Dogwood Ramblings

I am borrowing here some comments of Walter Williams in his August 8th essay in JWR, received via the Internet.  “Nazism is a form of socialism.  In fact, the term Nazi stands for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  Nazis pale in comparison with the horrors committed by the communists in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the People Republic of China.  Between 1917 and 1987, Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin and their successors murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 62 million of their own people.  Between 1949 and 1987, China’s communists, led by Mao Zedong and his successors, murdered and were otherwise responsible for the deaths of 76 million Chinese. “

There is such a fine line between communism and socialism that they actually overlap.  Don’t forget the millions uprooted, imprisoned, slaughtered: 6 million Jews during WW II, plus thousands of clergy.  Don’t forget Pol Pot and the millions slaughtered, especially doctors, nurses, business persons, anyone who wore glasses or with an education – all for the idea of socialism/communism, for control.

There is a great tolerance for the ideas of socialism – a system that has caused more deaths and human misery than all other systems combined.  The unspeakable horrors didn’t happen overnight.  They were simply the end result leading to consolidation of power in central governments in the quest for “social justice”.  Far too many Americans are similarly accepting the massive consolidation of power in Washington in the name of social justice.  We are not headed toward greater liberty.  We are headed toward more government control over our lives.  We are no better than the people who created the conditions that brought such as Hitler and Stalin to power.

Every time you vote for the ideal of socialism, remember what happened to these other nations, the millions who lost their lives under the façade of their governments helping the people, and remember that religion was the first target of these vile people, and don’t think for one minute that you are safe if this truly becomes a socialist nation!   Speaking of voting, we had a rather good turnout at the polls for Lincoln and Spencer Townships.  Yes, a few people did park on the grass for the shade of the trees.  The judges here assisted some of the disabled by taking the ballot out to their vehicles, one each of the Republican and Democrat judges each time.  Of course, not all of my chosen candidates won in this area but, we were pleased so many came to vote.

Rex prepared enchiladas and corn salad for our lunches, and we had other goodies as well.  It was a long day but we were pleased to do our civil duty and we hope all felt welcome.

Rachelle Boeddeker has been here on leave from the Navy and headed back to her home base of Gulf Port, Mississippi on Monday morning.  We have also enjoyed having Regina Boeddeker and her son, Justin visiting.  They will be here until August 21st when they return to Oregon.  We had a family photo session at Farbin’s Studio on the 11th – first 4th generation studio picture for us.  Some of the family had a big day at Silver Dollar City.  Rachelle and I had a nice day running errands in Springfield.

Rachelle treated all of us to her unique spaghetti supper Saturday evening.  In addition to the usual sauce, she added a jar of Alfredo sauce and a container of cottage cheese.  It was excellent, and reminds one of lasagna.  We had tossed salad and corn on the cob, Rex provided garlic toast and Arlene and Regina brought cheese cake with cherry topping.  I had prepared a dish of green beans with bacon, mushrooms and onion – and due to my “sometimer’s disease” forgot to set that out.  Oh well!  We had leftovers and the beans after returning from church on Sunday.

Ron, Arlene, Regina, Reanna and Justin went to Independence on Monday to visit the Harry Truman Museum.  Then they went to Sedalia for the Missouri State Fair, where Ron was scheduled to man the Missouri Hunter’s Instruction Assoc. booth in the Missouri Conservation building.  They all had much to see and do.  It has been many years since I have been to the State Fair, or even the one in Springfield.  It seems it is always so hot and humid and thousands of bodies milling about.  Of course, the livestock barns are always interesting.

Randy now has three ponds cleaned out and so we await rain, lots and lots of rain to fill them up once again.  Please continue to pray for rain.

The Solar thing just got a little more interesting: The Tonopah Solar company in Harry Reid’s Nevada is getting a $737 million loan from Obama’s Department of Energy.  The project will produce a 110 megawatt power system and employ 45 permanent workers. That’s costing us just $16 million per job. One of the investment partners in this endeavor is Pacific Corporate Group (PCG).  The PCG executive director is Ron Pelosi, who is the brother to Nancy’s husband.
Just move along folks. Nuthin’ goin’ on here.  (A Fox News item for you to ponder!)

Jamey Herd who usually reports here is a bit under the weather.  She wishes you well just as we wish her well.  God bless you, each and every one.