Sunday, August 8, 2010


"Google Inc (GOOG.O), which runs the world's most popular Internet search engine, was ordered to defend itself against a lawsuit by a former manager who said he was fired for being too old, clearing the way for a trial.

The California Supreme Court unanimously agreed that a trial court erred in dismissing a complaint by Brian Reid, who was hired in 2002 as a director of operations and engineering, and fired less than two years later at age 54 after being told he was not a good "cultural fit."

Thursday's ruling upheld a state appeals court decision that the trial court erred in dismissing the lawsuit, and said the trial court should have considered "stray remarks" from Reid's colleagues, including that he was an "old man" and "old fuddy-duddy," that might be seen as evidence of bias."

Why is the court involved in this? Because of this guy's age? How did age enter into the discussion of individual rights? Should I have more rights at 51 than the 36 year old kid that wants my job? Are rights dependent on something outside themselves or do they exist completely independent of outside forces?

A company should be able to hire and fire anyone they want, for any reason they want. I mean any reason. Because the person that owns the company has rights, too, like the right to do with his property as he pleases. If you or I don't like it then we will spend our money elsewhere. And, if the employees don't like a policy then they can look for work elsewhere.

This collective rights thing drives me crazy. Why should a group have rights? Rights are individual in nature. They come to us from God through the individual, not from the collective.

Anytime this relationship is messed with it causes problems. Let's look at the results of the Civil Rights movement in the '60's. Yes, blacks were denied their rights by both the state and federal governments. And this was wrong because skin color makes no difference as far as our humanity goes. And the government has the duty protect the individual rights of the citizens. But that's not what it did.

The government created a protected class of people. The individual was subsumed by the group. This created a distortion in the very nature of our rights, allowing an entirely new system of slavery to be created, binding an entire race to the government and its largess, and creating new enmity between the races that would not have existed if the government had just restored the rights of the individual. It also allowed corrupt race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to abuse the system for their own personal gain.

This is the same collectivism that creates protected classes like age, sex, sexual orientation and disabilities. Instead of recognizing that we are all different and the challenges we face have to be faced at a personal level, we try to build a Utopian world based on the nanny state. We pretend that if we just give the government enough control and throw enough money at it, if we hire just the right number of women or blacks or cripples, we can solve the problems that are wholly part and parcel of our human nature. We can't change human nature any more than we can change the nature of gravity. Pain and suffering are part of life and we cannot fix that!

Yet we continue down the Marxist path, convinced that somehow we can overwhelm nature itself and become little gods. We manipulate and twist reality into something that makes no sense at all, all the while telling ourselves that we've progressed into some brave new age. We are living a lie and we're about to pay the price, either through collapse or slavery to the system we created.

Turn to the truth. And pray, pray, pray.

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