January 13, 2021 . . . I Sent an Email to Several People of a YouTube Sent to Me by a Montrealer who Reads Galganov.com, to Remind Me of How it Used to be in Montreal.
I’ve Watched This Video Several Times, Each Time With A Heavy Heart Through Teary Eyes.
The Video, which is just a Few Minutes Long – is Linked Just Under this Paragraph, which Illustrates the Music & Memories of Two Great Montreal Minstrels (Bowser & Blue) who I Know Personally, and Who I Engaged to Help Raise Funds for the Quebec Political Action Committee (QPAC), which I Founded, Led & Used to Fight for Freedom of Expression . . . More Than 30-Years Ago.
QPAC No Longer Exists . . . But I Do – And I’ve Never Stopped Fighting.
After Watching & Listening To This Bowser & Blue Montreal Classic . . . I Decided to Forward this Video to Several People, who I Knew would Want to See it, One of Whom is an American Friend, who is Somewhat Fascinated with the History of Montreal – The City Of My Birth, Which I Guess I’ll Always Call Home, Even Though Anne & I Haven’t Lived There Since The Year 2000.
I Won’t Publish His Name, Other Than To Call Him Frank & Add A Few Details, Which Are Pertinent To This Editorial.
Frank is a Bit Younger than me, But Not by Too Much. Like so Many Americans, Frank has Lived the American Experience through Good Times & Bad. Frank is a Conservative, was a West Virginian (Maybe Once A Virginian Always A Virginian), Lived in Georgia, Tennessee and Now in North Central Florida.
Frank & Frank’s Wife Met Anne & Myself in Texas at the County-Line BBQ, where we Realized Pretty-Much from the Get-Go that we Had Far More in Common Than Not . . .
Given Our Relationship . . .
I Thought Frank Would Want To See The Video. The Following In Italics Is Frank’s Response . . . Which I Didn’t Expect.
Watching this even brings tears to my eyes. As it brings back memories of growing up and living in a time and country that are long gone.
I feel like I am from another time and another country nowadays. My heart breaks and I am beyond sadness in where we are at, and what we have become in this country, society, and world.
It is hard to believe that our fathers and grandfathers, who fought in the greatest World War to secure the freedoms that we all shared growing up, and along with our mothers and grandmothers who were part of the greatest generation, sacrificed so their kids and grandkids could have the lives that they only dreamed of. It is all lost now.
I think of what my own great grandparents endured to escape out of Russia, travel to a distant world, start a new life, all in hopes of a better and free life.
They endured hardships, overcame struggles, worked like dogs to get ahead and lay the groundwork for a better tomorrow. The America that I grew up loving; The America of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s is gone for good.
That is when America was great, and it was ok to be pro-American. To love and respect the flag, to respect the police. When I watch shows, see movies, or look at photographs from a time gone by, I truly get emotional.
Howard you and Anne are two of my closet friends, even though we don’t get to visit as much as we would like, I still feel a real closeness to both of you. And I will admit to you, I am very depressed, distraught, and just plain down in the dumps about where we are at this moment in time.
I find myself often shedding tears over what we have lost, what we are in the process of losing, and where this will all end up.
Being a person who loves history, who looks back at the life of past decades through nostalgic eyes and fond remembrance, it rips at my soul to see what is happening. It is all being destroyed. Maybe I was born at the wrong time in history.
Even when I look back at the difficult and hard times I even experienced while a kid growing up in WV, it was not all bad. I still look back on those days with great enjoyment, pride, and a yearning for those days again. But I would trade what we have going now for any of those past days.
I think you understand what I am attempting to say in this email. However, you summed it perfectly in your email . . .”What is & What was”.
You Should Know That My Friend Frank & His Wife Are Not Snowflakes. They Are Successful Hardworking Decent Patriots.
You should Also Know . . . That there are Millions – Upon Millions – Upon Millions of North Americans (American & Canadian) who are Feeling just as Vulnerable, Deflated & Terrified for their Country, their Children, Grandchildren & Themselves as Frank is Feeling . . . All Of Whom Need To Be Encouraged, Supported & Given Hope.
People Don’t Want To Read, Listen To Or Watch The “Manufactured” News Created For Ratings. People Need & Want The Truth.
People NEED To Know They Aren’t Alone. That Over the Grayest & Most Malevolent Skies We’ve Seen in our Lifetime . . . There are Blue Skies & Bright Sunlight just Beyond.
People Need People . . . Who will Champion their Thoughts & Offer Hope & Courage, who will Not Back-Down, who Don’t Answer to a Producer, Director or Advertiser, who Will Plow Forward No Matter How Severe The Consequences Might Be . . . Because No One Wants To Stand Alone.
And Why Should You Support Galganov.Com Once A Month . . . The Preceding Paragraph Should Be Obvious.
If We Don’t Stand Together . . . Who Will Stand With Us? And If I Don’t Get Your Support – Who Else Can I Rely On?
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov