We are dancing “The Merry Minuet”

We face hard choices now. Later, those same hard choices will be harder. How many of us are paying attention? We just held a primary election and only 23-25% voted…. Too busy?

Here in the USA, we’ve got some truly serious challenges from our southern border under assault and the cry “They’re children, we must do something!” to bringing home two Americans with Ebola. What do these two have in common? Diseases never seen before in our country or eradicated. You only hear hints about the health of these children coming in – and let’s be clear, not just children, mothers, criminals, good guys, bad guys – all of whom receive scant screening, if any, before being transferred all over the country. How about that?

I did some research last night, just noodling around. I wanted to see if I could get a global map of hot spots – war, disease, genocide. Sadly, why yes, yes you can. This report surfaced when I googled “global hot spots of conflict 2014.” This was a report on ranking of possible global conflicts to watch as of December 2013 – eight months ago – and this paragraph seems right on the money:

But other potential crises in this category have received less attention and were deemed less threatening in last year’s survey, including the “strengthening of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula resulting from continued political instability in Yemen and/or backlash from U.S. counterterrorism operations” (in the latest example of those operations, a drone strike hit a Yemeni wedding); “civil war in Iraq due to rising Sunni-Shia sectarian violence” (the civilian death toll in the country more than doubled this year); and “growing political instability and civil violence in Jordan triggered by spillover from the Syrian civil war” (according to the experts polled, there is less of a risk of a similar phenomenon occurring in Lebanon, where a bombing near the Iranian embassy in Beirut recently killed 23 people).

How about that ISIS/ISIL group that has swept and kept parts of Syria into Iraq and now chomping off parts of Kurdistan? By their own videos, they are killing hundreds, perhaps thousands by now, village by village, town by town, sometimes pausing just to line people up and shoot ’em, or behead them, or crucify them. Their ambition? To create and hold an Islamist State – check that one off the list – they then plan to keep on moving and have into Lebanon and onward until, as they say, they reach the White House. On their way, they order Christians to flee, convert or die and Christians are fleeing and dying, perhaps hunkering down and converting. Who knows? Talking heads are yelling for the U.S. to do something to stop them. In fairness to the Obama Administration, initially, I don’t blame them for holding back as it appeared to be a Sunni v. Shite problem and taking sides in that debacle is a never-ending death trap. Cough. And now they’ve announced they have seized a very large poorly maintained dam that if it breaks or is broken could unleash a 65 foot wall of water.

On the other hand, all the world screams about the situation between the war between Palestinians in Gaza and Israel – currently in a 72 hour ceasefire that Hamas, a terrorist group that insists their people, especially women and children, stay put in buildings after being warned those buildings were being targeted by the Israelis for destruction. Hamas has announced they will resume their war on Israel at the end of the ceasefire unless their demands en toto are met.

But wait, there’s more! Look at this report.

This is a report on NTDs – Neglected Tropical Diseases – and where those diseases are located. The kids flooding our border are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. It does not take much imagination to imagine outbreaks across the country as these people are disbursed.

Poll after poll is showing a huge percentage of U.S. citizens think our government is doing a very poor job. Do you know how to start an uprising – convince the population they cannot trust their government. A new AP/GFK poll finds that “Three-quarters of Americans doubt the federal government will address the important problems facing the country this year, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.”

And yet, less than 25% of my fellow citizens took the time to vote Tuesday. And that brings us to a 1958 song by The Kingston Trio. I wanted to insert the song right here. I went to grab it from YouTube, but the version is bastardized… and yet, surely I’ve used it before? Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote “Irreconcilable Philosophical Differences” Sure enough, the video no longer exists. So, kids, here are the lyrics:

The Merry Minuet

They’re rioting in Africa, they’re starving in Spain.

There’s hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain.

The whole world is festering with unhappy souls.

The French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles.

Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch.

And I don’t like anybody very much!

*

But we can be tranquil, and thankful, and proud,

For mans’ been endowed with a mushroom-shaped cloud.

And we know for certain that some lovely day

Someone will set the spark off, and we will all be blown away.

*

They’re rioting in Africa, there’s strife in Iran.

What nature doesn’t do to us, will be done by our fellow man.

17 thoughts on “We are dancing “The Merry Minuet”

  1. But wait, there’s more! Islamist terrorists also are allowed to come through Mexico and enter the US along with the illegals storming our borders. Islamist students come over here for “school” and disappear. The US gov’t hires engineers from the hotspots and of Islamist habits (ISIS anyone?) to work on nuclear projects, know how we contruct bridges, etc. and how do I know this? I used to have to process and review these applicantions from these engineers. What, aren’t there any qualified American engineers? Yes but diversity dictate a certain percentage of these folk must be hired. And then those poor children – pushed and paid into storming our borders making us re-direct our money and resources into that crisis. Meanwhile, children are starving in the USA but the illegals suck up jobs, money, medical care, food Americans need. and as for diseases? You don’t even want me to get started on those. Most, like HIV originate in Africa. And the Palestinians? I am sick to death of the poor pitiful tunnel digging putting their civilians and children in harms way, bombing Israel while Evil Israel retaliates and tries to guard its civilians. And I think there are upper powers in this country that promote that agenda. Good Hamas Palestine. Bad Jewish Israel. The handbasket we’re in has been put on hell’s doorstep and the door is being opened to take us in.

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  2. I fear for us all. My country hasn’t taken care of our own poor and our problems (first) and is willing to open the flood gates. Please. Money we should spend on our own poor is given to minorities who come here and are handed more money per month than the poor or disabled already rightful residents.

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  3. Hunt,

    You are one of the most powerful writers I have been honored to read. Your take on politics, the view you have of the world, the reality of your words and thoughts. You’re no nonsense approach to explain a problem or political issue, and your non-partisan sharing get us all thinking. The fact that so so few people actually vote is a very real issue. This has been a trend my entire life, less and less citizens taking part, honoring their role in our country and the decisions made by those we elect. I will admit that I vote at every opportunity I get. It allows me to bitch if I need or want to. Our country is being attacked from so many directions in so many ways, and we can only dodge so many bullets. And I don’t have a solution. My 1st thought is to close our southern border completely, even if that means having heavily armed soldiers every 8 feet driving the folks back. While we search and destroy every tunnel that has been created (or will be created) which allows for drugs and illegals access to our country. But that isn’t a doable long range solution or even a good short term solution. I am not smart enough to offer a good solution, but my problem is that I have not seen a single candidate for any elected position offer even a glimmer of a solution. But having said all that, I really appreciate it when you write about it, because you put it in its’ proper context in worlds that sink in. Thank you, Bill

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    • In all seriousness, Bill, these are big concerns and both involve national security and economics. As you say, “Our country is being attacked from so many directions in so many ways, and we can only dodge so many bullets.”

      I frequently feel that I’m armed with a .45 and the opposition has AK-47s and Uzi’s. What better way to freeze this country if we suddenly needed to impose quarantine?

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  4. Unfortunately, those of us in the U.S. have no safe place to run. Our days of forcing anyone to do anything are over. We left our military weapons behind when we departed previous war zones and now our enemies have made their weapons out of what we left behind and use it against us. It’s relevant that we learn to negotiate and our politicians are so full of themselves, (and they’ve never held a real job or faced a performance review of how well they were doing) thus they’ve never had to learn how to change their behavior.

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  5. Unfortunately, there are so many things wrong with the world right now, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. And once you start, where do you stop? Maybe everyone needs to do their own little part, making their own neighborhood a little better – then the neighborhoods could grow into communities, into cities & so on, & so on.

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