TRYING TO CATCH THE WIND
This story was written before the 2016 election of the President
The results of the next
election for President will determine whether we remain free people or become
slaves to poverty and unjust laws. The
middle class is almost gone and we have become a divided nation of the elite rich and the downtrodden
poor. It has been determined by some of the economic
"experts" that if you have a net worth less than $500 hundred-thousand dollars you are a part of the downtrodden poor.
Plus, the money you earn in the upcoming years will be heavily taxed and again, the "experts"
say the price for basic goods and services will be out of reach
for some . The results of our next presidential election will determine if
our grand children and great grand children grow up in a country
that offers no hope under a new flag yet to be determined. The decision that each of us make at the voting booth soon will determine
if we have a bleak future or a future of hope. I have
always managed my life from a position of hope. I expect to prosper
and help the Hikes Point News family of advertisers prosper too
in any future that presents itself, However, I can not deny, that for some in America, this is a time of darkness and death.
I know darkness. I know sorrow. As a minister, I have looked
into the eyes of the broken and the defeated too many
times as I laid their loved ones to rest. I have buried stillborn twins
in tiny graves and I have walked the funeral march with a father and mother whose
teenage daughter had been raped and her body broken into pieces and stuffed into
a trash can. I have read the scripture of Christ saying, "Let not your hearts be troubled"
to the broken hearted who asked, "Why my son? Why my daughter? Why my husband? Why my wife? The darkness
I have seen in the eyes of the parents who lost their children I now see
in the eyes of people in America. They
asked. "Why did I lose my house? Why was I fired from my job? Why did my wife leave me? Why did my business fail?" It seems
like we are surrounded now by demons and devils...and too many of us live in fear.
I have seen the devil and he looks like some of the
people I see in everyday life. As a country we are destroying one another. As a country
we have abandoned one another. As a country we have betrayed ourselves and the basic rules of civility. As a country, again, in the opinion
of the so called "experts", we have raised up a generation, that can not think, will not work
and serve only themselves. As a country we are lost and we have been
conquered from within by our own selfish lust to please ourselves. I asked myself, "is it
true"? Are we ripe and ready to be picked and conquered?
Political enthusiasts have said the results
of this next presidential election will seal our fate for the next 100 years. Your vote
or your unwillingness to vote will determine if we are still America or if we become
an un-soverign, borderless mass
of land. I will not tell you how to vote. You will have to figure that
out for yourself. But, please vote. Encourage everyone you know, who is quaified, to vote. To all the Hikes Point News Family of Advertisers I say put a sign in your store or office that says,
VOTE. I have lived in the generation that
witnessed some of the worst and best times in America. In each decade, since the 50's, my generation
has faced down the enemies of freedom and won. Even now I am full of hope and determination...not despair. Even though hanging on to freedom is like trying to catch
the wind, I believe together, we can keep freedom alive for
one another, our children, grand children and our great grand children. I truly believe in you and I believe
together we will win...when we all vote.
The above article was written before the 2016 election. Now it is 2021
and many people feel they are losing their freedom and what freedon they still have is becoming more difficult to keep.
One person shared with me, "I feel like I am always running and trying to catch up with the life we use to have in America.
Now, I am exhaustied and out of brief. I have no more energy to stand up for my freedom".
Writer, John Rodgers, written in 2013