Men and women who live close to the earth and to nature like farmers and ranchers do tend to develop a sixth-sense when it comes to the weather. Being one of those who has lived close to nature almost my entire life, I too have developed this warning sense.
“Storm coming.” How many times have I said that even while the sky overhead was clear and blue. More often than not I am proved correct before the end of the day as the clouds begin to gather and the rain begins to fall.
Of late I have begun to sense another impending storm. Though the skies remain more or less clear, I can feel a certain electricity in the air…a heaviness that is oppressive. Off on the far horizon I sense, more than see, a gathering of black clouds, heavy and pregnant and ready to burst forth with their savagery upon us all. Distant, barely heard thunder kettle-drums behind the clouds and faint light flashes amid the clouds, back lighting them and adding to their menace..
I am afraid. This is not just your run-of-mill Summer thunder storm that is approaching stealthily upon us. No, this is a monster the like of which, has not been seen in over a hundred and fifty years. This is a Human Storm.
Its origins can be traced back to many generations of people, some rich, some poor, some disenfranchised, all angry from being largely ignored by administration after administration in Washington. Fermented amid broken promises and neglect, the anger gathers from all sides and seeded with mistrust, cynicism and dogma from both right and left the storm has slowly gathered strength until, now…today…it is almost ready to burst forth on our heads.
I fear this perfect Human storm will finally break after the next election. No matter who wins I fear a tipping point will be achieved with the election and the storm will break. It is entirely possible that this storm will prove an Extinction Event for our nation.
Decency, Common Sense, a desire to put aside party dogma for the common good, all the things that might deflect the coming storm seem to be gone or at least unreachable. So, this storm I sense will most likely break upon our heads. What will we have left when it has run its bloody course across the country? What will be left and how do we rebuild…or do we?