Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Morning Rant 116

My bed bound beauty is on the road to recovery and the proper thanks to God has been offered. If she is defeated by anything it will be her own desire to do too much. The mutts have offered themselves as constant companions and are having an affect. It is amazing to watch their concern. The occasional appearance of sunshine here on the branch hasn’t hurt. Everyone’s attitude is gaining.

Political Ennui

I am really puzzled and at wits end on how to proceed. I, no doubt like you, have friends who have presented me with a conundrum. They are good people. They are honest and forthright in their dealings with everyone. They care well for their families and demonstrate respect for others. Some are leaders in their church or community and can be turned to in time of need for advice, counsel, or a helping hand. They are also politically bankrupt.

I don’t say that because I think their views are in opposition to the ones I hold. I have no clue how they vote. I have never heard one support a candidate from either side of the aisle. When an issue comes up in a conversation, they skirt the issue, claim lack of knowledge, or come up with some other inanity such as, “oh, I just don’t really follow politics that much.” When they sense from my body language that their response has left me less than satisfied, they then gain as much distance as possible.

This condition, political ennui for lack of a better word, probably does a good job of keeping the peace and avoiding social conflict. It is also far less threatening to one’s present employment and interactions with others. It has not been uncommon in times of historic conflict, both here and abroad, for a segment of the society to withdraw from the hue and cry of debate on issues common to all the people. Even during the tumultuous period during the founding of the republic, there were citizens that simply wished for the problems to subside and peace to reign. They took no favor with either side and just wished to be left to their own devices.

In a household wracked by an orgy of political change being inflicted at the moment, we are probably hyper-sensitive to current events. Most of those not of my mindset are easily identified and constantly irritating my peace of mind with an onslaught of programs and policies which offend my every fiber. Meanwhile, I am becoming equally upset with those who don’t seem to care or else totally ignore the hurricane of grief which is descending upon all of us. Those of us, who are devoting a tremendous amount of energy to fighting what we perceive to be an enemy of the republic, are slowly coming to dislike those otherwise solid citizens who choose to ignore the reality. What are they thinking?

How can they not see that the falsely declared “tide which lifts all boats” can also turn into the merciless flood which sinks us all? When this country fails, as it surely will if matters are allowed to continue, can they not see their fate is sealed as well? A large part of our individual responsibility as citizens is to maintain a constant vigilance upon those who are elected by the people to represent us all. Have we become part of that school of thought which casually passes the mugging or assault in the street to get on with the business at hand? I see little difference between an attack on my neighbor or the Constitution. An assault is an assault.

They almost universally have a private reputation for caring for others individually but fail in defending their fellow citizens as a body. Do they suspect in the end that their silence will ensure some sort of peace with their new masters? Do they actually believe that their own existence will not be altered by their new circumstance? Can they not see the possibility of loss of those comforting features of their life; their church, their community and its individualism, their social gatherings, their property and its incumbent rights, or worst of all—their total liberty?

We have long basked in the protective glow of the freedoms which are enumerated in the Bill of Rights. We must not misunderstand that God-given rights are only as secure as the people’s will to maintain those rights. That means all 300 million of us. It is not reserved only for those who get excited by politics. All those who share in the bounty at whatever level have an obligation to protect it for every single American. The time to offer whatever time, talent, or treasure which we can, is now! Please! Take a position for liberty and help in the struggle to preserve it.

And finally

Not too much going on here on the fur and feather front. The leaf litter is accumulating more than usual and we have a bumper acorn crop. I sure wish I could find someone who’d give a couple bucks a pound for those. We do have walnuts though.

For those who check in from outside the Ozark paradise; I have a hot tip for you. Just click this link and get the latest on the Tea Party Express II. They left California this morning and may well be coming to a location near you. On this one they have complete details of each stop and an interactive local map so you know where you’re going. They will start north; move east and then south to wind up in Florida on November 11. I’ll probably meet them in Wichita on Wednesday and roll with them to Oklahoma City and scream my lungs out in both places. Hey, it’s what I do. Check the map and see what it’s all about.

The last word is to finish the rant and scroll to next post—Military Moms—and click on the link to give yourself a real treat. This lady’s proud as punch and obviously worried to death over her son over in Afghanistan. Let her share her kid with you for about three minutes. You’ll both be happier you did.

In His abiding love,

Cecil Moon

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