I could make all sorts of arguments and observations about why I think the Republican ticket will continue to worsen things for this country, its inhabitants, the people and places we impact across the globe, and the planet, but I realize I’m not likely to change the mind of a single person who is enamored of McCain and Palin.  So, though this blog is about drawing, and I don’t particularly mean drawing lines in the sand, today I want it to be about drawing conclusions, and will point you to those of a thoughtful Republican.

That said, I’m on my way to my local polling station to vote in today’s election, and yes, I’m turning the levers for the candidates with the best environmental records.

To quote Hitakonanu’laxk (TreeBeard), a chief of the Lenape Nation whose ancestors first inhabited this place where I sit:

“Each generation is here but for a little while, and while we are alive, it is our responsibility to see that the land remains pure and undefiled, so that our future generations may continue to live here in health and happiness. What we do to the land, to the Earth, we do to ourselves and those of the future generations yet unborn.”

“There is no separation between a people and the land upon which they live. Men and women are but a part of the greater circle of life, and not superior to it in any way. We are dependent on everything for our very lives.  Without the rocks and minerals, without the plants, the trees and the animals, we couldn’t live.  Indeed there is much in the land to cause us to be thankful and to be humble.”

“We have now surrounded ourselves with a world of our own making, one that is artificial and against life. A world where things are more important than people, or animals, trees or plants, and where roads, industry, and housing developments take precedence over a beautiful untouched piece of land, unspoiled and of pristine beauty. Such a world can only result in death, of our future generations and perhaps all life. There is much that is wrong in the land today, and as long as we continue to live apart from it, out of touch with the soil, the rain, the sun, and nature, our society will be out of touch with ourselves, with each other, and we will leave behind all sorts of problems for the generations yet to come. We will not be the ones who will ultimately be affected by our actions, but is our children and their children that will suffer.”

We can’t keep cutting down the trees, polluting the water and the Earth, and contune living for today without thinking of tommorw. Some call human achievement progress, but we are progressing ourselves right into extinction and perhaps all life along with us!”

There is an alternative path, and “DRILL HERE! DRILL NOW!” is not the signpost of the future.

[The above words of Hitakonanu’laxk were respectfully quoted from a real paper and ink book, not pulled from the Internet.  If you’d like to learn more, go to your locally library and borrow The Grandfathers Speak: Native American Folk Tales (or buy it.)

Also of interest: Republicans for Obama, and Mudflats (from Alaska)