A Hearty Welcome to Our New Poet Laureate

Stubborn Things

In times when life was tougher,
And facts were stubborn things,
Man used to fight or suffer
Outrageous Fortune’s slings.

The State now is our buffer:
We chose Safety First, I guess;
Now Nanny rules, you duffer!
And facts are what she says.

— yabor, The Netherlands

We should remember just how much we Americans owe to the Dutch. They were a safe haven for groups seeking religious liberty. The Netherlands was often the de facto staging area for these groups, including the Pilgrims, who later ventured forth to America. The Dutch brought much of their free enterprise spirit to America as well (and particularly to New Amsterdam, aka “New York”). We could use more of that same spirit again.

And there would not be a classical art world if you were to remove all the old Dutch Masters. Truly, we owe much to the Dutch for not only their contributions to Western Civilization but to America.

In The Netherlands today (despite the onerous socialist monster of the EU and multiculturalism) there is, among some, that old spirit of independence, who implicitly wear the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag upon their hearts (although “tread” might not be the word some have in mind now). You can see that in the above stanzas. Can we Americans do less? Can we not speak out? — The Editor
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About Brad Nelson

I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.
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8 Responses to A Hearty Welcome to Our New Poet Laureate

  1. pst4usa says:

    We can and we are, just there is not enough of us doing so.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      [Like]

      Well, we don’t really have a “like” function here as yet. It may be possible to add that. I may check into that. But, yes, we need more people doing something.

  2. Rosalys says:

    During colonial times and at the beginning of the republic, almost as many Americans spoke Dutch as spoke English.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      German was also quite common, especially in Pennsylvania (as I’m sure you know, the Pennsylvania Dutch were Germans, the Dutch being a corruption of Deutsch). I seem to recall Ben Franklin worrying that it might become the dominant language of the colony.

  3. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    In The Netherlands today (despite the onerous socialist monster of the EU and multiculturalism) there is, among some, that old spirit of independence, who implicitly wear the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag upon their hearts

    In my experience, the number of those who have that spirit is, sadly, much too small.

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