Do you recall the movie, Groundhog Day? In it, a weatherman is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to report on their famous groundhog Phil and finds himself reliving the same day over and over. Eventually he discovered that if he changed his behavior a little each day, he could also change what happens.
Since the 1970s or thereabout, here in the United States we have been having our own version of Groundhog Day.
In 1973, I was a poor and newly married young Soldier assigned to the Army’s 7th Transportation Group at fort Eustis, Virginia. We lived where we could afford to, which was in trailer park off Warwick Boulevard in Newport News, Virginia just outside of Fort Eustis. My unit was alerted for deployment to support Israel when they were attacked in October 1973 by Egypt and Syria on Yom Kippur. We never deployed, but as a reward for our intent and for the other aid that we provided Israel, the Arabs decided to not let us have any more of their oil. Gas prices went through the roof. Does that sound too familiar? In those days, I drove a well used 1966 Ford Fairlane 500. We did not buy cars in those days because they were easy on gas. It was good that I had a part time job at the Little Sue convenience store to help pay the bills. Gas station lines grew long and at one point, you could only get gas on odd or even days depending on the last digit of your license plate number and then you might only get 10 gallons. Following the embargo, our politicians swore that they would free us from our OPEC oil cartel stranglehold. We did get the Trans Alaskan pipeline built because of it. After that, not much else happened except that we have steadily increased our dependence on oil provided to us at the whim of Middle Eastern tyrants and at the cartel established price. You see how well political promises work out for us. Since we first swore off OPEC oil in 1973, we have steadily redistributed American wealth to the Middle East where much of it financed and still finances the Islamo-Nazis who want us destroyed.
In 1979, I worked as an Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Instructor at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. It is a Catholic University with a sidewalk campus in downtown Erie. If you recall in those days, the liberals led by President Carter thought that the people of Iran needed to replace their evil and oppressive Shah with a “democracy” and they believed that the “moderate” religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who Carter described as a “fellow man of religion” was just the man to make that transition. That turned out well for us too. Our contingent of Iranian students at Gannon suddenly found themselves unfunded.
Today’s news reports coming out of Egypt remind me too much of the media cheering for the ouster of the Shah, who for all of his warts was a strong supporter of the United States and the West, and the arrival of Khomeini who President Carter’s U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young referred to as a saint. Saintly he was.
All indications are that the Iranian people are thrilled with living under the oppressive Islamic theocracy brought to them courtesy of the Ayatollah Khomeini and with the aid and support of a naive United States government. Iran’s government is one whose only exports consist of oil and terrorism and who will likely be a future exporter of nuclear war heads. In 2009, Iranian contentment with their government was evidenced by the protestors in the Iranian streets who wanted to rid themselves of that oppressive and destructive regime. At the time, our President said that “given our history” we should not meddle in the internal affairs of Iran. We probably missed our only opportunity to fix what Jimmy Carter broke in 1979.
Contrast the President’s position on Egypt with the position he took on Iran. Protestors in Iran who wanted to free themselves from Islamic tyranny were abandoned while all indications are that those who want to replace a secular government in Egypt with an Islamic one are supported. We pretend that we are helping them achieve democracy while instead we are pushing them directly into the arms of the Muslim Brotherhood who spawned Hamas, Al Qaida, et al. That should work out well for us too – and for Israel.
We have yoked ourselves, primarily through our dependence on them as a source for the energy needs of our country, to a culture that is politically corrupt at its core and is irreconcilably incompatible with Western Civilization. Whether Persian or Arab, their common bond is the destruction of Israel and her once powerful ally, the United States of America. The same way that Ronald Reagan put the Soviet Union out of business if our leaders could find the will, we could also put the Middle East of business. The energy resources of the United States are greater than all that is in the Middle East. If there was a concerted effort to develop and market them, OPEC and the jihadists they fund, would go out of business. Washington’s feckless leadership style will never accomplish that.
Until we have leaders who are committed to changing our national behavior back to one of strength and independence, we will continue to experience Groundhog Day until such time as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue becomes the new location of the Dome of the Rock. If it is not already.