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THIS UNNAMED GEOLOGICAL formation is the likely result of wind, rain and time eroading away surface material to expose what at one time would have lava (magma) that had cooled and solidified. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
COMING INTO OR out of the Chisos Mountains, this is the northwest view and is several miles south of Panther Junction and the headquarters for Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE CLARET CUP is covered in barbed spines and blooms a reddish, cup-shaped flower from about April to June or July in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW FROM a formation called, “The Window,” looks out from the westside of the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIAN HEAD MOUNTAIN and its southern region offers this “leaning” wall of geology at the western boundary of Big Bend National Park. The rocks of the foreground are boulders ranging from man-sized on up. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
MASSIVE AND TOWERING, this wall of the geology is at least a couple of hundrend feet high and situated in the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WIDE-OPEN PANORAMAS and mountainous terrain such as this are routine along roadside in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THE SOUTHWEST SIDE of the Chisos Mountains, also known as the Chisos Mountain Basin and home to the lodge in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2011 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A FALLEN TREE is an impassable barrier in an otherwise debris-free dry riverbed in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
INDIGENOUS TO TEXAS, New Mexico and Arizona, Javelinas in Big Bend National Park genetically differ from swine. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
LOST MINE TRAIL in Big Bend National Park, looking southward over Juniper Canyon, the Chisos Mountain’s Northeast Rim and into Mexico. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A TREE SILHOUETTED against the night sky as seen from Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
THIS VIEW EAST of a volcano is an illusion of the setting sun streaming through the Chisos Basin area behind Casa Grande Peak in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
WRIGHT MOUNTAIN in background at Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A VIEW WESTWARD after sundown from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson. All Rights Reserved.
A CAMERA COMPENSATION for the limited light after sundown provides this view westward from the Indian Head area of Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.
SANTA ELENA CANYON after sunset, as seen from the Chimneys in Big Bend National Park. Copyright © 2010 by DL Tolleson/Camera One. All Rights Reserved.

Publication History: Bargaining With Thieves. Copyright © 2009 by Bojidar Marinov. All Rights Reserved.

Marinov, Bojidar. “Bargaining With Thieves.”
DLTolleson.com, 2009.
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Marinov, Bojidar. “Bargaining With Thieves.”
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Description: Commentary » Political » General—516 words.

Commentary: As of September 9, 2009 the text herein below appeared at various URLs across web, including the now dead page to which this web site linked at, http://noapologies.ca/?p=3959. I have since searched the web for this text and have occasionally found it posted inside the blog entries of other writers.

On this web site an entry in The Great American Novel Blog cited this feature in commentary entitled Fundamental Beliefs in a Nutshell. That commentary was revised and is available via the Compendium. The original entry remains available in the 2009 Archive, also via the Compendium.

—DL Tolleson

BARGAINING WITH THIEVES
Bojidar Marinov

I remember Eastern Europe in 1989. I was there when the streets were flooded with people, when we watched the Berlin Wall being brought down, when the police blocked the streets and attacked us, trying to disperse the protests.

One after another, Communist governments found it impossible to contain the wrath of their own people. We were on the streets, blocking parliaments and government buildings, demanding our liberty. All the Eastern European countries had constitutions, and those constitutions started with Article I: “The Communist party is the leading political force...”

We wanted just one thing: Repeal Article I. Destroy the political monopoly of the Communist party, destroy its power to take our life, liberty and property. (Not that we had much of any of these three left.) Nothing less than this.

The Communist governments didn’t want to give in. They knew our demands were morally right, so giving in would mean they had to admit the Communists had been morally wrong. So they had to find a way to blame us.

“These extremists,” declared the Communists, “refuse to come to an agreement. We want to have constructive dialog but they refuse. They wear swastikas and brown shirts. They are nothing less than fascists.”

We didn’t bargain with them. Article I was repealed everywhere, without “constructive dialog.” There is nothing “constructive” in bargaining about a criminal and immoral law.

I am here in America in 2009, 20 years later. I watch the Town Hall meetings all over the country. One after another Democratic candidates find it impossible to answer the questions of their own constituents. They have their Article I that says, “If the law is proposed by Obama or Pelosi, it must be passed without reading or discussions.”

The American people want just one thing: Repeal Article I. Destroy the political monopoly of those that want to steal our money, those who want to control our health, our life, our property and our future.

The Democrats don’t want to give in. They know our demands are morally right, and therefore giving in will mean they have to admit they have been morally wrong. So they try to find a way to blame us.

“These extremists,” Nancy Pelosi would declare, “refuse to negotiate. They refuse constructive dialog. They wear swastikas and brown shirts. They are nothing less than fascists.”

We shouldn’t bargain with them. There is nothing “constructive” in bargaining about a criminal and immoral law.

Eastern European Communists and American Democrats are like a thief that is caught with the stolen thing in his hand. He refuses to admit his guilt. He wants to have “constructive dialog.”

“Let’s bargain,” he says. “Let’s come to a mutually acceptable decision. If you don’t bargain, you are a fascist.”

There should be no bargaining until the thief returns what he has stolen. Just like the Communists 20 years ago, Democrats are trying to negotiate about something that isn’t theirs: Our money, our health, our lives.

This is the time for today’s Americans to show that they are more courageous and tenacious than the peoples of Eastern Europe in 1989.