Squirrel Highway

 

J.D. Pendry

 

 

**Nor, of course, must they ever be allowed to raise Aristotle’s question:  whether “democratic behaviour” means the behaviour that democracies like or the behaviour that will preserve the democracy.  For if they did, it could hardly fail to occur to them that these need not be the same.

 

We, in Hell, would welcome the disappearance of Democracy…[but] it often works to our advantage…what we must realize is that “democracy” in the diabolical sense (I’m as good as you, Being Like Folks, Togetherness) is the finest instrument we could possibly have for extirpating political Democracies from the face of the earth. 

 

A split-rail fence surrounds my piece of hillside.  Squirrels use it to travel from one side of the yard to the other.  Rarely does a tree rodent venture to cross the middle of the yard unless searching for treasure thought buried in a flowerbed.  When the treasure hunt fails, it’s back on the fence.  Some travel the top rail, some the bottom and some clog traffic by sitting on the fence post barking because another squirrel found the treasure first.  They have the gift of ignorance, focused only on getting the treasure, oblivious to danger even when it confronts them directly.

 

History is recording that America’s political leaders are like the squirrels – sitting on the fence, ignorant, oblivious to danger, blaming our predicament on everyone but themselves and digging for answers in all the wrong places.  Being a deep woods hillbilly, who used to shoot squirrels with a bolt-action .22-caliber rifle then have them with gravy and biscuits, I humbly offer some survival advice to our squirrelly leaders and their friends.

 

For you people’s representatives and your media allies:  Here’s what’s not important.  Legalized pot.  Who gets to be a judge.  Steroids in professional sports.  Who becomes the UN ambassador. The UN.  The price of gas.  Amnesty International.  Will Hillary run?  Michael Jackson.  Which Hollywood idiot was arrested, divorced or nekkid on the Internet this week.  Runaway brides.  Watergate.  Koran flushing.  What Jimmy Carter says.  What Howard Dean says.

 

Here’s what is important:

 

American Soldiers are dying fighting Islamo-killers, not "freedom fighters", not "insurgents" - just plain unmerciful, brutal beheading killers.  Killers brainwashed by people you call “clerics” and sent out to blow themselves and innocent civilians to bits.  Killers that would - and at the rate you’re going might - be blowing up your children if not for the work Soldiers do.  Destroying the Islamo-killers is what is important not demanding that we show reverence for their twisted culture and their instruction manual.  The Geneva Conventions apply to the uniformed combatant armed forces of a country.  Period.  The killers are alive, bathed, fed and living better than the average American field soldier that you – or do you - represent.  We haven’t beheaded even one.  How can you sleep at night when you show more concern for a pack of murderers than you do for the soldiers that protect you from them?

 

Our enemy has two goals.  1.  Kill all of the Jews and anyone else who won’t convert to Islam.  2.  Rule the world.  Please write those goals on a large billboard and post it where the world – and you – can read it every single day.  Write it on a card and put it in your pocket.  Pull that card from your pocket and read it aloud whenever you step in front of a television camera.  Then, America may comprehend what we face.

 

There are 535 of you “people’s representatives” collecting large paychecks comprised of my taxes.  Represent me not a political group, not a mythic left or right side of the political aisle, not a phony poll and certainly not those who would comfort the enemies of my country, who, by the way are also your enemies.  Each morning, while in your comfortable and secure home or in your lobbyist paid for hotel room.  Pull the card out and read it.  While looking yourself in the eyes, ask yourself what you intend to do about it today.

 

In our free society, some Muslims can video tape themselves standing on a street in America ripping the American flag to shreds, while calling America their enemy and proclaiming how they’ll rule the world with Allah.  Yet, Christianity threatens you and many of you “people’s representatives” will call that Muslim demonstration freedom of speech.  Pull the card out.  Read it.

 

Soldiers perform heroic deeds each day in Iraq.  Each day they help a free Iraqi people get their lives a little closer to normal.  Yet each day some fat gin-soaked idiot broadcasts how poorly we’re treating a pack of murderers.  Our soldiers can clean out an entire town of killers, sending many of them to meet Allah, yet all we hear about is how many American Soldiers died today– never ever do we hear of what they accomplished in the act of their sacrifice.  Soldiers make split-second decisions in combat and you want to prosecute them.  Americans have heard this tripe from you every single day of this war for the world.  Then you say gee, we wonder why recruiters are having a tough time?

 

You are 535 pathetic people taking our country, with help from the news media, down the Squirrel Highway directly away from confronting what is likely to kill us.  I hope you like the final destination.

 

**[For] Claptrap…Toeing the party line, self-importance, and above all mere routine, were what really dominated his life.

 

**Screwtape Proposes a Toast, by C.S.Lewis, first appeared in the Saturday Evening Post in 1960.

 

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