I have a problem with all the entitlements that keep coming down the pike. This so-called Affordable Health Care Act is anything but affordable and will likely mean that I have to make some drastic changes that will directly affect nearly 30 employees in a very small town. On the other hand, I look around and see some of the most amazing cases of people caring for people and doing things just because they are the right thing to do. A recent night out, sponsored by some friends of a lady suffering from lymphoma, resulted in nearly $5,000 dollars being raised to help her and her family with expenses. A subsequent cribbage tournament for the same cause brought in enough money for this lady’s husband to pay for motel expenses for a full month while his wife is being treated in Denver. No government handout and no stack of paperwork, just people who like people.
The community of Montrose, Colorado comes together every Thanksgiving with a meal that welcomes everyone. This is not just for the homeless or the downtrodden, it is for everyone. More than 130 turkeys are cooked and all the fixings that go with a good turkey dinner. Last year they served more than 1,300 people. There is no charge. The entire thing is made possible through donations and volunteers. People who like people.
As we prepare for the annual Thanksgiving feasts, let us all remember what we can be thankful for and what we have to do to keep the freedoms that Thanksgiving represents. Let us remember that the Constitution points out that we have a freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Let us remember what the Bill of Rights really is. It is not a granting of rights by a government, but rather a statement of the rights of a people to control the government. Let us remember those fine Puritans and their friends who came to this country and, in spite of the hardships, found it within themselves to say “Thank you.”
I can’t leave this topic alone. It is getting out of hand.
Now, there is a concerted effort to get people to write letters to the organizers of the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade to protest the appearance of a float depicting Shamu the killer whale. These people have gone nuts.
First of all, maybe these PETA types can afford to go out on sea-going vessels and pay thousands of dollars to see a killer whale in its natural setting, but most kids are lucky if they get to see one in captivity. And, maybe keeping one in captivity to be viewed helps the youngsters appreciate the one in the wild a little bit more.
This float is nothing more than a promotion for Sea World. It is not like the parade participants are dragging a dead whale through the streets of New York. I wish these activists could channel their efforts toward the unethical treatment of American citizens by its government. How about this – VETAC – Voter for Ethical Treatment of American Citizens? Of course we would probably have to get a 501 (c)(3) and therefore endure the wrath of the IRS and all the other agencies that have become the weapons of government.
Oops, I got off track. Easy to do these days.
John Stossel recently aired a special on Fox News that pointed out the craziness of government regulation. One of his segments involved a man in Louisiana who was unable to make use of his property because of the Louisiana Gopher Frog. The problem was not that the endangered frog actually lived on the property, but that it could live on the property. This tactic is being used more and more by the radical animal rights and environmental movements. It amounts to illegal taking of property although no actual “taking” happens. By severely limiting what a person can do with his property, the government agency (EPA, USFWS, etc.) take the property away from its rightful owner. More and more this is being done in the name of animal preservation. A group in Montrose County, Colorado was recently denied a gravel pit permit because the Gunnison Sage Grouse might someday decide to move on to the property. There is absolutely no evidence that the grouse ever lived on the property and certainly none that any are on the property now.
It is time we stand up and remind our representatives, including county government officials, that we are on top to the food chain and the only way to achieve some of the goals of these wackos is to completely eliminate man. I am not ready to give up my place in the world to an ugly old frog.