Monday, August 10, 2009

Catching Up?

I have not been doing much with either Blogspot or Facebook for the last few days. Been in kind of a funk.

Dad is not doing too well and he could hang on for a while but he could also go at any time.

Yesterday I was strolling along and ran into an old co-worker from my previous employer. We ate lunch together at Wendy's and talked over old times. It's amazing how much you get to miss people. This particular guy used to load parts onto the paintline to be painted, and though he is legally blind, he could see well enough to walk without a cane and could keep up with the guys who had normal vision and could run circles around a couple of them.

I was between two storms last night at work, or was actually in a quiet spot in a stormy area and watched the distant rain, lightning, and darkness in relative quiet. It made me think of where my country is now and that perhaps a storm is coming and there's no stopping it. Our country is divided like it hasn't been in over a century between those who want someone else to take care of all their needs and those who want to be as responsible for themselves as they can be. Trouble is if no one has to be responsible no one will be and everything will collapse. Or we get a police state which is what they want, even though they will never admit it. (How can it possible be a tyranny? I'll be the one in charge and I'm a good guy interested only in justice!")

Or we say enough and stand our ground and stop the would-be dictator from encroaching on our rights and our responsibilities.


Blogger christian soldier said...

Or we say enough and stand our ground and stop the would-be dictator from encroaching on our rights and our responsibilities....

I vote for this one!!!


9:48 PM  
Blogger Greywolfe said...

Oh shoprat, were it so easy as everyone shouting loud enough and the rulers upon high would hear. That isn't the way the political winds are blowing.

A little history. Just after we won the revolutionary war, France's people began their uprising. Most of the key people in the Revolution here in the colonies were split. half loved the French Revolution because if it were right for us, then it would be good for them. The other half hated it because the purpose of the French revolution wasn't a return to the way things had been, a return to what was known to work (self-governance in the states) but it was a complete overthrow of all of the norms and customs.

Now we have a combination of the two. We have people that want to fight for our heritage and customs of self determination and rule, but the mood is getting to that of the French revolution. I think it's going to get bloody. Very bloody. As you probably know, this isn't a new statement for me. I've been prognosticating a war within our borders since this jack-ass started running.

Every action that the government has taken has been to push the socialist agenda regardless of the cost. Get it enacted and its a done deal. Never has a socialist program ever been allowed to expire.

Now the Dems are pulling out their goon squads. Conservatives are not going to stand for people running up and beating them down. Remember, conservatives are about 90% of the concealed carry people in this nation. At some point, someone is going to die.

From that point on, they will try to suppress protests and there will be more deaths, because people will not stand for their only outlet being silenced. We're circling the bowl, brother. And there ain't no light at the end of this tunnel.

12:16 AM  
Blogger Z said...

what a beautiful post, shoprat...sad and haunting; a lot in very few words. Best wishes to your family in regard to your dad.

And yes, a storm seems to be brewing....if they'd only tell the truth, if the media would only be honest and report the untruths in the healthcare bill like they would if Bush were still in the WH...
I wonder if we'll someday be saying IF ONLY WE HAD SPOKEN OUT MORE EFFECTIVELY.
A scary thought.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

The situation with your father, like mine, is a continuing thing; it has ups and downs and they go on for months and perhaps a few years, as in my Dad's case. You and he will have your separate good days and bad days.

My house is filled with photographs of my Dad and the rest of my family. I put them up when he was still alive and in good shape. Now, depending on my mood, they either make me smile or, more these days since he passed away, make me wistful and sad.

It's just going to take time.

If you can, enjoy your father whilst he is still here; I certainly wish I'd spent MORE time with my father.

Finally: the sad thing is this. Mr Obama has the power to stop this slide into incivility; to stop the slide into Socialism. He has the power to heal and to mend.

He will refuse to do so.


11:05 AM  
Blogger Skip said...

BZ: Thanks for the insight, you have said a few things on here that gives me a better way to see our Dads condition. Life is a battle that we are all losing, it just seems with Dad it is more obvious. He is a fighter (Farm boy turned Marine) so he ain't giving up the fight. Like you say good days and bad days, I try and enjoy the good and support him on the bad
Thanks Again

12:56 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I say we stand our ground. I don't know of a dictatorship I have ever liked, even the "benevolent" ones.

1:11 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Greywolfe Three possibilities.
1 We succeed.
2. We are about to fail and the
King returns
3. We fail.
Don't give up. Two of the three are good things.

BZ You've been there and you know. Thanks.

Joe, Z, and C-CS We must stand our ground, if even in the smallest ways to protect our freedom.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

I'm thinking of you during this difficult time in your life. Keep the faith and keep writing!

3:45 PM  
Blogger Sergeant York the Anti Obama Czar said...

at least it keeps you busy so you'll stay out of trouble

7:20 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

Shoprat and Skip, sorry to hear your Dad is not doing so well. I lost my Dad a few years ago. He battled Altzhimers for years until his body finally forgot how to swallow. What a weird way to end. I had never even heard of such a thing. The good part is that evn though the pain never goes away, it really does subside with time. As others have said, enjoy as much of him as you can while you still can.

Like Greywolfe, I too foresee bloodshed coming. I hope I am proven wrong, but I doubt it. Wars have been fought for much less provocation than we have going on right now. It's just a mattter of time before one of these town hall things gets more violent and someone gets killed. I would put my money on it happening by month's end if I were a betting man.

1:35 AM  
Blogger benning said...

Spend as much time with Dad as you can. You won't regret it, as you know.

We stand our ground. There may be an 'Alamo Moment' coming for us, but it will be followed by our own 'San Jacinto Moment', too. As long as we are willing to stand our ground, raise our voices, Freedom will win. Which means so will we!

10:20 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Sorry to read this part of your posting:

Dad is not doing too well and he could hang on for a while but he could also go at any time.

I've been there -- with my dad back in 1996-1998. Tough times. Benning's advice in his comment just above mine is the best advice you can have right now.

8:21 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Hey, I've been really bad about visiting blogs this summer. I'm just trying to keep my head above water on posting.

I'm doing better on connecting with people via facebook. I didn't know you were on there. Shoot me an email on what name you use on facebook so I can send you a friend request.

12:44 AM  

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