Many of you will recognize this line from the movie “The Wizard of OZ”; famously spoken as Dorothy and her companions were on the yellow brick road. They were hopeful of what the Wizard could do for them and enthralled by the promise of the yellow brick road. Yet along the way there were all these things that were dangerous, scary and not quite real. While the promise of the yellow brick road was a wonderful tale, uplifting; at the end the Wizard turned out to be a tale. It was literally all smoke and mirrors.
Well my friends much like Dorothy and the others we have been on the yellow brick road for some time now. In the process we have dealt with many difficulties and have also dealt with much nonsense; many times our problems have been fabricated if not exaggerated to achieve the objectives of The Wizard. The more scared you are the faster and further you go down that yellow brick road, unaware that at the end is a dream that is not real and a Wizard that is nothing more than a charlatan with empty promises.
What’s interesting is that Dorothy told us what the real dangers are: “Lions & Tigers and Bears”.
Our country is facing many challenges and threats, many of those are internal and have to do with our ability to get past our history and take a hold of our reality and our promise. We need to realize we are all being taken for fools, while our enemies keep getting stronger and bolder.
Dorothy said, “Lions & Tigers and Bears – Oh My!”
The worldwide Islamist movement is the roaring Lion that is out to devour us. This enemy has one truth, one objective, our total destruction and/or subjugation. There is no secret here; there is not much analysis necessary. They are out to end western civilization as we know it.
The continued militarization of China with a quasi-free market model to support it is the Tiger. This is a monster we have all been feeding for decades under our “free trade” mantra and the theory that economic freedom begets political freedom. That does not seem to be working and the Tiger is getting stronger.
Finally, the Bear which everyone thought was tamed, from the days of Boris Yeltsin to the reality of today. Putin must be dealt with and not to be trusted. Is there “collusion” or is there a great hoax being played on the American people?
Instead of listening to Dorothy our leaders are focused on a series of other issues; that are mostly for entertaining the voters. That is not to say that the country has those three problems only, but if we do not focus on and take care of those three issues, then everything else is academic.
I wrote this commentary before President Trump was elected, and the comment about the Wizard is not directed at him. The Wizard is that whole apparatus of politicians, business interest and the media. All of whom have been perfectly willing to ignore reality or twist it for the short-term benefit to be derived; the country be damned! This writing is from 2016 and It has not been published until now, but it remains our true reality.