Pregnant Men and Face Masks in Restaurants: We Used to LAUGH at This Lunacy on Candid Camera
The year was 1998 when a heavily pregnant Peter Funt struggled into a maternity clinic, lowered himself gingerly to a chair and proceeded to compare pregnancy experiences with the others waiting for their prenatal appointments. It was the stuff that comedy genius is made on but, alas, would get Peter cancelled (and probably sued!) in our super-woke, disgustingly PC culture today.
When I started watching Candid Camera playlists last week, it was simply to distract myself from the throbbing pain of having my wisdom teeth removed. I went looking for comedy...but found prophecy!
You'll be shocked how many ridiculous scenarios invented for Candid Camera have now become mainstream "reality." In the past, Americans caught in Candid Camera's lair questioned the lunacy. Resisted. Kick up a fuss!
Now we're expected to accept the exact same scenarios seriously and play along...with straight faces!
If you don't think that's true, just watch how these Americans reacted to their restaurant servers and fellow diners wearing face masks in 2014! They were weirded out and left in a huff. Seven years later, they leave in a huff if their servers and fellow diners DON'T wear masks.
My, my, my. How times do change!
Viral. That's what he was. Thomas Paine was America's first viral writer whose pamphlet, Common Sense, enjoyed 500,000 printings in a nation of only 1.2 million souls. He was therockstar writer of the Revolution and his words ring as true now as they did in 1776.
Common Sense and her sister pamphlet, The American Crisis, were passed round in taverns. Read aloud for the benefit of the illiterate. They lit the flame of Freedom in the hearts and minds of the blacksmith, the farmer, the homemaker. “Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain,” John Adams wrote.
Yet Paine himself was a complicated figure. For starters, he wasn't even American. He was English with a penchant for pissing people off wherever he went. Whistleblowers like Paine have a way of doing that.
In the course of his life, he would make America, England and France all too hot to hold him. When he passed away in 1809, only six people attended his funeral and his bones are still showing up in collectors' possession to this day.
But for the purposes of this article, we're just focusing on Paine's pamphlet, Common Sense. If words can establish a Constitutional Republic in the 1700s, then words can also save her in the 2000s. And I betcha the same words work for both circumstances. Even the titles of Paine's pamphlets are perfect. We're in dire need of Common Sense and we're damn sure in the midst of an American Crisis!
The problem is that in this frenetic day and age, few of us have ever actually read Common Sense nor The American Crisis beyond the famous, "These are the times" opening line of the latter. I certainly haven't. I have the attention span of...oh look! A squirrel!
Because I always appreciate when other people digest history for me, breaking it down into bite-sized pieces, here for your reading enjoyment are just the best parts of Common Sense (in blue font.)
Oh! And a hat tip to the printers who put their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the line to typeset, print and stitched the Common Sense pamphlet, thereby put a target on their own backs. After working in an offset lithography print shop in my twenties, I know that printers are quiet, background men yet they wield great power! That's why Fidel Castro killed all the printers when he came to power in Cuba. He recognized their incredible power to print written words that would sway the nation against him.
And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, excerpts from Common Sense by Thomas Paine.
Trump Statistically 100% More Likely to Regain Presidency than America's Odds of Winning the Revolutionary War and Becoming a Nation!
Although it sometimes seems President Trump's path back to his rightful place in the White House is tortuously slow along this unknown road no American President has trod before...ppppfffftttt.
His battles are almost insignificant compared to thirteen plucky colonies slowly and patiently designing a nation that had never existed before, in a way no one had ever envisioned before, whilst being resisted by the most powerful military on Earth. Statistically speaking, they didn't have a prayer. Not a snowball's chance in Hell.
But Evil has no Power against the Will of God. And so, against all odds, America came into existence in such an extraordinary way that George Washington wrote to Thomas Nelson, "The hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this that he must be worse that an infidel...more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."
As our Restoring Father, Donald Trump walks in the footsteps of the Founding Fathers, just as they succeeded by the Will of Almighty Providence, then so will President Trump and the Patriots.
And if you don't think that's true, I have a little story to tell you. The backstory behind the story of 1770s America and her War for Independence no one ever talks about.
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