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September 30, 2020

Worthy to Print Column: Wear a Mask

By George Worthy, Gonzales Columnist

Put on your thinking cap and try to remember what you were doing four months ago. Were you getting ready to go out to dinner? How about seeing that movie you wanted the whole family to see? Meeting with a Bible study group? Well, whatever it was that was going to make you happy, probably didn’t.

I will always remember what I was doing because I had never done it before and I know I will never have a chance to do it again. I was calling all my relatives (both of them) because I was soon to step upon that stage they build out at CSUMB and receive my college degree. I had been attending that school for over six years and to say I was proud is a little understated.

I don’t believe that I was any different than all those high school students from Gonzales High. They had been looking forward to graduating and then attending a school where they could be on their own for the first time in their lives. It didn’t matter which school, just as long as this hurdle in their life had been recognized by their parents’ friends and loved ones.

Then poof! The first of the aforementioned came along and our guardians (the government) told us, “Not so fast!” Wash your hands, stay in your homes, go outside only if it’s essential and wear a mask or pay a fine. Where does the authority to impose these laws come from? Four months and we are still sitting around watching the grass grow. Four months! In that period we have seen never before use of the power that some politicians think they have.

I grew up respecting politicians. When all this bush-wash started about this “pandemic” we are suffering through, I couldn’t figure out why we didn’t attack China. Of course we didn’t. That might have started a war, and there was a Republican in the White House. It’s the Democrats that are in power every time we start a war. If any other country had done that, their country would be a big old parking lot. In the past, anyone that steps on our shoes soon discovers we have no hesitancy about sending in the big boys. I mean we are serious about the flag that says, “Don’t Tread on Me.”

In 2001, some characters came to the United States and trained at our flight schools about how to fly one of the big jets that take off from Boston. They were being supported by one of our most “trusted allies in the Mid-East,” Saudi Arabia. These are supposed to be our guys. They are supposed to keep an eye out for any of the bad guys so we can get in their way before they hurt us. Our plan didn’t work this time. They flew those big old planes into the World Trade Center. We had more folks die from those flights than the navy had at Pearl Harbor. For that terrible mistake on the part of the Japanese, we showed what we are made of. We destroyed their country.

At this point, I’m not worried about any other country. I just don’t want this deal to destroy our country. I’m not giving up. I’m sure someone reading this was also here during the ’60s. We had a serious problem with the universities and the students that attended them. Taking over the offices of the officials and demonstrating in the street. Most of my time was spent either in a war or teaching how to fight a new kind of war, or getting ready to return to a war.

In the ’60s, things got crazy when the National Guard troops, some no older than the demonstrators, started shooting at the students. That said, there is a fine line between demonstrating and hitting or kicking a person and having loaded weapons and using them against the students.

I’m afraid of what is going to happen before this is over if someone doesn’t stop the madness. It’s not only the troops in the Mid-East or the demonstrators. It is the fires that engulf our state. I’m not writing about some subdivision in the far north or south. I’m talking about fires that are on our doorstep. Because people are being evacuated out of their home by nature that set these fires with lightning. We just weren’t ready, as we have been sentenced without trial by some power-mad politicians.

Please pray for our country. We will beat all these things we are facing now. Remember to love each other and help anyone in need. That is how we become strong; giving of ourselves. God Bless.

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