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Common Man Economics Editorial by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

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World Governments And Businesses Can Get The Global Economy To Work : Create Jobs,Hire People To Work The Jobs, And End “The Free Ride For The World’s Religions”

The

Global

Economy’s

9 to 5

Redemption:

Work !

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

 

October 3, 2007 is a date that should live in Global Financial Economic Infamy.

I turned on the television evening news and Wall Street banks and investment houses had made financial announcements that they were “in trouble.”

 

Serious Economic Financial Trouble” of the type that requires the Government to step in and rescue you.

 

Uncle Sam To The Rescue

 

The United States Government around the 1970s “stepped in” and rescued “The Penn Central Railroad, “ and “Chrysler,”

 

New York City was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1975.

 

The Penn Central went bankrupt.

 

The Penn Central’s assets and holdings went into other businesses.

 

Uncle Sam and his checkbook “saved” Chrysler.

 

Chrysler remained an American automobile company until the early 1990s, when it merged with the German Diamler Benz AG.

 

On active duty in the 1980s, I had friends in the US Army who weren’t happy that Uncle Sam put Chrysler engines in tanks. The army people who complained said the tanks were unreliable and people were always working on the engines.

 

The criticism was the Chrysler-engine tanks spent more time in the repair shops than in the training fields. None of the Army guys wanted to go into combat with those tanks trying to roll out on to the battlefield.

 

In 2013, Italian automaker Fiat is the principle shareholder of Chrysler.

 

New York City Teacher’s Union President Albert Shanker “stepped in” and rescued New York City, the First Capitol Of The United States Of America, and the Home Of Wall Street.

 

Gerald R. Ford, Republican, and the so-called President Of The United States Of America refused a financial “bailout” for the city.

 

Ford is on the public record, as being willing to “sacrifice” a historic American city and “America’s ATM Card”, rather than “financially bailout” New York City.

 

Usually Ford is not held in high regards as an American president.

 

I was a young man, when “Grandpa” Ford was in The White House.

 

In my opinion, Gerald R. Ford was a fool, who had no “clue” what it meant to be “President Of The United States Of America.”

 

In my opinion, once the American News Media and the American People got rid of President Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon – the American People did not want the hassle and expense of “a special election” to finish out the rest of Nixon’s term.

 

Thus, the Republicans supplied “The Official Mannequin”, who fortunately was the vice president. Even Ford could “Keep The Chair In The Oval Office Warm Until The Next Election.”

 

The morale to the story seems to be: Uncle Sam will open his checkbook to save companies, banks and investment houses, but American cities are on their own.

 

Madman In Government

Image

 

America’s Lame Duck White House Administration Of 2007 had entered “The Last Days Of A Schizophrenic Political Dictatorship Regime”.

 

Saddam Hussein was not the only Madman In A Government with delusions of adequacy.

 

Saddam had been born in Tikrit, Iraq.

 

Had Saddam been born in America, and learned the importance of political connections and power, he would of lived a long life as President Of Iraq.

 

Saddam would of learned the importance of legions of lapdog publicists and bureaucratic mindless minions, who would willingly do his bidding because they were unable to use their own minds and Common Sense.

 

Saddam’s Arch Enemy, his American counterpart, understood the crucial significance of “Yes Men” in pushing a politically pleasing spin on partisan political party and government propaganda.

 

You infuse national pride and patriotism to fantasy to create a political smallpox to contaminate the international news media.

 

The international news media has to “buy into” some of the phantasmagorical fairy tales or their news agency doesn’t get to attend The White House Press Briefings for their daily vaccination “fix.”

 

The Administration concentrated on trying to overcome their “Madman In Global Government Image.”

Herta Däubler-Gmelin, a former German justice minister, attended a meeting. At the meeting, she told some collegues that the US Government approach in Iraq was similar to Hitler’s tactics to get citizens minds off domestic problems at home by getting them to focus on their national involvement in a foreign War.

The tactic seems effective in improving the re-election chances of an incumbent leader.

The story is a reporter in the crowd reported the statement as a comparison of the US President to Adolf Hitler.

The German justice minister was criticized at home and abroad. She did not have to resign. However, when re-elected Gerhard Schroder, Chancellor Of Germany, dropped Minister Däubler-Gmelin from the formation of his new cabinent.

Minister Däubler-Gmelin I believed summed up the situation correctly. At the time, Americans, as a rule, did focus on the War more than the economy.

I watched both.

I never liked, trusted, supported and never voted for that so-called politician who was called president.

I never did support The Lame Duck Administration.

I did always “Support The Troops.” The military ALWAYS has to “fight the War” started by egghead politicians.

At the time of the press release, I applauded the US President to Adolf Hitler comparison. Years later, I, an American, still applaud the US President to Adolf Hitler comparison.

Americans like any nation’s citizens can “gamble” at the ballot box and end up with a person, who probably should not be allowed to tour The White House, much less work out of The Oval Office.

Democracy is a system to try to select the best people for government.

Democracy — the system does not guarantee the mental stability or the intelligence quotient of the candidates campaigning for election.

The Qualifications To Run For President Of The United States does not contain a criteria to attempt to certify the mental competence or stability of any candidate.

Erratic Electronic Election

 

America’s decaying Lame Duck Administration tried to sweet talk the American News Media and the American Public at every photo opportunity and news event that “The Catastrophe Called Government Instituted By Primitive Electronic Voting Technology Of 2000”, was a legitimate presidential election.

 

Naturally, no United States Government official ever described any of the actions taken to fix the machines, computers or software and “Hanging Chad” still hangs in US History.

 

In 2004, both parties and the American public simply decided to “Pretend” that the mystical machines had magically healed themselves.

 

The ultimate question remains,“What will a political party or candidate be willing to do to win a national presidential election ?”

 

The “Hanging Chad” historical reference materials should be on a shelf next to “The Watergate Affair”.

 

Tricky Dick Nixon and Gerald R. Ford had the luxury of blaming all the bad news in American domestic and foreign policy after October 1973 on The Oil Crisis.

 

The Lame Duck Administration Of 2007 really didn’t have “A Villain” to blame.

 

The pitch to blame Osama bin Laden falls short when the Lame Duck Administration went after Saddam Hussein and The Taliban, instead of inquiry why so many Saudi Arabian citizens were identified as the dead terrorists, who carried out the senseless slaughter on The World Trade Center Twin Towers and the strike on The Pentagon.

 

The Lame Duck Administration “quacked away” in the final days trying to justify daft duck decisions of a respected “super power” government gone quackers from 2000.

 

Bust, Bozo, Bears And Bulls

 

When Wall Street Banks and investment houses admitted in the media they were in trouble.

Even the senile lame duck administration realized “The Death Of The Economy Of The United States Of America” would render any and all of their political fairy tales of “governance” completely worthless.

 

The Lame Duck Administration “quacked” about a solution.

 

The same lame duck administration that waddled around America, in the aftermath of The World Trade Centers Towers Mass Murder Holocaust and decided “justice” came down to “Two Wars In The Middle East.”

 

Nonetheless, Uncle Sam stepped in with his checkbook and saved the day.

 

Of course, American taxpayers saw grocery prices rise on the shelf, gasoline prices rise at the pumps, and their taxes went up and their “take home pay” from their paychecks shrunk.

 

Some Americans even got the “pink slips” and “early retirement” within a few days after Uncle Sam “saved” The Bust Bozo Bears And Bulls Of Wall Street.

 

President Barrack Obama, a Democrat, has taken the major hits trying to clean up the daft duck diarrhea decisions of the Lame Duck Administration.

 

American Republicans did not allow Herbert Hoover to take the blame for “The Great Depression”; it is doubtful American Republicans will allow future historians to put the noose around the neck of The Republican Lame Duck Administration Of 2007 for the financial failures.

 

The Great Depression Of The 21stCentury ?

 

The theory was America and the nations of the world had “Avoided The Great Depression Of The 21st Century.”

 

The reality is the world put the event in the past and tried to move on.

 

April 8, 2013, “The World At Large Still Has A Massive Global Economic Hangover”.

 

The money is just not out there to be used.

 

People who have money are holding on to it.

 

Businesses are struggling to stay in business. Governments are struggling to make payroll and remain in charge.

 

Unemployment figures is the only factor that seems to enjoy unprecedented growth.

 

People in the United States and around the world struggle for pay to put food on the table and in their bellies.

 

Citizens Of The World take a good hard look at Wall Street from 2000 to 2008. Remember to pay attention to The Universal Symbol Of Global Corruption And Greed known as “Enron.”

 

The Global Business Orgy raged on until their was “No Money” to pay the bills.

 

Sacrifice Main Street

 

In the United States, the United States Government “saved” Wall Street, which meant The Main Streets Of America got “sacrificed” to get the economy into rehab, with American taxpayers paying the bills.

 

The Global Economy Still Remains Locked In A Rubber Room waiting for world leaders, business people and bankers to try and find a way to get the global economies back into their societies without the resumption of chaos and anarchy.

 

Local banks from Crane, Missouri to Tanauan, Leyte, Republic Of The Philippines remain agoraphobic about letting money out of their vaults.

 

I have no love for banks. Banks of the world have never went out of their way to help me. However, you can’t blame the banks – because “No One Knows What Is Next ?”

 

The Global Fear Of Poverty

 

The Global Fear Of Poverty has taken hold of humanity.

 

No one wants to be homeless. No one wants to be hungry.

 

Pope Francis I can curl up on his bed at night in The Vatican and clutch his Saint Francis Of Assisi fairy tales book.

 

He can leave The Mother Goose,Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian Andersen Fables on the night table.

 

Most of The Citizens Of The World still like to go to bed at night with a full belly.

 

Most of The Citizens Of The World like to know there is gas in the tank of the pickup or the car to go to work in the morning, or they have the money in their purse or wallet to take public transportation.

 

Most of The Citizens Of The World like to get out of the bed in the morning with the belief they have “a job to go to.”

 

Dying Economy Equals Government Collapse

 

World government leaders are working the problems because “No Significant Major Civilized Government” has yet collapsed.

 

Small countries and nations are always near, at, or in some type of Civil War over something from clan disputes, tribal disagreements, religion, ethnicity, or maybe the sun rose a few minutes later than expected.

 

The histories of these small countries and nations is never about Peace; it is simply using the intermission between regional and national killing sprees to allow people to get big enough to carry firearms and detonate bombs to continue their never-ending Wars Of Frustration Of Life In A Feudal Economy.

 

The Civilized Status Quo Governments Of The World knows that business does make the world go around and that money in the wallet and in the purse allows people to go to bed and get a good night’s sleep.

 

Human history teaches when enough citizens become paranoid and angry about their station in Life; then, they point the finger at the government.

 

The American Revolution, The French Revolution, and The October Revolution in Russia are all symbols of citizens “who had simply had enough in terms of taxes and nothing to show for tossing their money to the icy wind.”

 

Government In The Cross hairs

 

The 21st Century World Leaders know when citizens feel hopeless, human history puts Government In The Cross hairs As A Target Of Opportunity.

 

I have, no doubt, that world leaders are “burning the midnight oil” to try and get the global economy moving.

 

Business people do not want to end up living in homeless shelters or sleeping on park benches.

 

Business people are “burning brain cells” to try and figure what they need to do to stay in business and not go bankrupt.

 

I have, no doubt, governments and business people will once again get the global economy working.

 

The answer is simple: “Get People Back To Work.”

 

The actual implementation of policy maybe difficult.

 

Governments might have to decide they are willing to ignore enforcement of, or repeal of some business laws in the areas of ecology, safety regulation and labor unions.

 

Governments might have to decide to allow business and taxpayers “Common Sense tax breaks” to be able to keep and use more of the “take home pay,”

 

Foreclosure On Religion

 

Since Governments are going to take major flack in the global news media for any drastic procedures to rebuild or get their economies moving – they may as well go after “The World’s Biggest Tax Cheats – Religion.”

 

The World’s Religions get tax breaks that citizens who are members of the religion do not receive.

 

Religions own prime global real estate that is “wasted” or “under utilized” because you have a massive structure that when closed simply seals up massive amounts of stagnant air and dust.

 

Religion has had “A Free Ride” long before the establishment of The First Century, and “the bums” are still getting “A Free Ride” in the early 21st Century with The Citizens Of The World paying the taxes, tolls, fares, fees, freight, bills and expenses.

 

The Religions Of The World are usually “The Biggest Collection Of Lazy, Unemployed Bums On The Planet That Expects The World To Give Them A Living.”

 

The Savior, Messiah, disciples, apostles, prophets, priests, rabbis, preachers, pastors, nuns, popes, clerics, ayatollahs, and other religious clergy of the world are all “bums”, who have their hands out to “working people” for centuries and say, “Give Me.”

 

Granted, some of the old prophets were shepherds.

 

The wealthy patriarchs mentioned in the Holy Bible had massive herds of sheep to supply their financial living. Of course, the old wealthy biblical patriarch had litters of FREE Labor == their sons and daughters to tend the sheep.

 

Be Fruitful And Multiply” – You bypass Labor Unions, can ignore Minimum Wage Laws and have your legal live-in slaves do the farm work to make you wealthy – Ah, The Good Old Days Of Holy Bible Economics !

 

Get A Job!

 

My personal response to religious people, who come to me to seek money has always been and remains, “Get A Job !”

 

I have had to “Work” for my money in Life.

 

Why would I give the money I worked for to a “bum”, who doesn’t even give me a cell phone to go with “the air they are trying to sell me ?”

 

Citizens and Governments need to stop The Global Free Ride For Religion.

 

In the Real World, you earn your keep and pay your way.

 

The Religions Of The World have been Global Leeches Long Enough.

 

Governments, Citizens, and Business People can get the Global Economy back “On The Job.”

 

Leech For A Living Lackeys

 

It is an insult to the human dignity of every man, woman and child on planet earth that “A Privileged Class Of Royal Bums Have Existed Throughout Human History To Leech A Living Off The Hard Work Of The Citizens Of Humankind.”

 

Convicted drug dealers get their assets seized for use by governments.

 

Meanwhile, The Leech For A Living Lackey Leaders Of The World’s Religions push their religion’s personal Mental Addictions and make fortunes without paying taxes.

 

Tax The Terrorists

 

Throughout World History the pompous, pious, prestigious, propaganda of righteous religions have led to Wars, Inquisitions, Witch trials, The Holocaust, countless Civil Wars and genocide.

 

Meanwhile, Islam still wages their never-ending Jihad “Holy Wars” and None of The World’s Old Traditional Religions have ever been held accountable or charged with “Treason,” “Sedition” or “International Terrorism.”

 

Governments Of The World should take a in-depth look at World History from antiquity to the present.

 

A Government can decide to either declare Islam An International Terrorists’ Movement and therefore a Global Terrorism Organization, or at the very least, recognize Islam as a Religion that should be taxed like all the rest.

 

While Leaders Of The World are in the library or on line, they should take the opportunity to research the World’s Old Traditional Religions,

 

Learn that the citizens of a nation should not be forced to finance the urban legend obsessions of fanatics and zealots possessed by personal superstitions of daily living.

 

Any religion that preaches, speaks out, and promotes social unrest as a means to an end is criminal and terrorist in their tactics, which makes the religion a traitor, a seditionist, a conspirator and a threat to public order.

 

Regardless of the brand of religion, all should be remembered for their political intrigue and manipulations in the past and noticed for their actions in the present.

 

World History reveals Religion has a selfish agenda, which does not always support a Government, or even the goals of the religion’s own members.

 

Since The Judas Nature Of The World’s Old Traditional Religions may threaten a government and the citizens of a country; the religions should no longer enjoy the “Special Privileges” of tax exemptions and tax breaks.

 

If you are silly enough to keep a viper for a pet; you should be smart enough to have a strong cage.

 

Citizens might raise the issue of Freedom Of Religion.

 

Freedom always demands credibility, integrity, responsibility and the willingness to be held accountable for your actions.

 

And, the Freedom Of Religion also contains the caveat pf Freedom From Religion. No one should ever be “forced to believe” in any religion. No one should ever be “forced to pay money” to support a religion.

 

All Religion Is Mythology. The day-to-day mythology of religious people should not be a financial burden to an average citizen or a propaganda ploy to start a War.

 

Once a religion has to start “paying their way in life”, then, if that religion is a sponsor of terrorism; then, the money simply will not be there for bombs and bullets.

 

The Global Free Ride For Religion should end.

 

Governments can take away the tax breaks and the tax exemptions.

 

God On The Job

 

God, Goddess, The Supreme Entity Of The Universe, would not be “a bum.”

 

The entity created The World To Work.

 

God might be “The Hard Hat” in the blue work shirt and the denim jeans on a construction site.

 

Goddess might be “The farmer” in the overalls and the rubber boots, wadding ankle deep in the cow manure of the barn lot to get to her tractor to plow the back 40 acres.

 

The Supreme Entity Of The Universe might be wearing a business suit on the subway or dressed in a two piece matching business jacket and skirt in a company car.

 

Since The World was Created To Work – God, Goddess, The Supreme Entity Of The Universe would not be “A Bum”.

Sam

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Rocket’s Red Gare Over Galena Pride. Politics, Patriots

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Rockets’ Red Glare – Over Galena

Pride,

Politics,

Patriots

by Samuel E. Warren Jr.

Galena, Missouri is one of those Norman Rockwell towns that seems best represented by oil paint on canvas.

Galena, Missouri, a small town in the Heartland of America that gets immortalized by a Ralph Waldo Emerson or a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Galena, Missouri is the kind of small town that has New York City, Boston, Hollywood, teenagers in big city high school English classes smirking, “Yeah, Right, dude. Galena. Missouri – Like some small town like that ever existed Maybe, on Paramount’s back lot or in one of those writer guys’ imaginations.”

Galena, Missouri does exists

The Situation Report

Galena, Missouri is a small town of about 500 people in southwest Missouri. We are 78 miles from Joplin, Missouri, which makes us less than a hundred miles from the famous city in Kansas, named Galena.

There are actually eight towns or cities in the United States of America named Galena.

Galena, Kansas is a famous mining town.

Galena is a precious mineral used in lead and used in making ammunition.

The irony of Galena, Missouri is that an early explorer supposedly saw a mineral in the river that he identified as Galena and thus, Galena, Missouri would be born.

This Galena is a small town, which for decades boasted about being “The Float Fishing Capitol Of The World.” The Bill Rogers Motel on the the shores of the James River would welcome hunters and fishermen from throughout the United States.

Table Rock Dam went operational and people quit coming to Galena to go “float fishing.”

Hidden In The Hills

Most of Galena’s businesses in 2011 are out on the shoulders of the state highway. But, if you turn off the highway and go around the hillside or up the road into the city, you will find Galena. Missouri.

The 1920 Stone County Courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places is the hardest working tourist attraction in America because the building has offices, where work still gets done. The Bank of Galena Museum is the other tourist attraction in town. Outside of the funeral home, bank, medical lab, and the Masonic Lodge – basically, county government moved in to take over the abandoned storefronts of the square. The Baptist Church sits near, but not on the square. The new library is in town, but off the square proper.

Y Bridge Park

Over the railroad tracks, you find the Y Bridge Park, which sits directly across from a private home, which was Dick Lebow’s DX Service Station in 1960.

July 4, 2011 — In the city park, people began stopping by to see what the Galena Park Board was up to. The annual fireworks display is set up on the Y Bridge and people can watch from the park.

Mother Nature’s warm attitude sent people strolling into the snow cone concessions on the park grounds. Some grandparents looked for comfortable places to sit up their lawn chairs or a spot to sit on on the ground, while anxious parents rushed around making last minute preparations.

The dunking booth caused a few youngsters to limber up their arms for a possible future in the St. Louis Cardinals. Some kids smiled to show off their face painted kittens and flags. Meanwhile, parents, especially mothers, rushed about with wide pieces of ribbons and long stemmed flowers.

The long lowboy tractor trailer trailer sit front and center and commanded the center stage spot. Hidden behind patriotic pennants and beneath a humongous American Flag, the presence of keyboards, drums and displayed guitars suggested, “the band isn’t in the house – yet.”

An arched white metal trellis entwined in vines sprouts up on the flatbed trailer and like a fairy godmother, the young master of ceremonies seems to magically appear.

Tiny Tots Time.

Stone County’s smallest citizens make their debutante debut. The little girl’s stroll out on to the portable stage. The emcee asks questions and the youngest girls stare back at all the people in the crowd. Judges make their decisions and trophies are awarded to Stone County’s young future Miss America Contestants. Then, the band steps on stage and entertains with a variety of rock and roll and country and western music.

Meanwhile, Bingo is going on under the rural pavilion with the baby blue telephone poles. While the band plays, a few children dance to the music. Everyone is enjoying the sunshine and waiting for the fireworks. I wander around and take some photos for prosperity and my blog.

Then, I get asked if I want to call out Bingo numbers. Why not ?

The Aquamarine Compote

Back in the mid-1960s on the courthouse lawn, during a Stone County Fair, I and some devoted Bingo players settled in to a long highly polished dining room table to play Bingo, on the east lawn of the courthouse. They probably loved the game.

Me, I had my eye on an aquamarine compote to give my mother. That Bingo game lasted until midnight because I still remember how tired everyone seemed, when the person in charged announced the time and said that was the end of the night’s bingo.

I never did win the compote.

But, the man in charge of that Bingo game allowed me to pay ten dollars to buy the compote. At least, I got the compote for my mom.

Bingo Baby Boomer

This Fourth of July, I was willing to try my talents at calling out the numbers. I do have one of the best of all qualifications – I have a big mouth.

Most of the players seemed to be smiling and winning, so I kept calling out the numbers until the game ended before the fireworks started about nine p.m.

The people in the park seemed in a festive mood as I strolled out of the park to find a location to shoot fireworks photos. The number of people in the park reminded me of my childhood in the 1960s and 1970s: Election Night.

Election Night in the 1960s and 1970s, people would come to Galena for election results.

Give Me That Old Time Politics – Election Run Up

Politics in Stone County and Galena, Missouri in the 1960s was like being Neil Armstrong ready to step on the moon – it was an adventure. The excitement in the air was like taking the enthusiasm for the Academy Awards, the Miss America Pageant, The World Series and The Super Bowl and rolling it into one event called: Election Night.

In the 1960s, Independents were like wood nymphs no one could prove they existed – and no one cared.

In the 1960s, there were Democrats in Stone County, but, they were covert.

Democrats were like CIA agents – everyone suspected them of being Democrats, but know one knew for sure. Unless a Stone County Republican died in office and a Missouri Democrat Governor appointed a Stone County man to serve out the term – you never knew.

In the 1960s, Stone County still celebrated Galena’s favorite son, Dewey Short. The congressman had gotten Galena the Y Bridge and gotten Stone County Table Rock Dam and the United States Navy even named a ship, the U.S.S. Stone County. Thanks to Congressman Short’s popularity, no Republican would dare pass up Galena or Stone County.

Congressman Gene Taylor campaigned at political rallies in Stone County. I listened to State Senator Emory Melton at one of the political rallies. I even attended a political rally and fish fry at Shoals Motel for a Republican challenger to Sheriff Tommy Walker. Most of the aggressive, get out the vote, campaigns of the 1960s were not against Democrats, they were Republicans squaring off to take the county nomination in August for the November election.

Crane, Missouri – 38th Parallel Of Missouri Politics

The Crane Broiler Festival was always an important Political Demilitarized Zone: The 38th Parallel Of Missouri Politics. By the broiler festival in late August, Missouri Republicans had earned their local and county party nominations, showing up at Crane to make speeches always helped to bring hold out hardliners into the fold and to remind the people, who said, “I vote for the person; not the party” – that they weren’t in Kansas in ruby slippers – they were in Stone County, Missouri – where even Jesus Christ was expected to vote Republican!

In more than 50 years of life, I never recall a Democrat or an Independent ever speaking at The Annual Crane Broiler Festival.

Election Night In Stone County In The 1960s

Come Election Night, you knew collectively Stone County voted “A Straight Republican Ticket,”; what you didn’t know was how the rest of America voted?

Election Day people would begin drifting into Galena to wait for “the fireworks.” Once the polls closed, then, information would start to find its way around the square. There was always a carnival atmosphere in town. Galena, Missouri has always been a town that “rolls up the sidewalks after 4 p.m.,” but – election night people would sit on the courthouse lawn, camp out in one of the businesses on the square and wait.

A pickup would be parked on the street in front of the courthouse. In those days, the Stone County Health Center was Gene Hicks Cafe and Pharmacy. You could sit in the cafe and watch someone in the back of the pickup scrawling the changing election numbers on to the two joined and tepid blackboards. Some of the local old timers would camp out on the church style pew benches leaned up against one of the trees.

Everyone always waited for the results of two elections: The President Of The United States Of America and The Sheriff Of Stone County.

All the results were yelled out from the back of the pickup before the figures were scrawled on the board, but usually people only seemed to really care about who got the White House and who gets to be The Sheriff Of Stone County.

Sometimes some people would be concerned about who became The Governor Of Missouri and, in later years, some people seemed interested in who won election as County Clerk or one of the county commissioners – Usually, though, in Stone County – the President and the Sheriff were the Big Dogs that kept people on the edge of their seats.

While the fireworks exploded over head to announce the crescendo to this Fourth of July, I realized America Politics will be no less explosive in the 21st Century. The thunderous roar of the blasts served as a reminder that the political apathy that we tolerate keeps us as spectators on the bleachers in our own political processes.

We have to watch our politicians, listen to their words and watch their actions. We have to hold politicians accountable to maintain freedom. When we shrug off those responsibilities, then, we get less than we deserve. We get whatever is let at the bottom of the barrel.

Freedom should always be celebrated by the explosions and fireworks overhead. The loss of American lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and the current state of America’s economy suggests that we may have shrugged off the political process once too often. We need to get back into the fray. We need to support Americans with vision for freedom and the future.

Generations of aspiring young pitchers and Miss America contestants have the right to expect more from the inherited legacy of their nation. Freedom should always be protected and celebrated, which is, no doubt, the lesson that The Founding Fathers intended to leave enshrined in our hearts.

Sam

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