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FROM THE

PEA PATCH

By L. J. Martin


A series of essays, observations, and prognos-tications…some the author’s, some other writers, some taken from the Web without the ability to or benefit of attribution, although the author is appreciative for the opportunity to pass along their wisdom, pathos, and humor.


From The Pea Patch

By L. J. Martin


Published by


Wolfpack Publishing

Smashwords Edition


Copyright 2011 L. J. Martin


PMB 414

1001 E. Broadway, #2

Missoula, Montana 59802


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ISBN 978-1-885339-29-4


Edition 2


PREFACE


Who The Heck Is L. J. Martin

And What’s He Believe?


I’m told that next year we’ll have a 39% Federal Income Tax, and that combined with a 10 or 11% state tax, if you live in California or Montana or many other states, will mean that the growing government will take 50% of what we make…that they’ll penalize those of us who work hard and succeed.  And next year, under the present administration, you’ll be taxed 55% to die, as inheritance tax.  All you’ve worked for, all you’ve saved and scrimped for, will be at the whim of the government to give away in order to buy the votes of the hand-out, palm-up set.  Sorry, folks, but there’s something wrong with a system whose pat on the head for doing well is with one hand while the other hand is picking your pocket. Something wrong with a government who won’t protect our borders and will allow the unknown to rush the ramparts because they know they’ll mostly be among the hand-out, palm-up set who’ll vote to continue this outrage.

I’m L. J. Martin, and I’d like to welcome you to Wolfpack Ranch, and hopefully to my webpage and blog, fromthepeapatch.com.  It’s a country boys look at what’s happening in and to this beautiful country of ours.

I’m coming to you from the shadow of Montana’s incredible Sapphire Mountains, where we enjoy a few acres of meadow grass and horses.  Born in California’s great central valley, I’ve always been a country boy, but I’ve had a diverse background, having worked in the fields and sheds of my home county, in a service station, for the city, in an all night print shop, as a bartender, and at Vandenberg AFB, and as a water company manager in a small struggling town, all before becoming a farmer, real estate broker, appraiser, mortgage broker and contractor. And that was while raising four sons. And last and I hope not least, I’ve become a writer, having written 20 novels and 2 non-fiction books along the way and in that endeavor am happy to be in the shadow of my beautiful wife, who’s internationally published with over 50 novels in a dozen languages.

We’ve been in Montana, 25 miles from town, for fifteen years—not born here, but getting here as quickly as we could—and I wake up every morning, in the house my sons and I built with our own hands, with a silly grin on my face…but that grin, of late, has been shadowed with concern.

My wife and I have traveled a lot, crisscrossing the lower 48.  I’ve been in the South Pacific and we’ve been up and down the Americas on the east coast from Quebec to Rio, and the west from Lima to Anchorage. During the last 25 years we’ve been in Europe several times, from Amsterdam to Rome and Costa Brava in Spain, from Dingle, Ireland, to Budapest and Prague, and, seeing ruins two thousand or more years old, I’ve come to understand why Europeans still think of the United States as an experiment, and possibly only a passing one.  I want to help assure that we’re much more than that, to assure that this wonderful country and it’s perfect, but venerable, document, The Constitution, will live forever, for the benefit of my children and grandchildren and yours…and theirs.

In addition to writing, here at Wolfpack Ranch, we harvest our meadow hay, garden, and hunt and fish.  We dry,  can, preserve and freeze the bounty of the garden; butcher, freeze, smoke, or jerk game; cut our own firewood; and do the normal chores of a small ranch, pulling fence, fertilizing, and tending the stock.  We consider ourselves self-reliant, and that friends, I think, is one of the many attributes that has made and kept America great…self-reliance.  As was eloquently said in a country song, a country boy will survive.

We’re close to the land, and respect and admire others who make their living off the land, as well as those who work hard in the shops, factories, and offices and who keep this country moving.  Maybe that self-reliance is what makes us so repulsed at the state of the country today, it’s burgeoning government, and the hand-out, palm-up attitude of so many.

And it’s not that either of us were born with the proverbial silver spoon in our mouths.  I was raised in county housing and my wife’s family were working folks, rodeo people, and always next to the land.  We worked hard for what we have and are proud of it.

That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel as if I’m my brother’s keeper, as I believe we have a responsibility to those who can’t (and I don’t mean won’t) do for themselves.  So long as the hand-out, palm-up, is for need, not greed, I think we all should be there.  After all, I was, as I said, raised in county housing.

As a historian, an avocation if not vocation, and even as a novelist you’ve got to be historically accurate, so you spend a lot of time in biographies and autobiographies and journals.  I’ve come to admire a lot of those from America’s past, and, at fromthepeapatch.com we’ll look back at the wisdom of our forefathers.  Particularly of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and Lincoln, and those of later times, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, and Will Rogers, and even later, of John Kennedy, Dr. King, and Ronald Reagan, and many more, and try and glean and learn and benefit from some of what they believed and espoused.

Anyway, that’s some of what fromthepeapatch.com is all about and I hope you’ll join us there, no matter your politics.  We want to hear everyone’s views.  I will tell you I voted for Montana’s current governor, a Democrat, so I can be swayed…of course our governor runs one of two states with a balanced budget and money in the bank.

Join us, at fromthepeapatch.com.

God bless you, and God Bless America.


Table of Contents


Introduction

It’s Time To Look Inward

Welfare

Catching Wild Pigs

The Current Mess

Is Wall Street To Blame

Who’s At Fault

High Hopes

A Country Boy’s Approach

The Solution

Typical Of The Problem

Compounding The Problem

The Constitution

Can The Signers Save Us?

Does The Constitution Have a Flaw

The Administration, etc.

A State Of Emergency

Tracking

Washington Insider

Blackwater

The Tea Party

Obvious And Obscene

Talking Heads

According To Karl

Democracies Heinous Crime

Don’t Expect Repentance

Idiocy and the Federal Government

Economy For Imbeciles

The Muslim Threat

The Test

Profiling

An Open Letter

Shiria Law

The Border

Humor, Even The Border

The Courts & Immigration

Education

Is The System Working?

The Cupcake Caper

Created Equal – From Jim Walker

Copulating In The Classroom

Political Correctness

Capital Punishment

Gay Blades

The Media – Including The Internet

Internet Humor

Letter To The Editor

Unions

Uncouth, Nasty, and Often Drunk

Conclusion


Introduction


It’s Time To Look Inward


For decades America has been trying to buy love, friendship, loyalty.  There’s a reality of the human experience, and that’s the fact you can’t buy love, friendship, loyalty.  Trying to do so is to defy common sense, and historical reality. It’s living in la la land.

We send a billion dollars to Haiti, and nine hundred eighty million of it ends up in the Swiss bank accounts of the government officials entrusted with dispersing it to a people in need…and that’s been the pattern of our world give-aways since the end of WWII.   America, making millionaires and billionaires out of despots.  And sadly, too many times, the United Nations has been the bus hauling the money away to the dirty hands of despots, usually the cohorts of U.N. officials.

When are we going to learn?  The prosperity of the United States in the same post WWII period allowed us to let our visceral liberals shame us into excesses and reckless giving.  Guilt driven by our own success, by our own predominance in the world.  We foisted our well gotten, hard earned, gains upon those who enjoy ill gotten ones, upon evil doers, criminals, and thieves.  Yes, there are starving children in Ethiopia and over half or more of the rest of the world, and yes, after we invest billions in those countries there are still starving children, and the only thing that really changes is the bank balance of those in power.  And I’m not saying don’t give, to give is Christian:  I’m saying don’t give money.  Give only directly to those in need, and give goods and services that pass from the hand of the giver to the needy.  A water well drilled in a village cannot be shipped to a Swiss account.

The era of prosperity in the United States is ending, threatened by the same visceral, bleeding heart, hypocrisy of liberals in this country.  The concept of “give-away other peoples money” runs rampant through the sad thinking of liberals.  The concept of entitlement when there is no actual  “entitlement,” only want and greed.  When did the concept “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” become “give unto others until you’re broke and can no longer take care of yourself?”  The belief that government will take care of all is a sickness, and it’s over, fini, finished.  And if not, it soon will be for lack of supply.  And if it’s not, we are.  At least our prosperous lifestyle will end, and maybe our very existence.  The folly of waiting until the national debt surpasses the gross national product in order to declare us an economic failure is just that, folly.  We are broke.  In the eyes of any budgeting housewife, we’re broke.  We don’t have to have a degree in economics from Harvard to understand the fact that we are broke.  As the debt clock:


http://www.usdebtclock.org/


reports as I write this, each and every “taxpayer” in the United States owes over $127,000.00 as his/her share of the national debt.  Each man, woman, and child owes over $47,000.  Can you please pay yours now?  Most can’t.  Most don’t have that much net worth.  And even if many are able, they won’t soon be as inevitable inflation eats away at savings and retirement.  And as debt grows with interest and ability to pay diminishes as the mere sustenance cost for the debtor goes up with inflation and rising costs.

We’re engaging in the ultimate folly of printing phony money, backed by only the good faith and credit of the country, in order to keep our economy afloat.  And the economists and rulers of the other nations of the world don’t have to be Harvard grads to understand the folly of that recourse.  And they’ve lost faith, and will soon not extend credit.  Money, not worth the paper and ink used to manufacture it.  Particularly after the liberal politicians in this country, under the guise of being progressive, have ruined all belief in the good faith and credit of the country by buying votes with home loans for everyone and anyone who wanted four bedrooms and two and a half baths, rather than to everyone or anyone who could afford same.  That folly (or purposeful deception by our politicians) collapsed our economy, and cost us those foreign friends who were truly friends and certainly those whose friendship we’d only been buying over the last few decades.

Now comes a reckoning.  The Muslim world is awash with revolt, and sadly, it’s not a movement toward democracy.  It’s a movement to throw out the “friends” we’ve been buying for decades.  It’s amusing, but not surprising, that oil producing countries attract the wealth of the United States, billions flow to them every year, and they continue to express their hatred for us.  And it’s the same with dope producing countries, like Afghanistan.  Would it be a fair question to ask why we support a country whose primary export is opium?  Why do we support a country whose president has a brother who’s known to be the biggest dope dealer in the region?  Now those friends, even if purchased, will be replaced with Iman’s who preach our destruction.

It seems to me that our whole basket of foreign policy has been a folly, is a folly, and will continue to be a folly unless we begin to employ common sense and accept the human experience: you can’t buy love.  You can buy a screwing, but you can’t buy love, and we’ve bought plenty of the former.

I shudder with the death of every American boy or girl who dies in undeclared wars, from Korea to the present.  I mourn the death and maiming of every young American boy and girl who fights in a country that would turn on us in a proverbial heartbeat should there monetary interests lie elsewhere.  It’s time we turned inward.  We need our gallant young men and women here, to rebuild this junk heap that’s the result of the great give-away.  Drive on any California interstate highway and you’ll know what I mean about a junk heap.  Our interstates have more holes than even the heads of those who plan our foreign policy.

It’s time we pulled out of not only those countries where we fight, but pulled our money out of every country that’s not a democracy, and even then money sent abroad should only be in the form of actual credit worthy loans and/or investment.  And if loans are not repaid or investments nationalized or stolen, or don’t ear a return or have a really good verifiable excuse not to, then no more.  NO MORE.

Where the hell are these countries going to sell their oil, their dope, and in fact, their cotton, if not to the largest consuming country in the world?  WISE UP AMERICA.  Do you think we’ll not get oil or dope—what a heartbreak that would be—if we pull out…they still want our dollars, no matter how much they’ve depreciated, and will so for a long while.

It’s time we turned inward.  It’s time we took care of or own economy, it’s time we allowed self-reliance to have the opportunity to rise to the top of the American experience as was so prevalent after WWII, and replaced the hand out with a hand up.  It’s time we stopped trying to buy love.  There’s a word for that and America has been the JOHN of the world, the customer of international nation prostitutes.  And brother, we didn’t get the kiss to go along with the screw.

And this doesn’t mean transfer the “buy your friends” concept to merely “buy the votes” of the American people with the money we don’t send overseas.  Part of the “turn inward” approach is to pay off the national debt and regain the respect of the rest of the world…not that respect of those outside our borders is truly important.  Self-respect, along with self-reliance, is what’s truly important.  Self-respect and self-reliance, and military power, will again gain the respect of the rest of the world, if a grudging respect as it’s always been. It’s time we went back to setting the example, and being the world’s whipping boy—let them berate us for being rich and self-reliant, they’ll still want to be our friend, at least in a trading-partner sense.  Young men and women rebuilding the infrastructure of the U.S. is what we need, the re-invention of the WPA would be a good start.  Pay young Americans who are now being paid to risk their lives, to rebuild the country.  It’s the same dollars, only put to a far greater purpose.

Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and other Muslim countries around the world are rising up against despots whom we’ve supported for decades, and it’s my belief these revolts will not result in democracies, but rather in Muslim Sharia Law governments who will be dead set to destroy the United States and all Christianity, as they have Christians in their own countries.  That’s the result of attempts to buy friendship.  It’s estimated there are only 17 million of hundreds of millions of Christians left in Muslim countries, the rest killed our driven out. And I pray I’m wrong.

STOP giving money to any country outside our borders.  PERIOD.  Credit worthy loans and investments only.

It’s time to turn inward.  My wife and I, in a small way, support charities such as Doctors Without Borders, the Heifer Project, and others who don’t give money, but rather goods and services, and then only where truly needed.  And the goods they give go directly to the people, without being processed (read stolen) by corrupt governments and their despot rulers.  When you buy a gift heifer, a hive of bees, a goat, a pig, or yes, even a camel, or other opportunity building critter from the Heifer Project you know it, and training, are going directly to a family who will put it to work to better their lot, not merely eat it or sell it. Don’t give a man a fish, teach him to fish.

We’re at a turning point in this country, in this world, and it’s time for human experience, for common sense, to rule our actions.

It’s time to use common sense to get this country back to where it belongs, to where our parents and grandparents fought long and hard to bring it.  It’s time to turn inward, and to heal ourselves before we continue to try to be all things to all people the world over.

While there’s still time, and I pray there is.

When I look at our country and see what’s happening I can’t help but be concerned for all of us.

It seems now that 41% of all births in the U.S.A. are to unwed mothers. How many of those are living in some kind of relationship with a man I have no way of knowing…but I hope it’s a good many of them. I also see that 85% of all births in the country are to minorities. On the face of it that would not seem upsetting, but at the risk of being called a racist, it is upsetting to me. Why? Because of the following statistics, and this was as of 2006, the last statistics I have:


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