- Pamela Cosel
If I Could Turn Back Time
In 1989, a song with this title was released. Written by Diane Warren, it was recorded by Cher (who initially hated it, according to an article in Rolling Stone), as a song about mistakes in love and life.
"I don't know why I did the things I did
I don't know why I said the things I said
Pride's like a knife, it can cut deep inside
Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes"
In 1989, popular movies were "Batman," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids," "Parenthood," "Do the Right Thing," "Dead Poet's Society" -- all proved to be summer blockbuster hits, all fun movies with good values and memorable performances. Sadly, comedian and actress Gilda Radner died that year on May 20, succumbing to a battle with ovarian cancer. Loved by millions for her infectious humor, it seemed unfair to lose such a talented performer. Where did the laughter go?
"Words are like weapons, they wound sometimes" -- Indeed. Weapons of war killed Chinese citizens on June 4, 1989, as the world's attention next turned to Tiananmen Square when the government killed Chinese citizens who were protesting there. The world changed with a new awareness of how government can have too much control.
If I could turn back time -- I'd go back to a time when there was peace on Earth. (Truly, has that ever existed?) No wars. No hate and anger. Policies in place that would be fair and healthy, which uphold good human values versus evil. Politicians who serve, not control.
Where am I going with this? Government officials are lying to citizens in today's world. Whistleblowers come forward with criminal information about those in power -- and yet, nothing seems to happen to hold the liars and crooks accountable.
We used to have "good" values in this country. What happened? What people did in the privacy of their bedrooms was at one time their own business; now we are forced to have conversations about sexuality and mutilating the genitals of young children in order to make relevant the issue of "trans" lifestyles, grooming innocent children for sexual behavior at ages far too young to be healthy for them.
If I could turn back time, I'd want each day to hear the laughter of innocent children whose only worry in life is getting homework done fast, having time to play outside before bedtime. Not to have them wonder, as in today's world, about things their teacher told them about "drag queens" or asking if they are really a boy or a girl -- or neither.
Oddly, Ms. Warren's words are significant in her song: "Pride's like a knife, it can cut deep inside." The "Pride" movement has been cutting in so many ways: cutting away family values, cutting at the innocence of children, let alone the cutting and mutilation of young bodies to satisfy the needs of unhealthy adults.
This is not to say that those persons who choose the homosexual way of life don't have a right to that -- they do, as adults. However, being gay and being trans are not the same thing. Let's remember "the science," right? As in XX and XY.
It's the influencing of our children and forcing those lifestyle choices on the rest of us that is wrong. The current POTUS has said that "your children are not your children...our nation's children are all our children." Uh...no. Last time I checked, I was the one who raised my children, paid for their food, housing, daycare, school expenses and clothing. The POTUS did not lift a finger to help me. It's not the job of the government to tell me or any parent how to raise our own kids, unless one's life is in danger due to abuse.
Maybe one day soon, those with sick, evil agendas will echo Cher's words: "I don't know why I did the things I did, I don't know why I said the things I did."
We must pray for those in control of government, media and schools' curriculum to realize the mistakes they have made -- and again create a safe, healthy environment for everyone. The next generation's future depends on it.