Good days ahead

Rarely does a single tweet grab my attention. I’m on the platform, as you know, but I’m not a voracious (or even daily) consumer of Twitter. This morning, however, I was struck by something I heard reported and then read for myself. Check this out:

“The price of ‘freedom’ in the US: 1 million Covid deaths + 40,000 gun deaths per year + 107,622 Fentanyl deaths in 2021 alone. The American people deserve something far better than that. What we want is to protect our people’s lives and ensure them a better life.”

I can’t imagine a more concise expression of the totalitarianism that’s poisoning American politics and destroying its culture. Liberty, according to progressives, is an unnecessary evil, an impediment to control, and it must be suppressed.

So which Democrat tweeted that? Who threw down the calling card of the America-hating Left?

The tweet came not from the putrid DC swamp but from seven thousand miles away — this critique of the “price of freedom in the US” was posted by Hua Chunying, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Communist China.

I’m not suggesting that’s surprising, considering the nature of that regime. I’d like to make a different point.

Notice, please, how closely that ChiCom rhetoric resembles what we hear from the current occupant of the Oval Office and his cabal. Those 48 words could’ve been spoken on the floor of Congress by virtually any Democrat. (Except the part about fentanyl. Leftists don’t give a shit about that.)

Don’t expect anti-American progressives to repudiate or sanction China for its “human rights abuses.” Truth is, they’re jealous as hell of the ChiComs. China is their model.

All this is news today because the Chinese people have taken to the streets in unprecedented numbers over ongoing WuFlu restrictions. Photos I’ve seen show bemasked protestors holding blank sheets of paper — symbolic, it’s said, of censorship imposed by the regime.

That’s absolutely meaningless. It’ll accomplish nothing. Those people pose no threat to their government.

No, America isn’t China. It is, however, as reimagined by Democrats and other progressives, pursuing the same ends. They’re obsessed with suppressing speech and revoking constitutional protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms — because those birthrights constitute the greatest threat to totalitarians.

Symbolic protests may or may not galvanize domestic (within China) support. You’ll hear lots of Americans saying, “The world is watching.” Whatever — the Chinese people long ago were cowed, and “the world” ain’t gonna do shit.

A disarmed, submissive populace is incapable of revolution. Without Liberty and the widespread courage to exercise it, this is all a show.

Here at home, we need to disabuse ourselves of the notion that our own federal government doesn’t aspire to the same level of repression. Government has become “destructive of those ends” and is not an ally of the People.

Watch and learn. Liberty is messy, but it beats the alternative. Get your mind right.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

Declaration of Independence

Beautiful day today — low 70s, sunny and breezy, pleasant enough for breaking out the zero-gravity recliners and lounging around the yard at the campsite. We did some laundry and did some chores. I threw a trickle charger on the chassis batteries, hoping to head-off unnecessary drama when we have to start the bus to make a propane run.

I remember when we first arrived here in mid-May of 2021, curious to see several of our fellow campers looking like they were here for a long haul. A couple of sites away, on a table outside a motorhome similar to Ernie, the guests were growing tomatoes in pots.

Turns out all of those people were waiting for a house to be built or a real-estate transaction to close. Now we’re “those people.”

That array of DeWalt cordless power tools we’d ordered on Black Friday arrived via FedEx yesterday. Immediately I set to work charging the 20V batteries, finishing overnight. I also took inventory of the bits and blades supplied with the tools. There wasn’t much — the circular saw came with a framing blade, while the oscillating multi-tool and jigsaw each were packed with a general-purpose wood blade.

That was it.

Fortunately we have with us a set of proper drill bits, along with drive bits that’ll work with the impact tool. And I had a little more shopping to do.

I left Deb behind at the campground this morning and drove the two miles down to Home Depot. First I put a couple of inexpensive tool bags into my cart. (The one provided by DeWalt didn’t come close to accommodating it all.) Then I browsed the long row of center-aisle displays at the front of the store, where I found almost everything else I was after.

You know I love mom-and-pop hardware stores like Miller’s in Harrison and Yellville. But I have to give this Home Depot the credit it deserves — last year it was where Deb and I first experienced the unexpected hospitality we’ve now learned is common here. Today was no different, from orange-aproned associates to fellow shoppers. Though it may be a big-box store, it doesn’t feel that way.

Back in the truck afterward, a pop-up on the dashboard display reminded me that it’s due for an oil change. I expect I’ll take it to a shop this time, and I’ll take care of that in the next week or so.

We’re in for a sub-freezing low tonight. Tomorrow’s high is forecast to be about 30°F colder than today. From there and for the next couple of weeks, the weather will be tolerable if not balmy.

Our site contractor will bring his excavator to The Mountain tomorrow. Work is expected to resume Friday or Saturday.

More good days are ahead.

Take care of yourselves, Patriots. Stay calm. Stay sharp. Stay free.

#WiseUp #LibertyOrDeath

#LetsGoBrandon #FJB

Both trailcams have been quiet lately.

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