I will be 83 years old in October and will be the first to admit that, for the most part, the world has totally outpaced me technologically, style-wise, musically, and certainly insofar as what is and is not socially acceptable.
And while an octogenarian fiddle player from Tennessee may be miles and decades behind in recognizing and embracing the “in” thing and what is socially acceptable in this ever-changing beehive we live in, there are a few eternal truths that can never go out of style or be pushed to the side and ignored if the human race is to continue to exist and be anything except separate stubborn, recalcitrant warring clans, each totally and implacably committed to their idea as to the societal, political and moral boundaries of the nation.
The truth is the truth. It always has been, and it always will be. And truth’s oldest child is common sense. Unfortunately, that child has all but been banished by segments of the American population in the last several decades.
What prompted this article was a news blurb I saw the other day about a woman boarding an airplane with a miniature horse she claimed to be her “comfort animal.”
People, come on. Ain’t this a few points south of downright insanity?
As one who has owned horses for the last fifty years or so, I am here to tell you that there has never been a horse that cannot be spooked, and the meanest horse I’ve got on my place is the littlest one.
I also submit to you that somebody who is so off-center that they have to take a horse with them everywhere they go, probably has no business getting on an airplane anyway.
Can you imagine a plane hitting really rough weather and a horse, even a miniature, twisting off, raring and pawing? And believe me, even a couple of hundred pounds of scared horse is totally unmanageable.
Any animal, no matter how docile or well-trained, is capable of violent behavior, as evidenced in the Siegfried and Roy show in Las Vegas some years ago when a tiger they considered tame and safe enough to expose thousands of people in the audience to seriously injured one of the best animal trainers in the world.
I am in total agreement with our servicemen and women and the physically impaired who use dogs for guidance, therapy and emotional needs being able to take their animals on board an airplane.
But a danged horse?
What would happen if I walked into the airport with a 2,000 lb. bull and claimed I just couldn’t face the flight without him.
I’ll admit that trying to fly with a bull would be pushing the envelope, but you probably get my point.
Where does it stop?
It will only stop when people in authority in this country gain enough common sense and courage to say “NO.”
We have come to the point that when politicians find it expedient to their political career they completely forsake common sense and say it’s alright to break certain laws, to encourage certain behavior, to allow certain brown shirt-type groups like Antifa to hurt citizens and destroy property without punishing them.
It’s alright for Black Lives Matter to shout slogans about frying policemen like pigs in a blanket or wanting dead cops.
It’s alright for certain cities to ignore federal immigration laws and give sanctuary to people whose backgrounds, criminal records or health conditions they know nothing about.
It’s alright to turn sections of some of America’s greatest cities into garbage piles, to scatter feces on the streets and to create scenarios that could, at any time, cause an epidemic of disease that could spread like wildfire and sicken and kill thousands of people.
It’s alright for United States Congresswomen to deride and insult the only real ally we have in the Middle East and defend terrorists and radicals.
Such is modern-day liberalism – the unwillingness to say “no,” the godless fallacy that anything goes, the notion that there is no right or wrong, no ethics, no genders, no respect for unborn life, no proven paths of civility, no laws that can’t be bent or broken, and if it feels good, do it.
There is a word for it. It’s called anarchy, and it is a one-way path to chaos.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
— Charlie Daniels
Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.