Yesterday, I actually had that moment when I threw my hands up and said, “That’s enough Internet for today!”
Sometimes there’s only so much stupid you can take before you need to step back and find something else to do.
And what got me yesterday was the mind-blistering lack of self-awareness from those snotty Parkland “activist teens.” These same little junior fascists who want to deprive us of our unalienable rights were in high dudgeon over their school’s new policy on see-through backpacks.
Yesterday was the first day of this mandated change.
And the Mini-Mussolinis of Parkland were not happy.
I read through the tweets – their breathless outrage and sanctimonious defense of their “right” to carry the backpack of their choosing. And I couldn’t believe that they were unable to make the connection between that and their calls for imposing gun control on law-abiding citizens.
Honestly, I never thought I would find anyone more utterly lacking in self-awareness than Barack or Michelle Obama.
Yet here they were in all their harrumphing glory.
So I thought it was best if I walk away from the news for a while until the urge to punch a high school student faded.
After cleaning the kitchen, I decided, why not rent a movie – take my mind off of things?
So I went onto iTunes and settled on “Darkest Hour” – the film about Winston Churchill for which Gary Oldman won an Oscar.
I love movies based on history, because I love history. So a film about the early days of Churchill’s time as PM was perfect for me.
And it was excellent, you guys. Oldman is superb – absolutely superb – as Churchill.
If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.
But rather than escape current events, “Darkest Hour” kept reminding me of current events. Although that’s probably more my fault that the film’s fault. When you write about politics and current events every day, it’s inevitable that it seeps into every aspect of your life – even when you’re trying to get away from it.
Churchill became Prime Minister when Parliament lost faith in Neville Chamberlain after his miserable surrender to Hitler in Munich.
So desperate to maintain peace and keep England out of another war, Chamberlain basically gave Hitler whatever he wanted.
Czechoslovakia, the Sudetenland – Chamberlain caved to Hitler like Obama to Iran.
A year later Germany was on the cusp of conquering all of Western Europe. And Parliament was in a panic that England would be next.
So Chamberlain was forced to resign.
The establishment politicians wanted Lord Halifax to replace him. But Halifax declined. So they were stuck with Churchill whom they didn’t particularly like.
They thought Churchill a boorish lout – one never knew what crazy thing was going to come out of his mouth.
And within days of his becoming PM, the surrender contingent of Parliament – led by Halifax and Chamberlain — was already conspiring on how to oust him.
But it was Churchill’s determination not to surrender but to keep fighting for England – even in its darkest hour – that really struck me as a timely lesson.
While Halifax and Chamberlain urged Churchill to enter into a negotiated peace with Hitler, Churchill wanted to fight to the end – to defend their nation and their way of life.
And in one incredible scene, Winston abandons his driver and goes down into the London Underground to be among the people. He wanted to know what the mood of the English people was. And he certainly wasn’t getting that in Parliament.
It’s a lovely scene — Churchill sitting there among the average, ordinary Londoners. He’s as out of place as tits on a bull. And the Londoners in the train car have no idea what to make of the Prime Minister sitting there among them.
He asks their names and learns a little about them. Then he asks them what they would think if England were to enter into a negotiated peace with Hitler.
The response is immediate. The cries of “Never! Never!” fill the train car.
I have to admit. That was a powerful moment.
These ordinary folks understood something that the surrender contingent did not.
And that’s that some things are worth fighting for – even to the end. That peace and safety at the expense of Freedom is neither peace nor safety.
A sovereign nation, its traditions and history, its national identity – these are worth defending.
Today, the greatest threat to the United States doesn’t come from a foreign power. Sadly, it comes from within.
There are Americans who are willing to surrender their unalienable rights in hopes that being less free will make them more safe.
And it isn’t enough that they seek to enslave themselves. They seek to enslave all of us.
Like Halifax and Chamberlain seeking to appease Hitler in hopes of keeping England safe, these Americans want us to surrender our freedom, our sovereignty and our national identity.
We need to be more like Churchill and a lot less like Halifax and Chamberlain.
We need to be more like those Londoners in the underground train car crying “Never! Never!”
I thought of this push to drive Laura Ingraham off the air and how corporations were willing to appease Media Matters, their little fascist puppet Hogg and his Twitter army of flying monkeys.
And it made me think of something Churchill once said: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.”
These companies are caving in to fascist intimidation because they think it will keep the crocodile from devouring them.
But if we don’t stand up to this kind of tyranny – if we don’t stop it now – nobody will be spared. The crocodile will simply eat them last.
We can’t surrender our freedom under any circumstances – but certainly not because a bunch of children who don’t like clear backpacks demand that we surrender.
When I finished watching “Darkest Hour,” I went onto Twitter and saw that Fox News was standing behind Laura Ingraham. They made it clear in no uncertain terms that they would not surrender to “agenda-driven intimidation.”
And Churchill’s final speech in the film rang in my head.
“We shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”
We will fight tyranny whether it is from outside or from within.
Freedom must be fought for – always.
As Ronald Reagan once said, Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
”We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. The only way they can inherit the freedom we have known is if we fight for it, protect it, defend it. And then hand it to them with the well-taught lessons of how they in their lifetime will do the same. And if you and I don’t do this, then you and I may well spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.”
What is happening today is the Left is demanding that we be instructed by children – children who do not comprehend Freedom or Liberty.
No. We won’t.
“We shall never surrender.”
Whether the threat comes from a foreign power or from a gaggle of teenage human shields manipulated and funded by far-Left activist groups – we shall never surrender.
We won’t be silenced.
We won’t be cowed.
And we will never surrender our Liberty, our sovereignty, our national borders, or our unalienable rights.
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