I took time to check out the national news today and watched people cheering as workers removed another statue of Gen Robert E. Lee and it was announced that a more appropriate replacement would be developed. I can’t help but remember a college reading assignment portraying the perfect utopia. Needless to say it’s characters hadn’t: individuality, imagination, intimacy nor character. They were a sad and pathetic example of humanity. We The People…a strong statement sent to a tyrant. How do you suggest proud Americans stand up against wiping the slate clean the “educated” few want?
"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered." —George Orwell 1984
It wouldn’t surprise me if I went to the library tomorrow to check out that book only to find it had been moved from the Fiction section to Current Events.
The argument I hear all the time is ‘we don’t build statues for losers or enemies’, why should we have one for Confederate soldiers’?
Without getting too deep into a North vs South argument, what most people fail to realize is although the South tried to secede; they ultimately surrendered. Meaning Robert E Lee and everyone else from the south all the way to New York were just Americans again (even though when Lee died he was not an American citizen but was granted citizenship by Congress in 1975). Confederate soldiers are still considered veterans and above all, are Americans whether you agree with their politics or not.
The purpose of studying history is so that we don’t make the same mistakes again. History doesn’t always repeat itself but it always rhymes. A house divided against itself will not stand. Left vs right, rich vs poor, black vs white, straight vs LGBTQRSV, vaccinated vs unvaccinated, if the division continues on this trajectory, this nation will not stand. Ole George O. knew what he was talking about when he wrote about a future “utopia” in which truth, facts, science and history were decided by the ruling class and descent was not allowed. The only problem was he was about 20 years off on the title.
As far as fixing it goes, it’s kind of like having a $500 car that needs a new set of tires, transmission, and the engine rebuilt. Even after fixing all those things you still have a $500 car. You’d be better off junking it and buying a new one. It’s gonna cost you though.
My mom is past retirement age, has been vaccinated for COVID and still wears a mask everywhere. My wife, daughter, and I have been vaccinated but we don't wear masks. Of course, we were told that after the vaccinations, masks would no longer be needed...anyway, she refuses to come to our home unless we're wearing masks (in my own house) and we can't visit her house if unmasked. My daughter wants to see her mammaw and I'd love to see my mom, but she says this is just temporary and she doesn't want to chance anything until the virus is over. Do we give in to the masking or give up on sanity?
Dear Misses Masked Mammaw ,
This scenario you’ve described has, and is played out many times a day throughout the world, driving Great Pyramid-size wedges between families that 2 years ago were closer than green fuzz on 6 week-old bread.
The most precious and finite resource a living human being has is time. It’s the one thing you can’t store, loan, or add to. Each time the clock ticks is one less tick you get in this life. I’m not sure how old mammaw is but did you know that a 90 year old woman has a 1 in 8 chance of making it to 91? Meaning, Covid or not, there is roughly a 13% chance she will live another year. Time is definitely not on her side. Again, time that you or her cannot bank, or bank on.
I hate to sound callous, but we’re on day 546 of "15 days to slow the spread." You cannot give someone something you don’t have. Read that again, you cannot give someone something you don’t have. Tell her you’ll get tested, remind her of the stats given earlier, let your daughter tell her how much she misses her, wear masks if you have to, do whatever it takes to keep yourself from being in the position of standing over a graveside regretting you wasted 546 days or 471,744,00 ticks you will never get back by trusting the science.
Remember, it's the science that said "people are eating contaminated bats, but don’t worry, it can’t be transmitted between humans, no need to wear masks, wait, it can be transmitted between humans but not deadly, wear a mask, wear 2 masks, shut it down cause everybody is dying, get vaccinated and you won’t get sick and don’t have to wear a mask, get vaccinated so you don’t spread it, wear a mask if you’re vaccinated, you can still spread it if you’re vaccinated, you can still die if you’re vaccinated, take a booster that we think will work and by the way all of this is the unvaccinated idiots’ faults so we will mandate everyone get vaccinated because the unvaccinated are putting the vaccinated at risk."
In your replies, pretty much all the time you talk about personal freedoms. But what do you think about this new subdivision coming in to Chalybeate? Isn't the developer's freedom to build them infringing on everybody else in that community that doesn't want it built?
Dear My Freedom is Bigger than Your Freedom,
If individuals aren’t able to own property, or to be paid for property, be it physical or intellectual, that is anarchy—not freedom.
That’s where property owners at least have the freedom to do with their property what they will, within the confines of the law. If you or anyone else would like to limit what property owners can and can’t do, the only thing you can do is push for zoning laws that limit —in the future, situations such as what you are describing--or buy the land yourself.
I am curious about what you think about the school mask mandates and how our local school officials are handling the situation. What are your thoughts on this?
Dear School Board Assessor,
I asked my wife what was for supper last night, she said it was up to me and I could choose. When I asked her what my choices were she said, “you can have fried chicken with mashed potatoes or mashed potatoes with fried chicken, your choice”. I think given the direction handed down from up on high, our school system has done what they are being told to do as well as anyone could.
Is that what you were asking? Of course it’s not, you want me to (either) say masks don’t work (or) masks save lives, depending on what side you’re on don’t you? That’s what I thought.
Here are some things to consider, Covid-19 does not infect groups of people sitting at the same table, maskless, in a restaurant eating. It only infects people walking to and from the table. COVID-19 does not infect maskless people at BLM protests, Obama’s birthday party, or Nancy Pelosi’s hair salon, only school kids in Florida, bikers at Sturgis, and Republican rallies.
Masks, lockdowns, and vaccinations work so well in Singapore that after 17 months of mask mandates and 80% of the population being vaccinated, cases have risen 581% in two weeks. Masks work so well for young children in the UK that they don’t recommend them for children under 12 years old at all. But hey, we are smarter than that here in the ole U S of A, so smart, that emails from a powerful teacher’s union, (American Federation of Teachers) were just uncovered providing evidence that the union had more influence on CDC regulations for schools than the actual CDC.
So, do masks work? Who knows, does a lucky rabbit foot work? Does knocking on wood work? Until there is an actual peer reviewed, large scale study on any of the three, who knows?
I want to take a moment to thank you for standing for freedom by exercising your 1st Amendment right to free speech. Many Americans within are society are being sold a bill of goods that will lead to what the great commentator Paul Harvey spoke of in his discussion titled "From Freedom to Chains." I suggest every American search for and watch his comments on YouTube from 1965. Perhaps then they may understand what politicians are trying to sell them for their vote.
Dear The Rest of The Story:
I appreciate the appreciation! Although most of what Mongoose writes it tongue in cheek, over the top, meant to be taken lightly sarcastic nonsense, the moral of each response, is to in some small way, convince the reader to think for themselves and to exercise one’s individual freedoms we enjoy (for now). I am glad at least one reader gets it.
If there’s something you’d like Mongoose to answer, don’t hesitate to ask...Ask Mongoose.
Instead of explaining the video to which you're referring, I'll just drop it here. And for good measure, I'll drop another Paul Harvey video below that. Both have never been more relevant.
I recently loaned my sister $300 to get her car fixed. At least that's what she said. It's been nearly 6 months and she hasn't fixed her car and instead, just drives her boyfriend's car. With it getting close to Christmas, I could really use that money, but do I just forget it at this point?
Dear Family Bank & Rust,
I once loaned someone (who will not be named) $2 in 3rd grade, still waiting on it. He said he needed it for the field trip to Mammoth Cave that day and I watched that sucker buy 3 souvenirs from the gift shop. I don’t know your sister but it sounds like her and the $2 bandit are a lot alike. I wouldn’t count on getting your money back and I sure as heck wouldn’t buy her a Christmas present this year. You could get her a card though, “Merry Christmas! I didn’t get you anything because you owe me $300. Love, Your Favorite Family Banker."
I have a compromised immune system and I have been wearing a mask pretty much everywhere except my own house during the pandemic. I attend a local church but only about half the congregation wear masks. Because of this I don't feel safe there. How can people pretend to even respect my wishes and my health if they won't wear a mask?
Dear Safe Space,
This may come as a shock to some but I will attempt to answer this question without interjecting humor, sarcasm or belittlement because this has become a serious situation that I’ve personally experienced. Not as much the effects of this virus but the division that’s been created by people’s reaction to it.
A short answer is this: Respect goes both ways. You're asking for respect by them wearing a mask against their wishes, when you are not giving them the same respect by giving them room to act on their own wishes.
But here's the long answer, (and probably the one that won't be disliked as much--maybe)
I am a married man, I love my wife, we agree on most things but not everything. I have an obligation to her and trust her with my life. I made her a promise that I would be with her through thick and thin, even if we didn’t agree on everything. There are things I’m sure we both do that the other wishes we didn’t, we’ve learned to get past those things, had we not learned we would most likely not be married. The biggest reason I am able to get past our disagreements is because I know she would never purposely put me in a situation to harm me or try to harm me in any way herself. These differences are just that, differences. We both have the choice to dwell on these differences or learn to live with them and look at all the common ground we have.
I can already hear someone say that “she doesn’t put your life in danger like someone not wearing a mask does”, and if you’ll give me a second I’ll get around to that.
In any relationship, be it a marriage or perhaps being a member of a church, there are boundaries. There are things we all deem acceptable or unacceptable, some are tolerable some are deal breakers.
Let’s say I was married to someone who started abusing drugs and would not stop or even try, I would not be able to overlook this, she’d be gone. Now let’s say I was married to someone who started smoking, I for one can’t stand it, its not healthy but I want to think I’d be able to tolerate it rather than getting divorced. Both examples I’ve given could be life threatening to her or me. If I were faced with these situations I would first have to take into consideration a few other things. I made a promise, not just to her but God Himself, for better or worse. Secondly, does the good outweigh the bad? Finally, will we be better off without each other?
I assume you see where I’m going with this. I can’t even get my wife of many years to agree with me 100% of the time and she’s just one person, but we do agree on the important things. You will never get an entire church congregation to agree on everything all the time but if you are a member at said church you must agree on the important stuff. Remember the 3 things, did you make a promise, does the good outweigh the bad, will you be better off without church and will the church be better off without you?
There is no right or wrong answer, every individual has to do what they feel is right for themselves. I can say this with 100% certainty, if you skip church because a few aren’t wearing masks and go to Wal-Mart on Sunday morning instead you probably need to go a lot higher up the ladder than Mongoose for answers.
Dang, almost made it without being snarky…
I read you have kids and assume they are not in school. How do you feel they are doing and do you think they will ever recover?
If I were a lawyer I would object because you just asked a “leading question”. I’m not a lawyer though and after reading your question my guess is you and I both feel the same way about virtual learning therefore I will not object.
***WARNING***THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS OPINION AND IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT, READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED***
Picture this, a large private meeting room with a conference table stretched out in the middle. On one side of the table is a man in a suit with a crooked smile and 90s frat-boy hair, looking like he just spent the last of his daddy’s money on a new convertible Mazda Miata and can’t wait to tell you about his new business venture that is not a pyramid scheme but is actually multi-level marketing and the product will make you feel 10 years younger for just $19.95/month. Now, on the other side are about 42,000, mostly women with pitchforks and signs that say, “Matt Bevin Stinks”, “Where’s MY Pension?” and similar messages.
Preppy boy and his sidekick, speak to the picketers in English and sign language, “Have I got a deal for you, imagine instead of going to a germ infested school 5 days a week and answering a million questions from snot nose kids, how bout sending them a few videos or links, let them email you the questions and cut out all the silly discussions? On top of that, I’ll keep paying you and show those pesky parents how hard your job really is because they’ll be teaching their own kids now!” “After all, we’re all in this together, say it with me!” All preppy boy needed was a bout 42,000 votes and he’d waive the $19.95/month.
The picketers loved this plan, they even convinced their friends and families to vote too, the rest is history except for who was missing from the board room. Outside the room were kids of all ages, all colors, all economic backgrounds banging on the door. Begging to be taught. Some don’t have internet, some don’t have anyone to watch them while their parents are at work, some, who only used to get beat by daddy after he got home from work now get beat all day, every day because they’re stuck home with daddy --all day. A few of the kids had special needs and teachers they looked forward to seeing every day, who were specially trained to give them the only 5-6 hours of comfort they would get all day, they knew they’d now miss out on that. Some only tried in school because they played sports, bad grades = no sports-- now no sports = who cares.
The first few weeks were rocky, it was unknown territory for the picketers and the kids, they were told it would be over soon, two weeks to slow the spread. Even the kids didn’t mind it at first, it was like a big snowstorm had given the a mini-vacation. Two weeks turned into months, the kids were slipping, they’d forgotten how to interact with others, they were tired of not going anywhere, some looked to drugs, some contemplated suicide, some unfortunately were successful. The picketers even began to miss the kids, some of them did anyway. Kids had new best friends, one named Google, another Photo Math along with Snapchat and Tik Tok. Parents were struggling too, they saw the decline, they didn’t know how to teach, they could teach their boy how to drive a nail or make car parts but had no idea what a past participle was. Preppy boy and sign girl never waivered, still echoing the same empty slogan when in reality no one is in this together except for politicians and pharmaceutical companies.
The United States is one of only a few countries in the entire world to shut schools down. How many times have we been told children are our future, knowledge is power, thank a teacher and all that feel good slogan crap the King spouts every day at 4:00. My own kids have had a few breakdowns themselves, they miss their friends, they miss leaving the house every day, I dare say they miss learning. Once driven, straight A students with good individual problem solving skills, now after their new teachers Mom and Dad lose their patience have become grade A Googlers.
Everyone has their own opinion, I get paid to give mine, the cure cannot be worse than the disease. People are dying, I know this, the innumerable casualty that will have as great of a future impact than the loss of life will be the lost generation of children. Thanks Andy, we ain’t in this together, and I know thousands of parents who know at least a little bit of sign language and they'd love to send you that message--you'll probably understand it without an interpreter.
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