British novelist William Golding, whom you probably know best as the author of “Lord of the Flies,” wrote a disturbing novel the year I was born called “Freefall.” It was on the reading list of a literature course I took as a college junior, and though it was easily the least well-known of the novels we studied (and is one of Golding’s least-known books as well), “Freefall” is the one that has most echoed back to me at various times over the decades.
The first-person narrator is a miserable and depressed man, an artist, imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II and awaiting torture in a small, dark store room. In fear and isolation, he finds his mind reviewing the minutiae of his life, as he searches for the exact moment when his life went horribly and irretrievably wrong and he lost control. In flashbacks, he constantly stops, sometimes after re-living what seems to be the most trivial event, and asks “Was this it? Was this the moment?’
I thought about “Freefall” once again this morning, as I tried to process a series of absurd and incomprehensible recent occurrences and statements. “Is this it?” I found myself wondering, like Golding’s pathetic hero, “Is this it? Is this the moment The Great Stupid completely obliterates all reason and leaves the United States public wandering around aimlessly moaning like the zombies in ‘The Walking Dead’?”
No, it’s not a particularly momentous chain of events, just one that can’t happen anywhere that has sturdy values, trustworthy leadership, and functioning ethics alarms.
First, as mentioned in the previous post (#6), President Biden announced this week that he had cancer. He doesn’t have cancer, but U.S. voters were manipulated by various unscrupulous and irresponsible agents to elect as the most powerful leader of the world an elderly, mentally-failing lifetime political hack who wasn’t all that capable when he was young and had all of his brain cells firing. Have any previous U.S. Presidents, for any reason, ever stated in public that they had a dread disease they didn’t have? No. I checked. This has never happened before because it is an insane thing to do. Such statements destabilize a government and cause the public anxiety. An anxious public is bad for the country, not there aren’t plenty of actual things going on to be anxious about.
Shortly thereafter, it was announced that Biden really had another dread disease, some variation of the Wuhan virus. This was interesting, because the President, as he tried to twist the public’s many arms and persuade them to get completely vaccinated a while back, had stated as a fact that if they got the shots, they couldn’t be infected. Maybe this was like his cancer announcement, or maybe he really believed that. Who knows?
Joe, we definitely know, “trusts the science,” and his wokism-deranged administration members keep explaining that soaring gas prices are a good thing, because they will eventually force everyone to get incredibly expensive electric cars that our infrastructure won’t support and that most Americans can’t afford. This is all because Joe believes the climate change “science,” which says civilization is doomed if the world doesn’t magically come together and drastically lower its use of carbon-based fuels. The U.S. can’t make a meaningful dent in the scientifically-predicted temperature rise no matter how much it wrecks its own economy, but about half the country allegedly led by Joe somehow thinks it can.
The “science,” meanwhile, has proven less than reliable. Two years ago, Glacier National Park started removing signs like this one that alerted visitors that the park’s famous glaciers would be all gone and melted away by 2020:
Science, you know. Computer models by the same scientists who inspired that sign are convincing Joe to constrict U.S. energy production, requiring him to go to Saudi Arabia, which he had previously declared as evil, to beg for more oil.
How could Biden get the virus, since as President he supposedly receives the best medical attention in the world, and since he was also vaccinated to the hilt? When pressed on the puzzle, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that it didn’t matter how, which is an oddly incurious response. Suspicions rage that Typhoid Mary might have been Vice-President Harris, who, being an idiot, believes in “the science” but who routinely does things like entering a stage masked and then whipping it off to hug her unmasked host.
Well, never mind. Joe’s infection isn’t that much of a mystery after all. Former pandemic response coordinator for President Donald Trump, Dr. Deborah Birx, told “Your World” host Neil Cavuto last week that she “knew these vaccines were not going to protect against infection, and I think we overplayed the vaccines, and it made people then worry that it’s not going to protect against severe disease and hospitalization.”
Meanwhile, Jean-Pierre dutifully informed reporters that though Joe is infected with a virus that is especially dangerous for elderly people with underlying health problems like cancer (which Joe doesn’t have) and is so serious that the U.S. deliberately wrecked its economy, destroyed business and retarded its children’s education and social development in response to it, that she…
….asked [Biden] if he had a message for the American people. The president said he’s still putting 8+ hours of work a day.
This instantly reminded me of Red China’s news agencies continuing to claim that Chairman Mao, when he was ancient, fat and ailing, was regularly taking long and vigorous swims in the Yangtze River. It also reminded me of President Ulysses S. Grant, whose death on July 23, 1885 I meant to mention here two days ago, working around the clock in a race with death to finish his memoirs to support his family. Grant did have cancer. The old general held on, writing in pencil, just long enough to complete the book.
No, I do not believe that Joe is working “8 plus” hours a day.
Finally, this “Freefall” sequence was capped when Yale medical school professor Kimberly Sue, author, MD and PhD, tweeted:
“POTUS working while having COVID infection epitomizes white supremacy urgency in the workplace. Sets a bad example for everyone that he cannot rest. COVID infection is serious, symptoms debilitating for many, and ppl should take time off without working through it.”
That astounding critique, which was quickly (but not quickly enough!) deleted, suggests that the assertion earlier this month by another health official that “urgency” is a “white supremacy” value wasn’t the loony outlier I thought it was. Yale allows someone who thinks such thing indoctrinate its students. President Grant wasn’t being diligent, responsible and courageous to keep working as throat cancer was killing him, he was proving what a racist he was. Joe Biden doesn’t have cancer, almost certainly isn’t working the hours his paid liar dutifully claims he is, but she, black woman that she is, has advanced white supremacy by falsely stating that the President continues to work on the multiple crises his policies have triggered instead of just laying back like a good President of Color would. Or should, or something.
Honestly, I don’t know what the hell is going on. I just know it’s all linked, that when a society becomes this dishonest and stupid the road back is long and perhaps permanently blocked, and that my brain hurts.
Is this it? Is this the moment where the United States lost control of its fate?