Lately, I've shared my lament that in America today we are witnessing a surreal transformation of the greatest nation in history. Last week, a spate of headlines made this point better than I could make it on my own.
I was minding my business, mind you, surfing the Internet to check out the news and political sites and forums I customarily visit, and these news and column headlines, most from last week, some from a bit earlier and a few from this week, bombarded me. I wasn't looking for trouble. Nor was the satirical website The Onion one of the sites I visited. The world is upside down, inside out, sideways, crazy, nutso. Bad is good; up is down. Left is right; right is wrong. Evil is good; insanity is sanity. Abnormal is normal. Circles are squares. Hot is cold. Luke warm is red hot – among Republicans, anyway. Common sense is uncommon. The world is otherworldly. Dissent is "hate." Diversity means conformity. The good guys are the bad guys; virtue is vice; sophistry is intellectualism; jerks are celebrated; debauchery is glorified; the holy is debauched.
Let me share some of these headlines, which speak for themselves – loudly and depressingly:
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- Shakespeare's Works – Too Hard, Too White
- Obama Red-Faced: Iran Nuclear Stockpiles Grew 20 Percent in 18 months
- Obamacare Dangerous to Our Health
- Eye-Popping Premium Increases
- Obama, Clinton Want To Enforce "Correct" Thinking in America
- High School Denies Pro-Life Club!
- Pentagon Officials Call Out Obama's 'Pathetic' ISIS Strategy
- Shabazz Calls on Nation of Islam, New Black Panther 'Army' to Defend Black Communities Against Police Brutality
- Obama: Climate Change Deniers Endangering National Security
- Team Clinton Swarms Sunday Interview Shows, Minus Hillary
- Antonin Scalia Is Unfit To Serve: A Justice Who Rejects Science and the Law for Religion Is of Unsound Mind
- In L.A., Obama addresses Washington's Dysfunction: "I Did Not Say I Would Fix It."
- Authorities: Gay Slur Carved Into Utah Man's Arm Was Staged
- Justice Department: Transgender Students Can Use Bathrooms that Match Their Gender Identity
- Political Correctness 101: Praising America, Virtues of Hard Work Dubbed 'Micro-Aggression' On Campuses
- Video Shows U.S. Citizens Willing To Ban American Flag
- Are Americans of Faith in Danger?
- Obama Administration Says Redskins Nickname Could Block Potential Stadium Deal
- TV Land Drops "Dukes of Hazzard" Amid Confederate Flag Controversy
- Gay Teacher Files Federal Discrimination Lawsuit Against Catholic School
- Terrific: Attorney in Charge of Releasing Lois Lerner "Lost" Emails Now in Charge of HRC's Emails
- For Obama, Rainbow White House Was "A Moment Worth Savoring"
- Montana Polygamist Family Applies for Marriage License
- 74 Children Executed by ISIS for "Crimes" That Include Refusal To Fast, Report Says
- New Undercover Footage Shows VA Officials Admitting of "Unaccountability at Every Level"
- Black Teacher Hits Handicapped White Child, Tells Him Black People Fought To Not "Serve White People Like You"
- Girl Scouts Raise $250K for Transgender Cause
- Teen Leads Mob in Ransacking of Georgia Walmart
- U.S. Debt Headed Toward Greek Levels
- Obama Administration Invokes Executive Privilege on Benghazi Probe?
- United Church of Christ Anti-Israel Extremism
- U.S. Troops in Afghanistan "Feel Abandoned"
- More than 42 Million Muslims "Support ISIS"
- 17 Shot Since Monday Morning in Baltimore
- Baltimore Mayor Wants Park Named for Robert E. Lee Changed, Other Monuments May Come Down
- Christian Preachers Brutally Beaten at Gay Pride Festival
- Seattle 6th Graders Can't Get a Coke at School, but Can Get an IUD
- Local Minister Urges the Flying of Black Liberation Flag This Weekend
- Christian Bakers Face $135K Fine and Gag Order Over Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couple
- Center for American Progress Helped Craft EPA Talking Points, Emails Show
- White House Blames GOP for Kathryn Steimle's Slaying, Rise in Gun Violence
- 10 Killed, 55 Wounded in Fourth of July Gun Violence in Chicago
- Shock: Arizona Paper Decries Border Fence As Too High For Mexicans To Safely Jump
- California Family Supports 4-Year-Old's Decision To Transition from Male to Female
- Illegal Alien Who Murdered Woman Went to San Francisco Because It Was a "Sanctuary City"
- Chris Matthews: Hillary Clinton is "More of a Conservative ... Traditional Politician"
- Netanyahu Says Nuke Deal Getting Worse by the Day
- Chicago Convulsed By Another Violent Weekend; Top Cop Blames Justice System
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