‘Happy news’ revisited

By From page A5 | November 08, 2013


Thank you Mountain Democrat for writing that editorial “Happy news” last week. It keeps fresh the long list of recent incomprehensible events from this administration. But is it really “presidential incompetence” or just a calamity of error, a string of freak accidents that can befall any administration in crisis; maybe a right-wing conspiracy? Or is it something entirely different? After reading your editorial, a message was trying to connect like that angel of better judgment kindly whispering, “Hey dummy, yeah you, pay attention.”

It reminded me of that old “Twilight Zone” episode where William Shatner had a window seat on a long distance 707 flight and kept seeing a red-eyed Gremlin outside chewing on the wing. Remember that one? Your letter was like Shatner buckled in tight riding through the night in a rip-roaring thunderstorm. An ear-splitting crack of thunder and flash of lightning reveals a gremlin eating the wingtip, but only Shatner sees it. At first he thinks it’s just nerves, but in the next bolt of lightning … Boom there it is. And now more of the wing is missing … gone.

Shatner now sounds the alarm. First he wakes up the old lady next to him, she presses her nose to the window, looks out and sees nothing. Then a stewardess looks out on the same wing … nothing. It’s about now the old lady turns to him and gives him that, “You moron” look. This continues all the way up to the flight crew and still no one believes him. Then Shatner, now sweating in complete fear loses it and yells, “land this thing now or we’re all gonna die!” or something like that, then the scene cuts to a news lady with a mike in her hand.

In an empty cornfield we see a smoking pile of rubble and the news lady says, “Ladies and gentleman I’m reporting live from the scene of this terrible plane crash. Yes, the pilots reported turbulence but no emergency was declared and the investigators have no clue where the left wing is.”

Back to the future. Has Rod Serling, writer of Twilight Zone, and the Mountain Democrat given us something to chew on? Administrative screw-ups, even broken promises are one thing, but blatant lying? And not just a string of white ones but an entire administration seemingly bent on anything goes — any lie is OK because the end justifies the means. Life and death Benghazi lies blaming a video … then the military, lies to pass Obamacare, IRS lies about tax discrimination blaming underlings, NSA lies to the entire nation, and still blaming Bush.

When we hear the president say, “Fast and Furious was just an extension of Bush’s Operation Quarterback,” and then we discover Eric Holder and his cohorts did not “track” any weapons because they never intended to, is not incompetence. What was it then? Was it a deliberate attempt to subvert our Constitution, to cause enough dissention in the Mexican government to have our Second Amendment plucked from us by the United Nations’ “Small Arms Treaty,” signed off by none other than Hillary Clinton? We may never know now that Obama declared “executive privilege.” The true horror of this episode, that 2,000-plus assault weapons are still killing who knows how many Mexican nationals as well as U.S. citizens, some deserving cartel grunts, but how many innocent Latino children?

One lie begets another, so now we’re caught in this wilderness between half-truth and no truth at all. What kind of alien logic has come to rest in our “land of the free, home of the brave?” Do we now just accept ignoble transgression from our leaders as routine? Just maybe that little gremlin was trying to tell us something. It’s time we ask ourselves, has idolatry and fear of being labeled a racist replaced our rule of law, our honor, our concepts of truth and justice? Perhaps we all need to ponder seriously that smoldering pile of denial in that cornfield of lost tomorrows.


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