Niagara Gazette — Would the media, the military and Homeland Security treat it as a terrorist attack, a homegrown Second Amendment conspiracy to confiscate everyone’s guns? Could it be religious, a sign from heaven, or worse still, a visit from hell?
If what we witnessed from some of the non-stop, wall to wall alleged coverage last week in Boston is any example of what we might expect from some of those too eager to draw conclusions before they get the facts, we’d probably wind up in what former Vice President Dick Cheney called, “deep doo-doo” in reference to the real situation in North Korea.
Without spoiling the entire plot for the few who have not seen the film yet, a flying saucer lands on the Mall in Washington, D.C. The occupant, accompanied by a giant indestructible super-powered robot named Gort, bears a message for all humanity which he wants to deliver to Earth’s leaders, but the planet’s leaders, being as they can sometimes be, are, shall we say, “hard headed?”
Again, without giving away too many details in case you may want to see it, (SPOILER ALERT!) Gort steals the show making it perfectly clear by way of a very clear and convincing display of “his” immense, unmatched power, that Earth is effectively doomed if we don’t stop killing each other and the planet as well as everything around it in the process.
I was around when we inaugurated Earth Day on April 22, 1970. A good many people who were born ahead of me are not around today to see what became of the lofty ideas that birthed the movement to save the planet by changing our behavior and cleaning the place up.
The gradual awareness by some that we were poisoning ourselves, our children and the planet eventually led to the development of some strange political bedfellows and alliances including the creation of the much maligned and often demonized EPA, the well-intended toxic clean-up Super Funds and other measures, none of which have made the kind of difference we had hoped and prayed for yet, but there is still among the few, hope.