In the 1980s, I was blessed to hear Aaron Copland at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. He was well into his 80s at the time and yet there he stood on stage standing tall as a reed and full of life, conducting Fanfare For The Common Man. To this day, it is one of my favorite pieces of classical music.
When I am in Minneapolis, I often listen to Dan Cole on KFAN, the local sports radio talk show. Dan refers to himself as “The Common Man.” Every one of his broadcasts start with Copland’s Fanfare For The Common Man in the background, and Paul Harvey, in his unforgettable voice, presenting his essay on The Common Man.
You should really play Copeland’s music…
World-Wide Music “Fanfare for the Common Man”
…while reading Paul Harvey’s timeless essay.
Why should anyone aspire to be a common man, an average man? Do you realize what it means to be average? That means you’re the best of the lousiest and the lousiest of the best. Now if we demand more and more for producing less and less, while the have-not nations encourage and inspire, and indeed require hard work and maximum effort – if we deify the common men while they encourage and reward the uncommon ones – Well, the end result of such a lopsided race as that is too obvious to require elaboration
Methinks the majesty of Copland’s “Common Man” is not exactly what Paul Harvey was talking about.
The people have spoken. Obama has been given another term in office and our grand experiment in democracy is shifting to the left and toward socialism. People are being punished for making too much money and being too successful. The voters have decided it is ok to lift the lower class by taking from the upper class. They politicize it by saying “the rich should pay their fair share.”
I wonder what Paul Harvey would have to say about where America is headed today?
Yesterday, Bill Holter offered up a bit of Paul Harvey’s wisdom in his famous essay titled “If I Were The Devil;” a warning to our country spoken nearly 50 years ago.