“Perhaps you’ve seen a 1960 western– now available in stunning Blu-ray format– titled ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ Starring Yul Brunner, Eli Wallach, Charles Bronson, and Steve McQueen, it chronicles a group of hired gringo gunslingers employed in a Mexican village. They work for little pay in order to rid the town of a band of outlaws who periodically swoop down from the hills, robbing the unfortunates of most of their food and meager finances.
In an immortal line that so poignantly speaks to the coming events for many Americans, the bandit chief, Calvera (Wallach), responds to the Seven’s leader, Chris (Yul Brunner) when he expresses concern about the peasants’ plight:
“If God didn’t want them sheared he would not have made them sheep!”
This, folks, may be our fate, as the global and domestic situation continues to unravel from the ravages of incompetent, untrustworthy financial houses, cynical politicians, and government agencies at all levels. Like the bandit leader in the movie, all they want from you and yours is “Just a little bit more.”