Goodbye America

January 14th, 2021 by Ken

By Ben Stein

A spectacularly perfect day here in Beverly Hills. I swam for about half an hour in my super-warm pool. Then my wife and two friends and I had a secret AA meeting at a secret location. We love our AA. It has saved all of our lives for decades. It means everything to us. It’s all about bringing ourselves to God and falling into His loving arms.

Then, a quick lunch and then out to our house in Malibu. The sky was cloudless, light blue. Once we got to the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), we could see forever out over the ocean. It was shimmering, gorgeous, calm, or “Pacific” as one might say.

I called a close relative in a large eastern city and asked her what she had been doing all day. “Really interesting stuff,” she said. “I had a Zoom lecture with a Jewish group about our own racism. First, a man spoke to us for about an hour about what were the signs of racism within ourselves. There are so many,” she said breathlessly.

“Then we had four hours to answer questions and to create our own ‘racial autobiography.’ That’s when we first noticed our own racism and the racism in our families and neighbors.

“Then we wrote about how sorry we are, and how we would make it up to the people we oppressed.”

My head was spinning.

“I wrote a lot about how so many neighborhoods in our hometown were restricted against Jews. Then I thought about how those neighborhoods were also closed to blacks. Then I wrote again about how sorry I am and about how I will make certain my children and grandchildren will be free of that same kind of racism.”

It was pure Maoist, Communist Chinese self-criticism and confession. This is what is happening in our beloved America in the family of multi-millionaires. It’s really true. Our fellow citizens are being taught to hate their own country and themselves. I did not bother to argue with my relative. She’s into this kind of “thought,” and nothing I can do will change her.

The call ended with a bad connection, and then I was at the supermarket called Pavilions in mid-Malibu. It was deserted of customers but filled with fish, meat, chicken, and everything else good. How blessed we are.

I sped along PCH in my breathtaking new car, an Audi with something like 533 horsepower, a huge V-8 and twin turbochargers, and it goes like a banshee. I went into our house and walked out onto the deck to take pictures of the setting sun. The phone rang. It was another relative calling me from far, far away. She was in Potsdam, doing research on how helpful the East German (yes, I said East German) government was in helping Nelson Mandela and ending apartheid while the USA was helping out the white supremacist racist regime. I told my caller I could not get a good connection.

Yes, my caller was telling me how great the East German government was and how horrible the USA was. This is where we are now, and Biden hasn’t even been inaugurated yet. I didn’t want to tell my caller that East Germany and its Stasi secret police were the most violent, vicious entities in Europe during the 1950s and 1960s. What good would it do? None so blind as those who will not see.

What the heck happened to our beloved America? Where did we go off the rails? Anyway, I slept for a short while, and then I got in my spaceship Audi and headed home.

At home, my wife, world’s most wonderful human, an actual goddess, was reading a mystery and smiling a big smile. I sautéed a huge steak for her, and now here I am wondering what the future holds. Probably best not to think about it.

My wife looks awfully good, and so does the steak.

(Editors note:  Ben Stein is an American humorist)

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