Philip Moon: The more that things change, the more they stay the same. That’s how I would classify the first decade of the 21st century. What a decade it has been. Everything has changed, and yet nothing has changed. In the inimitable words of Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”
The more that things change, the more they stay the same. That’s how I would classify the first decade of the 21st century.
What a decade it has been. Everything has changed, and yet nothing has changed. In the inimitable words of Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”
Only a scant eight years ago, terrorists savagely attacked our country, in the process slaughtering 3,000 innocent men, women and children. Yet today, most Americans continue to live their lives as if 9/11 never happened.
But they’re not alone in this regard. Even our government is acting as if 9/11 never happened. Instead of calling the war on terror what it is, namely the war against those who, unprovoked, savagely attacked us and would do so again if given the chance — instead of calling this war what it is really is, our government has oxymoronically decided to call it a “man-made natural disaster.” It’s as if our government either cannot or will not learn anything from the evil carnage of 9/11.
It’s as if our government foolishly thinks that there is no such thing as evil. How else do you explain our government’s extreme reluctance to call evil what it really is, confront it head on, and then do everything in our power to utterly destroy it?
How else do you explain our government’s stunningly stupid decision to try the mastermind of 9/11 on U.S. soil, mere blocks from where the two majestic World Trade Center towers used to soar into the heavens, in the process conferring U.S. rights on the animal whose only desire was and still is to kill thousands upon thousands of our innocent men, women and children? It’s as if our government has lost its mind, deciding to forget that we were the ones who were savagely attacked on 9/11.
It’s as if all that populist talk about “hope and change” has paradoxically come to mean just more of the same. Instead of giving Americans what they really want — more military security, more of their own money, and less government intrusion — our government has instead gutted our military, jacked up our taxes, and taken over more parts of the private sector than you can shake a stick at. It’s as if our government is at war with its own people.
It’s as if our government has forgotten that “we the people” are fundamentally the government, and that the government works for us, and not the other way around. How else do you explain our government’s unrelenting and intensified efforts to force socialized health care upon all Americans at a time when poll after poll after poll make it clear beyond any doubt that the overwhelming majority of Americans are dead set against socialized health care? It’s as if our government has arrogantly forgotten that it is there to do our bidding, not to ram its wishes down our throats.
It’s as if our government refuses to learn from past economic recessions and depressions, because never in history has a government been able to spend its way out of an economic free fall as severe as the one confronting America. How else do you explain the mammoth debt our government is foisting upon our children and grandchildren, with nothing to show for it except record unemployment, record foreclosures and record hopelessness?
It’s as if our government has totally lost its mind, thinking that spending money that we don’t have will magically give us money that we don’t have. It’s as if our government must be living in “Alice in Wonderland,” because only there would our government’s fiscal folly make any sense.
It’s as if our government has failed to learn from history. Or worse yet, it’s as if our government has arrogantly and naively decided that it can simply rewrite history and thereby not have to learn anything from it.
How else do you explain the first decade of the 21st century in America? I ask you.
Philip Moon of Mesa is a physics instructor at Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee Foothills and an adjunct instructor at Rio Salado Community College.