Ken Klemm Spring Hill, FL, USA
Imagine you are driving on an interstate highway
halfway through a 1,200 mile journey. You did a
thorough safety and maintenance check before the trip -
your tires, brakes and alignment are good, and all your
fluid levels are correct. It’s 3:00 AM, you are alone
on the road, you have a full tank of gasoline. Your
eyes and GPS map indicate the road ahead is straight,
and your vehicle is traveling straight ahead in the
So it would be okay if you closed your eyes and rested
for a few minutes...
What do you mean, “No!”? Why not? Everything is OK and
should remain OK for awhile.
You know that if you don’t remain constantly vigilant,
then the situation could deteriorate rapidly. Vigilance
is a key part of PERSISTENCE.
The chief architect of the United States Constitution,
James Madison, said he hoped the Great American
Experiment would last 150 years. He and other framers
feared democracy because it could devolve into mob
rule. That is why they carefully designed a
representative republic with checks and balances such
as a senate with two seats per state (regardless of
population), an electoral college, and requiring three
quarters of the states to agree to any amendment.
(Today, 13 states voting “no” would kill any
The first thing threatening the survival of the new
republic was the issue of slavery. Some of the founders
attempted to settle the issue at the beginning, but
failed. A bloody war near the end of its first century
resolved the problem.
America survived many threats including fascism,
Nazism, Japanese imperialism, and a cold war with the
nuclear armed Soviet Union. When the Iron Curtain
collapsed, the Soviet Union fell apart, and the Cold
War ended some “geniuses” said it was the “End of
And yet the Soviet Union may still win the Cold War
posthumously. The strategy was no secret...
Sow the seeds of their ideology into American
institutions - academia and entertainment. The Free
Speech Movement at Berkeley, rightfully employing
America’s First Amendment, gave the seedlings sunlight
Now that the weeds have overtaken the garden, free
speech is no longer fashionable at Berkeley and most
other institutions of its kind. Orwellian manipulation
of language is a favorite tool of those who wish to
control thought. Old words are given new meaning -
words such as liberal, gay, choice and denial.
Throughout most of human history, those who produced
and transported food had the most influence on society.
Today the movers of information hold the most sway. The
algorithm writers who create the filters to “protect us
from harmful speech” received indoctrination from those
How the lure of this ideology is so seductive to the
ignorant masses may be easy to understand through a
Imagine a giant cookie jar as tall as the Sears Tower
in Chicago and one square mile in diameter. The
enormous jar is filled to the top with delicious
cookies. There are plenty of cookies for everyone in
the city - and every city across the land has a jar
just like it, filled to the brim with delicious
We can shut down the cookie factories because they harm
the environment, and those “evil”, greedy cookie makers
have made enough profit. After all, there are plenty of
cookies to go around.
All the people are very happy for awhile. They can just
reach in the jar and grab all the cookies they want
whenever they want.
When the cookie supply diminishes to just below 50%,
the civic leaders become concerned. They decide to
implement a cookie rationing system. Of course, if you
are well connected with one of the leaders, you may
find a way to get extra rations.
What happens when there is nothing left in the jars
except a few crumbs?
Your Friend and Servant,
Ken Klemm - Florida, USA
P.S. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned
to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana
P.P.S. Someday the producers and movers of food may
realize they still hold the real power. After all, even
Silicon Valley nerds gotta eat.