JACKSBORO, Tx. April 14, 2014 – Sometimes the unexpected happens suddenly; then there are times the unexpected happens in small increments, and if we are not careful we will find ourselves in such a predicament that there seems to be no answer to the problem, or, anyway to reverse the situation, and when looking back, we wonder, “what the heck happened?”
I have never been a supporter of evolution, in the sense that man came from monkeys. But evolution is a fact when observing the ever changing affairs of mankind, and the changing of environments, (not necessarily made by man), but by time, even the world of politics is ever changing, sometimes for the good, other times not for the good, but whether good or bad, These changes are usually slow and happen when the people are not watching.
Suddenly the people are awakened by some reality or event that reminds them that while they were (asleep at the wheel), their live have changed, and sometimes not for the better, they find themselves in a totally different world than they were accustomed to living in, then suddenly, the stark reality of change has taken place, and the replacement to these changes are unsettling and totally out of their control.
Recently on one of my daily trips out to the place that I was raised I sensed a change, not everything was as I remember; the quietness of the woods was now a busy stir of activity. Over the past few years there has been an uptick of oil and gas drilling, (Drill Baby drill), but due to this increase of activity, new roads were made, new fences were erected, and many of the old familiar places that I remember as a young boy have been replaced by oil tanks, and other oil field machinery.
Then suddenly, I was awakened by the fact that a certain evolution has taken place, and this evolution was a slow but steady process, and all of a sudden, the world as I had remembered had vanished, and it had been replaced by progress. But it has served to remind me that changes can happen before our eyes, but in a slow motion, and if we aren’t watching, we may not even notice.
This nation from the time the early settlers first set foot on it’s blessed soil has seen many changes, yes, for the most part these changes have been positive, the land was settled, and our constitution was written and signed by man of great knowledge and wisdom. It has served all Americans well, but over the years, there have been many that sought to subvert and change this document and its precepts for dubious reasons.
The changes that I recognize at my age will not be the same of someone younger. And the changes that I may seen in the declining morality will not be shared by many because of the teaching we may have had growing up.
I will admit, my opinions have been formed and molded in a time and place when the nation was in a position of great influence in the world, there was a sense of having been the great power that ended (World War Two), and that prosperity was open to all that were willing to work, and follow the rules, also these were the time that family and church did matter, and there was a knowledge that evil was bad, and good was preferred as a way to happiness and a good life, and that freedom wasn’t intended to replace responsibility.
As I remember there was no war on religion, but on the contrary, religion was encouraged, even by those that never entered the front door, they realized that the fabric of American and the good works of it’s citizens were founded and based on the teaching of the Holy Bible, and that there is a distinct difference between right and wrong.
I am fully aware that what I see as a negative change will be, to some, a positive change.
This the nation has undergone slow but steady changes, and through these changes the founders of this great nation would be astounded as to the changes and total disrespect of all the blood, sweat and tears that have been invested by patriots of this nation to keep it recognizable by all as the “Land of Freedom, and a land set aside by the hand of God for a greater purpose”.