The view out my cabin window…. July 2015
When all else fails and a posting of suitable length is not inspired I confess to falling back on the tried and true shotgun blast of a number of observations. I know when I read your postings and they are short I sometimes wish for ‘more of the story’ or more of your feelings. But what is one to do when my age addled brain fails to lock onto a story or event and the words don’t flow freely?
For us Alaskans we were warned today of impending pain. Governor Walker announced he will be submitting a budget for 2016 with new taxes and the drawing down of our Permanent dividend fund. If you have followed me for a while you know I have never shied away from doing my part and if they want to cut the fund to help balance the budget so be it. However when in the next sentence he states that ‘they have done as much as they could to reduce the budget’ those drops of blood start to seep from the conner of my eyes.
Do any of you find it odd that the nations news media seem to be focusing a lot lately on the legalization of the use of marijuana. It seems if we do not have some poor disenfranchised minority being arrested, beaten or shot by the police or some court official refusing to issue a marriage license to a gay couple or some non-democratic politician doing something stupid then there is no news. Have all the networks and the news media in general forgotten that exactly like the nation of Greece we are on the brink of bankruptcy. One would assume that balancing our countries budget would be more important than smoking dope but maybe those writing the news stories are too busy ‘smoking’ to understand what is truly important.
239 years ago a group of brave men met in Philadelphia and signed a document that started with the words… “When in the course of human events” this of course is the Declaration of Independence. Does it seem odd that more people know these first words than the words that conclude this important document? Considering that today the very ability for you and I to write and say whatever we want and to live our lives as we see fit is based on that Declaration and the blood shed after it was signed. Those 56 men who stepped up and said they wanted the very freedoms we enjoy today knew full well they were putting their lives on the line.
They understood this
and that is why the Deceleration of Independence
ends with the words…
“we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes
and our sacred honor”