Charles Dickens and his “Tale of Two Cities” has entertained and enlightened for generations. Not as well known or read as his “Scrooge” it is instead a tale that has a less happy ending. Unless of course you think that someone dying really was “a far, far better thing to do.” Personally I always liked the Carleton character best but that was perhaps because I first saw the movie with Dirk Bogarde in that role and I adored Bogarde. The Marquis St. Evrémonde certainly gave us an evil character to hate.
I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to compare the world of today with the Paris and London during the French Revolution. In fact for all our sophistication and technology, for all the gains we have made, there are still murderous barbarians at the gates of civilization. Perhaps we can never rid the world of them. In fact I doubt that is possible. I just didn’t expect to see so much evil in this country – my country – the freest and most inclusive country the world has ever known.
I think we’ve become satiated with watching the barbarians of the Middle-East cut off peoples heads and burn them alive as well as other horrors. We see so much violence and brutality in our entertainment that unless it affects us personally is doesn’t seem real anymore.
The primitive minds and mindset reached us 15 years ago and we said we would never forget. Nice phrase – sad truth is that many have forgotten. Many others were too young for it to have much of an impact on their lives. Unless of course someone they loved died that day. Then it’s personal.
You certainly cannot expect our “educators” to teach about something that paints the Muslim world as other than poor misunderstood people who are victims of Islamaphobia.
Eight years of Obama has gotten us to the point where those of us that are still angry that the barbarian horde entered our country and killed nearly 3000 people are the perpetrators and the killers are the victim of our bigotry. That’s because white people are all racists. Everyone knows that because the liberal media and the liberal “educators” tell us so.
We are supposed to be a “nation of laws”. That’s a joke. Rogue presidents make law when that is not their right or function, rogue courts step in where they have no standing and sanctuary cities defy the rule of law as they please.
The United States periodically goes through some rough times. We have always survived because the people of good will and common sense outnumbered the others. They took just so much and then said “no more.” They refused to allow the stupidity to continue. Now? I’m not sure there are enough people of good will and common sense left.
My generation thought that racism as a major problem was a thing of the past. We knew you could never eliminate it but we thought that when even saying the “N” word was considered an evil act that it was slowly and surely being shrunk.
What we didn’t expect was that every problem facing the black community would be blamed on racism. What we didn’t expect was that the majority of the black community would take no blame for their problems. Despite all evidence to the contrary every black problem is the fault of white people who are all racists. Even if they don’t know it.
Of course all those black people hating white people aren’t racist because everyone knows that racism is only when white people hate black, brown, red or yellow people. Which apparently we all do. And don’t dare say that you don’t “see” color in people. That’s not allowed and a sure sign that you are racist. No way to win and they like it that way.
Supposedly we hate the men who did the killing on 9/11 because they were brown skinned. We didn’t hate them because they were murderers of the innocent; that would be too simple. The left likes to turn killers into victims and victims must be shown to be at fault. It is an insanity I will never understand. It grows out of lies and is believed out of ignorance.
This is the best of all times to become informed. This is the best of all times to learn and grow your mind. But it is the worst of times in that so many use all the wonderful tools of modern technology to reinforce their own ignorance.
Millions of people are less informed than they were before they had access to more information than most of us have time to ingest. So they learn by sound bites, 140 characters on social media and by reading a headline. Ignorance is thus reinforced.
Do they not even see the irony in that? How is possible not to see it? How can anyone be that stupid?
And as the mobs take to the streets to loot and burn, often places that support their cause, the Democrats that called the Tea Party gathering mobs are silent. The hypocrisy is overwhelming.
The peaceful passing of the torch from one administration to another has always been a matter of pride in this country. As much as we might not like the outcome of an election we honored them. Until now. The Democrat leaders are egging the conflict on and trying to make it impossible for Donald Trump to govern.
Personally I have never been convinced he could govern. If he doesn’t get someone wiser than he is to help him act like an adult then I fear for this country. The Democrats obviously don’t care about the country only about their power. The media is hand in glove with the Democrats in their attempt to take down an administration before it has even taken root.
These are in some ways the best of times, or it could be. But it is rapidly becoming the worst of times. Unless people of decency and sanity rise up the barbarians at the gate and inside the gate will take down the best this world has ever seen. Perfect? Of course not. But better than all that came before.