Walking Fast and Looking Straight Ahead

August 18, 2014 - 9:39 AM

For the last few years, a lot of America has been whistling through the graveyard afraid of looking right, left or behind lest they see some specter they don't want to admit exists.

So they ingest the smoke and mirror reports about the economy, staring straight ahead never looking behind at the multibillion dollar cash infusion the Fed pumps into the economy every month to buy up the government bonds that could soon be worth less than the paper they're printed on, a practice that must cease and desist soon before it takes the stock market South with it.

When the administration tells them that most of the jobs lost in the recession have come back, they don't want to look around to find the fact is that while most of them have come back they don't pay what they paid before they went away.

They applaud enthusiastically when Obama talks about sticking it to the rich, never realizing that the same dollars that are taken into the black hole of government coffers are the same dollars that could have been invested in the private sector, creating jobs and stimulating the economy by the research and development of new products and services.

They refuse to look at the absolute facts about what's happening at the Mexican border and the ramifications of what taking on untold thousands of children and their families is going to do to our already staggering job market and the numbers of dangerous gang members, drug dealers and potential terrorists coming across every day.

They refuse to admit there are terrorist cells among us that need to be ripped out by the roots before they have a chance to wreak havoc on the streets of this nation. That there are those conducting surveillance on our power grids and other strategic infrastructure, accessing the weaknesses and vulnerability.

They blindly continue to support a president who has degraded the international prestige of America almost to the point of nonexistence and who's word in global politics means nothing, a president who draws red lines and retreats from them, who answers Russian aggression with laughable sanctions, never bringing out the meaningful options at our disposal which could do real damage to the Russian economy.

They ignore the fact that our president bowed his head to a Saudi king who is one of the worst human rights offenders on the planet.

They refuse to accept that there is no such thing as a free ride, that every cent the government passes out in entitlements comes out of some hard working citizen's pocket, that food stamps, unemployment checks, monthly child support to unwed mothers, disability payments, and all the foreign aid America passes out has been deducted from the pay checks of the ever-shrinking work force.

They think higher corporate tax rates are part of sticking it to the fat cats, forcing them to pay their fair share, when the truth is that America has the highest corporate tax rates on the planet and rather that pay them, the companies simply move their manufacturing facilities out of the country taking the jobs with them.

I sometimes wonder what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought of Al Sharpton going around the country whipping up the kind of racial division Dr. King gave his life to abolish.

Whether you view them as just or unjust, wise or foolish, both the wars America fought against terrorism are going to end badly. That's what happens when you inform a dedicated enemy of the time you're pulling your troops out and leaving them an open field.

I would feel so much better and maybe even have a modicum of confidence in a president who would admit their mistakes, who would not practice the childish habit of blaming all his shortcomings on being untimely informed and his predecessors, who would acknowledge his screw ups and learn by experience not to repeat them.

Unfortunately that is not the case.

This is a scary graveyard America is navigating and the things to fear are not ghosts.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels