To Save America, we need the Black Death
August 12, 2007 by William K. Wolfrum
One year away from the 650th Anniversary of its rampage through Asia and Europe, I’m thinking a Black Death would help save America.
What kind of sick bastard would write such a thing?
A bastard so tired of listening to people use their freedom of speech that he thinks it’s long past the time that half or more of them suffered a cruel death. So many of you have gotten so carried away with your freedoms, that you have forgotten what is most important to America – to kill other people in the name of that freedom.
We have reached a terrifying point in America – too many people are acting brave in front of a grave threat to our own existence. Islamic terrorists would gladly come here and inject us all with the plague if they could. But the glorious battle for civilization in Iraq has fractured the U.S. into jigsaw pieces of competing interests that encourage our enemies. We are deeply divided and division is weakness. We must stand as one and encourage our enemies. And that can only be accomplished by being endlessly terrified of them. Then we can fight back any way we so choose.
Luckily for us, George Bush has done his part. He has helped make al Qaeda stronger, has helped promote international terrorism on a whole, and has helped the world despise us. He stands in front of the nation on a regular basis, shouting to us all to be afraid, be terrified, head for the hills. But now, after six years, people are not listening. They are being brave.
The Black Death would change that.
Starting in the 1300s, and by some accounts, lasting in some form or another to the 1700s, the Black Plague killed millions, and by some estimates, wiped out two-thirds of the world’s population.
And it brought people together.
There was a sense of community and purpose as people rushed to bury and burn bodies. There was no debate over politics or policies or war. There was only endless mourning and death.
And as a result, France and England were allowed to battle, unfettered by public opinion, for more than a century in the Hundred Years War.
And yet Americans complain of fighting in Iraq for not even half a decade. We are weak when it comes to fighting epic struggles for our very existence. That was proven the last time America fought for its existence, in Vietnam. We couldn’t stand the heat of fighting for our very right to survive as a nation. And we crumbled, defeated from the inside. It was a glorious battle of civilizations, and we failed. And you see how that ended up. Now we’re failing again. And on the precipice of having our very existence taken from us again.
But one good plague would change that. A bird flu. A bubonic plague. Something. Because too many of you are too unwilling to just shut up and let the righteous fight as they are so entitled. As John Gibson of Fox News so eloquently said: “I think it’s going to take a lot of dead people to wake America up.”
Now we have endless sideshow squabbles about whether the surge is working, if we are “safer” now, whether the FBI should listen in on foreign phone calls, whether cops should detain odd-acting “flying imams,” whether those plotting alleged attacks on Fort Dix or Kennedy airport are serious threats or amateur bumblers. We bicker over the trees while the forest is ablaze.
Because the trees are ablaze. Listen to anyone in the Administration or with political think tanks. They know about trees. They know about blazes. And these trees are blazing. While we bicker. But a devastating pandemic would be a great first step in extinguishing that fire.
Think of it. While none of us has experienced a plague that wiped out the majority of the population, Americans do have a ridiculously short life span. So everyone knows what it’s like to have a loved one die. Now imagine all your loved ones dying. Would you feel like protesting your government then?
It may sound demented, but is it any different from wishing an attack on the U.S.? I think not. Plus, there will be added benefits – unemployment will cease to exist. Illegal immigration would stop dead in its tracks.
It will take another attack on the homeland to quell the chattering of chipmunks and to restore America’s righteous rage and singular purpose to prevail. The Islamic terrorists want to kill us all. And the only logical way for us to combat that is for the majority of you to die.
Sadly, the unity of such a plague won’t last forever.
The first Black Death proved that.