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“THE MESSAGE IS LARGE”
by Professor Wert, ©2020
(Aug. 26, 2020) — “Gently” (2:15)
The following is a true story.
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ‘The Pulse of the Nation,’ the place to hear it here first. I got the call from our editor last night when she told me that I was the next on the list to fill in for Roving — Roving Reporter (RR) – until such time as to determine the future of ‘Pulse,’ the ever-popular, award-winning TV station that got unceremoniously kicked out of Chicago for being a ‘conservative TV station.’
“As most of you know, I travel all over the world searching for interesting human-interest stories, usually on tramp steamers, although lately I’ve been getting resistance on bringing my M1918 BAR and cases of ammo aboard. Anyway, I want to share with you a story that stuck with me when I first experienced it firsthand.
“This story takes place decades ago, back in the 1960’s, as I was living in New Orleans, the home of Jeff Crouere, a P&E contributor. A hurricane was looming; people were running around like ants preparing for the worst, when the Governor of Louisiana came on the tube to calm everyone down, that no matter how bad things got, the National Guard would be right there as soon as the storm passed to lend a helping hand.
“And this is what the Governor said: ‘I have issued the order to the National Guard to SHOOT TO KILL any looters.’ Needless to say, there was not one robbery, one rape, one murder and, as far as I know, not one jaywalking ticket issued during the time when the Guard was deployed.
“And that’s all I wanted to say, so the next time you see buildings burning, store windows broken and merchandise stolen, remember with a strong leader, people can behave like civilized human beings.
“And that’s my report. I know it’s short, but the message is large.
“I’m going to treat myself to a burger: Goodnight.”
“Mull of Kintyre” (6:54)