IT SEEMS THAT WHEREVER I GO . . . THE FIGHT GOES WITH ME:
Anne, Stryker, April the Cat and I have been on the Road . . . as of now, for 4-Days. And with every trip we take through the HEARTLAND of America, we learn more and more of the psyche of the People who live in what is known to the media as FLYOVER COUNTRY.
It’s called FLYOVER COUNTRY, because, in this fast-moving age of transportation, not all that many people take the time to travel the Highways and Bi-Ways through the American Core, from the Canadian Border all the way through to the Gulf of Mexico by Car or RV.
But for Anne and myself, this is the ONLY WAY we want to travel through America.
LET ME TELL YOU THIS . . . The people who live on either Coast, who don’t really travel by Car or RV across their own country, or who might take to the Highways, but without paying any attention to the People, have no idea whatsoever, what is really important to the People in the CENTER of their own Country.
I have known no shortage of people, who travel from the North to the South, right across the continent, stopping mostly to gas-up, grab a quick bite, generally at a known National Fast Food Brand Restaurant, sleep when they really need it, and get to their destination as soon as they can, spending little to no time absorbing the local Flavor.
And if we were to ask what they thought of the people who live and work in places like Wytheville Virginia, Helen Georgia, or Luckenbach Texas, they wouldn’t know.
Outside of Alaska and Hawaii, Anne and I have traveled to just about every State in the Union. And the few we haven’t yet visited are on the Top Of Our List. But, we don’t just visit. We try our hardest to fit-in with the people. Not the tourist promotion types, but rather with the REAL People. And wherever we’ve been, we’ve been warmly accepted and treated like one-of-their-own. Not quite like KIN, but not far from it, because, that’s how friendly, open, and inviting these people are.
LEFT AND RIGHT COASTERS – WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND:
I’ve lived almost half my life in a large Liberal City (Montreal), and travelled for business to other large Liberal Cities in Canada and the USA, but also to small rural areas in Canada and the United States, selling my services and products. And unlike most of my competitors, who worked for Large Corporations, going after Large Clients, I had to be content with selling and servicing smaller businesses, almost always managed by the Owners.
THIS IS WHERE I DEVELOPED A REAL UNDERSTANDING OF SMALL TOWN AMERICA:
Unlike BIG Companies, where Agreements are actually CONTRACTS, drawn-up by lawyers, my AGREEMENTS inevitably were/are understandings between two individuals, agreed upon by the FIRM GRIP OF EACH OTHER’S HAND.
Once in my life . . . I turned to a lawyer to have an agreement drawn up, which I intended to use as a blueprint for all future Contracts I would use with Clients.
The Agreement the Lawyer presented to me was about a dozen pages long, covering all the bases, which cost me several thousand of dollars, and ended up in the garbage, NEVER EVER TO BE USED.
Instead, the agreement I always presented to our Clients, just so we understood each other, was . . . I will do this, you will pay that, and thank you for your Business, which never exceeded a few lines in each other’s obligations to each other. We would then Shake Hands, congratulate each other on a good deal, and get along with making our agreement work.
And that’s still how it’s done in FLYOVER Country.
But, to someone from the Big Leftist Cities . . . that’s as Foreign a CONCEPT to them, as is Limited Government, Low Taxes, Patriotism, Individual Rights and Freedoms, Old-Time Values, and the Second Amendment.
WE WENT TO THE GRAND OLE OPRY . . . AND WHAT AN EXPERIENCE IT WAS:
You can’t be in Nashville and not visit the Grand Ole Opry, since, nothing in my opinion exemplifies Southern and Western Music, Culture and Traditions, than what you’re going to experience at the Opry.
Anne and I have gone to many great performances, performed by fabulous Musical Artists at celebrated Performing Art Centers throughout North America. So we aren’t Neophytes to good talent and production values, which meant that our expectations for the Opry were pretty high.
WE WEREN’T DISAPPOINTED – but let me tell you about the six other Canadians, Anne and I met just by chance, while standing outside waiting to be let into the Late Show.
The six of them were from the Province of Ontario, same as Anne and myself. Four of them spent their time in Florida for the winter, while two, who were separate from the other four, spent their time near Brownsville Texas.
As soon as they discovered that we were Canadians, the first question asked by them to us was – What do we think of Justin Trudeau, our still new Canadian Prime Minister? So imagine their surprise, when I told them that he is a DISGRACE to Canada, and has already caused our country serious and perhaps irreparable problems that are going to lead to long-term national pain.
AND IMAGINE MY SURPRISE . . . when the SIX OF THEM told me they voted for Trudeau, and two said they vote would for him again. And then the JERK who would vote for him again, and his wife who stay in Southern Texas over the winter, let me know, while using foul language (plenty of the F-Word), how much they HATED American Conservatives, and only Trudeau can protect us from the USA.
AND THEN THEY LET ME HAVE IT ABOUT AMERICANS BEING GUN-NUTS:
This impromptu and unsolicited conversation lasted about two minutes longer with my fellow Canadian, who was about the same age as me, who never expected my aggressive and far less than friendly retort. I think he thought this would be a pleasant and friendly exchange of ideas between two Canadians far from home. SURPRISE – SURPRISE.
I asked him . . . “what it was, in his opinion that made Canada a GREAT COUNTRY“, to which he said FREEDOM. To which I replied . . . “WHAT FREEDOM?” And then I let him have it with BOTH BARRELS, not hesitating to reload and give him another couple of rounds just for good measure.
This guy, virtually like all of Canada’s LEFT, is a FRIGGING IDIOT. He had no idea what he was talking about. But he talked anyway. He didn’t know about French Canada’s DRACONIAN Anti-English Language Laws, because it didn’t yet impact upon him. He had no idea how Trudeau, in just a few months, had managed to smother Canada in Crippling Debt. And he didn’t understand Trudeau’s Immigration Policy, which is flooding Canada with FIFTY-THOUSAND half-vetted to non-vetted Moslem Immigrants.
AND EVEN THOUGH HE HATED AMERICA’S GUN RIGHTS . . . he had no idea whatsoever what the Second Amendment stood for or meant. But, nonetheless, he saw all Americans who wanted to own guns and carry guns, to be nuts, or so SCARED OF THEIR NEIGHBORS, that these people weren’t mentally fit.
IMAGINE HIS FACE WHEN I LIT-INTO-HIM WITH . . . “I own guns. My wife owns guns, and we keep them with us wherever we travel in Gun Friendly States in the USA.” Which is very UN-Canadian of us.
DO YOU THINK YOU SCARE ME?
“Did you ever brawl in a bar or on the street over whatever? Did you ever get into a bloody fight at hockey games while playing on the ice? Did you ever fight in International Karate Competitions? Did you ever have to live with armed bodyguards, just because millions of people hated your guts for standing for Freedom Of Expression, while the threats came in fast and furious?”
I DID ALL OF THAT.
“In 1996” I told him, “that I was one of Canada’s News-Makers-Of-The-Year. I spoke before Parliamentary Commissions. I had private and public Meetings with US Members of Congress at their invitation in Washington to discuss Canada, Quebec, and US Agreements. And to add to that, Anne and I were hosted by your hero, Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien, whom Anne and I both had no use for.”
SO LET ME ASK YOU AGAIN . . . DO YOU THINK YOU SCARE ME?
I reminded this Jerk . . . “that When the Nazis took Power in the early 1930’s, one of the first things Hitler took away from the Jews was their RIGHT to OWN and BEAR ARMS. Stalin did the same to the Russian people. Moa Zedong did it to the Chinese. Pol Pot did it to the Cambodians, and the North Koreans are in the same boat as the aforementioned.”
“READ THE SECOND AMENDMENT . . . before shooting-off your mouth, and you’ll understand that the Founding Fathers of the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution foresaw the EVIL that is inherent in Big Government, and wanted the Government to live in FEAR of the PEOPLE, rather than the PEOPLE living in FEAR of the GOVERNMENT.”
“And if you ever read documents written by GREAT Americans such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, you would understand why there exists the SECOND AMENDMENT.”
With that . . . I said to him – “As long as GOOD PEOPLE CAN OWN AND BEAR ARMS, I have no fear of EVIL within government and people like you, who are ENABLERS and useful IDIOTS.”
With that . . . I turned my back on this Insult to the Canadian Flag, and the exceptionally Brave Men and Women like my Parents, who sacrificed plenty so this JERK can SPIT in the FACE of those who have fought and will continue to FIGHT and DIE for his FREEDOM, and wondered why he would want to be at the HEART of the most Conservative Place in America – at the Grand Ole Opry where almost every song sings the praises of Conservative America, lauding all the FREEDOMS the Stars and Stripes represent?
Because we were amongst a huge crowd of some 4,000 people, waiting in the cold last night, to get into the Opry, while the early show was about to let-out, there was no shortage of Americans who quietly listened intently to this argument, and when it was all over, I saw through the corner of my eye how a few of them simply shook their heads – I guess in disbelief.
By the way . . . before the invectives began to fly from me to them, as we exchanged the usual pleasantries, the six of them were only too happy to have told me that they were long retired from the Canadian Civil Service. Have I ever told you how much disdain I have for the LEFT AND CIVIL SERVANTS?
I REPEAT . . . THE LEFT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT FLY-OVER COUNTRY.
And I hope I screwed-up their night, as much as my stand in their face made me feel real good about being a Conservative in the land and home of the Grand Ole Opry.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov