People ask why I'm a hermit; the answer is neither simple nor
clear. The truth of the matter is that there are numerous
reasons why I live in solitary fashion. The easiest explanation
is that I simply enjoy the open spaces. Too many people in too
small a pen leads to heartless anonymity, and heartless
anonymity convinces more than a few members of our society that
they may engage in all forms of destructive behavior with little
fear of consequence.
In our large urban areas, for instance, residents are
assailed with hourly updates on the latest murder, robbery,
rape, assault or kidnapping. Their immunity to horrific news
escalates until the only things that tweak their sensibilities
are atrocities of a extraordinarily hideous nature. Reports of
homicides, knifings, shootings or sexual assault do not result
in so much as a raised eyebrow. If an offense is not massive and
disgusting - something like a Jeffrey Dahmer buffet or an
Oklahoma City bombing – it is not deemed worthy of attention.
That's not the case in rural areas. We have yet to become
desensitized. A murder would be the talk of the county before
the victim was cold, with vociferous debates regarding guilt,
innocence and punishment taking center stage.
There are other incentives that led me to adopt a hermit's
existence. I like living in places where people are justifiably
incensed by illegal acts and outrageous behavior. I like living
in places where something as innocuous as back fence gossip is
the most common infraction against persons or property. I like
living in places so sparsely populated that I can keep my head
beneath the radar, avoiding most of the fools, a majority of the
bureaucrats and all who live by the laws of political
It's a fact. I view the pabulum spilling forth from the
"elite" social centers of both the east and west
coasts as beneath contempt. My idea of celebrating diversity
lies in living with three different breeds of dogs. I laugh when
I hear the NAACP scream their heads off because a Southern state
still flies a Confederate flag. Ooooooh...what a burning issue.
Concentrating on such minutiae is a sure way to end hunger,
improve literacy, curtail drug addiction, encourage education
and create jobs. If African American "leaders" such as
Sharpton and Jackson truly cared about their people, they would
be working to achieve the aforementioned noble goals, rather
than fanning the flames of hatred with the Stars and Bars.
Attacking a proud symbol of Southern heritage is a wholesale
distraction on their part, a diversion which allows them to be
falsely perceived as stout-hearted and valorous while they line
their own pockets.
I snicker at the media presence afforded the homosexual lobby
- estimated by the latest scientific studies to comprise not
more than two or three percent of the population. This tiny
group is graced with a ridiculously high profile by the
gay-crazy networks, with their message being that gross-out
lifestyle choices should be embraced by all Americans as normal
and healthy. Hogwash. The predominantly gay AIDS epidemic
exemplified the health benefits of homosexual behavior, and
contrary to secular humanistic belief, "normal" is not
a relative concept. Ideals such as right and wrong, good and
evil, normal and abnormal are blatantly apparent and easily
defined. All that is required to identify them is half a brain,
an ounce of common sense and the thimble-full of audacity
requisite to stepping up to the plate and speaking the truth.
Unfortunately, most folks would rather pull the curtains and
keep silent least they become the focus of angry words or deeds.
They prefer to live as lambs rather than lions, but demand the
respect due only to those possessing the guts and sense of duty
to step out on the limb and upbraid that which is dishonorable.
There are many reasons I live in the boonies with a pack of
pups; some of them are personal matters having to do with a love
of nature and the sense of peace that arrives with blessed
solitude. However, disappointment and disillusionment with our
society would also figure heavily on the list. That anyone could
hear such phrases as gun control, hate crime laws, roadless
initiatives, same-sex unions or sensitivity training without
becoming nauseated and outraged - let alone stand silently by
while such abominations are legitimized by executive fiat and
activist jurists - is beyond my comprehension. That Americans
allow the government to strip them of their civil rights, that
they abrogate their individualism in exchange for table scraps
and false promises, is a sign of our headlong rush towards
apathy and voluntary subjugation.. It appears to me that our
culture - as defined by government and media - is beyond repair.
Our traditional birthright of life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness – as intended by the wise men who wrote the
Constitution - lies shredded and tattered.
Individuals built this country, and only individuals can
restore it. They could, you know, but it will never happen if
they don't first exhume their lost courage, tenacity and
When people refuse to speak for themselves, their enemies
speak for them.
Speak now, or forever hold your peace.
Ourselves: A Citizen's Guide to the Great Debate over Tax Reform
by Joel Slemrod, Jon M. Bakija
DVD's Under $10 at buy.com!
A Force More Powerful: A
Century of Nonviolent Conflict
by Peter Ackerman, Jack DuVall
Atlas Shrug? The Economic Consequences of Taxing the Rich
by Joel Slemrod
Scan your PC for viruses now!
Magazine of the Month
The IRS v. The People
by Jack Kemp (Editor), Ken Blackwell (Editor), Rush Limbaugh
the Web for:
Free Online Games