Alysha is our foreign exchange student from Roundup,
As it is only about 40 miles from our house
to her homeland in Musselshell County, language and
cultural conflicts have been minimal.
Just before Thanksgiving, she finished her
oil painting of the Red Sea for her art class at
Laurel High School, but anticipating some last
minute tweaking, she stored her picture, paints and
canvass in her bedroom.
So far so good.
Thanksgiving Day, Tim, Meagan and their eight
mini-Kimmels drove down from Great Falls.
The chaos of eight grandchildren exploding
from a cramped Excursion and swarming a home
typically inhabited by two old people and one
18-year-old foreigner is something everyone should
Cash, our Border collie, spent the holiday
hiding under our bed.
Because everyone was dressed in their holiday
finest, Meagan corralled Tim and their eight wee
ones for their annual family picture.
While combing the burrs out of the hair of
the middle two, Meagan counted heads and discovered
she was missing Cora, the three-year-old and John,
A quick search found Cora in Alysha’s room
creatively adding turpentine highlights to Alysha’s
Red Sea painting. John
was mostly an innocent bystander, not because of his
keen sense of right and wrong, but because there was
only one paint brush and he was patiently waiting
Sharing is a survival habit developed from
having six older siblings.
A thick, “oh crap” silence filled the living
room as Meagan revealed the damaged picture to
On closer examination of the altered painting I
spotted John’s two bare footprints in the middle of
the Red Sea.
“Submit the painting as it is and say it
portrays the crossing of the Red Sea by Syrian
refugees,” I offered trying to lighten the mood.
No luck, as even Cora knows the Syrians are
avoiding all their southern Arab neighbors, choosing
instead to invade Europe and this brings me to my
The recent slaughter of innocent people in Paris and
San Bernardino, California, means all
Americans should be armed at all times.
However, even before the blood had clotted in
the wounds of the final victim, Democrats
capitalized on the crisis by publically screaming
government must disarm the unwashed.
In utopia, only the ruling class and their
security forces will carry guns.
Because there are insufficient votes in Congress to
actually repeal the “Second Amendment,” President
Obama will decree common sense gun control by
executive action. Hillary
Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley are all
This move to render the little people
powerless will be mislabeled as common sense gun
control and veterans, NRA members, pro-lifers, and
Christians will magically find themselves on the
government “no-fly list.”
Demonstrating a blind allegiance to party,
expect every elected Democrat at every level of
government to rally behind their president on gun
control just as they did by supporting his Syrian
refugee invasion. Progressive
Republicans will publically whiz and whine, but will
ultimately compromise with the Democrats.
In this upcoming election cycle remember this:
(1) Democrats are the party of firearm
(2) Establishment Republicans are the party
(3) America’s only hope of survival lies with
a handful of Republican patriots who will honor
their oath of office to “support, protect and defend
If the distinction between the three isn’t
clear enough, I’ll have Cora paint you a picture.