Around noon Saturday, the trophy wife and I were
walking back to camp after she completed her 20th
mile of the Ragnar Teton Trail Relay.
A young lady we had never met, trotted
towards us and blurted, “You are such an inspiration
to me.” We
smiled and without missing a step, she continued to
the start line. Competitors
in this Grand Targhee race were mostly millennials
and since the trophy wife and I are closing out our
fifth decade, we were outliers—not the oldest
runners, but close.
As silver-haired athletes, it is nice to be
inspiring, but the emotion I feel for the younger
runners, is a blend of envy and concern.
First the envy.
Many Ragnar runners pitched multiple tents
and filled them with small children.
I smiled reminiscing of sunsets past when my
children cuddled fireside in their Care-Bear
sleeping bags sipping hot chocolate.
Those were the good old days.
Someday I plan to enter a team of my
grandchildren in a Ragnar.
The six oldest can pound out the loops with
Nana and me, while the four middle ones watch the
five littlest ones.
Now, to my concern.
Progressives have been lying to millennials since
they were wearing sleepers and sipping hot
Man-caused climate change is a complete con designed
to cripple capitalism and instill Marxism.
Because most millennials were never educated
in scientific methodology, they reflexively believe
a powerful central government can control the
weather through tax policy.
See my concern?
Certainly, there are millennial outliers who
fight this fraud, but unlike we senior runners, they
cannot be identified by the color of their hair.
Could I have found them, I am certain their
stories of resisting Marxist indoctrination would
have been inspiring.
The sad truth is, progressivism’s climate
change scam has infected our entire nation.
Thousands of coal miners are out of work
thanks to a fraudulent, EPA directive and this is
just the beginning.
Refinery and railroad workers will be next.
One political party derives its power from
crippling the economy and creating dependency, so
vote freedom or stay home.
The Ragnar advertisements boasted of the
earth friendliness of their event.
For example, coffee was provided at the base
camp along with water on the course, but runners had
to provide their own, non-disposable cups.
I understand this virtually eliminates
litter, which is fine, but claiming this will save
the planet is a bit of a stretch.
Millennials have been so indoctrinated to
believe the world will end if mankind does not
recycle, conserve and buy carbon credits, they
instinctively buy anything shaded clean and green.
Ragnar aggressively capitalized on this and
even though I enjoyed the run, I didn’t buy the lie.
This brings me to my point.