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Monday, July 01, 2019

Fears for Today’s American Republic


       “And, Mrs. Frisby,” said the owl, moving again toward the entrance to the hollow, “please understand: I was an admirer of your late husband, though I never met him in person. I wish you well. I hope your son’s life can be saved. You see, I can understand your particular problem, for I face a similar problem.”
        “You?” said Mrs. Frisby. “But you have no Moving Day.”
        “I have lived in this tree, in this same hollow,” the owl said, “for more years than anyone can remember. But now, when the wind blows hard in winter and rocks the forest, I sit here in the dark, and from deep down in the bole, down near the roots, I hear a new sound. It is the sound of strands of wood cracking in the cold and snapping one by one. The limbs are falling; the tree is old, and it is dying. Yet I cannot bring myself, after so many years, to leave, to find a new home and move into it, perhaps to fight for it. I, too, have grown old. One of these days, one of these years, the tree will fall, and when it does, if I am still alive, I will fall with it.”

Robert C. O’Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (1971) 58.

Seth Barrett Tillman, Fears for Todays American Republic, New Reform Club (July 1, 2019, 11:21 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2019/07/fears-for-todays-american-republic.html>. 




12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Perhaps that's the difference between an old owl and an old human.

I think many of the old humans (especially the patriotic ones) would be willing to end their lives making a mark on the world, making a difference, making the world a better place for those still living; rather than riding the remnants of that old tree of liberty into the ground.

TPS said...

Sign me up. The idea of dying of old age in bed after my country Falls to antifa and the likes of today's modern Democrats, rather than doing everything I can and even fighting dying for something worthwhile, horrifies me.

BARRY F. ROSE said...

Thomas Jefferson may be criticized by some in today's light, but as he said: "Malo periculosam, libertatem quam quietam servitutem [I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude]. Even this evil is productive of good. It prevents the degeneracy of government, and nourishes a general attention to the public affairs. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical."

I believe that there are enough men, and women, of love of country, even today, to provide that little rebellion.

Ray said...

I seem to be in good company here. This may be the real War of the Old Men, the coming rerevolution.

Bookdoc said...

And as old men they can be more willing to risk life and limb for their country (as many already have) than these children that can terrify unarmed people. If push comes to shove and a significant number of Antifa thugs are hospitalized or put in graves (preferable), the rest will disappear like student demonstrators after Kent State...

Rollory said...

Whereas I look around and say:

This isn't my country. It was my father's country, and it infuriates me to hear about the country he had and that I've been denied. It hasn't been a country that could be called mine for decades. Possibly since before I was born.

It's time to build a new country out of these ruins, one that won't fall apart so easily, and the sooner I and those like me get started the better.

Iron Lady said...

I am a 70 year old woman, and I am ready to serve as my father did in WWII. Time for the boomers to prepare to save the greatest country that the world has ever seen for our grandchildren.

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