Bob's Barber Shop is festooned with Western memorabilia and some very old guns. You don't see Bob much any more., Like me he's mostly retired and I don't see the signs for his homemade Venison jerky on the wall, but time seems to move slowly at Bob's and I like it that way. It's a country for old men.
I have a wait and so I pick up a copy of American Rifleman with it's mailing cover still on it, proclaiming the dire need for the reader to buy an NRA raffle ticket to win a variety of guns and so to "protect our freedom in Obama's last desperate years."
Obama and his "rogue agenda to destroy our unique American freedoms." It may be evocative of old times, but it's not. Those faces, those people I used to think I got along with so well in my love of the outdoors, the land and waters, fields and streams: there's something behind the mask that feels like a door I shouldn't open. Something new in degree if not in content. " And that Hillary!" I read in another article. Indeed it is.
Should I be grateful to be informed of this mad desperation, this frenzied and howling lust to "take our ammo" Hillary represents? Strange that I never noticed it because ammo is available everywhere, including WalMart and the gun store just across the street from Bob's. Have I been kept in the dark?
"Buy all you can, bury it in the back yard -- the Obamocalypse is upon us and if it's not, there's the Hillary Horror and blood in the streets."
Everyone who reads the NRA publications: American Rifleman, American Hunter, Amrica's First Freedom, Shooting Illustrated, Shooting Sports USA, American Family Insights, Armed Citizen, Standing Guard and others knows it's a desperate struggle, a fight every day to keep the government away from our freedom and yes, freedom means guns. Yes these are Obama's last desperate days and yes that sounds rather ominous, rather threatening coming from people who are promoting imminent and necessary rebellion. There is desperation of course and it's at the NRA and they do a stupendous job of promoting that fear of losing our Freedom (guns) even when there seems to be little, if any motivation on the part of the Executive branch. Mass confiscation, like the Second Coming is always imminent and contributions to the NRA always necessary and it sells well to the "south will rise again" crowd and the closet anarchists and paranoids and revolutionaries. Obama,s gonna lock you up, he's gonna take your guns just like Clinton did and ohmagawd, here comes another Clinton!
Of course it's not just Bobs or at the fish camp bar out on the lake I'm fond of. It's not just at those parties at the Harley dealer or the biker bars. You hear it at the Yacht Club. You hear how "Obama has been just a disaster" from people who still have those "2012, the end of an error" stickers on their Bentlys. If I dare to break the club rules and ask why that is, the answer is always a shrug or something that isn't true.
But things are changing rather quickly today, what with changing demographics and age and the spread of civil rights, although one side will tell you it's too much and the other denies any change but for the worse. Maybe we're in may respects at another George Wallace turning point. No matter how firm he acted, no matter how much rabid support, Segregation was over. The old ways are on the defensive.
"There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’"