Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Step Into The Future

In view of recent events and the prolific postings on the happening I thought I would post on a somewhat lighter subject but one which is even more frightful perhaps than all the back and forth of who is to blame .  Of course we should all be reminded of the infamous words of, Rahm Emanuel ,a recent “rat” who abandoned the ship of Hope and Change to run for Mayor of Obama’s adopted home town of Chicago, “never let a good crisis go to waste”.  Of course the recent events are a tragedy , not a crisis but yet the Left already refers to it as a crisis.

 I received from good friend , classmate, and always a Marine,  Harmon, what , after reading , will certainly make one think about what crisis brought about the occurrences set forth in the following “essay”.  Take the trip into the future with this imaginary scenario and decide what such crisis brought about such things.

What will this “crisis” bring forth?

Winston, come into the dining room, it’s time to eat,” Julia yelled to her husband.
“In a minute, honey, it’s a tie score,” he answered.  Actually Winston wasn’t very interested in the traditional holiday football game between Detroit and Washington .  Ever since the government passed the Civility in Sports Statute of 2017, outlawing tackle football for its “unseemly violence” and the “bad example it sets for the rest of the world,” Winston was far less of a football fan than he used to be.  Two-hand touch wasn’t nearly as exciting.

Yet it wasn’t the game that Winston was uninterested in.  It was more the thought of eating another TofuTurkey.  Even though it was the best type of Veggie Meat available after the government revised the American Anti-Obesity Act of 2018, adding fowl to the list of federally-forbidden foods, (which already included potatoes, cranberry sauce and mince-meat pie), it wasn’t anything like real turkey.  And ever since the government officially changed the name of “Thanksgiving Day” to “A National Day of Atonement” in 2020, to officially acknowledge the Pilgrims’ historically brutal treatment of Native Americans, the holiday had lost a lot of its luster.

Eating in the dining room was also a bit daunting.  The unearthly gleam of government-mandated fluorescent light bulbs made the Tofu Turkey look even weirder than it actually was, and the room was always cold.  Ever since Congress passed the Power Conservation Act of 2016, mandating all thermostats—which were monitored and controlled by the electric company — be kept at 68 degrees, every room on the north side of the house was barely tolerable throughout the entire winter.

Still, it was good getting together with family.  Or at least most of the family.  Winston missed his mother, who passed on in October, when she had used up her legal allotment of live-saving medical treatment.  He had had many heated conversations with the Regional Health Consortium, spawned when the private insurance market finally went bankrupt, and everyone was forced into the government health care program.  And though he demanded she be kept on her treatment, it was a futile effort.  “The RHC’s resources are limited,” explained the government bureaucrat Winston spoke with on the phone. “Your mother received all the benefits to which she was entitled.  I’m sorry for your loss.”

Ed couldn’t make it either.  He had forgotten to plug in his electric car last night, the only kind available after the Anti-Fossil Fuel Bill of 2021 outlawed the use of the combustion engines — for everyone but government officials.  The fifty mile round trip was about ten miles too far, and Ed didn’t want to spend a frosty night on the road somewhere between here and there.

Thankfully, Winston’s brother, John, and his wife were flying in.  Winston made sure that the dining room chairs had extra cushions for the occasion.  No one complained more than John about the pain of sitting down so soon after the government - mandated cavity searches at airports, which severely aggravated his hemorrhoids.

Ever since a terrorist successfully smuggled a cavity bomb onto a jetliner, the TSA told Americans the added “inconvenience” was an “absolute necessity” in order to stay “one step ahead of the terrorists.”  Winston’s own body had grown accustomed to such probing ever since the government expanded their scope to just about anywhere a crowd gathered, via Anti-Profiling Act of 2022.  That law made it a crime to single out any group or individual for “unequal scrutiny,” even when probable cause was involved.  Thus, cavity searches at malls, train stations, bus depots, etc., etc., had become almost routine.  Almost.

The Supreme Court is reviewing the statute, but most Americans expect a Court composed of six progressives and three conservatives to leave the law intact.  “A living Constitution is extremely flexible,” said the Court’s eldest member, Elena Kagan.  “ Europe has had laws like this one for years.  We should learn from their example,” she added.

Winston’s thoughts turned to his own children.  He got along fairly well with his 12-year-old daughter, Brittany, mostly because she ignored him.  Winston had long ago surrendered to the idea that she could text anyone at any time, even during Atonement Dinner.  Their only real confrontation had occurred when he limited her to 50,000 texts a month, explaining that was all he could afford.  She whined for a week, but got over it.

His 16-year-old son, Jason, was another matter altogether.  Perhaps it was the constant bombarding he got in public school that global warming, the bird flu, terrorism or any of a number of other calamities were “just around the corner,” but Jason had developed a kind of nihilistic attitude that ranged between simmering surliness and outright hostility.  It didn’t help that Jason had reported his father to the police for smoking a cigarette in the house, an act made criminal by the Smoking Control Statute of 2018, which outlawed smoking anywhere within 500 feet of another human being.  Winston paid the $5,000 fine, which might have been considered excessive before the American dollar became virtually worthless as a result of QE13.  The latest round of quantitative easing the federal government initiated was, once again, to “spur economic growth.”  This time they promised to push unemployment below its years-long rate of 18%, but Winston was not particularly hopeful.

Yet the family had a lot for which to be thankful, Winston thought, before remembering it was a Day of Atonement..   At least he had his memories.  He felt a twinge of sadness when he realized his children would never know what life was like in the Good Old Days, long before government promises to make life “fair for everyone” realized their full potential.  Winston, like so many of his fellow Americans, never realized how much things could change when they didn’t happen all at once, but little by little, so people could get used to them.

He wondered what might have happened if the public had stood up while there was still time, maybe back around 2009, when all the real nonsense began.  “Maybe we wouldn’t be where we are today if we’d just said ‘enough is enough’ when we had the chance,” he thought.

Maybe so, Winston.  Maybe so.


Anonymous said...

I think most people our age are living in a different time. The time we remember had a national population of 140 million; we’ve more than doubled that. If we had social problems back then, they’ve expanded exponentially now. If we continue to refuse to do anything about our failed education system—which is, in effect, teaching our children how America is not exceptional, that civics isn’t important, that learning history is less important than speaking Ebonics, then we will never even come close to changing the direction of this country.

I want you to remember Obama told us (up front) he intended to make fundamental changes to America. He wasn’t lying … but the fact is that progressivism has foisted upon us changes for the past three generations. We were not paying attention because the process has been indiscernible. Slowly but surely, people have stood to demean our forefathers. They have accused them of (gasp) being selfish capitalists, slave owners, having affairs with their slave women … as if any of these things were odd, or inconsistent with the times. If they are able to destroy our history, they can destroy our present, and our future. This, I believe, is the entire purpose of the Clintons, Soros, Ayers, Emanuel, Obama, Pelosi, Frank, and far too many more to mention.

I don’t have much hope for the future of our country, but at my age it almost doesn’t matter. I share Dr. Sowell’s rather pessimistic view that we are on a downward spiral, and only a miracle can get us back on the road to recovery. To our shame, Americans have the memory queue of a gnat; they are so focused on self there is no room on their plate for E Pluribus Unum. A pox on all their houses.

Ticker said...

As usual Mustang you have posted a well thought out comment.Such candor is appreciated on Jus'Say'