Itâ€™s Never Too Early to be Too Late
By: Guest Authors
By: Robert R. Owens
If no one has told you this yet let me be the first, as you get older time goes faster. If youâ€™re under thirty youâ€™re thinking, â€œThis old coot has finally gone off his rocker! Everyone knows an hour is an hour. So how can time go faster as you get older?â€ If youâ€™re between thirty and forty youâ€™re thinking, â€œWhoâ€™s got time to think about time and who cares? Iâ€™ve got to go to work!â€ If youâ€™re between forty and sixty youâ€™re thinking â€œHe might have something thereâ€ as you day-dream about those endless summers when you were in High School. If youâ€™re over sixty youâ€™re hoping time doesnâ€™t end before you finish reading this paragraph.
Besides being a dimension time is a concept thatâ€™s inextricably intertwined with our material reality as in the space-time-continuum, E=MC2 and all that. It took the genius of Einstein to find a way to prove what every old man knows, time can move at different speeds for different people. Knowing all this is little comfort when confronted with reality. The last wave of the Millennial Generation has entered college. I now teach History to students born after the end of the Cold War adults whoâ€™ve never known a day without a personal computer, the internet or a cell phone.
When the weapons of the superpowers became too terrible to use the Lost Generation, those who fought World War One and led the world through the Great Depression and World War Two gave America the Cold War. For those too young to remember this was a 50 year conflict marked by bellicose rivalry and our first modern limited war in Korea. Not to be outdone the Greatest Generation, those who grew-up in the Great Depression and fought World War Two and Korea gave us escalating tensions, naval blockades and another limited war in Vietnam. They finished with a flourish by winning the Cold War and then doing a hundred day encore in the Gulf.
The Boomers hit the White House like guest hosts on Saturday Night Live with a snappy monologue and a party in the Oval Office. They tried to keep the limited war train rolling by occupying Bosnia. Losing a Blackhawk in Somalia and bombing Serbia for Kosovo. Then Boomer George met Osama in New York. Enter the first post-boomer president and a War on Terror becomes a law enforcement problem just as Korea with 55,000 dead was a Police Action. Have we refined limited war to the point that we arenâ€™t sure whether itâ€™s a war or a series of unrelated unfortunate incidents?
A friend who optimistically believes every cloud has a silver lining hopes the tragedy at Fort Hood was merely the work of a volunteer in the Insane Clown Army and not a terrorist attack on an American Army base in our supposedly safe Homeland. This struck me as symptomatic of the age weâ€™ve entered; call it the Reality Show at the End of an Era. In the land of the free and the home of the brave the best we can hope for is a demented mass murderer because the alternative is too frightening to face. If home-grown Jihadists are beginning to kill the brave in bosom of the Heartland it wonâ€™t be long before check-points and internal passports begin restricting the free in the byways of the homeland.
Have you ever noticed that after Pearl Harbor we didnâ€™t declare war on sneak attacks? Instead, we declared war on those who attacked us. In America today weâ€™re constrained by the emasculating cult of Political Correctness from even naming our enemy. Our leaders blather on about religions of peace when people hold street dances to celebrate 9-11 and mobs murder and burn in reaction to an offensive comic strip. Now we have a person doing his best to enlist as a foot-soldier in Osamaâ€™s army while serving in Obamaâ€™s, shouting the catch phrase of the 9-11 bomber pilots as he murders more than a dozen unarmed innocents and the Corporations Once Known as the Mainstream Media pussy-foot around trying to give us the false hope that heâ€™s merely a homicidal maniac.
Itâ€™s time to understand that if we donâ€™t stand for something weâ€™ll fall for anything and until you admit you have a problem thereâ€™s no chance of finding a solution.
Time is slipping into the future. Are we going to stand complicit in our silence as wars without limit fought by people who proudly proclaim they love death more than we love life shoot our unarmed citizens in the name of God? Will we allow apologists for evil to blame the second amendment instead of telling us the truth?
Itâ€™s time to rise up and say enough is enough! We know who are enemies are and we know who we are! If the brave want to keep their land the free canâ€™t sit at home chasing the remote. Whatever speed time is moving its going too fast to wait. Itâ€™s never too early to be too late. Letâ€™s rollâ€¦.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, Religion, and Leadership for Southside Virginia Community College. Contact Dr. Owens. Â© 2009 Robert R. Owens http://robertrowens.com/ Dr. Owens is available for speaking engagements.