It was October, still a little over a month before the USA Presidential election, and I was foolishly thinking that America would do the right thing and not fall for the Trumpocolypse.
We all know how wrong that line of thinking was, and only time will truly tell what consequences we will have to deal with due to that decision.
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far. In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”
I think that inspiration quotes can do little though in our current political climate. With a clear division in this country and the disillusion of many agencies that I find vital to our sustainability, I’ll consider myself lucky to to have visited this National monument before it too may one day be sold to Big Business for the almighty dollar.
I don’t see us, any of us, surviving the next four years without real heartache, and our realization that hate overshadowed our decency will be a hard lesson learned, and one that those who survive will be burdened with for years.