There are some days that crack your life into Before, and After. Like most people of a certain age, I remember exactly where I was when I heard about the Twin Towers (a university computer lounge) and how eerily quiet the rest of that autumn day was, with no planes in the sky.
I remember, when the shock wore off, that I was terribly angry.
I look at the current mess in Afghanistan, and the rest of the ongoing chaos, and I am, once again, terribly angry. Only somehow it’s worse. 9/11 was a stab in the back, something the average American and (likely) most elected officials had no way to see coming. You don’t make an evacuation plan for your house if you’ve never seen one burn down.
The current mess? The Biden administration has had twenty years to learn what the Taliban really thinks and what they’ve always planned to do. Any halfway competent reader with a library or a search engine could have worked that out.
Apparently our officials spent that time studying woke politics instead. And I mean that literally; most of Biden’s administration has been in government for all the past 20 years and more. Biden himself was a senator during the fall of Saigon, for goodness’ sake. If you can’t learn from that, you can’t learn from freaking anything.
I’m tired of the mindset that believes everything is politics, and everything including your soul is negotiable. I’m tired of the mindset that wants masks and vaccinations for American citizens forever, but won’t lift a finger to stop infected illegal aliens from pouring over our borders – that will, in fact, deliberately put them on buses and planes to the homes of their political opponents, instead. I’m beyond tired of the mindset that says ethics are all situational, that society is to blame for any individual’s bad choices – then turns around and labels whole groups of people Evil and Racist for pointing out Islam has a problem.
Better bloggers than I have opined on why our political class has become so suicidally idiotic. I’ll stick to saying that if their refusal to face reality only got themselves killed, it’d be tolerable; like the constant stream of death by selfie. But they have power, and their actions have deadly consequences.
Be prepared to deal with other people’s consequences. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. But until we have a sudden attack of sanity in our politicians, we’re stuck with it.
No, Leslie’s song is not wholly accurate to what we know of what happened. But mostly. And as the abbot of Number Ten Ox’s village said, fable has strong shoulders that carry more truth than fact can.
And when it comes to the whole vaccine mandate just announced Thursday night… It’s time to get really angry. And be ready to deal out consequences.
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