I do not prize cheap. It is not a word of hope; it is not a word of comfort; it is not a word of cheer; it is not a word of inspiration! It is the badge of poverty; it is the signal of distress... Cheap merchandise means cheap men and cheap men mean a cheap country.
William McKinley, Jr. (1843-1901)
25th President of the USA (1897-1901)
President McKinley was a protectionist, although this speech was from his prior time as a Senator, and, from a Senate campaign that he lost.
I do not agree much with protectionists, but, I do agree with some of Senator McKinley's campaign lines; I agree with his analysis of cheap.
I also believe that there is a cheapness in some souls and beliefs, including your humble scribe's.
In the West, Wal-Mart has championed cheap, at the cost of paying people what they need to survive, not what they need to thrive.
And, here in the East, there are many that self-censor themselves, your humble scribe included, because the price of not self-censoring is high, and it is hard to see the benefits of one's actions.
It is almost two weeks past the twentieth anniversary of the crackdown on the students in Beijing.
The power brokers of Beijing were quite protectionist, then.
They are still parsimonious with non-economic liberties.
And your humble scribe was too parsimonious with his convictions to publicly note the anniversary.
There was a cheapness in my soul.
I cannot remedy that. But, I can ask you to remember.