badlands, area of severe erosion, usually found in semiarid climates and characterized by countless gullies, steep ridges, and sparse vegetation. Badland topography is formed on poorly cemented sediments that have few deep-rooted plants because short, heavy showers sweep away surface soil and small plants. Depressions gradually deepen into gullies.
We have been brought to the badlands of the landscape of our Constitutional Republic…we have navigated many roads, mountains, valleys; forded many rivers and treacherous streams, and crossed a thousand oceans. We have experienced many landscapes in our 5,000 year leap made possible by the drafting of the Constitution for the United States, each of them carved by our own work, deliberation, blood, tears, hopes, and fears.
But now we stand on the edge, if not deep within, the slippery landscape of dramatic change, with shifting sands beneath, nothing rooted beneath our feet; the ‘bedrock’ is made of clay, hardened by heat and pressure but unable to support the pillars above. Torrential rain wipes away any gain at stability; a shortcut results in cavernous disaster.
The term ‘badlands was first applied to the arid, dissected plateau region of SW South Dakota by Native Americans and fur trappers who found the area difficult to cross. Gullies have cut as deep as 500 ft (152 m) below the plateau’s surface, and differences in rock type have created colorful and spectacular formations. The Big Badlands are famous for fossils of prehistoric animals.
Fossils graveyards of prehistoric animals, like ideas that did not survive, exposed in the canyon walls as we look for a way out. It would be best to avoid this area as it is most difficult to navigate and fraught with danger.
“A Recipe for Massive Erosion”
Geologists call this kind of area vulnerable to massive erosion because of the combination of factors leading to the exposure of everything underlying the ‘stable’ surface. I call this a perfect metaphor for our Republic’s landscape right now, as we venture across the treacherous terrain of promised change… that it will be somehow better on the other side. We know that it will not, and has not ever, been.
What exposes the bad lands the most? Water and wind. Both fierce. As opposed to trying to navigate these lands, it may be more useful to (wo)man the fire hoses and wind funnels and focus on the weak spots.
The continued erosion of Obama’s ‘approval’ ratings, and the steady negatives he shows, demonstrate the exposure of his lack of leadership, empathy, and understanding of issues affecting Americans. Because he owns the spineless press, his numbers are probably worse. Why are they low? Exposure that his promises are as empty as he is; exposure of his agenda as a dinosaur in the cliff wall, dead; the crumbling of the beauty that is America, right before our eyes.
Oily Obama Exposed
As we know, Obama is using the gulf disaster for political gain, and that is being exposed by his lack of action or empathy. He does not get it. On a BTR show tonight I heard mention of evacuation and martial law due to the disaster. Obama actually said he was going to ‘kick ass’ in the gulf…well, that usually means our asses.
Yet another convenient disaster to take our attention away from his illegitimate occupation of the White House. And one which has us at the badlands–he will hold out until we beg him for help, and then he will use that ‘help’ to enslave us.
We must continue to monitor his activities and the actions of the military. What are the agencies doing? How can we assist Gulf coast residents both in spreading the word as well as on-the-ground work. Logistics Monster rightly proposes that this is a massive extinction event, and the fish/marine life are not the only targets.
Massive oil spill as seen from passenger airline (h/t Dan Gonzales)