I heard a few radio spots (also known as commercials) in my day job that make me despair for America.
The first was an ad for Home Depot, in which two women are shopping in a produce aisle. They are shocked by the price of spinach. But one of the women has a plan! She won’t let any supermarket foist expensive spinach on her! No, sirree — she’ll start a garden and grow her own spinach!
Are you kidding me?!
I’m no gardener, but just a brief consideration of the time and expense involved in growing a food garden makes it clear that it is cheaper to buy spinach in a supermarket. Even if I ate spinach every day, which I do not, it would be worth it to let professionals take care of growing, harvesting and delivering the vegetable.
No doubt, Home Depot is capitalizing on the White House’s creation of a food garden (which will be worked by government employees at taxpayers expense). The home and garden store hopes to make money from the environmentally trendy and politically correct idea of people growing their own food.
The whole idea is an idiotic attack on the division of labor in a free market economy. In capitalism, the agriculture of spinach is made efficient through the division of labor. Farmers specialize in growing spinach on large farms, and they do it better and at less expense than Joe Gardener ever could in his backyard. As a result of the division of labor, all Americans prosper and have a better quality of life.
Apparently, prospering and having a better quality of life is not high on the left’s hierarchy of values. The left would much rather see Americans wasting their time in the spirit of sacrifice to the collective by digging and planting and watering. Perhaps they will even teach us some collectivist songs to sing in praise of Barack Obama while we labor. Dig we must, dig we must! We dig to serve our glorious leader!
The only harvest that will be reaped from this is smug, self-righteous preening as altruists congratulate themselves for sacrificing and “saving the planet” by playing Farmer John in the backyard. A bitter harvest, indeed.
The other spot that dismayed me was for a local politician. The announcer asked listeners if they want “change.”
Jeez, after the last presidential election, you’d think people would be suspicious of any promise of undefined change. Look at how Obama is changing America from a capitalist nation to a banana republic. Hey, you can’t say he didn’t warn us. When he said fundamental change, he meant fundamental change. Unfortunately, that means destroying prosperity in search of equality.
If a stranger walked up to you and promised to change your life, would you not want to hear specifically what he intends to do before agreeing? That stranger could give you a million dollars or he could shoot you in the head — either way, it’s change.
Too many Americans are, to put it nicely, uncritical thinkers. Conformists. They accept whatever idiocy our masters feed us: backyard gardens, change, whatever.
As Shaw writes at the end of Saint Joan, “How long, O Lord, how long?”