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THE NEW BOGUS BRAVERY: Engaging in Protected Behavior

Despite my advanced age (at forty-five, I would have reached the title of village elder in Afghanistan), I still find a child-like amazement in carnivals. From the sugar-drenched funnel cakes, and greasy overpriced burgers and drinks, to the rides, such as the tilt-a-whirls that somehow manage to not launch their little, round cars into adjacent parking lots despite repeated disassembly and reassembly, and my fellow carnival goers, nothing about annual carnivals changes, but they are still a sight to behold.

While attending a concert at a carnival on Wednesday night, I couldn’t help but notice an upper-middle-aged female who decided to hold a Nazi salute during the National Anthem. Once the singing had ended, she proceeded to look around at the people who were clapping. Since I had never met or seen this person before she decided to engage in this act of pop-culture bravery, I obviously do not know anything about her.

Did she think that she was committing a true act of bravery in a country where such displays of expression are protected? Was she trying to instigate a confrontation with at least one person who found her gesture insulting? Regardless of her motive, this incident is another example of the fundamental transformation of bravery that has occurred under leftist influence.

Over the last two months, actors, newsreaders, and others who try to remain loyal to the church of pop-culture in the name of artificial relevancy have taken it upon themselves to declare certain personal decisions and opinions to be acts of bravery, such as individuals who try to deny the existence of their Y chromosomes with the assistance of makeup and the surgical alteration of their exterior features, and the banning of a flag with the assumption that such an act will automatically end all forms of prejudicial behavior.

Personally, I find some ironic humor within people who look down upon individuals who try to live according to their Jewish or Christian beliefs, as well as hold the meaning behind the celebrations of July Fourth in high regard. To those self-declared intellectuals, everyone who practices their religious beliefs, and reveres the sacrifices and risks necessary to establish the United States, are gullible lemmings which need mind-controlling religions in order to function in a drone-like manner within society.

While I do not want to apply a general stereotype on everyone who identifies as a liberal, since everyone has varying opinions, it is hard to not notice that many vocal critics of religion and patriotism need to pressure others to support their opinions. This need to force others to change their beliefs is rooted in low self-esteem, as well as doubts that the instigator has about his or her opinions and choices. Therefore, there is a need to see external reinforcement of their opinions, even if that support is involuntary; the most prevalent example is forcing Christian bakers to decorate cakes with homosexual overtones.

As for banning the Confederate battle flag under the assumption that this act is the magic elixir that will banish racism to the early days of the Democrat Party, purging one item among others that have been created or hijacked to identify nefarious periods of history is another sign of the breakdown of logic.

Logic is the biggest reason why computers operate. All zeroes have the same value, while all ones have the same value. Neither a computer nor its programmer has the cavalier luxury of deciding that a specific zero will equal one, or that random ones will equal zeroes.

While many politicians from both political parties indulge in acts of symbolism, such as melting a confiscated rifle, or the burning of a pile of marijuana, the problems of murder – regardless of the weapons used – and illegal drug use continue; logic does not dictate that a melted rifle or destroyed pile of drugs ended the problems that they are meant to symbolize.

Many of the examples of racism during the civil rights era were state-sponsored, such as segregated schools and drinking fountains. Using feel-good, minimal-effort logic, all flags, schools and drinking fountains, among every other inanimate object in existence deserve the same fate as the one determined for the Confederate battle flag by the Fraternal Order of the Perpetually Offended. In this scenario, we are all doomed to live in plastic, biodegradable bubbles.

And while we are being told that “the battle for the Confederate battle flag is lost, it’s time to move on,” institutions of higher learning are preparing their customers (students) how to make such weak conservatives lose even more battles.

While colleges and universities are now finding ways to force students to live within cramped comfort zones that tune-out differing opinions and even uncomfortable words, Jews and Christians pray for the strength to acknowledge, and live within the reality that exists. The students who are being taught how to be offended, are also being taught how to make Jews and Christians fight for their right to live according to their beliefs; rights that are supposed to enjoy the same protection as the rights of indoctrinated students to live joyless, humorless lives.

Today, the most obvious symbol of July Fourth is the local carnival, a place where American children could appreciate the results of what had started about two-hundred and thirty years ago, and where pseudo-heroes could stand up to a fictitious enemy. Meanwhile, children and other true heroes half-way around the world are either standing up to, or dying at the hands of evil enemies. Without true bravery, real enemies will ultimately meet pseudo-heroes.


Chuck Gruenwald

Born in Chicago and raised in northwest suburban Cook County, Chuck Gruenwald developed an unfavorable opinion of machine politics quite early in life. In addition to cars, electronics, law enforcement, and politics, Chuck enjoys writing, and is also a horse racing fan. He has recently written op-eds for