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I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. —L. Frank Baum
This was a statement made by Baum’s character, Dorothy, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. But I couldn’t help thinking that any one of us could make the same observation about life in the United States today.
Many of us have lived long enough to remember a different United States. It’s gratifying to glorify our past with Ozzie and Harriet images, professional baseball, our victory in WWII, and the respect other nations had for our country. We even realize that some of our memories are overblown, hazy stories that we recall or were passed down to us by family who loved this country and wanted to pass on their admiration for all that we stood for.
Yet we had much to admire and treasure: freedom, opportunity, and respect for the rule of law. We were a classless society, where anyone could succeed if he worked hard enough; a person could be flipping burgers one day, and with commitment and effort, run a franchise.
Anything was possible.
Today, however, we have little energy for reminiscing or for appreciating our circumstances. We are caught up in the miasma of Progressive greed and ineptitude. We realize that the foundations of our country are being threatened. We realize that we are in a battle for our very lives as American citizens. And we are still trying to understand the destruction that has taken place.
But many of us have taken the first step in responding to conditions on the ground. We don’t minimize the changes that have happened socially, economically, culturally, and in terms of governance. Almost every time we turn around, another person on the Right has been canceled or driven out.
Yet we are coming to terms with the reality of America today.
We are living in a different United States.
We choose not to be woke.
But we are wide, wide awake.Published in