Undoubtedly many can remember from their childhood the fairy tale The Emperor has no Clothes written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. To refresh your memory the plot is as follows: Two swindlers arrive at the capital city of an emperor who spends lavishly on clothing at the expense of his subjects. Posing as weavers, they offer to supply him with magnificent clothes that are invisible to those who are either stupid or incompetent. The emperor hires them and they go to work. A succession of officials, and then the emperor himself, visit them to check their progress. Each sees that the looms are empty but pretends otherwise to avoid being thought of as a fool.
Finally, the “weavers” report that the emperor’s suit is finished. They finish dressing him and he sets off in a procession before the whole city. The townsfolk uncomfortably go along with the pretense, not wanting to appear inept or stupid, until a child blurts out that the emperor is wearing nothing at all. The people then realize that everyone has been fooled. Although startled, the emperor continues the procession, walking more proudly than ever.
Even though this fairy tale was written over one hundred years ago the plot line seems somewhat familiar today. Yes, let’s see… For the last two years, we have come from a nation that was energy independent to one that must rely on drawing from its own strategic petroleum reserve and countries hostile to the United States; our once relatively secure borders and now porous and serve as a gateway for the influx of illegal immigrants and drugs which both enable the Mexican Cartels to thrive; our once robust economy continues to sputter and stall as inflation continues to thwart economic growth, we dither while Chinese “weather” balloons float overhead, etc., etc. meanwhile members of the Democrat Party and the current Administration pretend all is well and good. Really?
Perhaps Americans will someday wake up and as a child realize that in fact, the Emperor has no clothes. One can only hope it is sooner rather than later …