Weekly Posting of the Conservative Cow Doctor


Fatherly Advice

Wrangling horses is unfamiliar to most people, so only a fool would use it to make a political analogy; something this fool is about to do. Because most American horses live on small acreages the wrangling process consists of shaking a bucket of grain and getting the heck out of the way. Like indoctrinating subjects with free stuff, the horses charge into the corral oblivious to what happens next. (I could make my analogy right here, but my big point comes later.) A dwindling number of ranches still ride one horse to gather the others and in my experience it is always an all-out horse race. The more rugged the pasture and the ranker the ponies, the more dangerous the gather, so fathers wisely advise young cowboys to never attempt wrangling horses bareback using only a halter. Unfortunately, every cowboy forgets this advice one time in their lives and my mistake came on a wintery March day in the early ‘70s.

The impending ice age was the progressive hoax of the day and the hills above our Wyoming ranch were drifted with snow. Carrying a bucket of grain I figured I’d catch one horse, saddle him back at the barn and then gather the others. I spent an hour circumventing drifted brush patches in the knee deep snow before catching my mount at the very top of the highest hill nearly a mile from the barn. It was decision time. The thought of trudging back through the snow down to the barn was not appealing, so I fashioned the halter rope into a set of roping reins and hopped on bareback. “Heck,” I thought. “So I don’t have to do this twice, I’ll just chase all the ponies in as I go.” I circled behind the horses and gave a holler, triggering a horse stampede. This was the most foolish thing I had ever done…so far. (When measured on the stupid scale, recent decisions such as entering politics are far worse than wrangling horses bareback.)

The next ten minutes were a continuous snow-white blur punctuated with brown chokecherry patches. We were down the hill, up the hill, over the hill and through the hill. I thought about abandoning ship, but the foothills are so boulder strewn a soft landing was in question. On the third pass, the leads took the corral; I jumped off, shut the gate and vowed I would never, ever do that again. Spoken fatherly advice is generally sound, but easily forgotten, so if our founding fathers thought a point so important they actually wrote it down, is it not in our best interest we adhere to it? Here is what I mean.

In America’s birth certificate, our Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson clearly states our rights came from God and government only functions to secure those rights. (Commit this concept to memory, because this defines what it means to be an American.) Two recent news events reveal this truth is being progressively and purposely replaced with a lie. Early last week, in a CNN broadcast, a Democrat activist chastised VP candidate Paul Ryan for stating our rights came from God. “Maybe the rights of rich white men,” she whined, “but for the rest of us, our rights come from government.”

Later in the week, when Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa was chairing the Democrat National Committee platform convention, the inserted language containing the phrase “God-given potential” was booed by floor delegates. For the sake of their souls, I will assume they were expressing disagreement with the origin of rights rather than with God Himself.

Progressives purposely claim government gives you your rights for the simple reason the freedom to speak, assemble, bear arms, or worship can then be either protected or prohibited depending on a simple show of hands; the truly frightening and unstable arrangement inherent in a democracy. If the 56 patriots who signed our Declaration of Independence were willing to risk their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” stating God and not government as the origin of rights, is it not prudent we heed their advice? After all, it is written down. Think about it.

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