Why “A Son of the Middle Border”?

My selection of Garland’s epic tale of struggle and unremitting toil as the totem or emblem of this blog was not made lightly. 19th century reviewers of his work used phrases like “one overwhelming impression of grinding, unremunerated toil”,  “full of the bitter and burning dust… of the common avenues of life,” and “de-romanticized realism,” all precise descriptors of how I see the current struggle against the corrosive and ultimately fatal progressivism that bestrides our country.

A Son of the Middle Border does not tell a pretty story; in like fashion, the narrative describing the sodden state of today’s social/political/economic environment in the USA is anything but charming. The saving feature in Garland’s saga is the elemental hope, even guarded optimism, that bubbles like a tiny spring, however well-disguised, just beneath the surface of the smooth-flowing stream that is his prose. Sadly, the chronicle of 21st century America displays no such redemptive impulse; more than 100 years of unrelenting statist/collectivist pressures through all levels of our society have squeezed the hope and enthusiasm from all but the hardiest among us.

The fact is, for those of us who still believe that liberty is important, the road ahead will not be easy; the journey will be long and arduous, seldom pleasant and often heart-breaking … but it MUST be undertaken – there simply is no tolerable alternative.

To this end, I propose to here publish regular essays, notes, anecdotes, etc., in support of smaller and less-intrusive governance, personal liberty and fiscal common sense. I invite contributions from anyone concerned with the accelerating erosion of Constitutionally-guaranteed liberties as well as the degradation of individual rights – both a direct result of generations of unjust and unnecessary centralized governmental intervention in the affairs of sovereign citizens.

If you have something to say, submit it to me and I will publish it here if it is appropriate. No strict submission rules, but you should generally restrict your writing to the subject(s) as broadly outlined above. Use the attached contact form to submit. Please note that there is no guarantee, implied or otherwise, that your submission will be published. And by the way, I will publish nothing anonymously – if you are unwilling to put your real name on your opinion, then neither is worth much. Hey, mi casa, mis reglas. You should also be aware that I don’t much care if you are a liberal, a conservative, a left-handed Rastafarian, or of any other political persuasion. If you can write a coherent sentence, are at least minimally respectful and have something interesting to say, I will listen and maybe publish it.

If you you just want to bitch and call me names please use the “Leave a Comment” function at the very bottom of every post (I probably won’t respond but I figure everyone is entitled to his/her opinion).


About Ed Stevens

retired geezer; paleo-crypto-apocalypto-reactio-conservative; I have no interest in and no time for facile "compromise" or "coming together" - the difference between right and wrong is pretty clear. I'd rather be carried from the field on my shield than wind up polishing the armor of my enemies.
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