We've all heard the axiom regarding an ounce of prevention that's worth a pound of cure.
But what in the world is going on with the hysteria and spate of organizational shutdowns in the wake of a handful of swine flu infections, and one death from the virus?
Are we daft?
It seems to me that our great nation, which declared its independence 233 years ago, fought a bitter war seven score and some years ago to remain whole, and has come to the aid of others around the world to prevent Imperialist domination and wholesale genocide, is currently succeeding in doing what no foreign enemy has been able to do. We are destroying ourselves.
From the inside.
If we have lost the moral rectitude and confidence that made us the envy of the world, if we are spending ourselves into oblivion, if we are now running in fear of our own shadows, can we still consider ourselves leaders of the free world?
Or are we willing sheep heading for the slaughter?
Careening from one crisis to another, maybe this is just the latest smokescreen, designed to divert our attention from the real rape that is occurring on the body politic of this nation. But, I'm not one to wish to subscribe to conspiracy cynicism. Skepticism, yes, but cynicism, no.
So, I can't attribute this audacious hype to the current administration in Washington, D.C.
But it is emblematic of a culture that would willingly enslave itself as ours appears to be doing.
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