We made the best of times in the worst of times.
There is a famous scene in the movie “A Few Good Men” where actor Jack Nicholson, portraying a marine colonel, shouts, “You can’t handle the truth!” in defense of his murderous actions. Apparently, entrenched bureaucrats in the deep state, elite government agents and the corrupt media consider We The People similarly. Vladamir Lenin and Joseph Stalin once derisively called duped Russians “useful idiots.” Apparently, the ruling class has disdain for their subjects in all countries.
All week I kept waiting for my story/essay to find me. It finally did, but only late in the week. By the time you read this column it will be Monday and Presidents’ Day, but on this Thursday before, I write in tribute to the commander-in-chief of democracy, Rush Limbaugh, who died 2-17-2021.
Rush changed the landscape by opposing progressives/leftists and squishy RINOs (Republicans in name only) like Mitt Romney. Since more than 90% of the media are Democrat/ progressives, Rush provided a conservative counterbalance to the liberal media groupthink. Remember, there can be no debate if there is only one perspective. We are fortunate to have The Knoxville Focus as a counterweight to the local fish wrapper and its corporate masters.
The editor of the Limbaugh Letter recently distilled Rush’s principles for opposing the Democrat progressive left: know your enemy, don’t be afraid to reject a false premise, stay on the offensive and don’t give up. You can deliver a powerful counterweight to leftists and big government tyranny. For the sake of our children and grandchildren we must oppose what is happening in, for example, Canada, where Justin Trudeau evoked “emergency powers” against peaceful protesters. Some opposed to vaccine mandates are being arrested and their bank accounts are being frozen and taken by the government. Even those who financially supported the Canadian truckers are being doxed and threatened.
When I was younger we celebrated the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington separately. Now, we have Presidents’ Day to honor all those who have served We The People. As a kid I remember some who said that they would like to become president. I never felt that way and don’t understand why someone would want to be president. As an internist I always ask myself why. I see what and I often understand how something happened, but why is a more fundamental question. I wonder why Jill Biden pushed Ol’ Joe to be president?
One might wonder why Trump ran for president. Trump was a successful businessman and had more money than he could spend in a lifetime. He was healthy, loved to play golf and was not a politician. Apparently, he enjoys being on stage, so why not just stay with TV shows like the Apprentice, etc.? He could then remain a New Yorker and still be loved by Democrats who enjoyed schmoozing with Trump. However, in 2015 when he came down the escalator of Trump Tower, the long knives and liars came out to malign and destroy him. So why would “45” run for President? I have thought about this a lot, and the best explanation is Trump’s own. He loves America and wants to see it prosper, as opposed to leftists who want to transform America into history’s latest example of failed socialism.
And it turns out Trump was right about a whole lot of things that Democrats and their media propagandists called lies. According to Special Counsel John Durham, Hillary Clinton and the DNC were spying on the Trump campaign and his presidency. The infamous Steele Dossier which alleged that Trump colluded with the Russians was a lie. Even the dottering Robert Mueller and his legion of lawyers said so. Democrats and Clinton used the infamous and salacious Steele Dossier to lie to the FISA Court and obtain warrants to spy on Americans, including Trump. Covid did come from the Wuhan lab in CHINA. Illegal immigration IS a disaster due to Biden’s open border resulting in human and drug trafficking. iPOTUS took us from energy independence under Trump to begging Saudi Arabia to pump more oil amid rising gas prices.
Dictators like Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, the Ayatollahs and Litt’l Kim respect strength. It is apparent they have no respect for Ol’ Joe and as a result Ukraine and Taiwan are at risk and Iran will soon have enough fissionable uranium for an atomic weapon. Who could respect iPOTUS after his bug out in Afghanistan and arming the Taliban?
We are now in the third year of the Covid crisis which continues to be stoked by Democrat fear mongering. We were once asked to shelter in place for two weeks, but this has morphed into a power struggle. Mr. Biden, keeping masks on our children causes harm and they are at a very low risk of serious infection with Covid. Mr. Biden, you preach that a woman should be in control of her body. Why should you have the authority to demand someone be injected with an experimental vaccine, especially if they have natural immunity? The answer is that Democrats are so blinded by their hatred of President Trump they will oppose anything he is for.
An economist opined recently that only nuclear war is more destructive than inflation to our country and the world. I hope the economist is wrong because inflation is skyrocketing and is going to get much worse due to our poor monetary policy.
A segue is a smooth transition from one topic to another. I marvel that women are seemingly able to change subjects without a segue, while men struggle.
I once read a story where the author asked why is God seemingly so elusive? He painted a visual image of God always disappearing around the corner in the block ahead. Perhaps the reason that Jesus came to live among us is to give God a face instead of always seeing the back of the President of the Universe’s head. (How’s that for a segue?!)