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Thoughts from Charlotte, May 2007 August 1, 2007

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Poetry, Uncategorized.
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It’s seven o’clock on a Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

At 80 degrees and Andrea pushing toward the northwest

You’d think there’s a fair chance of rain. Not so.

High pressure blocks the low and southeast Georgia lies in cinders

And what hasn’t burned is a tinderbox.

Global warming isn’t the issue: it’s barometric pressure,

it’s the jet stream, it’s El Nino or La Nina, nothing more or less.

And when you put it into perspective, Barry Bonds can hit 900 home runs

and the world is no better, no worse for all the effort and angst.

If he cheated to achieve his goal and his goal was borne of jealousy

then he has received his reward already so there’s no celebration

needed, nothing to watch, let’s just move along people, haven’t you

seen a train wreck before? In your own life you know

goals borne of jealousy never produce sought-after satisfaction.

 Then when you seek solace you are jabbed in the eye by Katrina victims

who can’t seem to recover and then you are heaped upon by

Greensburg, Kansas, and you marvel

at a town that’s ninety-five percent destroyed with so few casualties.

The answer is simple: Some know where they live and they live prepared

without government intervention in that preparation.

Others are still waiting today for the government to intervene

on their behalf from a disaster in August 2005 and either

the assistance will not arrive or it certainly won’t in the

proportion demanded, expected or anticipated.

And there is no political solution to a war on terror, don’t be a fool in this.

If the enemy understands force, you meet them with crushing force

and they do not get up very quickly if they get up at all.

When was the next time Japan was a problem after

the bombs dropped in 1945?

Hitler killed himself only after he knew he was doomed.

Have we forgotten these lessons?

The present enemy needs a similar crushing.

I thought about this as I drove from Roanoke to Charlotte,

especially on I-81 since it is one of the most scenic roads in America.

But when you begin to imagine the hills ravished by bombs and

the country roads with craters in them and their frontages littered

with debris,

you begin to understand the value of destroying this present enemy.

You know that they can’t be allowed a foothold in this nation under

any circumstance, no matter how well-meaning,

no matter how conciliatory my liberal friends think that’s the best path.

The world has no use for fascism of any kind for any reason.

So as you consider your Starbucks and contemplate your next golf game

or decide on the next meal, your vacation, or whether or not to venture

to the mall, remember this freedom is dear and while it would be

wonderful if everyone could just get along, it hasn’t happened in

your lifetime and an enemy won’t go away if you run away.

He will pursue you as long as you let him stand because

he isn’t finished with his evil.

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