America, A Nation Of Grievances

America has become a nation of grievances. Is anyone else but me tired of the whining?

In 1911, Booker T. Washington wrote, “There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs—partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances because they do not want to lose their jobs.”

Mr. Washington was prescient. Not only by the statement central to the aforementioned Black Americans, but it also now may be applied to any number of activists from social “justice” to climate “justice.” And it seems at any one time, we pay attention to those who shout loudest. And not only do we pay attention, we often support them. As the pearl clutchers say, “I think we have to, don’t you?” So we don’t do what sensible adults should do, apply common sense with cultural and societal values. And by not doing so we let down the vast majority of Americans.

So when I see activists blocking roads, deflating tires, tossing molotov cocktails, burning down cities, striking by which reason, trust, and dialog might prevent, I’m stunned. This isn’t about respect for other points of view. It’s about selfishness. That their rights supersede those of everyone else. And their heightened sense of self-importance does not consider consequences because they can’t think that far ahead.

Where does this come from? Boorishness and idiocy some of my friends surmise. But to me it seems they’ve turned their back on our heritage, been indoctrinated into the slogan of the day, and now worship at the altar of the macabre. As George Carlin noted, “We got some dumb-ass people running around this country.” And all they want is obedience to whatever it is they’re screaming about. And guess what, some give it to them.

So where does it stop? It seems a number of the population are comfortable on the high moral ground, as long as they can beat their chest and claim affinity with the “protected” class. But what exactly do they know? From where do they draw their facts? Oh that’s right, facts are not required. For as our then-presidential wannabe reminded us in Iowa, “We choose truth over facts.” Really? And obviously some people echo that.

Where are the adults? Not in the military, the universities, colleges. They’ve bought into Diversity, Equity, Inclusion or Critical Race Theory or pronouns or whatever fantasy next arises. Just a question, could these contribute to their failing enlistment and retention issues? Not in the board rooms and corporate offices across our land. Many have bought into Environmental, Social and Governance which Warren Buffet believes is a significant detriment to a company’s shareholders, and to profit. So it seems we’ve become a nation of grievance cults. “Live and let live” once seemed a reasonable attitude. Now however, those of us who followed that have been driven to our knees by the activists who took advantage of our tolerance. No longer using dialogue, they use a bullhorn.

The legislative and executive branches of government are elected to shape the lives and times of Americans. Now, are we being shaped by unelected activists with no sense of decency, no values other than their own, and no idea of where they are going? Perhaps, but it’s unsustainable and we can only hope it will not last much longer and strong men will once again create good times. But right now they seem to be few and far between

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2 thoughts on “America, A Nation Of Grievances”

  1. “So when I see activists blocking roads, deflating tires, tossing molotov cocktails, burning down cities, striking by which reason, trust, and dialog might prevent, I’m stunned.”

    I’m getting to the point where I’d be OK with the “read them the riot act, then announce ‘disperse or you will be fired upon’,” and then following through.

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