The Opening of America
As I was sitting here contemplating what I was going to write this week, wanting to be topical and subjective, the thought occurred to me that, aside from a cure for the coronavirus, the paramount issue nowadays is getting everybody back to work, the opening of America.
Before the plague, we thought of the opening of America as being done by men in covered wagons who rolled west into the great unknown, with only the word of a scout who had passed that way before to guide them.
And even if he knew the way, there was always the risk of hostile Indians, swollen rivers, avalanches, dried up water holes and a myriad of unknowable dangers and impediments they may have to encounter and defeat before they could move forward.
And although they took place in different centuries and with different purposes, I can draw an analogy between them.
Both the original and the modern-day opening of America are fraught with danger and uncertainty and must be approached with courage, tenacity and common sense.
When those wagon trains pulled out of St. Joe or wherever they left from, they departed with the full knowledge that there would be casualties, setbacks, trials and tribulations and that, only by continuing to move forward through it all could they ever reach their destination.
The journey we are now undertaking holds its own portion of peril.
There will be deaths that the media and opportunist politicians will blame on the efforts of those who are trying to get the nation back to work, there will be editorials, massive social media campaigns and whole TV shows devoted to acid criticism of those leading the charge.
And, like the pioneers who knew that if their dreams and aspirations of freedom, prosperity, security and stability were ever to be realized they would have to put aside the fear, accept the setbacks and push on through the obstacles to reach their goal.
And if our dreams of continued freedom, prosperity, security and stability are to be maintained, we must do the same thing.
We have no choice, we have to.
Although there are those who, because they think it will help them gain political power, would like to see everybody stay at home, the economy disintegrates, industries closed, city streets deserted and empty.
But those are the same people who seem to think that the food sold in grocery stores just shows up in trucks, never stopping to think that, without the infrastructure that supports the food chain the shelves would soon become bare and stay that way.
Trucks, tractors, farm machinery, even railroad locomotives, food processing equipment and a thousand other links in this complicated chain break down and need spare parts, growers need fertilizer, ranchers need replacement fencing, livestock farmers and chicken growers need feed and medicine for their animals.
The first time an eighteen-wheeler blows an engine and the replacement is not available, the first time a farmer can’t obtain the seed he needs to plant a crop, when inoculations for animals, even nuts bolts and gaskets are not available and breaks down an assembly line, a link in the fragile supply chain is broken. And when this has happened over and over again, the grocery stores shelves are barren and the panic begins.
So, America has to go back to work, American industry is like a Rubik’s Cube, you’ve got to have all the parts in position, an interdependent system of industries, services, production, transportation, agriculture and manufacturing requiring a gigantic workforce, and without that workforce the system just implodes.
There will be lessons learned, and I fervently hope that one of them is, for this nation to depend on any other nation in the world for anything it takes to insure the efficient operation and the strong security of our country is foolish and dangerous.
So thoughtfully, cautiously, carefully, prayerfully, in increments, in areas that are ready, it’s time to jump=start America’s economy and, with Almighty God’s guidance and help get back to being the greatest nation on earth.
What do you think?
Pray for our troops our police and the peace of Jerusalem.
God Bless America
— Charlie Daniels
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