Wednesday, April 29, 2020

4582 We Didn't Get to be the Way We Are by Being the Way We Are

These tumbleweeds didn’t get the memo on social distancing. Or they’re ignoring it.  The two large ones are cousins. The little one, second from left is their son.
We’ve used that title on other items in the past. But it’s truer now than ever.

Look at us! We’re the ‘effin United States of America.  We were the world leader in practically any field you can name… industry, economy, the arts and especially caring for one another.  We used to lead in education, science, technology, education, health care, investment and music -- real music, not the stuff that passes muster today.  And war making.  Once we were good at that. Wars began and then they ended. Now, they just begin and continue.  A waste of the greatest war machine the world has ever seen not to mention the dead and injured.

We started taking things for granted.  For decades now, the forces that are killing us have been making their poison and letting it seep out.  They’ve turned us into a bunch of special interest groups.  Not that those groups shouldn’t exist. They should.  But not the extent that they undermine the United part of the US.

You can blame trump and McConnell and the Koch brothers Cato Institute and the Solipsist Society for the present trouble. But we’re all at fault to some degree.  It is the amorphous “us” that let all this happen.  

Why? Because as fictional news anchor Howard Beale said, all we want is our toasters, our TVs and our steel belted radials.  The movie “Network” came before the computer age, else your iPhone, MacBook and game console likely would have been added to Beale’s list.

Another fictional news anchor, Will McAvoy also nailed it: “We aspired to intelligence. We didn't belittle it. It didn't make us feel inferior. We didn't identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn't… scare so easy.”

Well, it’s time to wake up and reclaim our country from the people who’ve been working to destroy it all these years.


(ROCHESTER MN) -- Vice president Pants toured the Mayo Clinic and didn’t wear a mask. He said it was so he could look people in the eye.  Note to the VP: The mask doesn’t cover your eyes. Try one on. They don’t hurt.

(HUNTINGTON NY) -- The Roman Catholic Church in Huntington on New York’s Long Island is offering drive-through confession. Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I did not wear a mask at 7-11 when I went for my morning coffee.

(DEARBORN, MI) -- Ford Motor (F: NYSE) projects a pretax loss of five billion dollars for the          current quarter.  Doesn’t that make you want you to run right out and buy one of their famous exploding Pintos?

(MONROVIA Ca) -- Grocer Trader Joe’s says leave those reusable cloth grocery bags with the front door guides. As we have repeated\y pointed those bags are trouble because they breed germs.

(BRUSSELS) -- The Belgian government has asked that you keep your deep fryers fired up during the pandemic and to keep eating those “french” fries. Belgium claims to have invented finger foods -- including the fries -- and worries that the potato industry and thousands of food stands will go out of business.  You want fries with that?

I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ® 
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© WJR 2020

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