Disgusted with the news about the Boston Marathon bombings?
Remember the scene in the movie Independence Day, when the girl went to the top of the building, where the alien invasion ship was hovering, and with welcoming open arms, she smiled just before she got zapped by the death ray? Did you expect it? Did you think the space creatures would look down at the poor Earthling, hand her a book containing a cure for cancer, and leave for their home planet? I didn’t.
As a student of history, I see the world through a different lens. History is far from a series of events on a timeline. It is a living, breathing organism containing life of many varieties, even human. The patterns of societies in history are real. To Pie-in-the-Sky thinkers, the horrific events in Boston yesterday were shocking. The Pie People look around to assess blame, primarily because they find studying history useless. They are unable to cope with the growing seed they planted. To the rest of us, these terrorist acts are now expected.
I don’t suggest we blame Hitler’s mother for his atrocities. I do, however, see the connection between historical forces and the tragic losses our nation suffered at the Marathon. Perhaps we can blame the first misguided soul that burned our nation’s flag in protest in the 1960s. Better yet, let’s blame the activist court that decided his act was one of freedom of “expression,” a term not found in the First Amendment.
Quite frankly, this is what happens historically when societies fail to balance civil liberties with common sense. Nowhere can we find in rational historical thought the concept that freedom means the right to do whatever one wants, whenever one wants, to whomever one wants. The Pie People should feel silly and responsible. They created illogical theories like open borders. If we cannot understand the difference between deporting an immigrant who entered the country illegally, married, raised and educated wonderful children, and contributed to the betterment of American life from a plan to let everyone in because “we are the world,” our freedom will collapse like a house of cards.
Back in the ‘60s, the Pie People thought it was a good idea to free Ernesto Miranda, who raped a mentally retarded woman, because a cop did not tell him he had the right to be silent. They did not consider the impact. Where was the outrage over the victim’s deprivation of a basic right?
You cannot defeat the most powerful nation on Earth with a frontal assault. The only way to bring it down is from within. The Ancient Greeks learned the hard way. So did the Romans. Their society of laws lasted a thousand years. Ours lasted barely two-hundred when the ideologues planted their seeds. Our borders could not be penetrated militarily, so they infiltrated our institutions. Colleges were the first to taste the poison. The Pie People became professors in our finest academic institutions. Now, domestic terrorists from fifty years ago are teaching our kids the art of destruction in the name of freedom. High school children are taught mottos like competition saps motivation.
America can be saved, but sadly, it will take a change of attitude most citizens can’t handle – yet. We would need to alter the scope of our freedom, much like the Israelis have done to thwart terrorist attacks. Board a plane in Tel Aviv or hop on a bus in downtown Jerusalem and see if it has the same feel as a San Francisco trolley. It doesn’t. People in that society were forced to relinquish civil liberties to protect their loved ones.
The United States of America was never about a place. It was never about the land. It was never about control or regulations. It was an idea. Imagine a place where people were free to practice their faith. Imagine a land where a hard-working individual could earn a better quality of life. Imagine a nation where victims had superior rights to criminals. We had such a place, but the Pie People sought a different direction. They chased shooting stars. It simply does not work. A nation cannot be improved by killing the healthy chicken to make soup for the sick chicken.
To those Pi People concerned that our kids might not get a good education without free condoms; to those quick to disarm their law abiding neighbors; to those seeking open American borders, soccer fields for incarcerated murderers, and more government regulations imposed upon its defenseless citizens, I say, “What did you expect?”
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