Life Inside the Bubble

Life isn’t stable. Stability is unnatural. The only stable society is the police state. You can have a free society or you can have a stable society. You can’t have both. Take your choice. As for me, I’ll choose a free, organic society over a rigid, artificial society any day.  Tom Robbins

In just a few weeks my town, Charlotte USA (no hubris there), will be invaded by 30,000 conventioneers for the Democratic Convention.  Every civic building, community college classrooms and public park near the uptown will be usurped for the attendees, security and vendors.

2 weeks ago when I awoke at dawn, I looked out my window, down to the quiet street below, and saw 5 black cars and several men in baseball caps, flack jackets and powerful handguns strapped to their legs.  My first reaction was, are they going to come storming into my house!?  They were studying maps and would occasionally look up to our building as if looking for danger from above.

Within 30 minutes or so they had all left, but as I drove uptown later, over streets being resurfaced, I saw more of these black cars.  Then I noticed I couldn’t even go my normal route home.  Every driveway, every cross street was blocked by one of these black cars (the black helicopters must have been above).  It took me an hour and 10 minutes to go the 1.25 miles back to my house.

Turns out V.P. Biden was in town for a fundraiser and the roads were his.  We watched from our front porch as the black “Beast” (as the Presidential limo is called) passed by.  Well, we said, get ready for it!  Over the next few weeks the bubble surrounding uptown Charlotte USA will be on lockdown.  We will get to see the whole outward face of the new police state that’s been instituted on us over the past 11 years.  Funny, I don’t feel safer, do you?

And besides, the cost of one of those agent”s flack jacket, pistol and black car would buy school lunches for some poor classroom for a year, and they’d eat well.  What have we come to in the name of security?  While I give thanks to the legitimate police who protect and serve our neighborhoods, the proliferation and aggressive of the new breed harkens back to the black leather SS parades of the 1930’s.

About mentorboom

I was born in the first month of the first year of the Baby Boom generation. Over my life I've been blessed with the teaching and friendship of some extraordinary people. I want the wisdom I've learned from them to outlive me by sharing it with others. This blog, MentorBoom, is intended to do that and to help us all find ways to live in more satisfying and fulfilling ways.
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One Response to Life Inside the Bubble

  1. Wowser! I look forward to more “insider” perspective on this, Robert. We are indeed living in interesting times. Blessings to you, friend.

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