No beating around the bush…

Just say it like it is…

That’s the way I was raised. That didn’t mean we had to be rude, speak bad words or negative in our language and discussions, but we didn’t walk on egg shells when discussing a topic. We just said what we meant and didn’t bother with making it sound pretty.

This past week, I’ve spent a good deal of time watching policies changing, viewing “the world as I know it” changing to meet the expectations of people who don’t understand that REALITY is what it really is all about, and THAT can’t be changed.

In my younger days, I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother and her friends. (They liked to go for car rides, and I didn’t mind driving them wherever they wanted to go.)  One particularly warm spring day, Grandma, Amy Tombleson, Carrie Taylor and I got in the car to take a drive and I listened to them talk about “the world changes” since they were young…

Those ladies didn’t spend much time talking about politics, but they spent a lot of time talking about their country. They talked about life on the farm, how they grew up milking cows, bringing in the calves, herding sheep, or working with their parents preparing meals and caring for children. One particular conversation swirled around the act of training horses, two of their sons, a few nephews and neighbors had chained a bunch of young horses together to train them to lead (customary act at the time). The horses were not ready for that part of their training yet, but the boys were young and (stupid) inexperienced, so they misjudged their own capabilities as well as the horses they were training. Frightened by the chains, and without proper guidance, the horses took off toward the river.

The consequences of those boys actions were five drowned horses. Not only did they learn an important lesson about not overstepping their ability, but they learned that there are some things that are just totally out of their control. They couldn’t fix their business after that. They failed. Everyone in the area knew they’d failed. The didn’t get another chance. Those horses were EXPENSIVE and nobody could afford to replace what they lost.

Those boys didn’t need PETA, or any other government program to come in and teach them a lesson. They learned their lesson from experience. When you screw up. You lose. It costs you money and there are just some things you can’t fix.

Those women, through their stories, taught me about natural consequences. They taught me common sense. They taught me to THINK before I took action.

This past week, and for several months before, there have been actions being taken that will change the direction of our state, of our country, of our world, as we know it. Those people making those changes are chaining horses together. They’re not thinking about their actions. They don’t have the experience or the knowledge to understand the chains they’re applying to the people of our great state. They simply don’t get it. And… They don’t care.

The consequences will be dire. Maybe not in their lifetimes. Maybe not even in their children’s lifetimes. But the consequences will affect this nation forever.

Unlike those boys on the ranch, they won’t learn the lesson of their actions. Someone else will, too late to remove the chains. But in just the same way as those boys on the ranch learned their lesson… That they couldn’t take those chains away, once they were on the horses… Our political leaders are going to learn that lesson. Once chained, you can’t unchain a run away herd of horses. Or laws run amuck in the river of time…

Conversations were friendly, filled with laughter and full of purpose. But those women didn’t beat around the bush. They spoke the truth, told it like it was, and there was no question when they got done that there’d been a lesson to be learned.

In just the same way… Those of us who understand what is going on at the Colorado State Capitol have spoke the truth. We haven’t minced words. We’ve told it like it is, without beating around the bush.

If the boys and the girls on the hill don’t listen and chain the hands of law abiding citizens, there will be consequences. Those consequences will be dire and will be applied to the future of this land.

You can’t unchain stampeding horses. And you can’t unchain a bunch of political ramifications and criminals run amuck. Do not bind the hands of law abiding citizens. 


2 thoughts on “No beating around the bush…

  1. Jan,

    In his book “On Combat” Lt. Col Grossman talks about what military service members and veterans have been taught regarding having a gun, both from a safety standpoint and the responsibilities. Why? Because someone could get hurt or killed, including one of your very own. Much like the horses in your story. But what Grossman also says is that today’s kids that are learning to shoot and kill in video games and seeing violent movies are NOT learning consequences of their actions, the discipline of learning what is right and wrong and the consequences of those actions. They’re basically seeing real life through the lens of the video games, but you can’t restart or have more lives if someone is killed in real life.


  2. Not a fan of video games, and I ran a business with them for many years. Their “kill,” “die,” and “more lives,” programs scared the daylights out of me then, and still does today. Children don’t KNOW the cost of death.

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