Friday, May 22, 2015

An EXCELLENT analogy!


Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz waited for the pilot to leave the cockpit 
then locked the door to prevent his re-entry. After which Lubitz, 
for reasons unknown and perhaps unknowable, deliberately steered 
the jet into a harrowing 8-minute plunge, ending in an explosive 
434 mph impact with a rocky mountainside. One hundred fifty men, 
women and children met an immediate, unthinkably violent death. 

Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn't be stopped because 
anyone who could change the jet's disastrous course was locked out.

It's hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness 
that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to 
meet them. Hard, but not impossible.

America is in very deep trouble and we feel the descent in the 
pits of our stomachs. We hear the shake and rattle of structures 
stressed beyond their limits. We don't know where we're going 
anymore, but do know it isn't good. And above all, we feel helpless 
because Barack Obama has locked us out.

He locked the American people out of his decision to seize the 
national healthcare system.

He locked us out when we wanted to know why the IRS was attacking 

He locked us out of having a say in his decision to tear up our 
immigration laws and to give over a trillion dollars in benefits to 
those who broke those laws.

Obama locked out those who advised against premature troop withdrawals. 
He locked out the  intelligence agencies who issued warnings about the 
growing threat of ISIS.

He locked out anyone who could have interfered with his release of 
five Taliban terror chiefs in return for one U.S. Military deserter. 

And, of course, Barack Obama has now locked out Congress, the American 
people, and our allies as he strikes a secret deal with Iran to determine 
the timeline (not prevention) of their acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Was Andreas Lubitz depressed, insane, or abysmally evil when he decided 
to lock that cockpit door and listen to no voices other than those in his 
head? Did he somehow believe himself to be doing the right thing? The voice 
recordings from the doomed aircraft reveal that as the jet began its rapid 
descent, the passengers were quiet. There was probably some nervous laughter, 
confusion, a bit of comforting chatter with seat mates, followed by a brief 
period in which anxiety had not yet metastasized into terror. It was only 
near the end of the 8-minute plunge that everyone finally understood what 
was really happening. Only near the end when they began to scream.

Like those passengers, a growing number of Americans feel a helpless dread 
as they come to the inescapable conclusion that our nation's decline is an 
act of choice rather than of chance.  

The choice of one man who is in full control of our 8-year plunge.

I wonder when America will begin to scream.


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