WASHINGTON, November 19, 2014 – I seem to have spent a lot of time lately writing about an out-of- control President, a congress, which is very reminiscent of the cartoons “Looney Tunes”, and a judicial system that apparently checks their horoscope before handing down decisions of any great importance. Instead I would like to spend time writing about the “Real Americans.”
True we don’t hear much about them, could be that they are busy threading the needle which is still knitting the fabric of the country that they love, or fighting in the military defending the country that they love, the truth is, with all the craziness we see and read about, the real folks are intact, and will stay intact.
Recently, the small city that I live in lost all natural gas, our primary source of energy and the primary source of heat. And this all happened during the coldest part of our winter, and in North Texas it does get cold. The temperature stayed in the teens for about five days, and that is how long it took for the gas company to restore service to our city.
The gas company brought in crews from Oklahoma to help turn on the gas, and to make sure that safety was observed and the people were safe. Every meter had to turned off, and after repairs every meter had to be turned back on. The people were cold but neighbor helping neighbor, and the Red Cross was their to help with food and shelter.
Actually it was an experience none of us will soon forget.
In times like this we find the true American spirit. For awhile at lest we didn’t have any “Big I’s” or “little U’s. We all needed help, and the people pitched in to help each other, if someone had a electric header they could spare, they made sure someone got it that needed it, and this corporation between neighbors worked.
The crews from Oklahoma worked day and night to restore the power, and, I might add, I never heard a grumble or complaint, these are the working men and women of America, the people that one never hears about rioting in the streets, nor forever demanding something for nothing. Probably their names will never be on the front page of the newspaper, but do they care? No, they are busy raising their families and keeping the hope of America alive.
Indeed this has been a brutal winter for most of the country, and the experience that happened to my moved to the North East with icy roads and downed power lines, which left thousands of people in the dark and cold.
I only know what I see on TV concerning the destruction and the hardships that has heaped misery on thousands of people, but I do see the men and women out in the cold day and night doing their best to restore life back to normal for the cold and stranded. Yes these are the people out of the limelight, these are also the people that make life enjoyable for the rest of us. These are Americans at their best.
In my part of the world, I can drive down the highways, or take the back roads and see the fabric of America, whether it be men working in the oil fields or the cowboys out fixing their fences, or the men and women repairing our roads, no these are not the people you see carrying banners and chanting slogans about how bad the nation has treated them, no these people are just to busy working for what they see as nonsense.
Over the years I have spent a lot of time drinking coffee with the locals, some republicans, some democrats, and yes politics would pop up in the conversation, but most of the time the conversation would be about the price of oil or the price of corn or what we might expect in the weather the coming month, in most cases we found it better to respectably disagree on any subject that it was to argue about the problem.
See we were all neighbors, just working Americans, that’s who we were.
It was commonly agreed among most that most of the trouble in Washington could be fixed with a little bailing wire and a little duck tape, and the common sense to use them.
The finally score of America is at the moment unclear, but, unless these common Americans, those that are willing to work, and to study the issues that this great nation is facing and finally decide to let their voices be heard and demand honesty in government, America is in for a tough haul in the future, because there are many in America that (Just don’t Care) it’s sad but true.
I’m putting my money on the hard working, God fearing common folk, which make up the fabric of America. Those that do give their neighbors a helping hand when needed, and those that are willing to work day and night to restore sanity and health back to a torn and divided nation .
Many seem to believe it’s to late, but it ain’t, if the people will put the shoulder to the wheel and push. The American people have overcome wars and wars, and more. And we can do it.