It’s February 26, 2022. Where are we? How did we get here?
I remember President Dwight D. Eisenhower, I Like Ike. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The Sound of Music. Edward R. Murrow. Sidney Poitier. What A Wonderful World. The Civil Rights Movement. Katherine Hepburn. Martin Luther King, Jr. Katharine Graham. Ella Fitzgerald. Jimmy Stewart. Joe DiMaggio. Muhammad Ali. Lassie. Red Skelton. Beginning every school day with I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and with Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
My grandchildren will have different memories. The Speaker of the House shredding the State of the Union Address while sitting behind the back of the President of the United States of America. Children being taught to judge people by the color of their skin. The names of the Founding Fathers being removed from children’s schools. God Damn America. Congressman threatening the Catholic Church: I dare you to deny me Communion. Geto Boys. Kevin Clinesmith. Seven-foot-high metal fence topped with razor wire and 25,000 National Guard troops surrounding the People’s House. The end of Free Speech. Peter Strzok and Lisa Page insurance policy. News that can’t be trusted. WAP. Mostly peaceful protests. The Mueller Report. Deplorables and irredeemables. No southern border. 100,000 annual fentanyl and opioid deaths. Inner cities with failed schools and rampant crime. Atheist head chaplain at Harvard University. Elections trusted by nobody. Parents arrested for criticizing school boards. Reliance on China for prescription drugs. Promise to close Guantanamo to regain America’s moral stature in the world. FBI pre-dawn armed arrest of Roger Stone, with CNN present. Americans abandoned in Afghanistan. FISA Court. Native-born American athlete living in California choosing to be a member of China’s Olympic team. Hunter Biden. The Speaker of the House declaring a Supreme Court Justice to be an illegitimate Justice.
We are here. We let them take us here. The answers are that simple.