You have heard me comment in these blogs that people who write poetry, create art, publish prominent books or people who work in journalism are likely to get extensive obituaries. Many politicians are likely to have schools and streets named after them. In a large percentage of these cases the person has made little or no contribution to the betterment of society and because of their Lefty politics they have done some harm (occasionally great harm).
At the same time, the thousands of people who have built businesses that provide wages that in turn provide food and housing for hundreds of thousands of people are completely ignored in obituaries and memorials. People who really do help our society in commerce are ignored. The people who celebrate the Lefty values of tribalism and anti-commerce are elevated
The most blatant example of this sad pattern in today's society is the celebration of Caesar Chavez. Chavez is memorialized as a Mexican farm-worker organizer.
I did not personally know Mr. Chavez. Three of my friends worked with him closely. Two were lawyers in rural legal work and the third is a elected official. In each case they offered to help Mr. Chavez and the farmworkers. Their offers were rejected because at the root of his motivation Mr. Chavez was only seeking sainthood. Sainthood based on his permanent failure to accomplish anything to help the farm workers. In his mind it was 'we tried so hard for so many years but the evil ones beat us down.'
Since I know the specific offers that were made to help the farmworkers and which were rejected by Chavez I can assure you that Cesar Chavez was indeed only concerned about his personal sainthood. He did live a life of simplicity which is the only real qualification he had for sainthood. But he rejected every possible benefit that could be given to the actual people who toil in the fields.
This is in direct contrast to the hundreds of farmers and farm owners who were willing to improve the conditions of the farmworkers. These men are entirely anonymous today. They were the ones who created jobs, income and food for tens of thousands of farmworkers and their families. They also produced the actual food that we Americans are fortunate to eat.
There is a street in San Francisco and probably other places named after Cesar Chavez. There are none named after the farmers and farm owners who did so much for all of us.