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It’s Just A Little Inconvenience

November 20th, 2020 No comments

source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomo-blasts-police-wont-enforce-thanksgiving-gathering-limits

Ten years ago, if I had written about the absurdities that are taking place now in society, culture and politics, it would have been viewed as drug addled delusion.

If we had forecast that the entire planet would fall under the spell of political operatives and forced to cower behind paper masks to repel an illness that statistically has no more lethality than a seasonal flu, it would sound off the charts preposterous.  But as we know, this is what has happened.  We recall that at the outset, a quarantine period of 14 days was required to quell the chances of a greater outbreak.

Fourteen days…how bad can that be?  Now, nine months later, it doesn’t appear as if restrictions will be abating any time soon.  Indeed, it’s going the other way.  Despite all the assurances of containment, herd immunity, yada, yada, yada, the danger apparently is even more ominous than it was almost a year ago.  As a consequence, new improved restrictions are being imposed by the political geniuses who are of course following the science.

All of a sudden, restricting people at Thanksgiving gatherings, religious assemblies and for that matter, anything to do with normal human interaction is to be restricted or outright banned.  Some rulers have even declared that Christmas is cancelled.  So, in order to curtail an imaginary pandemic, people cannot work, cannot go out to eat, cannot shop, cannot have friends over, cannot have family gatherings, cannot practice their religions and cannot even circulate in public without paper masks.  But, apparently, these are only minor inconveniences in order to serve the greater good.  We’d sure like to know who this greater good guy is.

On the very near horizon is the possibility of forced vaccinations and certificates thereof in order to access such common societal things such as banking, work, school, restaurants and air travel.  Recall that the left loved to use the scenario portrayed in the novel The Handmaiden’s Tale as a warning of a dark, dystopian controlled society.  The greatest surprise is not that ideological tyrants impose what they can get away with on their subjects; it’s that people comply even as their most fundamental freedoms are being cut off.  Worse than that, people are actually exhorting others to co-operate.  It’s Stockholm Syndrome on steroids.

We are asked to believe that an obviously afflicted dementia patient had won the popular vote for President of the United States when he couldn’t convince enough people to fill a phone booth during his total of 2 campaign rallies.  Despite clear mathematical and anecdotal evidence of voting corruption, the partisans are insisting on the veracity of the clearly manipulated results.  We are told that riots, killings and property destruction in support of his candidacy are actually peaceful displays of opinion.

If all of these measures are implemented to keep us safe, I think we’d all rather roll the dice and live dangerously instead.

76 Trombones In The Hit Parade

July 20th, 2010 No comments

link Illinois Failures Go Nationwide Under Obama – IBD – Investors.com.

An eye opening article to some, but the issues are well known to those who follow these kinds of things.  When I am roped into a conversation which veers towards American politics, invariably I am surrounded by those who still believe that the Obama team has what it takes to turn the U.S. economy around.  It’s often a waste of time to have them point out ANY and I mean ANY policies implemented since election that have been effective in reviving the U.S. economy.

What’s interesting is that now, 2 years after election when policies clearly are pushing the U.S. deeper into all kinds of long term messes, the retorts have changed to profess that  time is what is needed to allow initiatives to work out.  While Canadians may be excused for naivete and adherence to ideological tenets, Americans should know better and this is not just partisan opinion.  The writer, Shlafly, clearly shows the results of what years of mismanagement and misguided policies can do to a region.

“…Illinois was the stomping ground for years for Obama, his top advisers Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, and his appointees such as Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. After they promoted themselves to Washington to run the country, other Obama associates who didn’t make the cut continued to run Illinois into the ground, as the Illinois unemployment rate jumped from less than 5% to nearly 11%…”

and,

“…Under years of Democratic leadership, Illinois has refused to honor its obligations, cut spending or trim its shockingly large deficit, which at $12 billion per year approaches nearly half its budget. As a result, Illinois’ credit rating has been downgraded and it pays a massive amount in interest on its loans…”

People have the unique opportunity to peer into the future like Ebeneezer Scrooge and can see the Ghost of What Will Be if this star studded team of ideologues is allowed to run the entire nation the way they’ve run Illinois for the past generation.  But to many ideologues, it’s as if none of this matters and this curious aspect of human psychology is fascinating as it is infuriating.  It’s as if reality is an abstract notion that only affects other people.  We’ve all heard of Stockholm syndrome ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome )wherein the hostages grow to identify and sympathize with their captors during  captivity.  It looks like this phenomenon is occurring on a massive scale but which future historians will dub Illinois Syndrome.

Or perhaps, it’s as simple as people just want to believe. Many years ago, one of the classic films of all time, The Music Man, featured Robert Preston playing the role of the con man who went from town to town selling dreams of musical talent to kids.  The underlying theme was  the boundless optimism of small town America and their faith in their fellow man.  Of course this was set during a much simpler time in America, but the boundless sense of faith in public figures still exists today despite well founded cynicism. 

It’d be a shame to see people’s good nature taken advantage of.