My grandfather clings to his guns
by linc, Fri Apr 11, 2008 at 03:28:47 PM EDT
We have never been particularly political, we have never been particularly educated in the common sense, but we are smart people and we have a love for life. I can tell you that my gun loving family has never been bitter or disillusioned enough to be run into a political idea by the republican right. We cling to our guns because we need to eat.
I grew up middle class or so I assume. When I was very young, my father worked the night shift at a lumber mill at the other end of the county and my mother worked for the administrative side of things at the county hospital. They were very young too. Despite what you might think about these occupations, I never had to want, but a great many around me did. Almost all my uncles and aunts had large Montana families. None of us were ever particularly money-rich when I was a child, but we had another sort of wealth- we had ourselves, our family and our community. That community included our local churches. My grandfather the carpenter helped build several of those local churches. My family, my poor destitute family that has had to rely on wild game for sustenance in the past, clings to its church. Not because we are bitter about our economic lot in life, but because we value community, we value the things that make life worth while.
There was a time, when Canadian lumber put the mill my father worked for out of business. HE DID NOT become bitter and begin to hate immigrants/trade nor did he begin to cling to his guns. You see, my father had always clung to his guns- he knew he might need them one day. Suffice it to say, I ate a lot of elk that winter!
So, no Mr. Obama. My family does not cling to our guns and religion because we are bitter about economic circumstances. We do not vilify others for their lot in life- my grandfather the carpenter and deacon taught us better. We have never been bitter. We have been money-poor, but we have always found a way and I take offense that you would suggest otherwise.