With those ringing words, The Greatest fulfilled the dream of freedom that Martin Luther King had achingly announced just a few years earlier. Subsequent events proved that none of us had anything against those Viet Cong. I am put in mind of this by today’s meaningless fuss about the never-promoted Colonel Gaddafi who got blasted away early this morning by people who really had something against him. But where does that leave us? Why do we care? Perhaps, as the TV pundits say, because he had some influence on oil prices. This is silly. We care because we were told to care. Would a single young man risk his life to go to war against Libya? Would his mother let him? Newspapers and TV are in the business of ballyhoo. These geniuses won’t accept the truth: that we would rather watch re-runs of Fred Flintstone than hear about this garbage. What is worse than a broadcast of a good situation comedy being interrupted by a bulletin about some development in North Africa.? If you are like me, you bitterly resent such interruptions. Nothing comes to mind and nothing would come to mind if I made a 20 years research project out of it to justify these disgusting suspensions of enjoyment. We are pathetic and shameful slaves who fail to be bold followers of The Greatest. He stood up for what he did NOT believe in – going to war. We allow the newspapers and broadcasters to impress drivel on us. Why doesn’t one among us stand up and say
Hok mir nit kayn chainik.
Who knows ? Maybe that is all it would take to turn this country around and make it right-thinking.
Please don’t ask the well-entrenched DUMB QUESTION: “What does that expression mean?” You’ve got an internet connection, don’t you?