Thursday, August 23, 2018

Road to No where

Image result for americanism cartoonIt’s fun to set out on a trip with no direction or destination in mind.  The possibilities are endless, as is the excitement of driving into the unknown.

For years I had passed the same road, a road literally in the middle of nowhere.  The nearest town is Baker California, gateway to Death Valley about 7 miles North but in the Mohave Desert, 7 miles can be an eternity.  The closest metropolitan area is Las Vegas, about 100 miles East of the old Soda Springs, changed in 1944 to Zzyzx, and the road of the same name.  Part of the road is paved and from 1944 Zzyzx was a semi-popular destination.  All I knew was that the strangely named road led off the freeway and took me off my planned goal of covering the 700 or so miles to Provo Utah. 

Just recently I found out that the budding Mineral Springs and Health Spa off Zzyzx Rd. was an active destination until 1974 when it was reclaimed by the government, the BLM, and managed by California State University.  Had I made that journey earlier I could have seen Zzyzx as it was intended. Now it’s just a small group of buildings at the end of marketing ploy.

Very few take that excursion and less wonder about the area, satisfied with simply driving past on their way to another destination.

But wondering and wandering aimlessly take us in different directions.  You can wander and wonder at the same time but in most cases wandering around without a destination serves only the wanderer.  Think about a society that wonders without direction or a vagabond who moves by the least effort toward some unknown, other place.

I at least had a purpose of my wondering off the 215 freeway, I wanted to know where Zzyzx took me.  I had a goal and I had a purpose.  In contrast, our political system is filled with uncertainty and the dialogue and rules of our society is rapidly devolving, devoid of form or purpose. 

Without purpose and design businesses can’t plan or prepare.  Without certainty our money systems fluctuate, our financial institutions become weary and the money is pulled from the market, further damaging the opportunities of business, especially the small business.

The left has learned and utilized this confusion by inserting discord and distrust into the political arena.  Right or wrong left or right the uncertainty creates a void of trust leaving huge gaps in all areas of society.  Americans and the world over need to know and be assured that our laws are stable, our politicians, although ideologically different, share in the foundational standards of our Constitution.  We need to know and be assured of the direction or at least the fundamental premises of who we are.

We have turned off the road to America and have been forced to drive without headlights into the foggy mist of the unknown.  

Some are happy not knowing and have moved headlong into oncoming traffic with no seatbelts, no speed limits and no lanes in the road.  They have forced others to detour as well, placing roadblocks and caution tape in areas that were once considered safe, telling everyone that the road they’re on is the “wrong” road but failing to tell us why it’s wrong or where it went wrong or even how to make it right again. 

The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” tells us that if it’s working let it be, but the Left has decided that if it ain’t broke, they need to break it, forcing all to decide to fight for what we believe or give in to the demands of those without a plan.  They have shown their colors through fascist actions with violence and hatred, with no regard toward how others feel, pushing their brand of socialism on the Republic that has stood rock solid for over 200 years.

Our entire government is in the throughs of discord, miscommunication, lies, and uncertainty.  Be it on the right or on the left, be it liberal or conservative the discord is killing America, slowly destroying our stability.  Our rules and our laws, our politicians are ever changing, creating a level of uncertainty from one quarter to the next. 

Socialism, capitalism, a mixture of the two…. Anti-fa, conservative, liberal, the right wing and the far left all play into the discord that is America today. The culprit of this division is the Left and those who follow their brand of disruption.  They understand that the America that we know must be dismantled, has to “fundamentally change” in order for their ideas to have room to grow. 

Plant allelopathy is the understanding of the interactions that plants have on other plants.  If you’re a serious gardener than you know that certain plants should not be planted next to others.  Tomatoes and bush beans for example.  The Tomatoes will overshadow the bush beans causing them to die from the lack of direct sun. 

Socialism, Islamism (the radical version), fascism, and others are not compatible with the Constitution and Americanism.  Teddy Roosevelt stated, In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

It is not out of hate nor is it a sense of superiority that as Americans we demand that those who enter our country do so with the ideals to become American.  In the same token, those who are here but challenge their citizenship by demanding radical changes to our constitution, our rules, our rights and our privileges should be challenges, not supported.  They should be forced to live by the laws that govern all of us, including free speech, free assembly and the freedom to disagree but within the confines of the laws that have been established and are constituted within our Constitution. 

It’s not that difficult of a concept to understand.  Our laws should remain our laws.  We need the consistency and assurance that what we have will remain so that we can plan and prepare, make goals and have dreams.  Take that away and you have a madman driving without light, on the freeway, in the wrong direction.  Our Constitution is the best the world has ever known, let it stand.