So, we have to have a little patience. During my three year sojourn as a teacher, the social studies classes were used to indoctrinate students in liberal values, not so much to teach history or anything useful. I at least tried to sneak in a few lessons on how the government is set up, to the extent that I could without getting raked over the coals for "deviating from the approved curriculum."
The "Old Dead White Guys" who set up our government knew what they were doing. They didn't care for dictatorship, whatever you called it. So they designed three distinct but interlocking branches of government. Those branches were called the "legs of the stool" because if you removed one, the stool would fall over.
The Executive branch provided leadership. The Judicial Branch resolved disputes over what the law actually said. And the Legislative branch was intended to make law. That's a vast oversimplification but I'm thinking that people who read this blog already know all of this.
Over time, though, we've drifted away from that. The worst offenders are the judicial branch. The party in power selects the judges, and they select them for political reliability and not for sagacity or integrity. After 8 years of Obama, the federal courts are larded with extremist judges who are tools of the Democratic party. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is the Gold Standard of this crowd.
The Democrats can always find a judge who will block any Executive Order the President issues. It was Obama who tried to rule the country with Executive Orders, bypassing the legislative branch. By and large, he got away with it because the Federal Court System, like the media, is a tool of the liberals.
Then there's the fact that the Republican Party is full of political hacks who hate President Trump. Their plan is to make sure he can't deliver on his promises, then hope that he won't run for a second term. Then they can pull strings and arrange one of their own to run for President in four years, exactly as they tried to do this time. Win or lose, it will be "back to business as usual" and that's what they want. Some of these guys, like Paul Ryan, pretend to support the President but sabotage him at every step. Others, like McCain and Graham, don't even pretend.
So, the President is trying to shift the nation from the disastrous course the Democrats have held it on for eight years. He's doing it with no support from the judicial branch, and no support from the legislative branch. He's doing the best he can, but when all is said and done, it's a Herculean task. I think he'll clean out the Augean Stables, but he won't do it in the first 100 days .
The Deep Forest is not a city park.
I watched a movie yesterday that I just happen to see was playing on the HBO channels. It was based on a true story, which is a shame because it didn't end happily.
In 2005, Jacqueline Perry and Mark Jordan went back packing in the Missinaiba Lake Provincial Park, in Ontario, Canada.
They were not experienced hikers, and had no woodcraft.
They were both in their thirties, and were trying to hike to a lake Jordan had last visited in his High School days. Jordan told the Park Rangers he didn't need a map.
They took no weapons, no map, no compass, marginal food and water. Jacqueline thought she had her cell phone, but Mark took it out of her pack and left it in the car without telling her. He didn't want to be bothered with calls.
When you were a kid, did your mother read "If you go out in the woods today, you're in for a big surprise" to you? Well, these two got their surprise. They got lost, panicked, wandered blindly through the forest. A bear attacked their camp and ate Mark Jordan while his girlfriend watched. Everything you could possibly do wrong, these folks did.
The woods are not a park. Get far enough out, away from roads and people, and the woods aren't any different than they were when we lived in caves. There may not be dire wolves and saber tooth tigers, but there are plenty of animals who look cuddly in a zoo but a lot different in their natural habitat.
You can get lost really easily in the woods. Everything looks the same. There are generally not a lot of landmarks you can navigate by at ground level. If you can read a topographic map and use a compass (not just to find north, but to shoot azimuths) you should be ok. I don't go out in the woods much anymore, but when I did I used a hand held GPS system as a backup. Never, ever as the primary navigational tool, but as a backup. Granted, the one I had was primitive by today's standards, but I'd stick with the map and compass as primary no matter how nice GPS is. The map and compass won't go down and leave you adrift.
An Independent Film:
The movie "Collapse" is an independent, low budget film. I don't think there is a single professional actor in it, which I found to be refreshing. There are not many of the Hollywood crowd I have any interest in seeing, on screen or otherwise. I ordered this DVD but I think some libraries can get it for you at no cost.
Essentially, it's the story of two brothers, and the people they meet as they try to get from the Pacific Northwest to relatives in Arizona after an economic collapse. The movie shows common people in a positive light. Because the actors are not professionals, sometimes the acting is sketchy. Sometimes the plot is simplistic. But it's an uplifting show, and I enjoyed it.
If you are one of those folks who always sit behind me in theaters, and pick the movie to pieces as it plays, you probably won't like this one. But if you can take it for what it is, and cut the production a little slack, it's entertaining and you feel better about people in general after watching it.
President Addresses NRA Convention in AtlantaIf you didn't get to see the speech, here it is. It was a good speech. It's been a huge burden off the shoulders of gun owners not to have Barrack Hussein Obama, the liar who promised not to attack gun rights and then did all he could to do so, in office.
I flipped through all three Atlanta affiliates, and all they were showing were the clowns and flakes outside, with their stupid little signs. Everybody the media interviewed was from out of state as far as I could tell. The "protesters" did a little drama where they all lay down on the grass and pretended to be dead. They said they "represented" people who had been killed by guns. They should go down to Spring Street and do their protests in "de hood". I'm sure they would be well received by "de brudda's"