05 August 2011

Random Thoughts: Rain, Traffic, and Civil War

The wind is alternately still, then blowing briskly through the spruce and birch in the yard. The grey skies and rain showers which have been our constant companions since last Saturday evening, until early today, have returned.

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.


Bob said...

I enjoy reading SF with "new civil war" themes. John Ringo wrote a fine one called The Last Centurion, it's more of a post-apocalyptic than a true civil war story, although there are aspects of the latter after the flu wipes out much of the world's population. Since Ringo is politically conservative, the Left comes in for a lot of ridicule.

Matt said...

Just remember Psalm 121

Suzie Q said...

We are soon to rapture, friend. It will be a revolution fought by God. As far as the culture changing -- well, the wicked are becoming more wicked. They will vanish soon as the scripture says. Take heart. I was thinking of how wonderful it will be when all of us of good heart in Jesus as friends and family with singing enter Zion. You know the rapture happens on USA soil as it transfigures and the wicked are destroyed in fires of Revelation 18. We're the nation of Revelation 12. Take heart. It won't be long now. Always darkest before the dawn. This revolution will be fought by God and the Heavenly angels. And we'll all be "vets" of that war in Christ... together.

NavyOne said...

"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."

We have gotten much better at the "welcome home" our guys are getting. I am sad to say, Rev. Paul, that this country did not facilitate your re-entry into society when you'all returned. . .

threecollie said...

Thank you for sharing that on the cultural divide. Wow, is that ever the truth...and it extends across more than one generation. My parents and our kids as well, feel it. The kids look for honor in relationships and it seems to have gone out of style. So sad.

joated said...

So global warming hasn't reached the hinterlands of Alaska's summer, heh?

Tough to plan a commute when there's only one way to get from here to there and your ability to travel said route depends a few hundred other idiots doing lord-knows-what while alledgedly driving.

Teaching high school and then middle school for 32 years, I witnessed the change taking place in America. There were still some good, old style kids and families, but the number of troubled and dysfunctional ones grew steadily as the years progressed. I switched from HS to MS when the plieght of the older teens started troubling me too much. By the time I left MS in 2004, the same problems were appearing in 7th and 8th. You wanted to weep for the lost youths.

Stephen said...

I make comments frequently how this isn't the country in which I was born. I'm sixty. Many just don't get it. You do. Thanks.

North said...

I'm under 50. I get it. My eyes are open.

ProudHillbilly said...

The problem I have run into - and this may be because I live in the D.C. metro area and a lot of people have inhaled here - is that at 57 I can't communicate with my own generation. I relate much better to my parent's generation than I do with the people around me every day.

Groundhog said...

Hell, I'm only 46 and I get it just fine. I remember cartoons on Saturday morning that taught about the 'shot heard round the world' at Lexington and Concord.

Problem right now with the whole 'civil war' thing is that there aren't really any targets. Our gov't is busy destroying the nation in a very peaceable manner. We don't have troops marching to confiscate our 'powder'. Left and right don't have 'units' drilling in the field. The three percenters are just itching for a fight with no one to really shoot at.

Sure, we're incompatible with the left and can't reconcile. What the hell are we going to do about it?