Recently we watched a rerun of Valley of the Dolls which has a haunting theme song “Got to get off of this ride … gonna get out of this merry-go-round”. Like Neeli, in the movie, we seem to be caught in a vicious circle of loss, unable to find our way out. This seems to be America right now, spinning and spinning in a never-ending-spiral toward destruction. While most of us are not caught up in taking dolls – drugs – we are trapped in a destructive ride that is not of our own doing, but that of our so-called leaders, the theme of which seems to be loss.
This morning I was listening with dismay to the reports of parents frantically searching for baby formula for their babies. That’s right – baby formula. Who would have thought a shortage of something so simple, but so necessary, would happen here in our abundant economy, but apparently it has. I have to ask why. In trying to understand this I Googled baby formula contents. I didn’t see anything that would appear to be a cause for a shortage, but there is.
My Google research tells me there are three main baby formulas, each based in cow’s milk, soy protein, and/or protein hydrolysate – a hydrolyzed cow’s milk where the proteins are broken down into smaller particles which makes it easier for baby’s sensitive tummies to digest. Wow! That is amazing. I wonder what my pioneer grandmothers would have thought had they heard such news while they nursed their own babies with breast or cow’s milk. In the meantime, baby formula has become a very expensive commodity that is now locked behind plexiglass partitions in box stores, with quantities severely limited for each buyer. How’s that for security?
In the same newscast, I listened as a farmer from a southern state expressed his deep concern over the price of diesel fuel and the lack of replacement parts for farm equipment. He told how he now spends $30,000 a month on fuel to keep his large farm running. He told of having to rob his own equipment to get a replacement part for his John Deere tractor in order to get it back into the fields, having been unable to find a part anywhere in America! Nowhere was there a part for his tractor! He also expressed his dismay at having to hire “guest workers” to help on his farm as no one wants to work! Imagine that – no one in America wants to work! What has happened to our country? Is everyone living at home with Mommy?
I was at a meeting last week where I met a woman who owns a staffing company. She was there looking for potential employees of all kinds. She told of the difficulty of finding people to work. I made it a point to talk with her, asking why that was. Is it because the government is paying them to stay at home? Are they still drawing Covid money? Are they getting pro-longed unemployment? She said “No” to all of those questions, saying she didn’t know what the problem was. Neither do I. How do you not work for a prolonged period of time and still keep a roof over your head and pay your bills? I don’t understand it.
There are reports of truck drivers facing huge expenses in diesel fuel to get what product there is to the warehouses or stores. Fuel prices that have gone amuck for us, as individuals, are even more consequential for these men and women who bring products to us. It all boils down to moving our country from self-sustaining energy production to shut down pipelines, and withdrawn oil leases. Why? Who is it that wants to destroy America?
Is it a matter of you can’t out-shoot us because we are all armed so you’ll break our backs with the cost of goods or the lack thereof? What is the agenda? Does it come down to One World Order? Or is it something else? I cannot imagine what is behind this but I will say, it is not of God.
As we struggle through these economic crisis points – and we are in a crisis whether we admit it or not – we have people demonstrating at the private homes of Supreme Court Judges over the right to kill. There is no need to kill. To my knowledge there is not a shortage on birth control pills, the day after pill, or condoms or IUDs or other preventive devices. Why do we need to kill when we can take a pill? I don’t understand that one either.
Like Neeli, we are caught in a trap created by man because of man’s own selfish agenda. Where will it end? How did we get caught in this game? When will we stop wondering why and do something about it? This isn’t a dream – it is a nightmare designed to destroy that which is good.