What happened to the U.S. of A., brother?
Friday, November 15, 2013 9:00 PM
There I sat. Getting my fix of professional wrestling from the 1980s and '90s and I couldn't help but wonder . . . what happened, brother?
Yes, the "immortal" Hulk Hogan was on screen. After checking the color on my TV I realized that he really was that orange and that his arms were that pumped up.
That wasn't all that caught my attention. Here was one of the biggest role models for kids in that time period and he was talking about eating your vitamins, working hard and saying your prayers. A cross hung from his neck during the promo and invoked a flashback of when Andre the Giant ripped it from his chest and caused quite an uproar.
But he was right. Through the muscles and the tan and the bulging vein in his forehead that caused me to check the internet for an update on his current health, the Hulkster was right. That's how success was achieved in those days.
If you went in to work and busted your tail you were rewarded. You had something to show for it and could take care of yourself and your family. At the end of the day, you could send up a thanks to whichever deity you preferred and you were probably going to turn out OK.
It made me wonder . . . does that still work?
Well you can still go to work and work hard. The boss still has to cut you a check every couple of weeks or so, but why would you do such an inefficient thing?
For just about the same wages you could sit at home all day and get your eternal fill of the immortal Hulkster and other greats of television in the '80s. Don't worry, the federal government will cut you a check every couple of weeks.
And you don't need to worry about not being able to take care of yourself or your family. Obamacare is handling that. Well, it would be if the website worked; and if thousand of people weren't being left without insurance and without "Exchange" options. Because not only does the website not work, but the federal government is penalizing businesses for not being able to compete with the offers on the exchange; which is especially ironic to me considering the exchange site doesn't work. To add to it all we find out that Mr. President might not have a real good grasp of the whole thing himself.
You can still say a prayer before you shut it down for the night. But that's just about the only place you can say a prayer anymore. The Supreme Court was divided last week on a debate as to whether the town council of Greece, N.Y. could begin their public meetings with a prayer. Just another notch in the over-sized belt of people protecting liberties by taking others' away. And the times of professional athletes (yes, that's what I'm calling what Hogan was at the time) announcing their faith publicly are long gone. Just ask Tim Tebow or . . . you know that other famous athlete that professes his faith and is embraced publicly . . . you know the one I'm talking about. Well you probably don't because there are not many left . . . at least not many that do it like the Hulkster did.
So what needs to happen? I can trumpet all day about what's wrong, but making it right is a lot more difficult. We each need to tell the federal government that it's time to butt-out. Yes, that means we all need to go out, get jobs and stop taking the checks from the "federal government." The federal government doesn't have money to hand out. That's our money - tax money that is being taken from the hard workers and being given to the non-workers.
Doesn't make much sense to me.
And we need to let people have a little faith. I'm sure the gang up on Capitol Hill is struggling to get anyone to have faith in them, so how about making it OK to pray again? I don't care who you pray to or what you pray about. That's the whole point of this country. We are free to practice religion as we please . . . well we used to be.
I miss the Hulkster.