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Much of the country feels we are going through a civil war; it just hasn’t been formally declared yet, although many of us have said that the last four years have felt like a war. The current environment is so detrimental to our country that I fear for our wellbeing, mentally and physically.
If you ask the people whose homes and businesses have been destroyed, they would likely tell you how devastated they feel. Their entire lives may have been invested in starting their businesses. Sacrifices were made, economically and relationally. They thought they were in a great country, where they could thrive and reap the benefits of a free society. And then in one vicious attack, it was all taken away. Their hopes and dreams were tossed onto the ash heap. And if it felt like a war, they had no one to protect them, and often couldn’t protect themselves. Now they are trapped in a nightmare with little relief.
What about the people who have lost jobs and are having difficulty finding new ones? Is there a job shortage, or have people just given up on their hopes to succeed at work? And even if they’re working, and they might even appreciate avoiding the commuter traffic, they are either alone with only a computer connection and telephone to link them to others, and maybe trying to figure out how to keep their children in school, learning at home or intermittently in the schools.
But of course, the schools are being transformed. School names are being changed as another way to damage our connections to our past. The buildings may be the same, but they no longer bear the name of men and women we admire. Little by little, our past is being wiped out. And our children may never recover from the brainwashing that is supposed to be education.
The small business owners who have survived are struggling to make ends meet. If lockdowns continue much longer, our thriving towns will likely become ghost towns.
And the Left doesn’t care.
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So what is the purpose of this dire commentary? What I find most frightening is the degree to which the Left has tried to turn us into monsters—all of us. I am finally feeling the hatred toward the Right permeating my own life. It isn’t just about Trump anymore; we are all hateful, white supremacists, racists, undeserving of the money we’ve earned. We are not entitled to keep the benefits of the sacrifices we’ve made. We must be punished into fear and submission. We are irredeemable, so they must keep their boots on our necks forever.
The conversations we are having are extremely important, especially on Ricochet. When we are fighting evil, those who are evil must see that they are not the only ones who will be relentless. We will call them out, every opportunity we get. We will rail against the injustices. Through our sharing, we will begin to identify steps we can take, first to hold them in check, then to disable and destroy their efforts.
One thing I know for certain. They can demonize us all they want.
But we have G-d on our side.Published in