Cora, my three-year-old granddaughter, is sequence
number six in the clan of eight mini-Kimmels.
She shares a basement bedroom with her sister
and a few nights back she crawled out of bed
stumbled upstairs and awakened her mother by
announcing she was afraid of heights.
“Well it is a good thing you sleep in a
toddler bed, so get to bed,” her mother fired back.
Cora’s mom runs a pretty tight ship, so she
meandered back to bed.
Although Cora’s fear of heights appears to have been
a self-induced convenience, most everyone fears
falling to some degree.
Through reasoning and conditioning, many are
able to suppress this instinctive, self-preservation
phobia, but not me, even though I am a pilot.
I am comfortable flying because I have more
confidence in Bernoulli’s principle of lift than the
structural integrity of bridges, skyscrapers and
cliffs; all of which could collapse at any moment.
Here is why acrophobia is timely.
recently constructed the world’s highest,
glass-floored, suspension bridge spanning 900 feet
across a 594 foot deep gorge.
Pedestrians slip on blue, paper booties so as
to protect the one-inch thick, clear floor and off
they stride for the rush of a lifetime.
Many of the first adventurers were so
overwhelmed by the visual stimuli of the nothingness
beneath them they crawled back to the visitor’s
Last week, with dozens of thrill seekers creeping
across the gorge, the glass cracked and the fun of
suspension bridging plunged to the rocks below.
Now, to New Zealand.
Sweeping social media is a recent Go-Pro video of
four, French, backpack-laden hikers crossing the
Hopurahine Suspension Bridge in New Zealand’s Te
Urewera National Park.
At the half-way point, the suspending cable
snaps and the four plunge 26 feet into a deep river.
Other than scrapes and a dunking, the
adventurer’s injuries were minor and this brings me
to my point.
After learning about the mishap in New Zealand and
knowing the clear China walkway has already cracked,
would you cross the glass-floored suspension bridge,
or would your fear of heights confine you to the
visitor center parking lot?
I would refuse even if suspension bridges had
a perfect safety record, but would you cross if the
failure rate was 100 percent?
it and consider this analogy:
The unwashed continues to let the ruling
class direct them across the wealth redistribution,
suspension bridge of Marxism.
Progressivism, socialism and Marxism are
synonymous terms for government controlled economies
and historically all have failed at being the bridge
This election cycle, American voters,
including illegal immigrants, must resist being
mesmerized by the free stuff the ruling class
candidates beam from the left side of the canyon.
There is no free and our national debt is
Retiring this liability will be impossible in
any economic system other than free-market
Vote freedom over free stuff, or just like
the French hikers in New Zealand, America plunges
into the abyss.