👍The Best of Times -The Worst of Times 👎 Open Thread



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.


23 Responses to “👍The Best of Times -The Worst of Times 👎 Open Thread”

  1. piper Says:

    • piper Says:

      I refuse to listen to this nonsense given that my parents with 3 children legally immigrated after a 6 year wait to the United States where Dad worked a regular and many side jobs after regular job hours and weekends to provide for us. How horrible that Mom and him believed in hard work to make a good life without any gub-er-mint handouts. We also needed to be sponsored by someone who had a job and could support us if needed – no free rides back in the fifties.
      Interestingly, Canada required a sponsor when my brother, another story for another time, decided to move there in the seventies. Dad had a friend who lived there who said he would sponsor my brother but only if my Dad would bail him out when needed. So friend sponsored him with Dad providing the money for brother to live there.
      BTW, my brother is an activist, married to a retired teacher, father of 2, one recently married daughter who moved to Germany with her German husband and grandfather of 1.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That is a fantastic quote. It sums the point up perfectly.

      It amazes me to see the lengths to which people are going to blame EVERYONE ELSE for their ills without ever deigning to look into a MIRROR. Sure, we have some problems in this country still – we are PEOPLE, after all, and as such, we are not perfect. But we are a far cry better than the nations from which people are moving which is why they are moving HERE.

      I have tremendous respect and appreciation for those like your family, piper, people who saw what the United States has to offer and worked hard to come here. Glad y’all came! 🙂

      It infuriates me, though, all those who jump the line and think they are ENTITLED to do so. No It doesn’t, or shouldn’t, work that way. Being a US Citizen is a privilege, not a right. You have to earn it.

  2. piper Says:

    This is rich coming from a ‘journalist’ who in all likelihood got the job because of Daddy not on merit.

  3. piper Says:

    Slowly returning to central time and reality of life – mail almost sorted into recyclables, files, action needed; laundry washed, pressed and put away; ready to print new monthly calendar; appointments made and mostly kept; food in fridge waiting for a cook; housecleaning – ugh. Time for a bike ride on the weekend given that unusual temps here will be in the fifties.

    Is winter really over or will we be blasted in March. Could buying a new small snowblower be the answer for a warmer winter than usual.

    Found this cute cartoon which sums up my feelings about all the complainers and fakery.


  4. piper Says:

    My hubby always used to say given the new prez a chance of at least six months before complaining which I will do with Don the Con. If we look back at Obama’s start we’ll also see a very rocky start with his policies and appointments but few people will do that bec. they don’t want to topple his pedestal.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Your husband sounds like a wise man indeed, piper. As hard as it is, I am trying to sit back and watch. It is pretty hard with all of the constant noise of the whining babies on the Left, but still – it hasn’t even been a MONTH yet. So yeah, let’s see what happens.

      Marge, this is a great post. What great commentary and insights on where we are now. Thank you!

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ben Shapiro: Intelligence Leaks Represent An Actual Constitutional Crisis

    Ever since Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, the media and the left have been in full crisis mode. They’ve suggested that every Trump action amounts to a Constitutional crisis. They’re now suggesting that the ouster of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn represents a scandal worse than Iran-Contra or Watergate, a cataclysmic event along the lines of 9/11.

    That’s nonsense.

    There is a Constitutional crisis taking place, however. And it’s taking place within the intelligence community.


    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I thought this was an outstanding piece, and actually used some of it in my post for tomorrow. It is unfathomable that our Intelligence agencies are leaking information to the media for political reasons. What the hell have we become??

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Daniel Horowitz: ‘Circuits’ or ‘Circuses’? Here’s why we desperately need judicial reform at the circuit court level

    With Supreme Court decisions erroneously regarded as the supreme law of the land instead of the Constitution, everyone on the Right is clamoring to ensure that Trump makes the best Supreme Court pick(s) possible. But given that well under one percent of all federal civil and criminal cases make it to the Supreme Court, decisions coming out of the 13 federal courts of appeals ostensibly (and again, erroneously) serve as “the law of the land” for many critical social and political issues, as we so painfully witnessed with last week’s “9th Circus” ruling.

    That is why it is at least as an important to fill the federal circuits with originalists as it is for the Supreme Court. However, if Trump is going to leave his mark on the judiciary, that would require taking bold measures to overturn established traditions so that each appeals court nominee would be more in the mold of Clarence Thomas than even a Neil Gorsuch, much less a John Roberts or Anthony Kennedy.


  8. kenoshamarge Says:

  9. mcnorman Says:

    Schumer warned early on that there would be issues…he knew what the Deep State was up to because they control him.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    I wonder if Schumer and the Dems and the Dem activist media believe that the right will sit quietly by as they destroy the Trump Administration before it even gets off the ground.

    The leaks by the intelligence community are a real worry.

    What happens when the intelligence community becomes its own shadow government, working to undermine those who are elected?

    This is certainly a crisis. And that’s not Trump’s fault. ~ Ben Shapiro

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh, brother. Seems Trump is not in Israel’s corner so much after all, telling him they should hold off on those settlements until a peace agreement is made:


    Will there EVER be peace with the Palestinians? NO! Of course not! To make Israel curtail building to appease the Palestinians is just wrong.

  12. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is very good news for Charleston and SC. SO, SO glad the employees at Boeing voted – again – not to have a union: http://counton2.com/2017/02/15/boeing-vote-tells-next-chapter-in-southern-unionization/

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I caught the following on Fox and Friends this morning. I have watched t twice and crack up every single time. I think we could use a laugh today, don’t you?

    Check out this Father/Daughter Valentine’s Day Ballet Class:

    The tu-tus did me in.

    Good for these dads for doing this with their girls. I am sure they have a whole new appreciation for what their daughters make look so effortless…

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