January 28, 2012
STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF
Sometimes grand lessons wait to be found within our cultural stories and works of art.
Stop the World – I Want to Get Off is a 1961 Broadway musical (and later film) with music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, the lead actor.
Set against the backdrop of a metaphorical circus, it follows the life path of the character Littlechap, from birth to death, a poor “everyman” citizen who seeks love, wealth, fame, and other worldly benefits of an improved lot.
Littlechap’s first major step forward is to marry Evie, his boss's daughter. Saddled with the responsibilities of a family, he allows his growing dissatisfaction with his existence and decades long climb up the international ladder of influence and power to lead him away from his wife and family and into the arms of various women— a Russian Anya, the German Ilse, and an American, Ginnie. At various critical moments of the drama, Littlechap cries out directly to the audience, “Stop the Wordl! I Want to Get Off!”
As the story unfolds, Littelchap searches the globe for something better than he has, only to realize in the twilight of his life that what he always had—the love of his wife— was more than enough to sustain him.
In our reality of modern day America, we too appear to live life against a backdrop of an all-too-real circus of the absurd and abusive, a never-ending global company of political performers and their staged performances, each determined to distract and lure us away from that which promises to sustain the life and happiness of America.
The story of America mirrors Littlechap. Our first step towards securing and improving our lot was to adopt the greatest governing documents ever given to Mankind, documents that guaranteed our Rights, Freedoms and Liberties, the Rule of Law and a Servant Government whose sole purpose was to secure those Rights.
But, as with Littlechap, we have been led astray. Saddled with engineered political distractions, we have become apathetic and ignorant, forgetting our commitment to that which truly sustains our Essence.
Are we to be blindly tempted by the promises of various, but dubious global poltical suitors as we search for a better future?
Or are the American People, like Littlechap, destined to realize in the twilight of their lives that what they always had -- the Constitution for the United States of America -- was more than enough to sustain not only them, but all Mankind?
We seem to be living in a mad, mad, mad world where every day most Americans frame everything in political, rather than constitutional terms and focus entirely on the company of political performers, searching for something better than they have, and for answers to, “What went wrong; how can we fix the system?”
As a nation, we ride the now seemingly out of control carousel horse race, unable to stop, unable to get off. Round and round, faster and faster, never slowing to stop. Everything’s a blur and we can’t even see, let alone grab the “brass ring” of Liberty. We yell, “STOP!, STOP!” but nothing happens.
But faith remains.
In the closing scene of the drama, the aged Littlechap is shown the pending birth of his grandson, and he intervenes against the Angel of Death to protect the child, just before he (Littlechap) passes beyond the curtain of death. From behind the veil, Littlechap cries his challenge the audience one final time, “Stop the world!” as he runs back onstage to mime his own rebirth.
Metaphorically, we are facing the same moment, the precipice of life and death, the moment between yesterday and tomorrow, pondering our past choices and the future for our children.
Will we, like Littlechap, awake to finally sing, “What kind of fool am I?” Will we make the personal commitment and sacrifices necessary to sustain the Life and Liberty of our children, or will we abandon America’s Essence, our Constitution?
It’s time to say, “Stop the world, I want to get off!”
It’s time to rebirth ourselves.
It’s time to rebirth America.
It’s time to rebirth our Constitutions.
Go to www.givemeliberty.org. Go to the upper left hand corner and click on “Join the We the People Congress.” Join a community of like-minded Americans who are committed, primarily, to a reliance on constitutional governance and government accountability, carried out in decency and good order and, secondarily, to reliance on the company of political performers.
Let’s get organized, remembering that the key to Freedom is the ability to defend yourself. If you don’t have the tools to do that, then you’re going to be at the mercy of those who will, most assuredly, rob you of your Freedom.
January 28, 2012: Stop the World - I Want to GET OFF
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