Anne, Stryker, April the Cat, and I . . . pulled onto the Farm very late yesterday afternoon (Wednesday April 13th), just as the sun was going down, from our very long 2,000 Mile Road-Trip from Austin Texas.
We were greeted by our three Beautiful Horses . . . and our extremely close friend Christine, who along with her husband Frank own the property we lease, where we keep our Horses, and where we spend most of the summer, who made sure to have supper ready for us when we arrived – it was indeed a very heartwarming homecoming.
Before starting the three-hour last leg of our journey home from the US Canada/Border, we spent about an hour with Canada Customs, as they examined the serial numbers on our guns, to make certain that we weren’t bringing anything into the country that we shouldn’t.
But it was a kind of a fun inspection, since the Border Guards were far more interested in knowing what gun ownership was like in Texas, than it is in Canada, and how well the Texas Locals and Authorities received us as Canadian Gun Owners.
Actually, I think the Customs People were also more intrigued with the type of guns we had, than with their legality. And since we had been driving and pulling our 22-Foot Travel Trailer, which we use to transport ourselves between Texas and Ontario (for 5-Days), I was happy for the ONE HOUR RESPITE, and for the camaraderie we enjoyed with the Canadian Custom’s People . . . Talk about an Oxymoron.
And once leaving the Border, Anne’s task was simple . . . call our family and friends who we haven’t seen in about 6-months, and set-up the suppers and get-togethers, since for the first time, we actually knew when we would be home.
WE LOVE OUR HOME. We’re BLESSED with WONDERFUL Family and GREAT Friends. We’re privileged beyond description to have our Horses and the many other “things” that enhance our lives . . .
AND WE DON’T TAKE FOR GRANTED . . . all the people who know our names, and know something about us, who live in and around the small rural community we’ve called home for a great many years.
BUT WE ALSO MISS TEXAS . . . since Austin and area have also become HOME.
We already miss the restaurants and grocery stores we’ve become comfortable with. We miss the clerks and service people who’ve come to know who we are, as we’ve come to know them.
In our neck of the woods – back here between Montreal and Ottawa on the Ontario Side of the Provincial Line, we LOVE the Bread and Baked Goods we just can’t get in Texas. But in Texas, we’re already missing the Fried Chicken and Smoked Ribs and Brisket you can’t get anywhere else.
So in many ways, Anne and I are thrilled to be back “HOME”, but are already homesick for the HOME and GREAT FRIENDS we’ve just left behind in Texas.
One of the first emails I received as a WELCOME HOME this morning . . . came from a very close friend of mine, who welcomed us back – in his words . . . to the “GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD”, wanting to know how soon we could get together over a meal.
As I read his email, it dawned on me, that I just Left the Greatest Country in the World, only to return to a country that has forgotten what it was that once did make it a GREAT country, which it isn’t anymore . . . not by a long shot.
It also reminded me, why I take such an incredible interest in the USA, since in the United States, I still see salvation for Canada, for as long as there is a HOPE that the American Dream can be REVIVED – Canada will have hope too.
During our travels home over the past week . . . whenever we stopped for the night, I spent a great deal of my time reading and catching up on the News – American, Israeli and Canadian . . . with as little European news that I felt I needed to know, with the exception of England’s push to leave the EU (European Union).
AND TO MY GREAT CONSTERNATION, BUT NOT SURPRISE . . . I discovered that for the first time, since surveys have been taken, that a terrifying number of Americans believe that for them and their children, the American Dream no longer exists, and has grown beyond reach.
A VAST MAJORITY OF YOUNG LIBERAL AMERICANS . . . seem to doubt that they can ever become rich, and most seem to have settled to be ordinary. And if that’s what the American LEFT understands that leveling the Playing Field should be all about, as Obama, Clinton and Sanders keep promoting . . . they and others like them should be drawn and quartered, As Enemies Of The State.
Given the shenanigans of the Insiders in both Parties, but specifically amongst Republicans, who are using every complicated dirty trick they can muster, with which to control the vote for THEIR pick to run for the White House, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have become the 21st Century’s answer to John Galt, who was Ayn Rand’s Savior in her classic . . . Atlas Shrugged.
IF THE SURVEYS OF HOPE ARE ACCURATE . . . that the American Dream is just about dead, America and Canada will be finished in less than a decade, as Asian Countries will pass us by laughing in our face, as they scream SUCKERS for how we allowed Insiders to steal from us . . . what wasn’t theirs to take.
UNDER NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES . . . Trump would not in my opinion be the man to occupy the White House, but with every passing day, it is becoming evident, that we no longer need a simple nudge in the right direction, because, what we really need is a sound kick in the ass . . . for all of us to WAKE-UP and take back all that was stolen from us.
And anyone like the SLEAZE John Kasich, who thinks that pandering, and swooping like a vulture waiting for the carrion after the Insiders eviscerate their targets (Trump and Cruz), who also believes that Going Along to Get Along will save the American Dream, is either Deluded by his own image of over stated self worth, or is simply stuck on Stupid.
Anyway . . . all of that said – what we need is a Two Fisted Back-Alley Street Fighter in the White House, who will do whatever it takes to get the job done, and the only two men I have thus far seen who are willing to do just that, are Trump and Cruz.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov