Once quiet neighborhood in panic with fighting, finger pointing, suspicion and prejudice. Human fragility indeed

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

By —— Bio and Archives--November 18, 2017

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Twilight Zone, Capitol Hill
In episode 22 of the first season of the Twilight Zone, space aliens decide to descend upon a quiet neighborhood to test the fragility of the human occupants, remove them from their comfort zone and watch their reactions. They observe the reaction to electricity being turned off on most of the homes while leaving a few others untouched. Autos all over the neighborhood were unable to start while a few others appear normal. The episode ends with the once quiet neighborhood in panic with fighting, finger pointing, suspicion and prejudice. Human fragility indeed. All this to test methods of invasion by the aliens at a later date.

Our current Maple Street is the once dignified and honorable seat of government, Washington, D.C., and the center of hero worship, Hollywood - two corners of powerful social change. They have become places where service and dignity take a back seat to power, riches and licentiousness. Our leaders and ‘heroes’ have openly demonstrated to the world that they are as fragile and as filled with human weakness and prejudice as the rest of us, maybe more so. It was probably always like that, but at least it was hidden in dark corners. There was always a figment, a bubble of superhero presence. No more.

Yes, our current Maple Streets are being messed with. There are powerful forces pushing for multiculturalism, open borders and uncontrolled immigration to dilute our culture, sell our form of government as illegitimate, to a point where it will be unrecognizable in a generation. All to be ready for political and social revolution.

The D.C. swamp is deeper and murkier than anyone expected; even President Trump couldn’t have anticipated the extent of the slime. Today’s news is not about enemies at the gates, our out-of control debt or even our brave soldiers holding the line in far-away redoubts. Today’s news is about finger-pointing, throwing rocks toward the other side while living in glass houses, winning power at all costs. We live in an era of few heroes, few demigods, few people we can look up to. What’s even worse is we have an entire political party that has sold itself as a replacement for our faith in God. They look to remove every vestige of conviction in a power greater than ourselves while substituting human frailty at its worst.

Public service has become public disservice. To be dishonorable has become honorable. Where are the heroes, the gallant warriors?

The current headlines remind us where not to look for heroes and living examples. You will not find them in Hollywood or in Washington. Look to God and the hard working, everyday people that really make this country work.

“The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices - to be found only in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill - and suspicion can destroy - and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout of its own - for the children - and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is - that these things can not be confined - to the Twilight Zone.”

Ray DiLorenzo -- Bio and Archives | Comments

Ray DiLorenzo is a career pilot having retired after 22 years as a contract fire pilot with the California Department of Forestry (Cal-Fire).  He is presently affiliated with Stand Up America founded by Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely (Ret).

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