Friday is usually movie night for Suzie-Q and me. We sit in our chair built for 2 and look for a movie until we find one that appears promising. This week, we watched a Korean movie titled “Granny.” In the story, Granny was about to end up in a nursing home. On the day she was to go, she decided to go out alone. After dining, Granny came upon a portrait studio with a poster sized photo of Audrey Hepburn in the window. She went in and told the photographer she wanted her portrait done so the family would have a nice funeral picture of her. As she was sprucing up, the photographer told her not to worry he would make her look 50 years younger. In the next scene, a very attractive young lady walked out of the studio. She was wearing Granny’s clothes and carrying her bag.
Turns out that Granny had a difficult time when she was young. Her husband died working in a German coal mine leaving her alone to raise a newborn. It was difficult, but she worked and sacrificed everything and through her hard work her son ended up being a professor at a prestigious university. Because of the challenges life threw at her Granny never had a chance to follow her dream of becoming a singer. The magic portrait studio gave her a do-over. As the story progressed, Granny who changed her name to Ah Doo-ri (Audrey) became a singer with her grandson’s band which she transformed from a directionless, ear splitting, heavy metal nightmare failure into a musical success. Granny realized her dream singing her Grandson’s song in a final concert. But, as fate would have she willingly gave up her youth to save her Grandson’s life. Granny got a do-over on life and made the most of it.
Granny’s story is not unlike America’s. Events and politicians have prevented millions of Americans from achieving the dream, enjoying the freedom, and knowing success. Professional educators given the responsibility for educating our children have indoctrinated them with progressive, liberal blather and ensured they do not understand even the basics of our nation’s beginning or its history – or even how our government is supposed to function. We are led by a Congress filled with people beholden to everyone except the average American citizen. It is those very politicians, through identity politics, who have so divided our country that we may never recover. We may never have another generation that understands the actual meaning of American Exceptionalism.
We are led by a President who does not even pretend anymore that he likes anything about this country. By his actions, he conversely detests us. A pathetic little man who sends a Whitehouse contingent to the funeral of a thug who robbed a store right before he attacked a police officer, but cannot find time on his schedule to attend the funeral of a Supreme Court Justice. One wonders if he would attend the funeral if it was for one of the liberal judges – one of his appointees. He does have time to visit the Communist Castro brothers, brutal dictators themselves, but no time to visit the Military personnel at GITMO. Bets are he wants to finagle a way to return GITMO to Cuba ala Jimmy Carter and the Panama Canal.
As it comes down to it, it is beginning to look like we may get to choose between a corrupt, lying, thieving Communist and a billionaire who talks a grand program but too often puts his mouth into operation before engaging his brain. I know I could never trust one of them to lead our country and the second needs to do something to gain my trust and he has yet to do that. On one side, we have a product of a failed political system. One that is so far off the tracks that it is no longer salvageable. On the other side we have someone who has spread his wealth around inside that system doing what he terms as making deals. If elected, I am not so certain he can deliver on the big promises he has made. He will find his way blocked in every direction by the same politicians who have brought us to the doorstep of failure. He has yet to tell me how he intends to overcome that – or if he does. In my view, he is doing one thing right. He is going after the “American” vote. But, on the other hand it will be bad for him if he fails to deliver and worse for us.
With this election, we are being given a do-over – an opportunity to fix what we allowed unscrupulous people to break. And this is our only shot at it. We better get it right.
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