Penny Thoughts: Where We Are Today – West Alabama Watchman


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Many of my readers may not know – and might even care – but I spentChristmas and New Year in the Whitfield Hospital. From December 23, 2020, toJanuary 10, 2021, I was the “guest” of the Intensive Care Unit in our medical careinstitution.

So today, as I now have the capacity to get around with my cane, I hadlunch with my good friend, Jay Shows, and as we drove on our way to theCanecutters Restaurant, I got to see some of the newly paved roads in the city andother additions to our community. Demopolis just seems to be cleaner and moreorganized. The city I have called “home” for over two decades is moving inpositive directions from my limited perspective. I was both surprised anddelighted, and I want to thank Mayor Woody Collins for getting these jobs done.

And, at the same time, I am well aware that nobody really cares that I havebeen absent from this column since December 2020 – with the exceptions of theentrees by my gifted son, Benjamin, whose three columns were quite good.

I have also been bed-ridden from January 10 to June 3 being under thecare of physical therapists and home visiting nurses.

As such, I have had a great deal of time to do some independent researchon issues which our Nation seems to be facing. I say “seems to be facing” since Iam loath to believe that the nonsense coming out of the idiot talking heads onNBC, MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and CBS is a sketch for an accurate portrait ofDemopolis. They may well be a sketch of the crowded cities run by power-seeking mayors and governors whose views of governing seem to be akin to KingGeorge III. And not surprisingly, there have been more violations of the 9th and10th Amendments during 2020 than in the 244 years preceding it.

The crux of my diatribe here is a reflection on how I see my Nationchanging while I was indisposed for a scant six months owing to my illness.Please note that these are MY observations and not anything other than factualoccurrences I have seen since December 23, 2020.

• Gas prices have increased nearly 50%, and that’s just here in Demopolisat Murphy’s.

• Food prices for milk, beef, eggs and a host of other food necessities hasincreased more than the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

• A Marxist promulgation designed to emphasize the “inherent” Whiteracist nature of America under the guise of intellectual nomenclaturecalled “Critical Race Theory” has emerged and is invading Americaneducation at all levels.

• Americans with any kind of thinking capability have grown deeplyskeptical of “science.”

• There is a movement referred to as the “cancel culture” which seeks todestroy fundamental elements of American history with the destructionof historical statues and the rejection and the editing of given elementsof American literature, entertainment, education and history.

• In some parts of America children are still not attending school owing tothe dictates of their governors under the guise of public safety.

• The promise of “unified” government with forms of “reconciliation” anda “unified” Nation has been stalled and the game of “politics” inWashington, DC, reigns more supremely than it has in 30 years.

• In some cities, authorities are reducing their budgets for police underthe thrust of “defund the police.”

• The security of our Nation is threatened more internally than externallyowing to a lack of Presidential resolve to effect National unity.

Facts that we are living through today have prompted me to offer my views hereon “Where we are today”. They may seem rather droll and negative, but no onecan deny their veracity. I am not proposing that they are permanent facts orsituations, but as much as I appreciate the “newness” that Mayor Collins hasaffected here in Demopolis, I am saddened by where we are as a Nationpolitically, morally, and culturally today.

Still, I am optimistic for America – after all, we have defeated socialism,Nazism, communism and radical religious zealots. It is the fundamental Judeo-Christian value system which celebrates the sanctity and individually of the Soulwhich has served America well—and like the final message in Revelations showsus, In the End We Win!

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of The West Alabama Watchman.

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