Afternoon Workout

David Lawrence
I'm working the mitts with Barbara, my boxing student.  She's a rich woman who is slumming in boxing but doesn't admit it because she is a liberal who wants to identify with poor people. She's hitting pretty good.  I tell her to go for more combinations. 

Limousine liberals like Barbara are trying to steal poor people's thunder by adopting their values but not living in their homes. She is like Warren Buffet who offers thirty per cent in taxes which doesn't reduce his life style one iota but encourages poor people to do less and less and want more and more. Like Buffet she cares more about her image than the plight of the disadvantaged.  She wants to appear generous while doing little that inconveniences her.

Even though we are good friends, Barbara is always picking on me because I am a Republican, "You guys don't want to give anything to the poor."              

"Republicans give more to charities than Democrats," I say. "You guys give stupid food stamps and keep the poor dependent on you so that you can get their votes. And Obama has lowered women's life styles by costing them jobs. It's his fault they can't afford contraception or abortions."

"You and your Fox television," she says.

"Everything you say is ad hominem against Republicans and Fox rather than directed to the dialectic of argumentation and discovering truth," I say.  "And you identify with the 99 per centers when you are rich.  You not only want the advantage of having money, you want to take props for being a good, generous person when you're not.  You merely talk the talk; you don't walk the walk. You remind me of your President."

"So what do you do that's so good?" she asks.

"Nothing.  But at least I don't take applause for others' good deeds and attempt to steal from people who have more than me," I say. "I'm a poor Republican. But I don't feel the undeserving deserve when they've done nothing for it.  When I was rich I was a Democrat, and now that I'm poor I'm a Republican.  I guess I'm always working against myself."

"Let's spar a little," Barbara says.

"You know I have brain injuries from my boxing career and can't," I say.

"Only kidding.  Work with me on foot work."

"I think your foot work is pretty good already.  You manage to take credit for being socially just while you are rich," I say.   "And by the way, you can thank your president for our divisiveness. He has divided us. We wouldn't even be arguing now if it weren't for his putting a wedge between us. Your only problem is that you think you are on his side when you are living your life like a hypothetical Republican.  But then again, so his he."

"I'll divisive you," she says and starts whacking the mitts.  She makes a nice sound like breaking glass.  Her punches are good. Her philosophy misses.  She is smart but confused by her borrowed ideology.  Democrats don't think clearly. Everything is immediate with them.  They want good short term results even if they lead to bad long term consequences. They are illogical like all utopians.  They see the forest but not the trees. They want to satisfy the unjustified claims of the poor while they let the country go downhill and slip into lethargy. 

I'm working the mitts with Barbara, my boxing student.  She's a rich woman who is slumming in boxing but doesn't admit it because she is a liberal who wants to identify with poor people. She's hitting pretty good.  I tell her to go for more combinations. 

Limousine liberals like Barbara are trying to steal poor people's thunder by adopting their values but not living in their homes. She is like Warren Buffet who offers thirty per cent in taxes which doesn't reduce his life style one iota but encourages poor people to do less and less and want more and more. Like Buffet she cares more about her image than the plight of the disadvantaged.  She wants to appear generous while doing little that inconveniences her.

Even though we are good friends, Barbara is always picking on me because I am a Republican, "You guys don't want to give anything to the poor."              

"Republicans give more to charities than Democrats," I say. "You guys give stupid food stamps and keep the poor dependent on you so that you can get their votes. And Obama has lowered women's life styles by costing them jobs. It's his fault they can't afford contraception or abortions."

"You and your Fox television," she says.

"Everything you say is ad hominem against Republicans and Fox rather than directed to the dialectic of argumentation and discovering truth," I say.  "And you identify with the 99 per centers when you are rich.  You not only want the advantage of having money, you want to take props for being a good, generous person when you're not.  You merely talk the talk; you don't walk the walk. You remind me of your President."

"So what do you do that's so good?" she asks.

"Nothing.  But at least I don't take applause for others' good deeds and attempt to steal from people who have more than me," I say. "I'm a poor Republican. But I don't feel the undeserving deserve when they've done nothing for it.  When I was rich I was a Democrat, and now that I'm poor I'm a Republican.  I guess I'm always working against myself."

"Let's spar a little," Barbara says.

"You know I have brain injuries from my boxing career and can't," I say.

"Only kidding.  Work with me on foot work."

"I think your foot work is pretty good already.  You manage to take credit for being socially just while you are rich," I say.   "And by the way, you can thank your president for our divisiveness. He has divided us. We wouldn't even be arguing now if it weren't for his putting a wedge between us. Your only problem is that you think you are on his side when you are living your life like a hypothetical Republican.  But then again, so his he."

"I'll divisive you," she says and starts whacking the mitts.  She makes a nice sound like breaking glass.  Her punches are good. Her philosophy misses.  She is smart but confused by her borrowed ideology.  Democrats don't think clearly. Everything is immediate with them.  They want good short term results even if they lead to bad long term consequences. They are illogical like all utopians.  They see the forest but not the trees. They want to satisfy the unjustified claims of the poor while they let the country go downhill and slip into lethargy.