Punchinello’s Chronicles

June 8, 2009

Ours Not to Reason Why

Filed under: Foolish Rants — Punchinello @ 1:47 am
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Back in 1854, during the Crimean War, Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote a poem called “The Charge of the Light Brigade.” It described what history calls one of the worst military blunders of modern times. The story talks about a group of soldiers ordered into a hopeless situation, and uses the lines:

“Their’s not to make reply,
Their’s not to reason why,
Their’s but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.”

The Charge of the Light Brigage

Over the years, the line has been changed through popular usage: “Ours not to reason why; ours but to do or die.”

The line refers to the pointless asking for reason when upper management, be it corporate or military, demands that those peons on the production line should simply do what they’re told. It mandates that we never ask reasons. Instead, we should blindly accept that “they” know what they’re doing.

Kind of like Obama voters.

The other day I had a bizarre online opinion rendered by supposedly an adult, here in America. In response to a discussion on logic, the poster said that only 3-yearolds constantly run around asking, “Why? Why? Why?” I was shocked, to say the least.

Is that the case? Do people really and truly believe that when we get past the age of 3, we’re done asking for reasons? We simply accept life totally passively?

Apparently so. We have over 60% of the population telling us that Mr. Obama is brilliant. Everything he’s doing must be brilliant because all those people approve of his being the President. Why? Nobody knows. It’s a mystery.

When we ask about the crushing debt, massive takeovers of private industry, and the looming socialization of America’s health care industry, we’re told it’s all the fault of George Bush. Nothing is the fault of Mr. Obama. He’s brilliant. Why? Nobody knows. It’s a total mystery!

If logic is a belief system, as opposed to a consistent system of thinking, then we can throw out logic because it’s just the way you may believe things to be. It’s not true or factual, meaningful or valuable. It’s just a belief system, after all.

Asking “why” or asking “how” is also a part of reasoned thought and analysis. So if only 3-yearolds have the option to ask why anything happens, then what do adults do?

Nothing, apparently. We don’t think. We don’t use logic. We don’t use language. There aren’t any definitions. There’s no truth. There’s no reality. Nothing is objective. Everything is feelings.

Tell someone to kill themselves, and in today’s world it seems more than 60% of those ordered will simply go kill themselves. “Their’s not to reason why; their’s but to do and die.” Oh, but I’ve forgotten the cult suicides and the rising teen suicide rate. Enh…who cares? We don’t need to bother asking “why.”

We’re facing a point in history where the US Constitution is under full-fledged attack. If Mr. Obama had his way, the entire document would be scrapped, then rewritten. Mr. Obama holds that the Constitution is misguided because it limits the power of government. Any “right thinking” person knows that a country can only work if the government controls everything. Right?

I’m frankly astounded! To say that reason and analysis are purely the province of toddlers tells me that I’m right. Most of our adult population today is trapped in arrested development, either at the toddler level or the young adolescent age. Nobody cares that we’re rapidly going utterly broke.

Fox News reports on June 4, 2009:

President Hugo Chavez claimed this week that he and his Cuban ally Fidel Castro are more conservative than left-wing U.S. President Barack Obama, referring to the American government bailout and takeover of General Motors, Reuters reported.

The Venezuelan leader was giving a speech on the “curse” of capitalism on Tuesday as GM was filing for bankruptcy and preparing for Washington to take control of 60 percent of the 100-year-old symbol of American capitalism.

“Hey, Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right,” Reuters quotes Chavez joking on a national TV broadcast.

That’s Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, icons of world communism, and they’re potentially to the right of Barack Obama!? We have Pravda, the main newspaper for the Soviet Union (now Russia, for today’s high-school graduates) telling us that the United States is descending so quickly into Marxism, even the Russians are astonished.

But let’s not ask about that. Let’s not ask why, or how come. Let’s not bother our stupid little heads about such trivial foolishness as national politics, philosophy, religion or economics. That’s just a waste of time.

Instead, let’s watch TV. Let’s go pahhhrrrrteeeee! Let’s get stoned. Let’s get high. Let’s get drunk. Let’s screech about some ballgame somewhere. Who cares about “why?” It’s not our field, it’s not our business.



  1. My two cents…
    Funny, I felt the same way about Bush, and still do about most conservatives when they say that we need no regulations, that the market will self-regulate. Don’t question authority, the profit makers know how to take care of themselves, and that’s all that matters. Taxes and debt are nothing but tools for social engineering, at the control of the ruling party, and the conservative republicans have caused more debt than the democrats for the last hundred years or so. The basic difference between the far right and the far left is that the right believes it’s every man for himself, and the far right believes that they’re their brother’s keeper. I land in the middle, with a heavy dose of personal responsibility, which is where most Americans probably fit. I call myself a progressive liberal because i’d rather err on the side of “love one another” than survival of the fittest.

    Comment by terri — July 14, 2010 @ 8:58 am | Reply

  2. The general flaw in this argument is that we have “conservative Republicans” in office, and have had many of them over the years. In fact, we’ve had almost no conservatives in government for a very long time. Ronald Reagan was a conservative, but he was over-ridden by the House and Senate, mostly by traditional Republicans.

    All the statements about Republicans are true. But none of them apply to conservatives. Those conservatives are in both the traditional political parties, with conservative thinking being nonpartisan. The so-called “fiscal” conservatives, or “social” democrats are just politically correct subdivisions, meaning pretty much nothing.

    Conservatives hold their values (and those of a moral society) as more important than their feelings, expediency, getting re-elected and short-term personal goals. ANYone else, currently under the label “liberals,” allow their feelings about a current situation to override their values (if they have any values).

    No, the market will NOT “self-regulate.” We see that particularly today, where the Obama administration, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank have removed all regulation on the controlling financial institutions. The results are financial markets totally disconnected from any kind of reality.

    Both Republicans and Democrats have placed making money far higher than running the country. Nowhere can we see that better than in the Rob Blagojevich trial. The Tea Party is the result of finally terminating any social or political contract with both Republicans and Democrats.

    Comment by Punchinello — July 15, 2010 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

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