It's a joyless world now

Going to the grocery store is not fun anymore.  With one-way aisles, Plexiglas shields, plastic-wrapped card payment pads, empty shelves, social distancing with masked strangers, and nothing but joyless people, it's a shame that grocery shopping is one of the few activities left for those who want to occasionally leave the house.

If their own grocery store previews of socialism don't convince a few low-information voters that a grim life awaits those who vote the Democrats into power, God help us all.  These days, you don't need an oracle to visualize a socialistic future.

• A country in which food, fuel, and entertainment are rationed, hyper-taxed to prevent many from buying (or buying too much), or simply unavailable.

• A country of cities, mass transit, community-think, and stifling sameness.  One for all and all alike.

• A country of 1984-speak misinformation and manipulation by the government and its media pawns.

• A country with crushingly expensive but nonetheless bad health care for all (or most, anyway).

• A country full of safety nets.  No one will be able to fall too far.  But no one will be able to achieve very much.

• A politically correct society in which no one ever offends or challenges anyone or anything.  A society in which "diversity" has come to mean "sameness."

• A country in which the government runs everything (banks, auto manufacturers, utility companies, schools, news media, insurance, doctors, hospitals, and air transportation) about as well as it runs the postal system, the railroads, and the welfare system.

• A country with Russian-style education in which the ruling class determines what's real and what will be included in or discarded from the curriculum.  (Oh, wait!  That one's here already.)

• A country in which only the criminals have guns and other countries have destructive weapons.  Our leaders will meet and "reason" with them.

• A country in which the wilderness is protected as a park and people are completely safe there in a Disney-like cocoon.  There will be rationed time slots for visitors so it's never crowded.  (Sign up now.)

• A country in which the proletariat are manipulated not so much by the thought police as by their friends and neighbors who know what is correct and how all persons should behave in order to conform to social expectations (recycling, driving green vehicles, joining certain clubs, shopping in approved stores, voting in acceptable ways, reading correct books, and eating the currently sanctioned diet).

• Essentially a world in which all the blacks and whites have been removed, leaving just the grays behind — a safe, secure, and monstrously monotonous society: The Gray Society.

One by one, I hope others will turn off their one-way televisions, toss out their misleading and biased newspapers, boycott Hollywood, and begin to see the trends anew as independent thinkers.

I, for one, am ready to commit random acts of civil disobedience.

Karen Larson is mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. She has been at the bottom of several companies and at the top of one.  She has been a wordsmith and the one who wields the red pen.  She is a parent with grandchildren biological and otherwise.  Now retired, she enjoys sailing on Lake Superior with her husband, Jerry, among her many hobbies.