Folks here are reacting rather badly to the cool, rainy weather ... it's been awhile since we had a sunny, warm summer. I admit that this year hasn't been all bad, but facts are stubborn things (as has been widely noted elsewhere) ... and the facts are that Anchorage has had two of the three coolest summers on record, in the last four years.
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I've mentioned before that there's only one highway in/out of Anchorage. That's hard for folks from the States to wrap their heads around, but it's true. You can go north on Highway 1, or south on Highway 1; there are no other choices.
Earlier this afternoon, there was a three-car accident on the highway south of town, with one killed and 14 injured. One of the vehicles involved was a fully-loaded passenger van, and the highway will be closed intermittently until 10 p.m.
When my friends ask why we haven't moved from Anchorage to a more rural setting, I point at the highway and rest my case.
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I've been struggling for 35 years to explain my experience when I got out of the Navy, a couple years after the end of the Viet Nam war. I didn't recognize the attitudes of the people I'd known before, and felt lost. But I could never really explain it to anyone else.
Now I can. I read Alan Caruba's most recent blog post, and was struck by this passage:
In a recent Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan, took note of the present “American unease” saying the reasons for it were in some ways “deeper and more pervasive” than concerns of the current financial crisis. “Some are cultural. Here are only two,” she wrote. “Pretty much everyone over 50 in America feels on some level like a refugee. That’s because they were born in one place—the old America—and live now in another.”
More than a 100 million Americans are over 50, a third of the nation’s population. Noonan said, “They hear a new culture out of the radio, the TV, the billboard, the movie, the talk show. It is so violent, so sexualized, so politicized, so rough. They miss the old America they were born into, 50 to 70 years ago.”
Yes indeed. And the cultural divide is now so wide that I fear we cannot and will not find common ground. A number of writers have recently started to speak of the inevitability of a bloody civil war in this country, in the near future. I find that I must agree, as agonizingly painful as the idea is.
My faith and trust is in God, and in Him I will stand fast. As noted in yesterday's post, "those who endure to the end will be saved." But however the natural world goes, I fear it will not end well for the United States. There's a reason why the U.S. isn't mentioned in the 'end times' passages in the Bible. May God have mercy on us.