Sunday, March 27, 2011
Press Statement by Chris Crittenden (ethics professor and poet from Lubec)
As a metaphor, we can imagine a handful of privileged men, who walk into a garden, proclaiming that they do not like several of flowers. In response, over the shock of the gardener and the general population, every single flower in the garden is plucked up. The garden itself is carved up and removed.
The few flowers that are offensive to a small group, in reality represent some of the brightest victories for dignity in human history.
For most of civilization, slavery reigned. After slavery came Dickensian working conditions. It is the Labor Movement we have to thank for uplifting the American people out of horrific industrial sweatshops, what William Blake referred to as “dark Satanic mills.”
LePage and those blinkered few to whom he caters, are attempting to efface the heroes who ended the practice of children having to toil in a crowded, unsafe rooms .
LePage and those few who have swayed him, are attempting to efface those brave and unquenchable souls who brought us the 40-hour work week and the weekend. The word “efface” means to rub out or erase. Etymologically, it literally means to remove the face from. To deprive of a face.
This is crass bowdlerism at its worst. An attack on a history rich with moral pearls. LePage would crush those pearls and replace them with a brine of obeisance to the lowest considerations, the sad and unsupportable principle of “Money Makes Right.”