Saturday, May 16, 2020

For What It's Worth

There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear

Americans are acting like frightened children, their leaders like rulers and despots. Told they have to cover their faces if they step outside, most don’t bat an eye. Told their jobs aren’t “essential” and they must not work, that rather it is their job to stay home and hope things get better…sometime… they nod their heads and do as they are told. Those that don’t are subject to lectures, warnings, fines, and even jail time.

There’s a cop with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware

Some are even being pepper-sprayed, tasered or beaten with batons if they don’t comply with social distancing orders.

What a field-day for the heat

Those that have had the temerity to exercise their right to peaceably assemble and protest are called fascists and selfish, the exact opposite of reality.

Singing songs and carrying signs

In this case the signs they are carrying mostly say something like “We’d Like to Go Outside.”

Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you’re always afraid
You step out of line, the man come and take you away

The left famously never lets a crisis go to waste. They have latched onto this one like a starving dog on a meaty bone, used it like a Shake-and-Bake bag, like a hooker on crack. But they have carefully, skillfully prepared for this crisis/opportunity for decades. They have almost total control of the media, the school systems and higher education, the entertainment fields and Hollywood. They occupy most of the Big Business boardrooms and own Big Tech. They have succeeded in keeping our borders porous, opening the country up to people unfamiliar with the concepts of limited government (of, by and for the people) and the rule of law. And they know those immigrants will no longer be taught about America’s founding principles or its uniqueness and historic exceptionalism. Nor will they hear or see anything of the sort from mainstream media outlets. They have also succeeded in greatly diminishing the role that Christianity and the traditional family play in American society. And, finally, they have slowly molded Americans in their own image, changing them from a tough, principled, independent, freedom-loving people into a docile, dependent society that clearly values safety over freedom. One that prefers being taken care of to taking chances. In retrospect, this was inevitable…as long as conservatives declined to seriously fight back.

A popular public service commercial aired back in the 1970s. It showed a lone Native American standing and looking over the landscape. A landscape marred by litter and trash. A single tear rolled slowly down his cheek as he took in the desecration of the land. The tagline was “Keep America Beautiful.”

Today, I often picture Thomas Jefferson or George Washington standing and looking out at what America-- Americans—have become, a single tear rolling slowly down their cheek. The tagline in my mind is, “Keep America Free.”

Yet I fear that may no longer be possible. It may already be too late.

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