Divided

I have never seen our country so racially divided in all my years. It was bad in the fifties and sixties, but never like it is today. Racism, in spite of all the government’s effort to legislate racial equality, flourishes with vengeance. The number one perpetrator of the division is none other than our president Barack Obama.

BO’s number one philosophy of redistributing the wealth is only slave retribution in disguise. He is a troubled black soul living in a white world, and racked with guilt about not being one hundred percent black. He must give his blackness a legacy. His Muslim heritage also splits him. He has confusion about how to worship God. He cannot stomach Christianity, he flirts with his father’s Muslim background, and he chooses to worship in a Black Liberation Theology church based on Marxism and Black superiority.

Obama’s philosophy also extends into the Department of Justice. He steers Attorney General Eric Holder toward being “more just” to people of color. Why else would Holder refuse to prosecute the New Black Panthers for intimidating voters? Why else would he refuse to enforce immigration laws? Why else would he condone Sanctuary Cities? Why does he want to prosecute Military Combatants in civilian courts?

The latest division comes from Shirley Sherrod, the woman addressing the NAACP and bragging about dispensing her own form of racial justice to a white farmer. Clearly, the audience of blacks reacted with pleasure as she related the story. What about the President calling down a cop for doing a policeman’s job? The officer arrested an unknown black man for trying to break into a house. Obama got off with a beer on that one, but he was showing his racial side.

His liberalism wants to grant illegal aliens a free path to US Citizenship without any requirement of fidelity to the USA. The result is a population of Hispanics who desecrate the US flag in favor of flying their own colors over Old Glory.

I listen to Congressional Representatives of color make disparaging remarks about Tea Party Members being racist. I have attended several Tea Party rallies, some, with thousands in attendance. Never, have I witnessed anything even close to racism. If anything, I think the rallies are too tame to be effective. One thing is sure; the Tea Party people are pissed. Tea Party people will take action at the next election. They do not give a rat’s ass that the left smears them as racists, accuses them of sedition, or bites their fingers off. They will quietly march to the voting booth in November and fire a shot of quiet revolution.

The current buzz is all about Obama’s low approval rating. Democrat pundits defend him daily. They remind us that both Presidents Reagan and Clinton had very low approval ratings in the middle of their first terms. Both of them went on to become two term presidents. The difference between them and Obama is they were not racially dividing the country. They governed effectively.

My What Big Ears You Have

An old story about Little Red Riding Hood inspired this cartoon. “My, what big ears you have,” said Red to her grandmother. “Better to hear you with my dear,” answered the wolf disguised as Grandma.

Deception takes place in children’s stories and in adult ones too. The worst deception occurs when a politician blatantly lies about his agenda to win an election. Radical Saul Alinsky taught that it is okay to do whatever it takes to win your position. Even lying is appropriate if that is what it takes. There is another way to say it, “the end justifies the means.”

In the case of Obama, his ears are not for hearing us. He is doing what he wants to do regardless of what “we the people,” desire. In other words, he knows what is good for us better than we do. He pretends to listen, says what we want to hear, then does something completely different. An example is the day he spent on C-Span listening to Republicans tell him how to reform the heath care system.

In many ways, this administration is reminiscent of King George’s at the time of the American Revolution. George kept doing what he wanted regardless of input from his constituents. He kept imposing unfair taxes on the people to advance his agenda. He finally got his comeuppance when the citizens of America reached a point that stopped him dead in his tracks.

When will we reach that point?

Cloud Gazing

There are days when all I want to do is to sit and gaze upon the clouds. They make me want to dream. Sometimes, they put me in a stupor, and at others a state of euphoria. At other times, they make me sad, and depressed.

It is fun to search for something to see in the shape of clouds. That one looks like Mickey Mouse, or gee, today they are strips of cotton floating along in rows to infinity. Yesterday, they were massive mountains of white billowy gobs of whipped cream sitting on top of a blue sky reaching for heaven. This morning they were a shapeless gray cover blanketing the earth.

Clouds are scary when they are green, dark grey, black, and swirl around from place to place in a fury. Sometimes they unleash their swirling energy and sweep the countryside in a rage. Other times they are generators of electrical charge that release energy in a giant flash of light that zigzags to mother earth to explode anything in its way.

Ah yes, clouds, they are many things.

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How the Garden Has Taught Me Conservatism

One of my passions is bird watching. I love to see and identify birds in my yard. I do not go to the woods, or to exotic places to watch, I watch from my kitchen table. The trick is to attract a large variety of birds. There are several ways to do this. One way is to create an environment that is conducive to birds. Plantings of trees, shrubs, flowers, and a water feature all add to the formula. The biggest trick of all is bird feeding.  Free easy to get food does it every time.

The problem with providing free, easy to get food is that soon, the feeders are empty, that necessitates constant maintenance, and considerable cost. If the free food secret stayed with pretty birds, it would not be too bad. What happens though is that the illegal aliens arrive to take advantage. The less colorful and common bird’s will crowd out the colorful birds. Soon, animals of many species join in the fest. Everyone loves a free meal. Squirrels, raccoons, possum, rabbits, deer, you name it, if it lives around here it comes to the feeder.

Another thing I have observed is that the free food factor attracts a single species of bird more than others do. The English House Sparrow is the most common visitor. It is not one, but many. I see as many as six of them perched on a feeder; gorging themselves. When I take a walk around the house, a flock of sparrows will flee from the feeder as I approach.

So often, I tell myself, “This is just like a welfare program.” If I stop, the birds go away, and find natural food sources. When I feed, they all come to take advantage of the entitlement. Am I wrong to train these creatures to accept the handout? Would I better serve God’s creatures by ignoring them to find food on their own?

Yesterday, I spent considerable time pulling thistle from my flowerbed. The sweat and effort was of my own doing. By providing thistle seed for the goldfinches, I am guilty of spreading the weed all through the yard. It happens two ways. One is by bird droppings, and the other is by spillage from the feeder. Thistle is a nasty weed whose roots spread horizontally, and send shoots up every six inches. Pulling thistle only brings it back with a vengeance. The broken roots sprout new plants almost immediately.

I wonder what damage I do by feeding birds while they raise their young. I often see a mother bird placing seed into the mouth of a fledgling near the feeder. What if the parent never teaches the fledgling to seek natural sources of food? What if the fledge relies entirely on my source? Will he survive, or will he require a feeder for the remainder of his life?

Gardeners are never satisfied with the natural environment of a location. Here in Illinois, we live on a prairie. A prairie habitat is prolific with perennial plants that most gardeners abhor. Yet, when we view a prairie in its natural splendor, it is beautiful. Have you ever seen a field of Queen Anne’s lace in bloom? It is absolutely- gorgeous. The same is true of a field of yellow dandelions. A gardener will attack both of these flowers vigorously. He wants to improve on nature to appease his own sensibilities. He wants color, texture, and order. He wants plant material that will not overtake the plants he has imported, and placed into his canvas. Is not that what we do as socialists? We are never happy with man’s plight in a natural form. We are always looking for a way to improve someone else’s life. In the process, we screw up the natural order of things. We feel sorry for those who cannot provide for themselves, and provide. The result is that others see what we provide, and find the loophole that allows them to ride free too.

Program after program designed to do humankind some good become nightmares. Providing free breakfast and lunch for poor kids at school has led to obesity. Now we need a program to eliminate obesity. Instead of finding the root cause of a kid’s starvation, we provide. It is the socialist way. Promoting abortion, and forms of birth control to keep the population of poor people down, has led to a loss of population. So much so, that we now need to allow unlimited immigration to keep our culture alive. Tampering with nature by inventing an endless intrusion of improvements only makes the world a lousier place to live.

What does this have to do with the garden and conservatism? I have learned that by trying to make my garden a canvas of color, scent, and sound that I am upsetting the natural order. Every plant out of its natural place comes with a cost. Every new species, brings a new predator, be it a bug or animal. Every attempt to make a beautiful environment is at a great expense of time, energy, and cost. If I were content to live in the environment that is natural to my spot on this earth, my life would be much easier, simpler, and less expensive.

A Bill For Services Rendered

I just received a bill that set me back on my heels. What the heck did I spend on to get a bill like the one below? I do not spend much at all, but the government spends on my behalf. They do a very good job too. The problem with their spending is that I do not see any benefit. So why am I getting the bill? You will get one too. This invoice is for every person in the USA. The problem is that after I pay this bill, I will get another one to pay for my counterpart who has not worked.

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