December 23, 2012, - 10:40 pm
Tonight, ABC broadcast the excellent, ever-relevant “The Sound of Music” movie, as it does every year around this time. As you know (or should), it’s the story of the family of Baron Georg Johannes von Trapp, an Austro-Hungarian Navy officer who was highly decorated for his World War I heroism. But his true heroism was that which is recounted in the musical: his refusal to give in to Nazi evil, a principled stand for which he gave up everything he had–a wonderful, luxurious, well-appointed life. A short while ago, I tweeted about “The Sound of Music” (follow me on Twitter), saying “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.”
With this tweet, I was thinking about how there are few movies and musicals like this because there is little courage left in the West. My Twitter follower Tom Odell was on top of this and tweeted back at me, “Georg von Trapp walked away from every luxury of life b/c he would not join evil. Could U imagine Obama doing same thing?” My response was that I believe very few Westerners or Western leaders would do the same: “I can imagine few Westerners doing the same these days. People have no guts, no backbone, and no principles.” And I elaborated on it at my Facebook fan page (join by liking here):
Twitter Follower Tom Odell responded to my tweet about “The Sound of Music,” noting: “Georg von Trapp walked away from every luxury of life b/c he would not join evil.” He asked if I could imagine Obama doing that today. But, sadly, it’s not just Obama. I can imagine few Westerners and Western leaders doing the right thing b/c they are selfish and PC morons. I can’t imagine George W. Bush walking away (and he didn’t, instead embracing Muslims), I can’t imagine Mitt Romney walking away, I can’t imagine John Boehner walking away, and frankly, I can’t imagine most conservatives walking away. After all, they won’t even give up Jihad Grover Norquist and his Al-Qaeda buddies (see also, here) or draft-dodgin’ babydaddy Ted Nugent.
The kids of Georg Von Trapp knew what he was doing was right and went along. Today’s kids and their single moms and sperm donors would be too busy watching the Kardashians and “The Voice” to care.
Yes, I know we have some very brave soldiers who’ve jumped on grenades to save their fellow men. And we have some courageous few, like Allen West and others. And many of you–most of you–are absolutely on the right side against evil and would be if faced by a Von Trapp situation. But that’s not most of our country, most of our leaders, or even most on the right. It’s just a very scant few. Most Americans just don’t have the will to do the right thing in the face of evil, which is why we are so amiss and aimless.
Sadly, we don’t have the courage of Georg Von Trapp. Not even close. And that’s why we are losing–already have lost–our country.
The Von Trapps came to the United States to escape the Nazis and live in freedom. Where will we go?
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