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True American Hero – Jake DeSantis

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.”

                                                                                                    Herbert Agar

My next True American Hero is, of all things, a corporate officer of American International Group, better known as AIG.  Jake DeSantis was an executive vice president of AIG’s financial products unit for the past 12 months.  It seems like a stretch to suggest that anyone from AIG is a hero, but there are many left in the company who are trying to fix the problems and many former AIG employees are speaking.

It’s All Relative

We are family
I got all my sisters with me
We are family
Get up ev’rybody and sing

There has a roiling controversy in Pennsylvania’s control liquor sales system.  State government not only taxes the heck out of liquor and wines, it is the exclusive agent (Liquor Control Board or LCB) for the sale of said products.  Other than a limited number of outlets that can sell wine, if you want more than beer you have to visit a “State Store.”  They have since come up with a nicer name, but will always be State Stores to my generation.

The Law of Unintended Consequences

The events surrounding the AIG bailouts, fallouts and now hearings made me think of an episode of the animated series The Simpsons.  You will have to give me a little leeway to develop this concept.

The episode (Bart the Mother – 1998) featured a storyline where Bart accidentally killed a robin only to find the abandoned nest full of eggs.  He becomes obsessed with hatching and raising the birds.  When the eggs hatch, he is surprised that the young are not robins, but an invasive lizard species that replaces bird eggs with its own eggs.

Hubris (hew – bris)

This is the first in the new series – Framing the Dictionary.

Hubris is defined in Answers.com as:

“Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance”

As you scroll further on the web page they offer this second definition:

Hubris [hew – bris] or hybris, the Greek word for ‘insolence’ or ‘affront’, applied to the arrogance or pride of the protagonist in a tragedy in which he or she defies moral laws or the prohibitions of the gods. The protagonist’s transgression leads eventually to his or her downfall, which may be understood as divine retribution or nemesis. Hubris is commonly translated as ‘overweening (i.e. excessively presumptuous) pride’. In proverbial terms, hubris is thus the pride that comes before a fall.