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Opinion: Random Thoughts

18 November 2018  

From Chicken Little to a deer in the road. 

One wonders whether the last couple of generations were taught any of the lessons that those of us baby boomers and our predecessors learned. There are life lessons that we learned from children's Bible stories, fables and folk tales. Most younger people now are never taught, and some of those who were forgot, the moral lessons of these stories. The best example is the Chicken Little, “the sky is falling” folk tale. 

Back in the late 1960s and 1970s, the climate alarmists were predicting a new ice age. By the late 1970s many had reversed those prognostications. By the 1990s, many were predicting the melting of the ice caps and the flooding of coastal areas world wide within a decade or so. Those of us who remembered Chicken Little have not been surprised when dire predictions didn't come true. Whenever anyone or group foretells upcoming disasters, the Chicken Little tale suggests that we be wary. A good rule of thumb is to follow the money. Who gets government money and private grants for the endless climate change studies, computer models and research. Would they get this funding if they didn't perpetuate the continued fear that such pursuits generate?

There probably aren't any children's stories that would address this issue. Someone should write one for the 21st century. The moral, though, is easy to articulate. Anytime politicians and the media demand that an issue needs “comprehensive reform”, be on guard. It doesn't matter what the issue is, whether it is immigration reform, campaign finance reform or any other reform. If the word “comprehensive” is attached to it, it will likely be a boondoggle. The reason is simple. The more comprehensive a legislative bill is, the more special interests add-ons can be hidden by congressmen and Senators. The more popular a reform is, the more corruption can be concealed in it. What politician could vote against a reform bill with such public support?

We human beings crave structure. Even the earliest people formed tribes and had primitive religions. It is part of our genetic makeup. It's what drives us to create governments, follow religious tenets, join philanthropic groups and social clubs. All of the above, with a great deal of aid from our parents and families, help us develop our personal structure, which are our values. Not everyone has the same values, but in our society, most of us have similar values although they may be prioritized differently.

For generations, the values of Americans have included fidelity to God, family, country and individualism. With the coming of globalism and the reemergence of socialism, things have changed for those who espouse those failed philosophies. God is no longer in the mix. Families give way to ethnicism, (loyalty to one's ethnic group). One's country is subordinate to the world as a whole and individualism is replaced by what the elites think creates the “greater good”. For a couple of centuries our values have generally endowed our population with prosperity and happiness. If we, as a country, adopt globalist/socialist values, we will doom our country to disaster.

Management of our wilderness and wildlife is good for the environment. Controlled burns and collection of dead fall foliage help prevent uncontrollable wildfires. Control of hunting and fishing through the issuance of tags and licenses prevents the overpopulation of wildlife and the problems that come with that. Poachers are and should be found and prosecuted. One of the dangers to both people and our native animals is the collision between our motor vehicles and wildlife. A great many of these accidents can be prevented. Most of the auto supply stores and hardware stores carry deer warning devices that take about a minute to attach to the front of any vehicle and are modestly priced. 

In 2004, while returning to Prescott, we struck a deer near Aguila, in our brand new Tahoe. The deer ran off, most probably to die in the desert. Our Tahoe sustained over $3500 in damage. We were lucky not to have been injured. The insurance adjustor, who was originally from rural Michigan suggested we get these deer warning whistles. They emit a sound that wildlife can hear, but is not audible to humans. Since that time, we've put them on all of our cars and have not hit an animal since then. We have seen deer on the side of roads raise their heads as we approach them. It works for us and if more people used them, we all would see less dead animals along side our highways.