We finally made it to Rifle! As I posted earlier we had planned to stay with our friend Edie again this year if it worked out. It has and we are here. This morning we went to church with our “family” here. Many were out of town for various reasons but we really enjoyed seeing all of those who were there. Afterwards about ten of us went to lunch together and visited for and hour and a half.
The weather here is hotter than we like it but was told I didn’t have any control over that. Wrong! Weather is what you make it. If it is too cold, dress warmer, to hot, find a shady spot with a breeze. Still not comfortable? Go to a quiet spot in your mind and relax and enjoy what surrounds you. I know that sounds a lot like the hippies I used to enjoy making fun of and harassing but I tend to think it is more like the apostle Paul who said he had learned to be content in whatever situation he found himself. Guess life is just a state of mind.
This week the temperatures are supposed to be five to ten degrees cooler, low 90’s which is the seasonal averages. That will help the firefighters that are battling at this time eight fires in the state. None are within a hundred miles of us but we are getting smoke from the fires in the Durango, Cortez areas. It seems that the whole state is on fire. The TV today said about half the firefighting equipment and personnel are in Colorado. That is pretty impressive because Arizona and New Mexico both have massive fires burning too. There is a fire west of Colorado Springs that is threatening my pard Gary’s house. Right now it looks like it will not get into town but it is threatening. The High Park fire near Fort Collins has burned 191 homes so far and is far from containment. Edie has friends and family memories in the Buckhorn area near that fire.
The fires are not the only threat our state and our nation are facing. Regardless of your political leaning you have to be concerned about our future. Things have changed so much it is difficult to see a clear path to a good future. Our country has become so polarized, neither side giving any ground, that no decisions are being made. The man in the White House has decided that He is King and will make the decisions that our elected representivites are not making. The result is a monarchy instead of a Republic.
I do not care which party is in power or who occupies the White House. They do not have the right, the power or the mandate to circumvent our Rule of Law just because they think it seems like the right thing to do. If our Representatives do not agree on a decision then let them keep at it until they do. They, not the person in the White House, are given the right to make the law. If they are that far apart then we, who hold the real power, need to either change who represents us or begin a dialogue at the local levels to come to a consensus. We have Rule of Law as established in our Constitution. To abrogate it’s place in our system of government can only lead us down into loss of freedom. No man can be above the Law without make everybody else less equal under the law.
In the last few months so many decisions have been made without the Rule of Law to make me very concerned and angry with our government. Both sides are at fault because neither will compromise. The man who would be king must be held accountable for his unlawful actions. We, the people, must take back our government unless we want to continue to lose our freedoms one by one. There are too many unlawful actions that have taken place in the last year to list here so do your own research and see how the Rule of Law has been bypassed. Our country needs all of us.