- In Greek mythology, the Sirens were three dangerous bird-women, portrayed as seductresses who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.
Of course, we know that the myths are stories with a message for life; in many cases, they are warnings. The mythological story of the Sirens is not a warning about being seduced by bird women but rather by ideas that will lead one to crash one’s self, and even one’s comrades, on the rocks, leaving behind nothing but wreckage and sadness. “It seemed like a good idea at the time. What were we thinking?”
Nothing displeases America’s one-party “two-party system” more than when a large group of independent thinkers leaves the fold and marches off in their own direction. Both major parties love big spending big government, and worship at the altar of naked government power. Independent political movements threaten their grip on that power. So, the Republican establishment has made repeated attempts at pulling the Tea Partiers back into their organization. First was the “National Tea Party” convention featuring high-level Republicans being paid huge sums to claim kinship with, and by virtue of national prominence leadership of, Tea Partiers nationwide. Tea Partiers, then, could be reorganized under the Republican Party and start taking orders from DC. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Other such efforts are certainly in the works and some are now becoming visible. If you must even listen to these people at least first have yourself tied to a mast, for they will surely lead you astray.
The Sirens call, and the rocks await. I, for one, will maintain a “Healthy Skepticism”.
If that weren’t bad enough, both the left and the right are actively trying to re-divide us along racial lines. Some national news networks seem hell-bent on doing so, ramping up racial mistrust. Have you noticed? The left calls us racists, and the right positively obsesses about racially-motivated crimes committed by one or two people. The Sirens call, and the rocks await.
It is critical to avoid the belief that our principles can be entrusted to a small group of powerful or well-known people who can then be unconditionally counted on to support and defend those principles. We must be ever-vigilant, but even that is not enough. We must be ever-active.
Consider it the price of genuine citizenship. It’s time to pay up.