Not long ago an acquaintance asked why I seemed distrustful of the media and government. She was embarrassed by some of my comments and posts, and thought I was “coming across as a little paranoid.”
Only a little? Clearly I’m not doing enough.
I chuckled sadly and told her, “My parents grew up in Nazi Germany.
“My formative years were filled with warnings and advice about putting too much faith in an entity that promises to fix everything.
“My father was adamant about preserving and protecting freedom, especially of those with whom he disagreed. He wrote many letters to the editor insisting upon maintain our freedoms.
“My mother watched the news carefully and analyzed every word.
“They were so proud to become citizens of America, and feared it may fall.
“It was as if they knew I’d be living at a time when the world forgot how dictators create dissension and discord in order to overthrow a country.
“I’m grateful that they passed away a few years ago and can’t see what’s happening now to our history and freedoms.”
My acquaintance simply shrugged and said, “I don’t really know anything about the World Wars,” and walked away.
I wasn’t surprised. Very few people really want to know anymore. Too many in America seem to revel in ignorance, which is ironic since at no other time in the history of humans has information been so plentiful and easy to access.
Sadly, a section of our population prefers to be told what to believe and what to do, and believe that taking the seemingly easier way will be the better way. Free everything for everybody, and if it’s not given, then just take it. They seem to think the end result will be a country of easiness, equality, and handouts for everyone.
If they knew anything about history, they’d remember that in thousands of years, that result has never, ever occurred. Whoever ultimately achieves the “top seats” immediately pounces on the lower folks who got them there.
We’re being used by going along with every new edict, rule, and illogical mandate forced upon us without vote, without representation. I suspect that COVID-19 has now become a testing ground of sorts to see just how much citizens will put up with for the sake of the “common good.” How many freedoms and privileges will we give up for a virus that has a 98% survivability rate? We’ve been thrown into a massive experiment which has long since lost its initial purpose of flattening curves (they’re flat, very flat) and now has become a test of just how much control we’ll accept.
I’m encouraged by how many people are beginning to grow tired of the experiment, are beginning to question the “wisdom” behind many mandates, and are quietly beginning to take back their freedoms.
Together, we can fight the current and live.