Curtis Dahlgren
Presidents Day, part 1; "God's footprints in the snow"
By Curtis Dahlgren
February 15, 2010

"Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored — contrivances such as groping for some middle ground between the right and the wrong, vain as the search for a man who should be neither a living man nor a dead man — such as a policy of 'don't care' on a question about which all true men do care — such as Union appeals beseeching true Union men to yield to Disunionists, reversing the divine rule, and calling, not the sinners, but the righteous to repentance — such as invocations to Washington, imploring men to unsay what Washington said, and undo what Washington did."
Abraham Lincoln (Cooper Union address; February 27, 1860)

I HAD A DREAM ONE NIGHT. I was walking along the Gulf of Mexico with the Lord, and across the sky flashed scenes from my life. In each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the snow. One was mine, and one was the Lord's. When the last scene of my life appeared, I looked back at all the footprints in the snow, and, to my surprise, I saw that many times there was only one set of footprints in the snow. So, I asked the Lord, "Were those the times when You were carrying me?", and the Lord said:

"NO. Those were the times you were sinning and I couldn't bear to watch."

GOD'S FOOTPRINTS ARE ALL OVER THE LAST THREE SNOWSTORMS IN THE USA. First, two blizzards took direct aim at Washington, DC but left the site of the Tea Party convention almost untouched. Then NASA and NOAA had a bad week with the blizzard that covered the Deep South from Texas to almost Daytona Beach. The U.S. had a rare snow cover over 49 states, they say, but I wonder if the mountains of Hawaii were left untouched.

To the Global Cooling deniers of course, all this snow was the final piece of evidence, the missing link so to speak, that even if the earth isn't warming, at least the seas are rising — or at least (they hope), that they're going to. To most of us though, all it means is that snow happens when it's cold outside.

That reminds me though, it was Valentine's Day yesterday, and you know what that means; the pitchers and catchers are on their way to spring training. In the UP of Michigan, though, all of our thoughts turn to the annual Valentine's Day ice fishing derby on Lake We-be-gone (oops, wrong state there, Garrison). A good time was had by all though, as we Yoopers here in the Banana Belt laughed about those poor Washingtonians shoveling snow. Hope spring training doesn't get too much snow this year.

The Feds shut down the government for at least four days, and the "non-essential" workers staying home hardly noticed the lack of work. The EPA and the President just laughed at us though, as they threatened Executive Orders and "Administrative tricks" to ram green healthcare and green police down our throats (or the other end too; they don't care). So just bend over, America, here comes BOHICA (if you don't know what that stands for, just ask a kindergartner taking Sex Ed).

Speaking of idiots though, the Islamo-fascists facing trial may get their military tribunals after all. President Obama says he's "flexible," so he may bend over too (some critics say that the reason he didn't want military trials, was that he will have to sign the death warrants for Muslims if Robert Gibbs' verdict comes true and they "get theirs"), and BO doesn't want to do that. Don't worry about a thing, Mr. President; you're already at the top of their list for joining Mr. Wright's "christian" church (even that one is an Infidel religion in their book).

The one thing the Prez is inflexible on is socialized "medicine." From show trials to sham summits with the GOP congresspurples, it's full speed ahead on that one, snow or no snow tomorrow. Funny thing is, the Prime Minister of socialist Canada came down here for some capitalist medical care, and do you recall, Fidel left the Cuban paradise to get an operation or two in Spain. I guess Parkland Hospital in Dallas was too busy working on illegal immigrants.

Oh, by the way, remember when Sarah Palin had her baby? She was in Texas when the labor pains started, but she said her piece and promptly flew home to Alaska for some "women's healthcare." I don't know her thoughts for sure, but maybe she was afraid her baby would be switched in the nursery and taken to Mexico. But it's time to stop rambling, I'm afraid. Seriously, "folks":

Today is "Presidents' Day." It came a week early this year. If I had my druthers, the Federal government would be shut down on February 22nd, February 12th, and on the sixth for Ronald Reagan. Only "non-essential workers" would be ordered to show up for work, snow or no snow. February would be called "Presidents' Month," no offense intended of course. But a bit more rambling:

Do you ever wonder why the Left is terrified by Sarah Palin? I know why. The first woman on the Supreme Court was a conservative and the first black on the Supreme Court was a conservative. The Left can almost see it coming now: the first woman President — from Idaho and Alaska! Three strikes and yer outa here. The Progressive movement in regress.

But seriously (folks), my worst pet peeve is Presidential election campaigns that last four and a half years each. Knock it off. It is 'absurd' to worry about a momma bear, hockey mom, tobacco chewing female pit bull in the White House this early. You can always worry about that later.

Besides, I don't even want to think about 2012. By November of 2012 the streets of Washington may be abandoned and patrolled only by soldiers in Humvees with snowplows trying to clear six feet of snow. And if I had a dream, it would be a dream of Dick Cheney in the oval office, and Sarah in the Vice President's mansion (first woman to run for VP twice). Don't laugh.

Rush Limbaugh is right about 99 percent of the time. I can't remember the last time I was wrong. Losing my memory I guess, but that is then and 2010 is now. And I see right now that snow is starting to fall heavily outside my window. I may have to cut a column "short" for a change and bring in some wood and prepare to plow our mile-long driveway.

Originally my intention was to post the entire 12 pages of the Cooper Institute Address by Abraham Lincoln, that great Kentuckian (BTW, did you know that there's now a Lincoln pickup truck — who said that Rednecks have no class?). But I ramble, eh?

Someone said that you never have to rewrite anything you wake up thinking at three o'clock in the morning. Some of my best writing is the result of insomnia brought on by the Chicago guys. And sometimes my best thought of the day is when my brain goes from the horizontal to the vertical. At least that's where this column came from. And if I say so myself, it's not too bad (at least more informative than Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama preaching at a "Prayer" Breakfast. They didn't talk about prayer at all).

It wasn't until breakfast today that I really woke up. It was the moment I looked at the milk carton and saw Al Gore's picture there. Under the photo it said, "If anyone spots this missing person, please don't tell anyone." [Did you hear about the BBC interview with Phil Jones of the UN "climate report" and his confessions? See ]

Sorry, but I gotta go get in some more wood before the weather turns bad.

P.S. The column-of-the-week is "Lincoln and the Jews" at JWR. [another reason you don't even want to think about "refighting" the Civil War, seriously "folks."]

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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