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January 26, 2021

The Morning Report - 1/26/21 [J.J. Sefton]

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Good morning, kids. Tuesday and the beat (down) goes on. I'm still numb from everything that's happened since last November, sort of like having my legs amputated at the thigh and yet still feeling like I can run the 100-yard dash. Just one short year ago, which seems like an eternity, Iran was on the ropes like a headless chicken after it's terror mastermind was dispatched, thousands of Hong Kongers were waving the American flag, as well as p-shopped images of Donald Trump's face on the body of Rocky Balboa while singing the Star Spangled Banner, we had virtual full employment while the welfare and food stamp roles lost millions of formerly lost Democrat souls, we were for the first time in decades the world's leading oil exporter, and every attempt to oust the President - forever my president - or otherwise smear, besmirch or otherwise destroy his voting base failed spectacularly.

Intellectually, I of course fully realize what happened in the intervening year and as noted, particularly since last November. But I just cannot accept it. I will never accept it. And, for lack of a better word, I'm happy about it. To accept what happened from a moral standpoint is almost every bit as reprehensible as those who perpetrated it upon us. I know we each live our own life and have to be concerned with the day-to-day challenges, now about to become exponentially more difficult, of keeping our families fed and with a roof over their heads. What will make it difficult will not only be because of the policy edicts handed down by those pulling the rotting cat-gut marionette strings of Zhou Bai-Din that will put a bullet in the head of the already comatose economy, but more crucially the erosion of our G-d given right to speak freely in protest. It's bad enough when the IRS latches on to you or you get the 3:00AM Paul Manafort treatment from the FBI for some crime real or imagined (but mostly imagined), but it will be infinitely worse when your employers, co-workers, neighbors, the local bank and even your own children turn into Donald Sutherland at the end of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and denounce you for "wrong-think" to your condo board's NKVD/Twitter politruk.

Yeah, I get it. Self-preservation is a thing. Keep your head down, don't talk above a whisper and take your beating. It builds character. There's the makings of an Arbeit Macht Frei-ish slogan for some young Jack Dorsey acolyte to noodle around with. But at some point that cannot stand. There has to be a point where you have much more to gain than you do to lose before you openly, proudly declare you have had enough. It reminds me of the last act in The Longest Yard when Paul Crewe, now ostracized by his teammates who know he's throwing the game for the warden, asks the old guy if it was worth 30 years for belting the warden in the mouth. "To me it was."

What is your freedom worth? Your dignity? Is it better to live on your knees than die on your feet? In many ways small and large, we are going to have to confront ourselves with that question. It was never supposed to be that way. Then again, maybe it was. It is human nature we are dealing with, after all. Big time.


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