Iowahawk’s latest is a genre-blending time warp tour de force lampooning left-wing totalitarian mind control.
It took me back to my fourth/fifth grade classroom at Fairburn Elementary School in Westwood in Los Angeles. My teacher was Ruth Utsunomiya, a petite and beautiful Japanese-American in her late 20’s or early 30’s who told us she and her family were on the island of Oahu getting ready for church on Sunday, December 7, 1941. (For the history-impaired, that is the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.) She never elaborated on that, except maybe to sayshe saw the smoke. I don’t know if she and her family were interned — she never mentioned it. My father lived in California then — he was in San Diego in sound school (sonar school?) and was on an exercise in a submarine on Friday, Dec. 5, 1941 — and he has always told me that the purpose of internment was to protect the American Japanese from assaults and vandalism. That’s about all I know about it. Mrs. Utsunomiya’s was the first class where I remember having “drop” drills — I think it was 1962-63.
If you don’t know what a “drop” drill is — they are also called “duck and cover” — at random times a schoolteacher would say, “Drop!” and all of us had to scramble under our desks, and fully crouch or lie face down with our hands covering our necks, while the teacher timed us with a stopwatch. The kids at the back of the classroom nearest the windows had to run to the front of the classroom and crouch as near as they could to the front row of desks, in case the windows were strafed or otherwise broken.
At the time there was a generalized fear of the bomb and the USSR, but the “drop” drills didn’t scare me as much as they brought out my determination.
Iowahawk’s parody epitomizes American culture at war with itself. Under Obama and the Democratic Congress, America is losing. But I feel optimistic now because I believe that the Tea Parties on April 15 have brought out our determination. I think history will show them as THE defining moment in turning the tide because, by coming together in a true grassroots movement, we all connected with one another, a group-consciousness was created and became aware of itself and we realized we do not have to wait for a charismatic leader. Maybe one will come — I hope it is Sarah Palin — but right now, the leadership is distributed and the power of this group consciousness is awe-inspiring.