I always liked the episode. But when I saw it in the 70s/80s, I admit I tended to view it as a bit far-flung, in respect to America and reality. I really didn’t think I could envision the country going that route (owing to its love of freedom, its moral base, and its aversion to statist/communist thought), but still treated the episode as offering a valid message.
But here in 2013 and Obama’s America... it’s no longer remotely far-flung. It’s a closer representation of reality than I ever would have imagined. The country has indeed degenerated, to mind-boggling degrees, making this tale all the more foreboding.
At my age, just 56, I have watched plenty of fantasy turn to reality.
Freaks me out sometimes.
But, obsolete man chilled me to the bone tonight. I’ve seen this episode plenty of times, probably from the first time it aired, but the truth of it, even metaphorically, is chilling.
I had the same reaction you did- back in the day.
I also used to ask: How could the people during WWII not see it coming? How could the people of Germany let the holocaust happen? How could any person/people let that happen?
Unfortunately, now I have a pretty good understanding of how those things happened. It's human nature to pretend everything is normal- even when it's all falling apart right before our eyes.
Hopefully we will wake up before it's too late.
We can at least try to turn it around. We have to start talking to people-everyone we know- about what the Constitution is/means, and the dangers of giving government too much power over ourselves i.e. It's always a bad idea- no matter how much "free stuff" they promise us.
"Free Stuff" isn't free. Talk to people about what life is really like in places that have lots of "free stuff" - like Cuba.
We have to keep trying to educate and wake people up-no matter how hopeless a cause it may seem to be.
Our country is worth it.
The Founding Fathers managed to get the idea of freedom across to people- and they did it without all the modern tools we have today.
We also have to start demanding that our stumbling/bumbling politicians have a thorough understanding of our Constitution- or out of office they go at the next election or recall them. Period.
Far too many have sacrificed their lives for this nation. We can't just let it fall to Marxist BS without even trying to wake people up to what's going on.