Here is the hope of our future.
A good fence post is essential for the support of barbed wire. Problems are sure to develop if your fence post has rotted a little or if the hole wasn't dug down deep enough.
For the past several years, Americans have been leaning pretty hard on their fence posts. A person can assume that all fences are created equal, when in fact, they are only as good as the person who maintains the fence or digs the post-hole.
We can lay claim to our portion of this American fence as long as we will also accept responsibility for its upkeep. Never assume that a wood post will continually bear the impact of repeated attacks by large moving objects such as cows or careless drivers in pick-up trucks.
Events in America have taken on a nightmare quality. The sturdy fence posts of our Constitution, American Dreams, and Integrity have been battered beyond recognition.
Somehow, the annual cattle drive has been taken over by Guests from the Dude Ranch. They seem to get some of the concept, but continue to scatter cows into the mountains and canyons. The real cowboys have been told that they cannot use their horses but must instead trust these overly enthusiastic city-slickers with their most valuable horses.
Emotions have been running pretty high every day of this cattle drive and if we continue to allow the cows to scatter in so many different directions, no one will reach their destination in their journey of the American Dream.
It is time for a new fence to be built. Not to keep everyone out, but to Restore Order Within. There is a need to shore up the leaning fence posts and replace the rotten ones. Our barbed wire needs to be stretched tight and we should be more diligent on keeping watch along our fence lines.
Our points of view are better represented when ALL of us work toward keeping good fences and sharing the labor so that no single group takes on the entire burden for everyone else.
Like any cattle drive, sometimes we need to stop and rest in the shade a while. Our cows have journeyed a long way and still have a many miles to go before the trail ends.
Quite a few opinions are being expressed on how close we are to making sure that all the cows reach their destination. Some of us are very grateful to see where we have been and how far we have come and others think that we haven't moved fast enough.
Don't let the Cattle Rustlers scare the herd. We are much stronger when all of us decide that being an American is far more important than blazing new trails on rocky unforgiving terrain.
I am simply expressing my own personal point of view as I lean upon my Fence Post. Like anyone else, my view is limited to what I know and how I feel. I know what it is like to be charged by a cow or run over by a horse. I know what it is like when your horse wants to act up and causes fear in your heart.
Not everything in life is a perfect fit. No one person can expect everyone else to wear the same size cowboy boots or like the same style of hats. We can't always agree which breed of cow is superior over another breed.
What we can do is recognize that all breeds of cattle and horses can exist together. The Guests from the Dude Ranch can respect that a Cowboy has had some experience with green-broke horses and wild cows. And that all fences can be mended if Both Sides use the correct tools to do so.
Each of us have something to contribute to this wonderful nation of ours and it is long past time for all of us to quit dwelling on the rot and be grateful for being a citizen of the greatest nation on earth.