As I write today, the remnants of Harvey are soaking Mississippi and Tennessee. The wake of this storm stretches backward across coastal Texas, through the inundated metro area of Houston, to the wonderful resort regions of its Gulf Coast. As a disaster, assayers have already speculated that the damage will exceed the wretched tally of Katrina.
The Editress and I left Texas in 2013, but it is apparent in these days that the place never entirely left us. Now, we watch the people there stand tall as they deal with the business of each day, as they did even before the storm subsided. Columns of towed boats answered the calls for rescue craft. Neighbors now are helping neighbors, joined by Texans from across that great state and aided by others even farther away who remember help sent in times of need. Trucks are rolling, and funds are flowing; these are moments of testimony sufficient to still the world around as they happen and we watch.
No one is asking how people chest-deep in water voted. Rescues are not taking place based on skin color or creed. People needing help are being helped, because, having passed under the power of nature and survived, their commonality is undeniable.
This is a vision of America. Though starkly evident elsewhere in the manner of all actions of the productively accomplished, the efficacy of practical values is amplified by desperate necessity. Our nation, however, is more vast than the Gulf Coast of Texas. The farther a given region removes itself from acculturating the wisdom born out of hard lessons of natural law, the greater extent to which it engenders opportunities there for exploitive deception sinking its roots into a neglected moral landscape.
Texas is overcoming adversity through unity, and that is the great lesson of its recovery. The same tonic is available everywhere. It is able to lift renewed humanity above overcast perspectives: those too long denied the light shining from great hope our founders kindled in the ideals of Americanism. One nation, where under God the people rule, indivisible, with liberty and justice evenly distributed and applied.
What’s the other choice? Affiliation with lesser philosophies: division into factions whose humanity then blunts under the onslaught of seven deadly sins. Distracted, self-absorbed stock animals focus by design on imagined oppression and undeserved entitlements. Thinking themselves empowered, they are being swept into a great camp whose only goal is to lull them into accepting unbounded governance with unsustainable promises of its benefits. It is one contending vision, set by those afflicted with a cynical compulsion to direct the lives of others rather than to empower and enable strength, endurance, and virtue in all its various manifestations.
Two visions compete for our future, flashing past in vignettes of perception; We Together stand against We Apart. Americanism as truth testifies against the presentation of western values as a lie. National identity will again be slandered as nationalism with the added indignity of implied racism, in spin propagated by globalist interests and proponents of a diluting and weakening philosophy of multiculturalism. Responsible, limited governance contrasts with the ever-hungry gradient of socialism, a disease of institutionalized delusion with the singular goal of More: more funds, more intrusion, and an unending progression of control.
In Texas, the people themselves, in their immediate response to desperate need, are outpacing what the more deliberate momentum of departments and bureaus can accomplish. Later, as infrastructure is restored in the proper role of public works underway, the people, through their government, will continue the effort of recovery in the same practical manner as orders life across the Lone Star State wherever matters proceed well.
The choice between these two visions of the future collectivizes only in consensus. Primal decisions are made by one soul at a time accepting or rejecting the base premise of either. When times are good, the urgency of clear vision is less important than it is in Houston, or Beaumont, Port A, or Rockport today. Individuals having learned will not forget, and once they are enough, affairs for a time will again be set right.
We are creatures who grow strong by lifting weight encountered in many varied kinds. The husbandry of character will never happen in any other way.
Choose to love, -DA
In production news, Novel10/Sean4 stands near twenty-six percent completion of production editing. The Yemeni Package features the return of General McAllen with previous characters from Daniel Sean Ritter’s back-story. They combine with the introduction of the dark and dangerous passion of CIA case officer Thalia Kebauet, in her role of conducting mission oversight for the National Command Authority. Ritter’s fourth is projected for first quarter 2018.