Friday, November 17, 2006

How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Live with Aplomb

The world situation is worrisome. And sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I think of everything that’s going on and going wrong. Over at Seth’s Hard Astarboard we learn that the North American Union agenda is rearing its ugly frightful head:

“As I said last time out, we are indeed in grave trouble, because our very sovereignty is about to be sacrificed on the altar of corporate expediency.
While our future Congresses and POTUSes will govern our country, they will be
like state legislatures, while extranational congresses determine the details of
our economy (a collective with Mexico and Canada), eventually becoming part of a
global collective consisting of the EU, the NAU, the SAU, the AU, etc....

We are in big trouble here, a world government awaits just around the corner, and
most unfortunately, the politicians who might be able to prevent it are being
kept outside the loop.”

And of course there’s the question of what we will do about the Iraq War, which, in the immortal words of Nancy Pelosi, is a “situation to solve”. Tell that to the men and women who died there, Nancy, the “San Francisco Treat” (H/T Clarity and Resolve.)

We’ve elected our first Muslim Congressman, Iran is building nukes and threatening Israel, other Muslim states want to build nukes, Europe is withering away, Muslims are killing everyone everywhere, and more.
I wonder about our survival as a nation and I worry. And I decided to read what Peggy Noonan had to say recently and found comfort in her wisdom:

We have divided government. Good, and for many reasons. One: It confuses our enemies. "Who do we hate now?" they ask in their caves, "the evil woman from San Francisco or the old infidel from Texas? Which do we hate more? And if we hate them both does that...unite them?"

We are in a 30-year war. It is no good for it to be led by, identified with, one party. It is no good for half the nation to feel estranged from its government's decisions. It's no good for us to be broken up more than a nation normally would be. And straight down the middle is a bad break, the kind that snaps…

This is the age we live in: One day in the future either New York or Washington or both will be hit again, hard. It will be more deadly than 9/11. And on that day, those who experience it, who see the flash or hear the alarms, will try to help each other. They'll be good to each other. An elderly conservative congresswoman will be unable to make it down those big old Capitol steps, and a young liberal congressman will come by and pick her up in his arms and carry her. (I witnessed a moment somewhat like this during a Capitol alarm two years ago, when we were told to run for our lives.) I would say: Keep that picture in mind. Cut to the chase, be good to each other now.

She has some words for Congress:

What can you do in two years? The common wisdom says not much. But here's a governing attitude: First things first.
Do all you can to keep America as safe as possible as long as possible. Make sure she's able to take a bad blow, a bad series of them. Much flows from this first thing, many subsets. Here is only one: Strengthen and modernize our electrical grid. When the bad thing comes we will need to be able to make contact with each other to survive together. Congress has ignored this for years.
From this I say to each individual American: Prepare yourself. It’s not a matter of “if” we will be hit again, it’s a matter of “when”. When a dirty bomb goes off in a major American city the surrounding areas will be hit as well with major population shifts. Think Hurricane Katrina. Food and water shortages, anarchy, possible disease. Be ready. And be ready to help your neighbors and friends. Have contingency plans. Part of what makes America great is the initiative of the average citizen. Be one of those.