DEMOCRATS AND THE GUN CULTURE [HUNTER
GRAY / HUNTER BEAR - SEPTEMBER 12 2008] MANY COMMENTS
NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR:
Quite recently I had a brief visit with a very good
Idaho friend whose Western identity and commitments are as solid as mine --
a staunch labor unionist, avid hunter and outdoorsman [outdoorsperson], and
a faithful Democrat. [On the latter point, he's probably more faithful than
I -- since, on rare occasions, I've digressed into sensible third party
ventures at the Presidential level.]
His position on the foregoing matters was unchanged
-- a supporter of Obama [and Biden]. But he was troubled. He'd been
hearing things from some of his friends that disturbed him and, while his
basic optimism remained intact, he was, again, troubled.
I knew why.
Ms. Palin and spouse have an Image as genuine
outdoorspeople: hunting and fishing enthusiasts, snowmobilers, trekkers and
roamers of the wilds. And Alaska certainly has its own appealing Image in
My credentials in the "gun culture" are, if I may say
so, sterling. I've had firearms since I was seven years old -- and I
presently have a good select collection -- all of which are pretty
traditional: Western lever action rifles, an old-style singlebarreled
shotgun, a revolver. I've hunted [almost always as a loner in the deepest
wilderness settings] and successfully so. At several points, I've trapped
extensively and, although I have only one remaining Victor Number 4 Double
Spring from my 200 or so of such going back to my last big trapping venture
of half a century ago, I do support trapping when it involves the living
subsistence of its practitioners [e.g., Natives]. Although I can
digress from the National Rifle Association on political choices, I'm an NRA
Life Member [like Ms. Palin and, as far as that goes, Howard Dean] and a
strong supporter of the Second Amendment who welcomed the recent United
States Supreme Court ruling clearly establishing that as a full member of
the Bill of Rights.
And, as far as that goes, I've written and spoken
extensively, from the perspective of life experience, on the use of firearms
in matters of principled self-defense [civil rights activists, labor
organizers.] That, I should add, explains my keeping a couple of loaded
firearms here in Idaho where most people are just fine and friendly -- but
The history and images of Obama and Biden don't
involve firearms and hunting. Obama has occasionally drifted into the outer
edges of "gun control", Biden even more so. [The Clinton's stance --
despite anything Hillary has said recently -- has been almost consistently
anti-gun.] All of this can play well with a certain kind of
"Eastern/Coastal" liberal -- whose ignorance of firearms and related matters
could equate with my ignorance of, say, quantum physics.
But for many in the Real West, and in rural and small
town settings, this lack of familiarity by Obama and Biden disturbs -- can
even frighten -- good people who, like myself are sensible and strongly
committed firearms owners and hunters and travelers in the natural wilds.
Despite this, many -- like my aforementioned good friend here in the Gem
State -- will vote on the disastrous economy, endless war, paucity of health
care, gross violations of civil liberty and all the rest that cry out for
substantive relief and downright cure.
But many of my colleagues in our gun and hunting
culture will not -- unless Obama and Biden et al. can substantively address
these issues in a very genuinely reassuring and positive way. It can't be
the token one-trip "hunt" or "shoot" that Bill Clinton, Gore, and Kerry
attempted -- none of which were convincing to anyone.
I think Obama -- and Biden -- and their attendant
key advisors should engage, pretty damn fast, in a genuinely thorough
crash course in gun and hunting rights and the corresponding attitudes on
those and related matters in the West and small towns and rural areas around
the country -- and in urban areas as far as that goes. Obama made a good
start when he endorsed the USSC ruling upholding the Second as an individual
right. But he et al. have to do far more than that -- including a great
deal of close attention and sincere listening.
And when they talk on these issues, it can't be
just contrived. It has to be truly genuine, from their hearts. And, if
their ears are good, their empathetic attunement [which they display well on
other people-concerns] will carry with reasonable effectiveness.
Ms. Palin and Co. are, by any rational
standards, "limited" folk -- and obviously selfish ones at that. McCain
continues to remind me -- [and a knowledgeable one of my two younger
brothers agreed with vigor] of an inhabitant of the oldster reservation at
Sun City [Phoenix environs], How seriously gun and hunting folks take him
as a "friend" is speculative.
The Palin masks are beginning to slip significantly.
Her attitude toward endangered animal species -- polar bears -- is at best
callous. She supports pervasive oil drilling -- even in the most nationally
sacrosanct areas of pristine wilderness. Her positions on key Native
issues -- including among them subsistence hunting and fishing in the
context of tribal sovereignty -- are poor,
But her hunting and gun culture credentials are
Her siren song, if one doesn't look too deeply, can
be appealing -- very much so.
And Barack Obama and Joseph Biden et al. have their
work cut out.
Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear]
James H. Williams:
Maybe they need to go and see Ted Nugent for a tutorial like
one hapless gun writer rec3ently did after he said some unkind
things about the AR-15.
Top o the morning to you Hunter,
Ah, you must have been on the third cupa your 90 weight java
when you wrote this buzzing assessment of our presidential
candidates stand/lean/bend-over on the right to bear arms. This
piece needs to be on the op-ed page of every newspaper and blog
in America as well as on the international wires.
Indeed, Obama/McCain and their et al's must acknowledge that
the Second Ammendment is sacred writ and that the rights of the
sovereign First Natives to fish and hunt for sustenance is a God
given right that cannot be abridged by politicians or special
Thank you again Hunter for the enlightenment.
With fondest regards, always,
Good points. I agree and will pass them on, best I
Jyri Kokkonen [Finland]:
This may be a stupid question, but as you know I'm a
foreigner so please bear with me. I'm occasionally kind of
baffled by the whole gun debate over there. What exactly are the
major difference among the positions re. gun ownership and use
over there? I know it all revolves around the Second Amendment,
but surely no one wants to repeal that. We Euros may not really
understand this side of it, but that's a different story.
What does the anti-gun side exactly want to ban or limit? Is
it specifically the right to have firearms for personal
protection? Or does it extend to limitations on owning firearms
for hunting? Or on certain types of firearms? I'd really
appreciate a link or two so I can read up on this. The Net is
hopelessly broad in this respect.
Sensible people use firearms sensibly, and most hunters are
sensible, at least the ones I know here and in Australia.
Criminals can lay their hands on guns no matter what is done by
Kind of dumb to ask about this but as I said, I'm a bit lost
More later about some pretty draconian stuff going on in the
Finnish paper and pulp industry - again.
All the best,
Response by Hunter:
Although there are individuals and groups that seek a ban
on all firearms -- there's some such feeling in certain
local jurisdictions such as a few big cities and a little of
this in a national sense -- most Americans feel some guns at
least are OK. Although there are, again, some people and
some groups that would love to repeal the Second Amendment,
their ranks are very thin. That's safe enough. The issues
are essentially, "How broad should be gun rights?" And "How
much gun control legislation?" And this can get very
complex. Geographical factors often enter into this -- the
West and South and Midwestern areas are generally much less
for gun restrictions; the big urban areas generally more so.
The National Rifle Association, strongly supporting the
Second, is opposed to most restrictions on gun ownership and
use. I favor that view. There are others who would support
such measures as gun registration and trigger locks, bans on
handguns, are against permits to carry concealed weapons and
more. In the Bill Clinton administration, there were many
severe attacks on gun owners and gun rights which resulted
in some dangerously restrictive legislation. That's one of
the reasons that Gore and Kerry had problems -- and Obama
Most gun owners, including myself, are concerned about
the "slippery slope" -- one restriction can lead to another
The recent USSC ruling upholding the Second as an
individual right is a major victory. But vigilance is still
Here as a starter is our Gun Rights page [which carries,
among others, comments by yourself.] You may have already
seen it -- it grows and grows -- and there are many basic
I'll keep you posted.
Take care good friend -- and all best,
Austin C. Moore III:
I agree in the rights to bear arms. However you
drilled into me that those arms were to be used only
to protect yourself and your family.
As I recall you
maintained your weapons at Tougaloo but presented a
picture of non-violence in our quest for civil
rights, which I bought into then and I continue to
buy in now. Non-Violence was not a choice it was a
condition of survival . As you are aware I was
raised in the mid-west, where guns were a weapon
that was used to terrorize and control a community.
Those who came from other regions of the country
were brought up differently. In Mississippi they
were used to terrorize a people.
I do not want to be critical or offend anyone
who feels that they need to kill innocent animals
(Deer, bear or fowl) for their pleasure under the
guise of sportsmanship, were I may enjoy
sportsmanship on a equal playing field. Such as
Golf, Tennis or Basketball where skills are equally
matched. I don't think it should be a qualifying
factor for Obama or Bidden to kill a deer to be
president. I will defend your right to the end to
bear arms, to inflict your power on the innocent
animals for your sport and Palins pleasure were by I
feel she is a air-head and Mc Cain has Alzheimer's
coming fast if not already there. I don't feel that
qualifications for President should depend on your
willingness to kill a deer or more at issue, than
being a Prisoner of War. All guns are not used for
sport e.g. Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King, John F
Kennedy , Robert Kennedy and almost John Randall
This is an election to be President of the United
States no a beauty contest or a popularity contest.
I am voting for Obama not because he happens to be
1/2 Black but he is the most qualified. Where I feel
that 80% of the public is voting for Mc Cain not
because he is the most qualified but because he is
not Black. I come to tears as I see so many
outstanding people come to the aid of Obama because
you know this is a time that I felt that I would
never see in my life time. Hunter I owe that to you.
Response to Austin by Hunter:
Thanks very much, Austin,
for your good and full post. I always
appreciate a good word -- and you have provided
me with several. Things get a little isolated
these days and I'm always glad to hear from
tried and true companeros like yourself. Never
hesitate to give you, yourself, full credit.
You're a very good person who Eldri and I always
remember in the most positive fashion.
It's pretty obvious that
it's going to be a very tight race, at least as
all the signs now point. I think Obama/Biden
are going to need every single vote they can
get. I do agree that they don't need to kill a
deer to prove themselves. But I do think they
need to formulate an approach aimed at sincerely
reassuring folks in the hinterland that they,
Obama et al., are essentially OK on things such
as hunting [which is often for meat, sometimes
as a key subsistence factor] and guns [often
kept for self-defense.] Medgar had nine
firearms and carried a pistol in his Oldsmobile.
Here, if you have time,
are a couple of links [from our website] that
explore those issues:
The latter is a much
reprinted article of mine, "Civil Rights and
Anyway, enough of that.
You sound just fine, same as always. All things
considered, we are essentially OK.
But it does get isolated
-- and it's always very good to hear from old
friends such as yourself. We hear pretty
regularly from Bette Anne Pool [Chicago], Mary
Ann Hall Winters [Chicago], Joan Trumpauer
Mulholland [Arlington, Va].
Anyway, take care,
Austin. Our very best from Eldri and myself!
WWW [We Will Win -- you
remember, our Jackson Boycott slogan]
Hunter or John
My Far Northeastern [ Maine] Cousin On My
Dear Hunter Gray,
Your Penobscot cousin is writing to let you know
that the Obama-Biden ticket
is having a difficult time for too many reasons.
Namely, America's racism is
alive and well wherever it lives, and within the
hearts of most. Some can
overcome its powerful forces; others never try
or know the difference.
I know your stance on racism: it is the same in
my life and home. As for
Obama-Biden? i'm afraid the white female,
Hillary-backers will prevail. If
so, i'm officially changing my political status
to "gop." That's right,
Hillary's refusal to run as vp and the Clinton's
lack of support means
defeat for young Obama. Most of us hoped there
would've been a Obama-Clinton
ticket for this election -- a great advancement
to all minorities and
especially women. Too bad: we are looking at
another loss to hideous
emotions and gruesome righteousness. Thanks for
keeping me informed!
George, tribal elder
I appreciate your thoughtful words and
perspectives on racism, particularly where
it relates to the 2008 presidential
elections. Ms. Palin really pissed me off
when she said, "They even think differently
than we do." I was shocked to hear her
fascist words: her expression was cheered by
the McCain-Bush audience.
I don't look forward to feeling eight more
years of Bush-like repression that was known
by most non-white ethnic people. Not only
was Bush's audience carefully screened, but
people could lose their jobs for vocalizing
their displeasure with Herr Bush's war. In
Maine, a middle-school teacher eventually
lost his job when his remarks were made
public. The National Guard's Commander cast
the teacher as "aiding and abetting" on the
front page of Maine's rural newspaper, The
Bangor Daily News.
To anyone reading my email, never let anyone
own you or terrorize you to the point of
losing your freedom of speech. It is a
constitutional right, absolutely. In
contrast to my past fears of America's
possible inability to accept Obama as their
President, I believe there is a chance.
Based on local GOP officials casting doubt
on credible voter registration throughout
America, I see last minute actions showing
the GOP's disbelief that Obama has a very
real chance of becoming the next U.S.
President. Thanks for keeping us informed,
George T., Tribal Elder, Indian
This from your itinerant
half-breed cousin in the now
somewhat snowy Snake River country.
Thanks very much indeed for your
very good, solid letter. It's a good
shot of bright sunlight that I much
appreciate. It's clear we see things in
a very similar way -- including, very
much, freedom of speech. I think Obama
will win -- though it could be close,
probably closer than for many of the
Democratic challengers in the
Congressional races. Idaho is still
pretty pervasively Republican -- though
it wasn't until fairly recently. In the
'90s, lawyer Larry EchoHawk [Pawnee],
based in this region [the base of the
late Senator Frank Church], was state
Attorney General -- a Democrat -- and
came very close to winning the
gubernatorial race. This particular
area, Southeastern Idaho, is pretty
strongly Democratic. Fairly strong labor
union base and most of the folks at and
around the nearby Ft Hall res
[Shoshone/Bannock] are mostly
Democrats. Lots of small ranchers, some
small farmers, all over this region.
But some racism is still all too present
in the Gem State -- as it often is in
"America north of Mexico." Anyway, we
support the Democrats -- who will do
well in the local races in these parts
but for the remainder of the state it's
uncertain. Guns are big in the West --
as they are in many other places. I
have a bumper sticker on our Jeep that
says, "I'm A Gun Totin' Idaho Democrat."
The early snow is bringing game
down from the higher country. We live
'way up on the far western edge of
Pocatello -- with U.S. Bureau of Land
Management/US Forest Service lands only
a good stone's throw from our house.
Lots of wild game can come quite close.
Before I was hit so heavily with Lupus a
little more than five years ago, I used
to hike six miles in the pre-dawn/early
morning in the very high hills
immediately above us. Did that almost
every day with my dog [usually on a
leash.] Often followed at a short
distance by the same several coyotes and
occasionally by a curious, maybe even
friendly, mountain lion. I'm a good,
traditional hunter for meat [have been
since I was seven years old] but really
can't do it physically at this point.
Our youngest, Josie, and her husband,
Cameron, hunt regularly this time of
year and keep our freezer filled with
elk meat. They live nearby.
Other family members are doing
OK -- most still scattered into
western Minnesota and eastern Nebraska.
Thomas and his spouse are now in
Minneapolis. Eldri is fine and Maria
and her daughter, Samantha, continue to
live with us.
Well, let's hope Obama et al
make it. If I were a gambler [I'm not
-- whether casinos or the stock market]
-- my money would be on a victory
for Barack and Biden and for a good many
I haven't seen Anything on a
national basis like Palin since George
Wallace came north in '68. Well before
John Lewis [who I know slightly] drew
that analogy, I had made it a number of
times following her "emergence".
Well, hang with it, amigo -- as
I know you do and will. Glad you like
the things I send -- and, again, I much
appreciate your encouragement.
Hunter or John or
AND MY [HUNTER] WIDELY POSTED PIECE,
"AMERICAN RACISM / ETHNOCENTRISM",
OCTOBER 12 2008:
Like all back and forth discussions,
this on RBB regarding race and racism
can -- probably unavoidably -- become a
little diffuse. One of the problems
involved is obviously the interesting
mix of cynicism with various political
perspectives, some of which are
obviously sharply critical of Barack
Obama on ideological grounds [to say
nothing of the Democratic Party in
As I've indicated, I support Obama -- in
the sense of critical support. I can
appreciate all of the other
perspectives. But let's not overlook the
tremendous importance of this historical
moment. If the United States [and Canada
as well] have a still all-too-pervasive
sickness, it is dehumanizing racism and
that related and intertwined ill,
cultural ethnocentrism -- the many
varieties of alleged "cultural
after the initial and explicit [and,
again I say explicit] economic
foundations of these have eroded, the
quack theological justifications
["primitive children of the Devil"] and
the equally quack biological rationales
["inherent, genetic inferiority of
non-whites"] -- all of this to justify
genocide against the Indian nations in
order to secure lands and resources, and
the enslavement of Blacks, and the
seizure of Mexican territory, and all
the rest --, racism and ethnocentrism
have continued with consistency, taking
on and carrying their own ill-life
forward: profound infections in our
national minds and our national bodies.
Often all of this still retains, however
veiled these days, an economic
foundation -- but these durable poisons
can certainly survive purely "on their
own" and do so in a vast number of
True, in the past few decades, we've
come a very long way in a very short
time toward digging much of this out,
exposing it all to healing forces,
"overcoming" -- albeit far too slowly.
But, as everyone of us on these
discussion lists knows, there is one
hell of a long way to go.
When Barack Obama won the Iowa
Democratic Primary, I commented on a
number of lists: "It wasn't so long ago
that we had to fight to survive at a
Woolworth lunch counter."
But this Good War is far from over.
I had a conversation about gun politics at
our weekly anti-war vigil last Saturday with a
guy who strongly supports Obama and is planning
to spend time volunteering in Ohio for the
campaign. He was an example of a person who is
clueless about the use of guns even in much of
the East. He had no idea that for many people,
their ability to shoot a deer or two for the
family freezer was an important part of their
food supply, and that this is important in a lot
of Eastern and midwestern cities.
Of course, there are Westerners who support gun
rights who also seem not to understand this
about the East... :)
"But her hunting . . . credentials are
solid," says Hunter
I've wondered about that. I haven't paid
enough attention to satisfy the wonder
because I've been resisting the guilty
pleasure of sating my morbid curiosity about
the Palin phenomenon (I've said: Every
minute we spend, every key we strike, on the
subject of Palin is a minute or keystroke
lost from the task of supporting Obama or
opposing McCain. Hey, that's why they put
her on the ticket--to distract us from the
real issues. And the Republicans get the
additional benefit that most of the things
we slam her on, righteously, are things
that, especially after our slams highlight
them, will get more white people to support
her. Has anybody not yet noticed that the
race is about racism?)
But I remember some stuff about her shooting
animals from aircraft. Is that accurate?
Is that hunting? Doesn't "hunting" mean you
looked for the prey? If it's just a
flyover, where's the "hunt"? Wouldn't the
more accurate word be "shooting" or
"killing"? Like when businessmen and Vice
Presidents go to "game ranches" in Texas
where they're given animals and birds to
- Reber Boult
Response by Hunter Bear:
I think Ms. Palin and her husband,
Todd, do have solid hunting credentials,
Reber. [See Reber's, attached.] They
appear to know, from the ground, their
way around the woods.
I don't know if she's done aerial
hunting -- or not. I've never done that
-- and I never would and I've never, in
decades of hunting and traveling in
wilderness settings, ever known or even
heard of anyone who did that. On game
preserves for the Big Mules of politics
and corporate business, I have only
scorn. I have known a very few people
who've "gotten their bear" via the
very sad "bear baiting" approach: i.e.,
planting food out on a regular basis and
thus "conditioning" the bear to come
regularly -- until it's
finally dispatched into Eternity and
triumphantly photographed. Never my
style, believe me -- no way.
I don't consider any of those
foregoing approaches to constitute Real
Hunting. As I've indicated, my style
involves a "loner" approach. Sometimes
I'll carefully track game, sometimes
wait by a watering place, often just
hike slowly and quietly and see what I
can turn up.
And I'm my own guide.
Yours, Hunter [Hunter
Comment by Bob Gately:
Well said, Hunter,
Mano y Animal, it gets real personal,
real spiritual when two species meet in
one or the others environment. Shooting
fish in a barrel is to add lead to your
diet. Meeting a bear in the wilderness
is to steel oneself for the challenges
that will surely lie ahead in life.
Lucky for us ,you met your Bear
at an early age and learned that to meet
with a powerful foe, you best be armed
to equal the odds.
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COMMENT BY HUNTER BEAR
[SEPTEMBER 14 2008]:
Thanks very much, Steve, for posting the relatively
depthy piece on Sarah Palin in today's New York Times
magazine. It's well worth passing around to our lists
and I'm doing so via this post.
But not a great many in the American hinterland
[heartland] read that. And while a few TV folks --
notably Olberman and Matthews on MSNBC -- are currently
pursuing the "limitations" of Ms Palin with some
commendable zeal, she's generally being handled pretty
carefully by most media.
It's not an original assessment now to say that
Obama's campaign is in considerable trouble -- and we're
beginning to pick up substantive concerns at the level
of Democratic Congressional races. Expectations of a
Demo sweep there are now being scaled back. Apparently
the once fiscally flush Obama campaign is now having
funding problems which seem to have begun following the
end of the primaries.
I'm neither impressed nor reassured when some pundits
say in effect, "Well, if the Obama campaign can take
these three [or those four] battleground states, they
can make it." Obama/Biden are going to need every damn
vote they can garner -- and that's obviously very much
the fact at the Congressional level.
It's too easy to say that the issue is "race." While
only the most myopic would discount that as a key
factor, there are obviously other dimensions playing
a significant role as well. The failure to add Hillary
to the ticket is most likely one. But the others
involve, as I've [and others] have noted. the fact that
-- almost immediately following the primaries -- Obama
shifted "to the center", abandoning some of his
previously solid positions and giving the explicit
impression of a guy who vacillates.
I posted my piece, "Obama et al. and the Gun Culture"
a few days ago. That drew a number of thoughtful
comments -- from Maine to California. [I've posted
only some of those on our new webpage.] From the pretty
much pro-Obama SNCC list, aside from Sam Friedman's
thoughtful and broadly posted thoughts, there came only
one response in two sentences: "But of
course the real question is why can’t people afford the
food they need? The issue of guns or not is a
And that's myopic. But I suspect that's a view all
too common in many contemporary liberal circles.
This is a big country with many cultural strains and
a great many sub-cultural ones. If Obama can stake out
some bold and meaningful positions and stick with them,
if the good fires in the colleges and universities can
be refueled -- and if he [of Chicago identity] and Biden
[an urban Easterner] can reach out on a number of fronts
[including guns and hunting] -- genuinely and sincerely
-- to the small towns and rural settings,[as well as
those such-minded in the larger urban areas], I think
Obama et al. stand a good chance at victory.
And Ms. Palin & Co. are, through the glitter and
shine, disturbing entities for sure.
Mary Ann Hall Winters:
Hi Mr. Salter ,
Interesting observations. Must admit that
I know very little about the NRA with the
exception of having read a little on the
conservative stance politically of some of
its leaders .
Nevertheless , I am for firearms as a
mean of self-defense but all too often they
end up in the wrong hands in the wild wild
urban jungle. My dad and my brother hunted
when we lived in Mississippi and we always
had a gun in our home.
I'll still take Obama/Biden over McCain/Palin
any day and it has little to do with Obama
being an African-American, although I'm
quite proud of that fact.
Regards to the rest of the clan.
John M. Solbach [A Cousin on my
Mother's Side and a Leading Kansas Democrat:
Thanks always for the stream of thought cascading
through your rich, mature, riparian political woodland.
Refreshing, cool, clear, teeming with trout . . .
invites good fishing; enough to share some with others.
John M. Solbach
COMMENT BY HUNTER BEAR: MINNESOTA
[SEPTEMBER 15 2008]:
For me to say much more at this point -- and maybe even into
the near future -- about the important need for the
Obama campaign to reach out, and fast, to small town
and rural people and very much to hunters and
gunpersons, would be redundant. As many Indian
elders are prone to say following their specific
topical exposition, "I have said all I have to say."
But the fact that Obama, who was
substantively ahead in Minnesota, is now
abruptly even with McCain/Palin, is a hell of a
shocker and one can only hope that it's interpreted
by the Democrats as a very, very signal wakeup Cry.
The poll results were issued by the Minneapolis Star
Tribune, a thoroughly reputable newspaper.
Minnesota is a state we know very well --
right to the contemporary moment.
Despite its current Republican governor,
Minnesota has long been a basically dependable
Democratic bastion -- home of vigorous farmer/labor
sentiment. Its union labor movement has survived
better than that in many other settings. The Native
population is relatively large. While racism is
certainly alive there, as it across the land, it's
not a historically potent force in Minnesota --
certainly not compared, say, to Ohio and Indiana and
many other places.
Why this Obama tumble?
Whatever the specific complex of factors,
Minnesota is a very strong hunting and fishing and
gun state. Again, this involves a topic which makes
many coastal liberals uneasy -- probably liberals
generally. It may seem easier to simply "not get
But, again, I think the Obama campaign is
going to have to address that particular dimension,
constructively and sincerely -- in "The Land of Ten
And very, very much nationally as well.
[Eldri, who has many early Minnesota and
North Dakota roots, was born at Moose Lake. As a
young person, she lived at one point in Minneapolis
and is a sociology graduate of Augsburg College
which is based at that city. Her brother, Arnold,
was chair of Philosophy at Moorhead State University
for three decades. She has close kin in the state.
Our oldest son, John, has lived at Glyndon for
years. I taught for an academic year at Wisconsin
State, Superior, where I met Eldri -- right across
from Duluth. When we were based at Grand Forks,
North Dakota, for 16 years, we lived just across the
Red River from Minnesota. Our grandson/son, Thomas,
now finishing his fourth year of Med School at
University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, put in his
two initial years at the Duluth campus. The state
abounds with former students of mine who went to
University of North Dakota on the interstate
reciprocal admission/tuition program. And, in
addition to those, we have many other friends and
associates in the state.]
This wake-up call should be heard and
swiftly acted on -- to the Four Directions.
HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR/JOHN R SALTER JR] Mi'kmaq
Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
In our Gray Hole, the ghosts often dance in the
junipers and sage, on the
game trails, in the tributary canyons with the thick red maples, and on the
high windy ridges -- and they dance from within the very essence of our own
inner being. They do this especially when the bright night moon shines down
on the clean white snow that covers the valley and its surroundings. Then
it is as bright as day -- but in an always soft and mysterious and
remembering way. [Hunter Bear]