Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Ben Stein looks around, at the beginning of 2022

I've enjoyed reading Ben Stein for 30+ years.  I got started when the mother-in-law started sending us her American Spectator magazines, after reading them herself.  (Every issue had his column, "Ben Stein's Diary." 

The whole magazine was generally pretty interesting, and written by people who were excellent at their craft.)

Ben is still going strong.  At the beginning of this year he made a list of many friends and comforts that enrich his life.  And then he says this:

I could go on forever. The main point I am aiming at is that even with the continuing crisis of Democrat/Bolshevik rule, life is still amazingly good if you know where to look.

Yes, we have genuinely insane “thought leaders” in Congress like Ilhan Omar and AOC. Yes, our homes and streets are often unsafe. Yes, this is now a society of persons and races and not laws. Yes, even in the most exclusive neighborhoods, crime is still rampant.

Yes, Mr. Biden has engineered a set of rules that guarantee inflation. Yes, our education system has simply collapsed under the weight of PC. Yes, there is no more free speech and the fight against an imaginary racism has killed law enforcement.

Yes, America is run by a cabal of thugs and media billionaires. The America of freedom I grew up in is gone.

But we can fight back with words and lawsuits — NEVER with violence. And little by little, as the good doctor said, “We shall overcome.” Our ideas of what America must be are simply far better than theirs. Freedom is better than slavery.

In the meantime, learn from my best student, Ferris himself. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” In 2022, fight peacefully, but also stop and look around.

When I look around, my life is amazingly good!  I hope yours is, as well.

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