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As winter descends upon the heartland, from the mountains to the prairies, attention has been redistributed to topics gurgling through swamp muck and breaking the surface. Basically, no one cares about Jussie Smollett, the guy bumbling about in the Oval, or even which celebrity has shot someone of late. Nope, folks are taking time out, prepping for an onslaught of random “drop-by” guests and competing for Best Eggnog of 2021. Others are chewing the fat about the criminal mismanagement of Chicago, why Democrats are the sorest of losers, and how hot China is over the “diplomatic boycotts” of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
Chicago, No One’s Kind of Town
The streets of Chicago are littered with victims of violence. As of this writing, there have been 758 homicides in all of 2021. What authorities in the Windy City do not say is that this number is just a fraction of the total 4,327 gunshot wound victims. Included in that are 37 self-inflicted accidents (geniuses), 196 hits in the derriere, and 50 either well-placed or wildly miscalculated shots to the area referred to on the street as “the junk.” The sad thing is these numbers are a hefty increase over 2020, showing that no thug is taking a holiday hiatus.
So, where is Mayor Lori Lightfoot? On the town and can’t be bothered? Is she dedicating rainbow-painted crosswalks, hanging at the salon, having tea with Jussie Smollett, or condo shopping in a better neighborhood? Whatever she’s up to, it seems obvious she isn’t working to stop shootings in her city.
A further breakdown makes this writer wonder where it all went wrong: Police-involved shootings to date are 11 wounded and seven killed, 81.7% are Black, and 81% male, though there were another three people with no gender preference. The locals weighed in, of course, taking no prisoners.
Like Joe Dix. “She is becoming a human strain of COVID. Somebody, please develop a vaccine to end this plague on Chicagoans,” he begs. Philip Vitale noticed something peculiar: “I’ll bet none were killed by any white supremacists.”
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Thank you, Bill Clinton, for marrying Hillary Rodham all those years ago, so the nation has to suffer from her inability to move on from election 2016. It’s been five years, lots of ugly crying, and eye rolls so intense that, when she speaks, some folks claimed to have lost consciousness. Well, Hill is back, moaning and groaning about her public disappointment over losing to the bad orange man and letting her fans know just what they missed out on since that dreadful election night. According to The Today Show, Hillary decided to dust off the never-delivered acceptance speech and read it on the podcast MasterClass. Apparently, this MasterClass episode is all about handling setbacks. How anyone in their right mind would peg Mrs. Clinton as a good sport is beyond reason.
Clinton ran the most divisive campaign in recent U.S. history, calling half the nation a “basket of deplorables” and not bothering to have a message Americans could or would relate to before entering the voting booth. She intoned this gem: “Fundamentally, this election challenged us to decide what it means to be an American in the 21st century. And for reaching for unity, decency, and what President Lincoln called ‘the better angels of our nature.’ We met that challenge.’” Seriously?
She goes on and on about the American way and finally gets to the line where the glass ceiling would have shattered: “This is a victory for all Americans. Men and women. Boys and girls. Because as our country has proven once again when there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”
Notice there were no desired pronouns five years ago? So much has changed – but not Mrs. Clinton’s seemingly narcissistic personality. At least that appears to be what one Tulsa, OK, gal was feeling: Darla Kelley Phillips averred, “I enjoyed watching her attend the Biden inauguration. I was imagining what was going through her mind ‘I can’t believe this f$&@ doofus is POTUS and I’m not!’”
But, Gene Loehrlein, a self-described math magician in Southern Indiana, has the last word on Hillary: “At this point, why does it even matter?” Ouch.
China, China, China
The Chinese are torqued at Joe Biden and threatening to retaliate across the globe against anyone dissing and boycotting their 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. They are that mad. Heck, they haven’t even invited anyone yet – diplomatically that is – and folks are publicly declining the invite that surely is “in the mail.”
Canada, Australia, and France will not send any diplomatic envoys if they are indeed invited – which they haven’t been – and France is weighing their odds on staying pretty and popular before possibly stepping into a steamy pile with fashionable footwear. Russia seems to be the only country that has the process figured out. In a statement from the Kremlin, Russia declared everyone was missing the point of the Olympic Games and warned the smart move here would be to keep the Games “free of politics.” Oh, President Vlad Putin did receive an invitation.
As one patriot commented: “China knows how to look after its own interests same for Russia. Can we say the same for our government?”
~ Read more from Sarah Cowgill.