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The Return of Spaceballs?

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Remember the movie Spaceballs? The Mel Brooks classic features a group of people from the planet Spaceball known as, well, the Spaceballs. They ran their planet into the ground, resulting in them running out of breathable air. The solution was to basically move to another location, the planet Druidia. Long story short, the Spaceballs intend to steal Druidia’s air for themselves. The characteristics of the Spaceballs, of course, are that they are reckless hooligans that ruin everywhere they go only to go find yet another place to ruin. (Disclaimer: You will spot a true Spaceball when they willfully ignore the following comparative illustration concerning actual destructive policies and rather launch a climate change red herring).

The plot is hilarious for a movie, but imagine if such antics played out in real life? There are numerous people fleeing areas such as New York, New Jersey, California, and Washington, D. C. in very large numbers. Is it Covid 19? In part, but this wave of emigrated flight was taking place even before that. In the state of North Carolina, for example, you are bound to run into these “refugees” without even trying. Their testimony speaks to the corruption and hardships of where they left. No official declaration is needed to tell us that these people are fleeing these areas to look for a better world. What do these areas have in common you may ask? Hint, it has to do with the color blue.

Large government interference in business, high taxes, excessive cost of living, and skyrocketing crime, just to get the tale started, highlight the prior planet’s conditions that they escaped from. It would seem natural to any freedom loving American that these things are not desirable. However, the selling points of equality, social justice, tolerance, and adorably rephrased Marxism just sounded too irresistible. The warnings that just because something has a great label doesn’t mean it is great in and of itself and that actual liberties and the economy will suffer from such actions were simply ignored. In other words, consequences be damned, we are going full blown Spaceball!

Now the planets these schemes have been tried on are being destroyed. Many are fleeing for a better one. Like most Americans, they want to pursue happiness and have life and liberty. They want opportunity to prosper. Instead, unleashing a bunch of Spaceballs into government happened with the same effect that happened to planet Spaceball. Hopefully this migration will smack some sense into those local and state governments as they lose revenue and functionality. However, let us not become a bunch of Spaceballs in the new localities! We do not need those who left their last planet simply try to make the better place they moved to just like the place they had escaped. That would be a Spaceballs emulation in the first degree. Remember those who made the last home like the planet Spaceball! Did you vote for them? Do not do it in the new place you moved to. Did you support the political moves that led to the destruction of the place you loved? Well, do not support them in the place where you hope to prosper this time. The last thing that is needed is to replicate what destroyed the last place. Otherwise, it is just a remake of Spaceballs. Let it not end like the movie where onlookers observe the Spaceballs landing on their planet only to say, “Spaceballs!…there goes the planet.” Do not try to make where you go like the place you fled. Do not be a Spaceball!

Philip Sharp is a US Army Infantry Veteran of 20 years with 3 combat deployments, author of "Not in the Wind, Earthquake, or Fire," and host of the podcast “Rage of the Age: Politics, Religion, Economics & History With a Conservative Bend.” You can follow Philip Sharp on Twitter @RageoftheAgeNow

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