BY T.F. STERN
While watching an old black and white classic movie, Mrs. Miniver, the idea occurred that there were many similarities with our present day struggles. The first similarity is that we are a peaceful people for the most part with no desire to impose on others, much as the people of Great Britain during the time leading up to and during their war with NAZI Germany.
The primary character, Mrs. Miniver, as portrayed by Greer Garson, quietly goes about sharing her good natured spirit with most everyone she comes in contact with. The railway station master, James Ballard, gets permission to name a rose after her, a rose that exemplifies all that is beautiful as he prepares to enter it in the local flower show competition.
Mrs. Miniver goes about life observing the challenges of a nation at war, a war that touches many around her, to include her son as he enlists in the RAF to do his part. Her concern for each individual is matched with her concern for their way of life and the threat to England as a nation.
A German plane had been seen to crash in the vicinity of their small village and the pilot was on the loose. Mrs. Miniver came across him in their garden; but he had the drop on her as he followed her into the house to hide and obtain much needed nourishment.
Splashing milk down his uniform while consuming what ever food was available, this arrogant agent of the Third Reich rattled on about how their military had taken Poland in only two days. Hate spewing from his lips as he boasted, “Thousands of people dead in only two days”, and as he railed on, “We will do the same to you.”
Somewhere in my mind I was seeing a different enemy, arrogant bullies priding themselves on having created fear among the people, a people with no desire to impose their will on others. I was recalling recent images of Antifa and BLM “protestors” as the left leaning news media called them, doing their best to wreak havoc on our metropolitan cities.
(Image of Antifa burning American Flag courtesy of redwhiteandright.com)
Antifa and BLM aren’t protesting racial injustices as we were led to believe; they are domestic terrorists, enemies of our country who’ve been hiding among us; but with the opportunity of civil unrest have come out in the open.
They wear face masks to keep from being identified; but they are openly spreading fear by killing innocent bystanders under the false flag of racial equality, assassinating police officers, looting and burning businesses along with tearing down statues or defacing monuments built to honor those who have fought and died to protect a liberty loving people.
Could an enemy from a hostile country be any more destructive?
What about governors and mayor who’ve bowed to these terrorists, those who’ve instructed their police departments not to engage; but to permit these criminal acts? What about the judges and district attorneys who release those arrested for looting and burning down buildings…release them back onto the street with little or no bail?
Are they acting in our best interests or have they joined the movement to destroy our nation?
There’s a scene in the movie where the family is hunkered down in a make-shift bomb shelter while enemy fighters strafe and bomb all around. Their children are asleep; but with each passing moment they can be seen clutching tightly to their blankets while their parents read aloud from Lewis Carroll’s, Alice and Wonderland. Their world is being blown apart, all that is dear and sacred is under attack.
Isn’t that much the same as our nation right now? Aren’t we praying to survive the next attack, praying our children will inherit a land of liberty rather than have to submit to the terrorists trying to destroy our peaceful republic?
Read into Mrs. Miniver’s composure what you will; but there is strength, dignity and resolve to uphold the standards by which our culture is built. Win or lose the fight, it is our duty to stand for what is right and true.
As the movie came to a close, the small congregation meeting in what was left of their bombed out chapel, their minister addressed them as he pointed to the empty seats indicating the loss of a choir boy and then mentioning the loss of Mr. Ballard who’d only two weeks prior had won the award for his beautiful Miniver Rose. Then he mentioned the loss of the recently married young Carol Beldon, the camera focusing momentarily on the young RAF flyer/husband grieving the loss of his wife and Lady Beldon grieving the loss of her granddaughter.
“We are all in this fight”, the minister proclaims, the roof of his chapel partially missing as a wave of British aircraft is seen headed towards harm’s way overhead. It’s not just the military; but each of us has a stake in this war.
And so Mrs. Miniver, the character and the movie has shown us all how we are to bear up under this current attack which has all the earmarks of a declared war on those things we consider sacred and of worth. Our individual liberty, our families, religious beliefs and constitutional republic have nothing to do with racism as has been claimed. Antifa and BLM are at war with civilized society and it is our duty to stand firm.
Self-Educated American, Senior Editor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Houston police officer and, most recently, a retired self-employed locksmith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005.