Volume 7 Issue 24_Sun Bay Paper

Broadway Palms Dinner Theatre presents “Greater Tuna”, written and first performed over thirty years ago, began as a simple party skit based on a cartoon in Austin, Tex. By 1985 it became the most produced play in the United States, finding an instant audience coast to coast. The residents of Greater Tuna, a fictional south Texas town could not be more up-to-date. The eccentric band of citizens in this small town are portrayed by only two performers, Michael Santora and Michael Weaver, as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals. To portray this many characters requires many, many quick costume changes by the cast and very creative timing and choreography. “Greater Tuna” is a celebration of small-town life, full of contradictions and conflicts that confront us with our own similar struggles of today. While definitely a comedy, many significant issues are portrayed: racial inequities, cultural ignorance, neighbor relations, and the challenges of parenting. Irreverence is the rule of the day, and outrageous characters reflect everyday real issues in a very, very funny way. “Greater Tuna” is a hilarious comic satire, directed by Paul Bennier, who takes the audience on a guided tour of the wacky citizens, quirks and downright insanities in Tuna. Now Playing-April 30, 2022 at The Off Broadway Palms Theatre Broadway Palms Dinner Theatre 1380 Colonial Blvd, Ft Myers 239-278-4422 www.broadwaypalm.com America is caught between an external and an internal threat. The external is an economically aggressive and America-hating China and a nuclear-equipped, Americahating Russia; the internal is a nonnuclear, America-hating Left. (As I always note, "Left" is not the same as "liberal"; in fact, leftism poses a mortal threat to liberalism. The greatest contemporary tragedy in American life is that most liberals are unwilling to acknowledge this and continue to vote for the Left.) To use one of the Left's favorite terms, the Left poses an existential threat to America. Russia, unless it starts a nuclear war, does not. I should add that I do not discount the latter possibility. I was a high school freshman during the Cuban missile crisis, but I do not remember anyone my age or among my parents' peers who believed the Cuban crisis would lead to nuclear war. I am less certain today. Russian President Vladimir Putin does not seem to be as rational as Nikita Khrushchev was, and Khrushchev had nowhere near the passion about Cuba that Putin has regarding Ukraine. The Left may hate Putin, but hatred of America unites the Left and Putin. Again, this is not the case with liberals, most of whom love America. To illustrate this point, take the example of Superman. It was liberals, in 1938, who created Superman, an America-loving, American values-affirming ("Truth, Justice, and the American Way") superhero. And it was leftists who destroyed Superman as an American hero. In 2011, they ended his American identity: Standing in front of the United Nations, Superman announced that he was renouncing his American citizenship to become a "citizen of the world." "I'm tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy," he announced. Ten years later, DC comics announced that Superman's motto would no longer be "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" but "Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow." Every left-wing movement in the world despises America — and for good reason. America has stood for everything the Left opposes. It is the most capitalist, most religious, and most nationalistic major democracy. America's unique success has been the greatest possible rebuke to left-wing ideology. America must therefore be brought down. Specifically, it must abandon its capitalist economy, its JudeoChristian values and its nationalism (as expressed, for example, in Americans' celebration of the flag and national anthem; in Americans' celebration of national holidays such as the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving; in Americans' opposition to anything hinting of world government; and in Americans' belief that their country is "the greatest country in the world"). So, then, America finds itself today attacked by three anti-American forces: Putin and China externally and the American Left internally. If there is no nuclear war with Russia, by far the greatest of these threats emanates from the American Left. It has successfully de-Americanized and ruined every major institution it has touched: nearly all educational institutions from elementary schools through universities; virtually all major mainstream news media; the intelligence agencies (51 heads of intelligence agencies declared revelations of Biden family corruption emanating from Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop "Russian disinformation"); the economy (the worst inflation rate in nearly half a century is the result of the cavalier spending of trillions of dollars and the Left's energy policies which, within a few months, transformed America from energyexporting to energy-importing); and even medicine (the American Medical Association and more and more medical schools are fully "woke"). The only way to save America from its internal existential threat is for liberals to understand that the threat to their core values emanates from the Left, not the Right. Just to cite two examples, it is not the Right that opposes liberalism's commitment to free speech; it is the Left that cancels people for saying anything the Left differs with — including stating obvious scientific and moral truths, such as that it is unfair to women to allow biological males to compete in women's sports. And it is not the Right that opposes liberalism's commitment to racial integration; it is the Left (holding the same position as the Ku Klux Klan) that calls for all-black dormitories on college campuses and all-black graduations. America cannot defeat Russia and China without the help of other nations. And America cannot defeat the Left without the help of liberals. To put it in political terms, if America's liberals voted their values, the Democratic Party would not win another major election — and it would either become irrelevant or decide to return to its liberal roots. Only America's liberals, working in common cause with conservatives, can save America. Then America can deal with any threat — internal or external. Dennis Prager The Sun Bay Paper Page 5 March 25, 2022 - March 31, 2022 Cont. to pg 26 America Caught Between Russia and China Greater Tuna Long COVID The Long COVID Alliance says that this chronic condition has impacted 9.4 million Americans… and counting. As shown below, many more millions of people are suffering from long COVID and getting little medical help. Long COVID has become its own unique epidemic. This is what a major published medical study in The Lancet said: “Patients with Long COVID report prolonged, multisystem involvement and significant disability. By seven months, many patients have not yet recovered (mainly from systemic and neurological/cognitive symptoms), have not returned to previous levels of work, and continue to experience significant symptom burden.” “The comprehensive assay of symptoms spans 10 organ systems (neuropsychiatric, systemic, reproductive, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immunological, head-ear-eye-nose-throat, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, and dermatologic).” This sounds as bad as the COVID infection pandemic, but it is happening after people recover from the infection but are not dying or being hospitalized. Yet