Vagrant Winds of War

The Homeland Wars
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31 January 2019 (Las Vegas, NV) Americans must be ready to once again go to war to save our nation. This time the war won’t be overseas. It will be right here in the homelands. It will be the Homeland Wars. Our nation’s history is rich with the bravery and the courage of men and women who fought to defend her. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. And there is no one, no one on this planet that is going to change that, not near or from afar. We will fight for America or die trying to save her. No force, foreign or domestic, shall ever remove our liberty by war or by law. No opposition shall commit tyranny upon us, not by political or by corporate slavery or by injustice. We as Americans are ready to fight and ready to die to offset any force that threatens our freedom and independence no matter where that force originates from.

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is the creed of our nation. It is the ideology of who we are as Americans. It is the ideology of who we are as a people. We shall never allow anyone to come here and take that away from us. We shall never allow anyone from within to destroy that basic concept of who we are as a people. We The People.

I will repeat what has already been said:

“We will die on our feet before we will live on our knees.”

We are at the hour of decision. That decision depends upon the behavior of others. Let no man or woman ever mistake our conviction to remain a free people with liberty and justice for all. Let no one make the mistake to think that their liberty means it will allow us to be held in tyranny. Liberty and justice for all do not tread on anyone. It compromises fair and just equality. And that is who we are, a fair and just people born of equality, not preference or favoritism to a few, so the few can be masters over the many, but true equality where all people are truly equal and survive on and by their own merits. The value of their life.

Peace is our greatest aspiration.  But the might of war is our greatest strength if we need to go there. And we will go there to defend the principles of our nation and the traditions that made us strong out of the dust and ashes and the smoke of wars that were fought by our ancestors to bring our nation to its greatest standing in front of all nations upon the planet Earth.

Since the Civil War of the 1860s, this nation has never been more so divided. Our division will certainly bring us to a homeland war if we cannot quell our differences and find compromise and commonality. The same number of people who think a homeland war cannot come to America is the same number of people who thought World War I or World War II would not come. Both wars did come and so will the homeland wars of America if the winds of war do not change. The majority may think otherwise. But war can and will come if conditions are right for war. War will come if both sides don’t try to defuse it. It will be a war nobody wants. A war, nobody can hope for, but a war nonetheless.

We must find unity, not division if we are to survive as a nation. Otherwise, one side is likely to utterly destroy the other side. Will our side win or will our side lose?

The answer is blowing in the vagrant winds of war.

Author’s Note: The video that accompanies this essay, Story of our National Anthem, originated by Robert Surgenor, is debated by a divided audience as to the authentication of the storyline of the video. Some say it is false, other demand it is a true story. For the purpose of this essay, its authenticity is irrelevant. It is a good story. It is a great story. Rather the story is fiction or nonfiction, is irrelevant because it is indeed a great story.  A story told by a good storyteller. It is a story about a people who stand their ground against overwhelming odds and ferocious enemy forces, regardless of the predicted outcome. They stand for who they are as a people. If they die, then so be it, they died for their cause. And that is what we, as a people will do if war comes to the homelands of America. That is the essence of this story and this essay. That is the essence of what an American is. That is the essences of defining an American. That is the essence we must find within ourselves as human beings if we expect to survive our current world and domestic problems. There is nothing more that needs to be explained. We are Americans!

I Washed My Face In the Morning Dew

When I was a young boy, growing into a teenager and then young adult, my late brother, Kenny, used to let me listen to his album collection. Later, when he went off to start his own life, he gave me that collection. They were the 33-1/3 RPM record albums. They were also called the LP or Long Playing albums. Among those vinyl albums were what are classics today. All of them were storytelling songs. Ballads, legends, love songs and a lot of truck-driving songs and songs about traveling. There was every trucker driver song and singing storyteller of the day. Too, among the high stack of classics were such greats of the times as the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Peter Paul and Mary, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, and many, many others.

Story telling music was a central part of my entertainment as well as aspiration. They stimulated my desires to be a writer, a storyteller and they inspired me to become a humanitarian.

We were poor. When I was 16 I started working at a a retail store. I purchased an 8-track player for a car I didn’t yet have and collected 8-track tapes. I had a large, growing collection to go along with my brother’s LP collection.

My late dad hooked up the 8-track player he setup for me in the backroom. Using alligator clamps he wired the player to a 12-volt car battery for juice. I learned to improvise early. Daddy was a master improviser. He didn’t live long enough to see me graduate at the age of 17. That’s always been a hollow spot in my heart. There was nothing I wanted more.

A lot of those songs were about people down on their luck. Traveling songs made up a lot of them. Love songs told about broken hearts. It was all part of the process that shaped my lifelong desire to be a storyteller, a writer. Too, it gave me the aspiration to be a humanitarian.

All of the songs in those days were written by great song writers of the time. They were sung by singing storytellers. One of the best among them was one of the newer guys that came along, Tom T. Hall. Like Bobby Bare and others, many of his songs were about traveling and people down on their luck. They told stories about people in great destitution. That was more than 50 years ago, about when a politician named Lyndon B. Johnson introduced into Congress what was called the Johnson Amendment. It was the beginning of the IRS 501(c)(3) and the War on Poverty. 50 years later, there are over one-million nonprofits and just as much destitution as there was in those days.

Tom T. Hall wrote and sang the song that stood out in that pile of albums and 8 track tapes with a voice all of its own. It was probably my favorite song, then, and now. He was a master at telling his stories so that you wouldn’t soon forget them. They called Tom T. Hall the Storyteller.

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