Cratchit avoids responsibility, because he does nothing to improve his lot by pursuing a better job, and is lionized.  We are taught that Cratchit is entitled to a piece of Scrooge's wealth.  This point is driven home by the Spirit Of Christmas Future who shows Scrooge what will happen if he does not give to Cratchit what the Spirits deem is his entitlement.  In real life, the government just threatens you with fine or imprisonment.

Yes, I continue to watch “A Christmas Carol” each holiday season, but no longer am I fooled by its socialist propaganda.  Wealth is not a dirty word.  In fact it is a good and necessary thing if the helping of the less fortunate is to happen.  Without Scrooge's wealth, Tiny Tim dies.  

 
It just galls me that those who wish to excoriate success, are themselves wealthy via the very system they despise.   We send our largess all over the country and the world.  Most of it never reaches the intended.  It is given to those in charge either in wages and perks or government heads who use that largess as their personal piggy bank.  A perfect example was Yassar Afafat who's people ate dirt, yet he lived the life of a King.  No, wealth, success and the pursuit of happiness are not the villains of this world.  The real and ever present villain, the one that the left uses is envy.  This is what I say, what say you?   I say Merry Christmas and may all your dreams and pursuits come true. 

 
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Bazzo 12/13/13  


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