01-05-2017 Tri-City Area History Page

Paw Paw River Journal


A New Beginning

 Well, here we are… a brand new year in front of us.  A blank page on which we can write whatever we wish.  How did the old one go?  It gets mixed reviews when you check a cross section of folks.  Out on the West Coast where anything can happen and often does, some famous people said they would move to Canada if Trump were elected.  Have they gone yet?  I wonder why not?

I don’t think they will enjoy the winters up there anyway.  If they don’t like the country that made them wealthy, and they stay to keep on doing whatever they were doing to entertain us, why should we buy tickets to see them do whatever they do?  Stuff that is sometimes inane, meaningless, and contributes little to the common good.

Who are the people beating their collective breasts and hollering the loudest?  I suspect it is those who are getting entitlements!  Don’t worry, folks, your checks will not stop coming… at least right away.  Some people who are riding the gravy train may eventually lose their stuff… perhaps there are a few who don’t deserve a free ride with the rest of us paying for them anyway.

And Middle America, all of the hard working people who had their say this time will go on working for a living and hoping for some equity in life.  This country started out with so much promise.  We have been a beacon for the world.  Everyone would like to live here.  And some people now would like to live here and change us to the way other countries have gone… to their sorrow.  Just ask many of the citizens of Germany and France… if they could only go back!

Well, this is still a country for everybody.  That is… a country for everyone who will live by our rules! The rules laid out in the Constitution.  I hope we can live under the Constitution and keep that document at the center of our lives.  Let’s look at the positive side of things.  Hopefully there will be more jobs.  Wouldn’t you like to see the airports and railway systems rebuilt?  Wouldn’t it be great to have the rust belt sanded, primed and painted, and going full speed ahead!  Sounds good.  Let’s give it a chance!

And the poor people who live crowded together in cities… they need a chance at a better life.  Amidst all the promises of the past 50 years nothing has changed for them.  Now is the time to get them jobs.  Some of them have never had jobs!  They need to have a chance at education and a better life.

Most people in the entertainment industry fought tooth and nail to keep the system as it was.  But a few have stepped forward now with a calming voice.  One of them is actor Tom Hanks.  He is a liberal, and he has said something really worth listening to.  I found the following quotation on Wikipedia:

“The way Hanks sees it, the U.S. Constitution will always keep us safe.  He said, ‘That document is going to protect us, over and over again, whether or not our neighbors preserve and protect and defend it themselves.

“‘We are going to be all right, because we constantly get to tell the whole world who we are,’ Hanks continued. ‘We constantly get to define ourselves as Americans. We do have the greatest country in the world. We may move at a slow pace, but we do have the greatest country in the world because we are always moving toward a more perfect union.’”

This past November, America stood on the edge of the abyss.  We looked in at the blackness and drew back.  Some will still say, “No, that’s not the way it was!  We missed a chance at greatness!”  So I guess it just depends on your point of view.

Well, admittedly around here we have more of our life behind us than ahead of us.  And we are pleased to be still following the Constitution. Our Founding Fathers were wise men.  They didn’t always agree, but they hammered out a document that has served us well for over two hundred years.  I see no reason not to follow it now.

Many, wiser than I, have said that our next generations would be the first not to have a better life than we have had.  Well, that all has changed, and now there is hope that we will be climbing to new heights.  Let’s all pull together and see if we can make it happen as we weave more golden threads into the tapestry of our lives in these story book towns along the Paw Paw River.

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