Thoroughly enjoyed Tom Russell's performance at the Rio Grande Theater last night. The audience, many hailing from El Paso, were firmly in Russell's camp throughout the two-and-a-half hour performance. Here's a video of Who's Gonna Build Your Wall.
I heard this story a long time ago, growing up in Choctaw County in Oklahoma before my family moved to Texas. A tribal elder was telling his grandson about the battle the old man was waging within himself. He said, "It is between two wolves, my son. One is an evil wolf: anger, envy, sorrow, greed, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, false pride, superiority and ego. The other is the good wolf: joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."
The boy took this in for a few minutes and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf won?"
The old Cherokee replied simply, "The one I feed."
Democracy is that way. The wolf that wins is the one we feed. And in our society, media provides the fodder.
OK. Actually, I'm not selling anything here. Last year I was so bucking frustrated that I felt the urge to do something. Anything. I wanted one tee made for myself, but I was informed that the minimum order was a dozen. So I gave some away, sold a couple at cost, and kept three for myself.
Where did I get the words? Y'all remember Steve McQueen in The Sand Pebbles? Here's a snippet of dialogue from a very tense scene where McQueen's apprentice is being sliced up like a large salami. McQueen wants the captain to do something. The captain follows protocol and refuses. McQueen, frustrated beyond endurance, is ready to explode.
Captain Collins: Holman, I'll have you shot as a mutineer! Jake Holman: Well shoot something!