By Nathan Barton
I’m back, I think!
Last week, in the middle of yet another 1500-mile week of travel and work, I got violently sick and for the last nine days have been sick as a dog, lost a few pounds (which I really didn’t need to), spent a few hours in emergency care with an IV, and have tried to rest, limit work AND driving AND riding, called off about 2400 miles of travel, and gotten much better. I also didn’t listen to a WHOLE lot of news and talk shows, just enough to make me glad I wasn’t concentrating on them.
Mama’s Note: Well, thank goodness you checked in. I was worried! At first I figured you were just super busy… but that has not often stopped you cold like that before. Hope you are returned to perfect health soon… and can clean up the list of “drafts” you left behind. 🙂 Hugs!
So I am back, still feisty and eager to tilt at windmills, fight for my family, friends, clients, and liberty, and again willing to do so. Expect me to be more blunt and less tolerant, even as I continue to improve.
For those not in the know, I get to see politics and current events from even more places than ever these days: I am operating out of four locations (counting two on the Front Range of Colorado as really just one), with operations now in SE Utah, SW Colorado, Northern/Front Range Colorado, and of course, the Black Hills. The Black Hills is home, and despite its problems (on both the South Dakota and Wyoming sides), one of the most free places left in the Fifty States, and probably the world. Liberty lives in the Black Hills, as it has since the first folks wandered up to the tall Ponderosa pine forests a few decades after they left Ararat and said goodbye to the rest of the family. Since then, people after people have found this wonderful land of pine and aspen, spruce and flowers, water and rock and caves and buffalo and deer and foxes and catamounts and lush soil and rich ores.
Sometimes they came a-conquering, and sometimes they came seeking refuge, and sometimes just a place to live and raise families and make a living, beholden to few and always willing to welcome a neighbor, a tourist, or just a traveler. And even to welcome an enemy, with the right tools: one hand extended in friendship and the other firmly on a weapon just in case.
In addition to the places I live (many for 18 years now), I am working over a broad area from Arizona and Utah clear to Minnesota and Iowa with occasional forays to Montana, Texas, and remotely even farther afield. And I trade blows with foes: often government agencies, sometimes wealthy trust babies or environist groups, or just entrenched interests whose belief in NIMBY or BANANA (Not in my backyard, and build absolutely nothing anywhere nada anything) far exceeds that of most “christians'” belief in God.
I don’t do much with electoral politics anymore, except comment on them. I am still a “Libertarian” and a free-market self-governor or anarchist, but don’t do much with that political Rube-Goldberg organization, especially after the sickening display at the 2016 Convention. I keep the light of liberty shining in my heart and that of my family, friends, and neighbors, including many business associates. I’ll fight for a ballot issue, as a matter of self-defense, and I’ll speak out against the statists as much as I can.
As I’ve said before, I am first and foremost a follower of God, of Christ Jesus His Son. I am (because I am a follower of Christ), a libertarian (free-market anarchist). I am a husband, a father (and now a grandfather), an engineer, and an Army officer (yes, because I believe that self-defense of liberty is a valid role and mission and because I am willing to make my allegiance to the United States Constitution and its principles clearly secondary to my obligations to God and liberty, flawed though that Constitution is). I am a Westerner by birth, heritage, raising and inclination, and a Texan, a Comanche, an Apache, and Celtic by heritage and education. I am a Pahasapan (a Black Hiller) by choice and a South Dakotan by necessity (having voted with my feet from being a Coloradoan). That means that I love God and liberty, am stubborn, opinionated, willing to take offense and forgive easily, and very jealous of my rights and liberties, and willing to fight for liberty, family, church (ekklesia, not some building!), community, and just to prove a point.
God save liberty, God save the Black Hills!
And, of course, Enough IS enough!