We Tucsonans are not made of sugar candyby Don on Jan. 16, 2011, under Uncategorized
“We have not journeyed across the centuries, across the oceans, across the mountains, across the prairies, because we are made of sugar candy.” — Winston Churchill
Churchill was speaking of rhe British when he wrote that, but that same spirit (Churchill’s mother was American, BTW) infused many of the settlers who came to and settled Tucson.
Over the centuries, Indians, conquistadores and cowboys came together to create a glorious melting pot that still bubbles at the foothills of the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains.
Gabrielle Giffords’s congressional district encompasses the following places:
- The route that Coronado used to enter the New World
- The sites of Forts Huachuca, Lowell, Bowie and other Army bases, from which one of the last great Indian campaigns, the Geronimo campaign, was waged and won.
- Tombstone, the town too tough to die.
- Bisbee and Naco, whose residents watched the battles of a Mexican revolution and Pershing’s Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa.
- National parks, wildlife refuges and border town and ranches that are STILL the sites of an ongoing border struggle.
Tucson is not SoHo or Chautaqua or the Hamptons. Its recent ancestors were used to strife and struggle. They were not made of sugar candy. Neither are their children and grandchildren. (Most of them, anyway).
I’m seeing comments on my other posts, some from people fretting that America is coming apart.
This is for those commenters: Chill, people.
This is Tucson. It’s seen tough things, tough times in the not-too-distant past. Turbulence is part of our heritage. We met past challenges, dealt with them—some more successfully than others, I’m sure—and moved on.
American politics is full of tension, anger and confrontation because we are the soverign. One of the reasons the Declaration of Independence is such a landmark document, is its assertion that governing authority comes from the people themselves, not some King empowered by divine authority.
Well, when the people govern, or debate the issues of the day, things can get very messy. Why? Well, there are literally millions of viewpoints in “We The People,” because there are literally millions of people in this great country of ours. Everyone has their own particular collection of viewpoints or opinions, but ALL of us have passions about what is and isn’t the right thing to do.
There will be many angry times ahead, because We The People have many great issues to debate. What will we do with health care? Social Security? Federal spending writ large?
All of these issues are fraught with passion. Yet, we must grapple with them now. We can’t let our King or Tsar do the dirty work for us; that’s not the kind of country we live in. Thank God for that.
So, while we should moderate our tone where we can, we must not kid ourselves: there will be many angry days ahead. As there have always been, even in our recent past.
That’s OK. We’re not made of sugar candy.