2021 was a banner year. Time, like most things in our lives, is an illusion. The Matrix postulates the fabric between the possibilities. I’m the Red pill type, but that’s obvious from my commentaries. I learned a lot about Americans during this imaginary slice of eternity.
We use time to track and schedule what we do. Somewhere back millennia ago, someone decided to slice the duration of the earth’s orbit and rotation into measurable chunks. We’ve been its slave ever since.
On 10/29/2012, I wrote my first blog, a piece titled “The Telephone,” wherein I discuss the invention of the telephone and its impact on life. It wasn’t only about telephones, but how inventions change our lives, not always for the better. I used a quote from a favorite movie – Inherit the Wind.
“Progress has never been a bargain.
You have to pay for it.
Sometimes I think there’s a man who sits behind a counter and says, “All right, you can have a telephone, but you lose privacy and the charm of distance.
Madam, you may vote but at a price. You lose the right to retreat behind the powder puff or your petticoat.
Mister, you may conquer the air, but the birds will lose their wonder, and the clouds will smell of gasoline.” Spencer Tracy as Henry Drummond
Personally, I think the price is usually too high… But you see, that’s the point. We act without thinking. We don’t consider the costs. We’ve lost our ability to do the calculus, balance the equation, or even think it through. We fail math every time we jump without looking, thinking, considering the costs, or evaluating alternatives. We don’t think.
I use a lot of quotes. I find it liberating and legitimizing when a person of note agrees with my thoughts. Or should that be the other way around?
I’ve been tracking and saving what I write for the last nine years or so. I’ve written some articles that thrill me, and some will never see the light of day. I’m not embarrassed by them; they weren’t good enough to share.
I post the articles that I presume worthy to my blog, The Amalgamated Heavy Posts, and share with them my friend Jeffrey Bennett at –The Federal Observer. I also rely on two trusted advisors, my most excellent personal friends, David and Kastle, who also have blogs.
So, for what it’s worth in not only an incredible piece of music but the inspiration for this commentary. This piece summarizes me and provides an excellent skywalk for this commentary.
It’s been an interesting journey over the past decade, but it has been a real poli-sci Mother Fucker for me this past year. I don’t understand the manic swings of sanity we’re experiencing. It’s not about right or wrong, but how wildly we let this fluctuate. When did we disengage the checks and balances in the constitution? If I didn’t know better, I swear this was intentional.
We can’t all be that stupid.
Seriously, someone intentionally trying to destroy America. But why? We had a great country and a thriving economy. We have a few problems, but this country can do anything with a strong leader and when we are of one accord.
In the late 20’s we suffered a catastrophic economic collapse. We’d just ended the War to end all wars in Europe, our boys were home, and the world was on the mend. Authors like Tolkien, L’Engle, Rand, Orwell, Dick and many others took what they learned about society and projected that into our future. Here’s a list of dystopian literature. I strongly recommend that you read what these authors thought in their own words.
I have favorites, but I encourage you to read these stories. They speak volumes about the times and give a glimpse into the mind of the authors, not to mention the warning embedded in them. Each book cracks open the societal window and pull back the curtains exposing our culture.
Print is not dead – except for the broadsheet – newspaper. That’s only fit to line the cage bottom of an illiterate parrot. I lost my respect for journalism several years ago. The mainstream media only reassure this disdain.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” in 1839, indicating that the written word has more power than violence. He could hardly imagine its enormous power when coupled with the Altar of Enlightenment, nor could he envision the genius of misinformation when paired with this tool.
I cannot imagine that so few people have taken the time to devour these volumes or any one of the 130 million books published. “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury. We did that quite effectively with electronic communications devices like radio, television, and cellular devices see – “The Altar.”
Descartes said, “The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest (people) of the past centuries.” My last commentary, “The Altar,” addresses our moral and ethical bankruptcy resulting from the Altar of Enlightenment – The television – handheld-video- capable devices. We’re never away from them; they are ubiquitous. We don’t stop to consider that the programs we watch are programming us. Consider that when you launch your next video app or stream your next program.
As 2021 creaks to a close and we assess our progress. I think Milton Friedman sums it nicely. “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years, there’d be a shortage of sand.”
We’re only in year one of the Bungles the Clown’s Administration. We’ve lost more this year than in the previous two decades. We still have three more years to go! I don’t even want to think about the carnage he’ll leave behind.
Of course, he’s not alone. He has the entire DemoSoc cohort – cabal urging him on and pulling his strings. Bungles the Clown has significantly advanced the Left’s Socialist takeover more than even Karl Marx could imagine.
I’ve said this several times. Our slide toward socialism started at the close of WWII, between 1945 and 1959, with Operation Paperclip.
Here we are today, reaping the rewards of what we assumed to be great ideas that became turds in the punchbowl. Didn’t anyone think through this calculus? Didn’t anyone stand up and say WTFO? Are you crazy? Maybe someone did, but we’ll never hear about it. Now we suffer their silence.
It all goes back to looking before you leap and thinking through the possibilities, considering the potential for harm, performing a cost/benefit analysis. “Just Do It!” is so typically American. It is our defining characteristic. It was a monumental success for Nike sportswear but an unmitigated disaster for our country.
Let’s look at the toll this year.
- The theft of the Presidency
- An incompetent cabinet
- De-Trumping America by signing away working, viable, solid programs and policies because you HATE the guy that created them.
- Unannounced closing of Bagram Airbase
- Gifting $85 Billion in high-tech weaponry to the world’s number ONE enemy
- Pulling out of Iraquistan for a photo op
- Defunding the police
- Thinking that a leftist policy to Build Back Better adding TRILLIONS to the burgeoning national debt is FREE – Paid for
- Using the pandemic as a political tool to whittle away at our US Constitutional liberties
- Thinking that you are an Emperor – mandating the activities of 334 million Americans
- Weaponizing governmental departments – using them against your political enemies
- Giving China free reign in Asia
- Letting Russia Build Back Better – giving them the oil pipe-line to extort cash from Europe
- Creating record level inflation and unemployment by dumping trillions of Bungles-Bucks on the economy
- Finding yourself in the end-zone and thinking you made the winning touch-down.
The entire governmental situation/administration is stacked against America. Any direction we turn leads us to a worse conclusion. Even impeaching your sorry ass leaves us with the Queen of Kackle, Kamala – not my job – Harris, a third-rate politician with a worse reputation than Bungles the Clown, if that’s even possible.
And… You and your crack team created this monumental cluster-fuck in less than a year. That Mr. President is nothing to be proud of; in fact, you should be ashamed, but it will ensure your legacy as the worst president in American history. List Here are the worst:
- James Buchanan
- Andrew Johnson
- Franklin Pierce
- Warren G. Harding
- John Tyler
- William Henry Harrison
- Millard Filmore
- Herbert Hoover
- Chester Arthur
- Martin Van Buren
Mr. President, I think we can move you into the number 1 position, meaning that you finally beat Donald J Trump at something.
I hope to awaken from the nightmare, this frightful fantasy, but alas, it’s not a horrific hallucination.
The red pill kicked in, and I can see reality.
I’ve posed some provocative ideas and asked several open-ended questions in this post.
I’m encouraging you, readers, to think.
“It’s a universal law – intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound knowledge breeds humility.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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