Ronbo has graciously invited me to post on The Freedom Fighter's Journal. I'm the Gunslinger, from Gunslinger's Journal and I'm delighted to accept his invitation.
This afternoon I heard from a friend who is frustrated because now that he is retired and can move away from his over-regulated, over-taxed, and overrun state, he worries that there is no longer anywhere to move to.
I found myself recommending places where old notions of Americana are still honored, but with warnings about cruel weather, harsh winters, difficult living; all the normal cautions about states like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota...
And suddenly it occured to me: Maybe rather than mourning the necessity of moving to such inhospitable climes in order to escape the dependency and nannyism of the welfare state, we should think back to our beginnings and see that it might be just what we need. Perhaps Providence is leading the way to an American Renaissance.
Like it or not, America and the West are the inventions of White People, who themselves are the product of the Cold North. Biology insists on it. Could it be that the qualities and characteristics developed by neccissity in that forbidding territory are also those required for building the richest, most powerful, most prosperous and successful culture in the history of mankind?
Is it perhaps our living in the balmy climes that has sapped our strength, our convictions and our courage, and allowed our glorious culture to degenerate to the hapless, unsure, pathetic and suicidal thing it has become?
If the flight of Americans from the "Big Easy" that liberal dependent America has become, in order to find the freedom and independence that still resonates in our souls, forces us into the inhospitable climates of our own Cold North, perhaps it will recreate our beginnings, reteach us the lessons we once knew, and provide the natural climate for the rebirth of our original soul, and thereby the rebirth of America as it once was, and was meant to be.
I'm not crazy about blizzards. But I am crazy about strong, independent, fierce, determined, victorious, fearless, risk-taking Vikings! And maybe the latter requires the former.*
This is not a scientific thesis...just an interesting question that crossed my mind.
* A quick and dirty snapshot of European history: Fierce Northern Tribes scattered throughout Europe and Britain, conquering the indigenous peoples. They lived and thrived there for centuries. Then, during the Viking Age, Norsemen from the frozen wastes, ravaged through Europe as far as Russia, the Middle East, and Spain, easily conquering their former cousins who were unable to defend against them in their milder, easier climates. Was it just an accident of fate? Or was it a failure we didn't learn from, and thus have repeated?
P.S. Thanks Ronbo. Nice place you've got here! Gunny