I was young at the time of the demonstrations organized by doctor Martin Luther King and others in support of civil rights, but I was well aware of the reason for these demonstrations. I even participated in a number of them in Philadelphia while still a teenager, but what I witnessed last night was not a demonstration but anarchy!
I do not have access to television out here in the wilderness but I did see pictures the various networks displayed of the President in one half of the photograph and the senseless destruction, vandalism and pilferage of random business without connection to the death of Michael Brown on the other half. While the President was saying in his news conference “first and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law, and so we need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make” we watched hundreds of people burning police cars and destroying over 20 businesses in Ferguson.
I also noted that across the nation in LA, Philadelphia and NY there were also demonstrations, at times bordering on riots. What I found interesting was that in almost all of these the protesters had signs that were pre-printed meaning someone had planed these events. What possible purpose would someone have to incite people to riot and more to the point who would do that? Could there be some hidden ‘puppet master’ orchestrating these protests for the purpose of civil unrest? Could they have a hand in the violence seen in Ferguson, even though Mr Brown’s mother called for peaceful demonstrations?
For what it is worth the police in Ferguson showed restraint and held back as the mob acted like locusts destroying everything in their path. The actions of the Ferguson police last night just proved my words in the previous posting, ‘America the greatest nation’, because if this were China demonstrators would have been killed and tanks would fill the streets of Ferguson. Today of course the media is asking why the police did not do more to prevent this mass destruction which means that they, the police, cannot win no mater what they do. When Mr Brown was killed the police moved in aggressively to quell the riots and were charged with police brutality today they are charged with standing by while the town burned…they can’t win.
So what is the answer?
I am not totally ignorant of the fact that there are some police that are prejudice and we should do everything we can to weed them out, but I feel they are in the minority. I must then go back to my theory that the family structure has broken down and that on the whole we as a nation have lost our moral compass and our respect for others. For what its worth I suggest you search my blog for the word respect, because I have already written quite a bit about what I believe is lacking in today’s society.
Without the role model of a father and mother to emulate
and the principles of morality and respect they would impart
Ferguson is but a direction sign
of a nation
on a downward spiral.
I was daydreaming about butchering a black bear that had decided not to hibernate because of the warm weather, and instead tried to steal some food from my ice chests, when I heard something wonderful on the radio. Because I get focused on what I am doing I was sure I had heard what was said incorrectly, but later on the evening news it was again reported and this time I heard it clearly and it made me smile…. A candidate that won a seat in congress had said that she was proud to be a representative in Washington because America was the greatest nation on the face of this earth.
It was then the fog of negativity began to clear as I realized that I too have been for quite a while fixating on to many negative stories, which was a direct result of watching our representatives in Washington and the state capitol bang heads with each other and accomplish nothing. Yes our nation was sick and needed some fixing but as the lady said it was still the greatest nation on the face of this earth.
Even though obama said, “it’s cliché to say that America is the greatest nation on earth”, and has during his time in office gone around the world apologizing to any nation that would listen that we are sorry for thinking we are better than they are, I indeed do think we are the greatest nation on the face of this earth!
I know the face of our nation is changing, from our morality and politics to the very nature of what we value the highest, but is it to much to ask that we still be proud to be Americans? I may bemoan the loss of things from the days of old but where is that chest pounding, tear in ones eye emotion for our country? Some may say I am a dinosaur and both my time and what evokes emotion from me is past, but are these people blind?
Is it wrong to think we are the greatest nation on the face of the earth when:
There is a disaster of any kind in any country we are there to help.
We ensure every child in America receives a good education.
We provide emergency medical help to any citizen in need without regard to economic status.
We allow everyone in this nation to worship according to their beliefs.
We insure that you are free to voice any opinion even if it is contrary to our governments policies.
You do not see our government putting up fences or brick walls to keep people from fleeing this country. You do not see the government shutting down radio stations because talk shows are voicing discontent with its policies. You do not see our internet access being censored. You do not see people being arrested for demonstrating against these policies. What you do see is freedom…. to do and say what we wish.
So I have decided, in the following months, to write a few postings about just why this nation is better than any other. Yes I said better… I know this is wrong to say in this age of political correctness but it is the absolute truth so why not! All this because one woman candidate had the courage to say how great we are, when all the other candidates are afraid to openly say it.
I do not know where these future postings will take me
but I hope to address some of the reasons why
America with all its current problems and faults
is still the greatest nation on the planet!
The following are the Presidents words
from his speech on executive action on immigration
and my thoughts on ‘his’ words.
The President said, “My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants….even as we are a nation of immigrants, we are also a nation of laws…..undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable”. (unless they are not caught for five years or more)
It is truly a strange new world when I totally agree with the president on anything, but I can find no fault with these statements. I have spoken with family members that immigrated here and they have articulated stories of how hard it was to gain ‘legal’ entry into the United States. The spoke of months of paperwork, and weeks of being processed at Ellis Island before they were allowed to enter the country. Though my family were but one of many millions that did what they had to to be allowed to immigrate the thought of entering illegally never crossed their minds.
The President also stated, “We expect that those who cut the line will not be unfairly rewarded” and that “undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable”. If he believes this then why is he not deporting them and making them apply for admission like the tens of millions before them?
The President also stated, “….let’s be honest, tracking down, rounding up, and deporting millions of people isn’t realistic…. After all, most of these immigrants have been here a long time”. Really? Maybe it is because you stop local police from checking for proof of citizenship during car stops. However if we were to severely fine business that knowingly employ them and enforce all current immigration laws fully we would remove a major portion of them from our country.
The President keeps reminding us that,” The actions I’m taking are not only lawful, they’re the kinds of actions taken by every single Republican President and every single Democratic President for the past half century.” Again, really? I know that the Bush and Reagan actions on immigration were not executive orders but the signing of a bills that were passed by congress! Considering that the constitution states in article number one that,”All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.” I just do not see in the constitution where it states the the president can ignore laws already passed just by signing an executive order.
The President attempted to garner support for his actions by putting an emotional face on it when he said, “Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms”. I am thinking somewhere along the line those children’s parents had to make a decision to cross our border knowing it was illegal and that there was a chance of being deported or jailed, but they still came. I am not one to tolerate the suffering of children, but if we are truly a nation of laws then those laws must be enforced. For if we start down this road of selectively upholding laws that next knock on the door may be homeland security coming for you because you disagree with the president.
America is truly a great nation
where else will you find a country where if you break the law for five years
you are rewarded with a pass on your crime.
It is easy to find truth;
it is hard to face it,
and harder still to follow it.
In order for obama-care to pass we were assured over and over for months on end that we would save money and be able to retain our doctors under the new health care system. From the President and White House press secretary to the speaker in the Senate we were guaranteed, like little children being patted on the head, that everything will be OK if the new obama-care program was passed. Those few lone voices speaking out over the radio waves were attacked for not supporting the Presidents program and at times even called racist because of their views.
However we now not only see that we must live with higher healthcare payments and in most cases cannot keep our former doctors, we also have the smoking gun proving that the administration knew and did not care that it was lying to the American public every time it assured us nothing would change and we would even save money. obama-care architect Jonathan Gruber said, in October 2013 at Washington University in St.Louis, “the lack of transparency was a major part of getting obama-care passed because the stupidity of the American voter would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it.” More recently during a panel discussion on the law he also said, “obama-care would have never become law if the American electorate were smarter”.
I can not understand why the public at large allows this administration to get away with the constant stream of lies and evasions it presents to us as truth? This is but one of the many other smoking guns out there that deal with everything from Benghazi and government bailouts to the reason why the administration really does not want the Keystone Pipeline and why it truly wants unlimited immigration.
What has happened to the backbone of the news reporters of today? For decades reporters when they sense a buried bone of wrongdoing would risk their very lives if they had to for that story? Gone are the days of the likes of Woodward and Bernstein, putting their reputation and very lives on the line to topple a President!
Now we must settle for those few voices
crying out in the wilderness
with the truth that all the others ignore.
We had been walking for hours, first on the muskeg that slowed us to a crawl and now deeper into the tall alders on an old game trail . There was fresh bear scat all along the trail and I was half expecting to end up face to face with a bear sooner rather than later. This was my fourth year as an assistant hunting guide and though not overly concerned about coming face to face with a bear it was not why we were walking this little used trail to the lake. The hunter, from Maryland, that I was guiding was after much larger game, sometimes as large as a small horse, his target was the Alaskan moose.
Me an Alaskan guide or hunter….no…..just a man that loves the wilderness and has a taste for fishing. Yes back when I lived in Pennsylvania I ran up and down a few hills in bright orange chasing ‘Bambi’ but compared to Alaskan moose, Pennsylvania’s deer were babies. My first three years living in Alaska were spent as an assistant hunting guide. Hey I did say I like the wilderness and basically an assistant guide was an intern… paid almost nothing and did everything just to learn the ins and outs of the trade.
Anyway it didn’t take me long to learn that to hunt big game in Alaska you either were very wealthy and needed a new adventure or you needed the meat to survive. Hunting moose, bear or caribou was work. You may be in the most idyllic surroundings in the world but it was a hole lot of hard work. From the hours and sometimes days of tracking up and down hills and across boggy marshes to the skinning and butchering of the animal for food and clothing. On top of that you had to get the meat out of the field fast enough so it would not spoil.
Some of the clients that we guided had no idea what was involved. Most thought Alaska was like a big supermarket where one area was loaded with moose and another with caribou or bear and that finding one was simply a matter of a short walk, a well aimed shot and they would be done. Hunting is hunting no matter what state you do it in, you have to find your game. We may be blessed with an abundance of game but we also have a state that is 98% wilderness and almost one third the size of the continental united states.
So here we were on a crisp, cool, sunny day heading down to a small lake I knew that harbored some moose that loved to partake of its many watery plants. We settled in to a spot that gave us an unobstructed view of the entire shoreline and waited. Waiting is an intrinsic part of hunting and as the hours passed we sat silently watching for any sign of our quarry. Evening was now coming on and as the sun changed color from bright yellow to crimson red we saw movement in the trees of the nearby shoreline. Tentatively the moose walked out into the water, turning every now and then as if to listen for any sign of danger.
He was a bull of modest size, with maybe a 50 plus inch rack atop his majestic head, definitely an animal worthy of this hunter. When the moose had found a feeding spot and was content that he was alone he began to feed ignoring everything around him.
I could see by the look on my hunters face
that he had the goal of his quest to Alaska in his sights.
He steadied his rifle,
took aim at the moose and fired….
It is the day we honor those men and woman who served in Americas armed forces so we could be free to do, say and write what we think without fear of being arrested or imprisoned.
It is indeed a sad fact that many million of American citizens will never take a moment to reflect on this as they go about their lives free from an oppressive government.
Never thinking we could be living in a country like Russia with its government controlled press or North Korea with one government television channel or China with it’s restricted internet access.
The citizens today are too far removed from the world wars of old to understand how close we came to being ruled by dictators who would control our every action.
Myself I can only say
thank you to those veterans
who made it possible for me to be free.
Making his way to the bridge the captain felt the painful sting of the icy water as the waves crashed over the bow of the crabbing boat. He had weathered many other storms out here in the Bearing sea but the weather reports of 50 foot waves and wind gusts nearing 100 MPH made him think it was more prudent to head for safe harbor.
This posting was created when the storm was approaching Alaska.
It has proven to not have the intensity that was originally predicted
I have however left the posting as it was originally written.
A storm equal to hurricane Sandy is about to inundate the Alaska peninsula. Fortunately the first islands to be effected are sparsely populated and the people there have learned to deal with major storms and being cut off from civilization. Unlike the tens of thousands of people in the path of hurricane Sandy these people, these Alaskans are always prepared for any eventuality.
Over the years I have written a number of postings on ‘prepping’ or being prepared for any emergency. These postings come from years of self-imposed living, cut off from electricity, communication or nearby access to food and water. I have found however that here in Alaska many people, even those living in our cities, ‘prep’ just in case. When you consider what little effort it takes to stock some extra food, water, medical supplies and even extra batteries, to me it is a wonder everyone is not doing it.
I understand for someone say living in the city of Minneapolis or Baltimore, it is hard to imagine a need for having these extra supplies around. But what happens if a major snow storm hits Minnesota and many feet of snow fall for days on end making driving impossible or in Maryland if a slow moving hurricane comes and you can not get out to buy the food you need, and the electricity is cut off. Or the unthinkable happens when an x-class solar flare gives the earth a direct hit and the pulse shuts down all communication and power to our country?
I urge you all to check out my posting, “Food fight in Dixie”, to see what could happen to those not prepared for natural disasters. Or the posting, “The end of civilization”, for a look at how someone new to Alaska views our way of life. There are a few other postings like, “Natural disasters and common sense”, with some simple steps to take to getting ready and I urge you to read them.
Having a closet with extra food and water in it
may at times be in your way
but someday it may indeed save your life.