I Hear the Whistle Blowing. Strelnikov?


I am hearing a new sound around the old homestead. The A-train has come to Denton, Texas and it roars right through my home town of Corinth, morning and evening. Heavens to Betsy, they love to blow that whistle, as if to brag and advertise the commuter train has finally made it 40 miles north of Dallas. The train doesn’t stop in Corinth. The red neck conservatives round here said keep your train, we’ll keep our money and we’ll keep our . . . sorry you have to read on a bit.

Interstate 35 is a concrete killing field that carries the traffic of NAFTA from the Mexican border to San Antonio and then to Austin, Waco, Dallas, Denton and on to points north. The highway splits south of Dallas-Fort Worth into I-35W and I-35E. The highway rejoins in Denton. Traffic on I-35 is a terror and so the “smart” people gave us a train to fix our traffic problems while the highway waits and waits to be widened. They found a bazillion dollars for the train. . . still struggling to find a way to fix I-35.

I’ve lived through these mass transit “solutions”. I am old enough to remember what the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) did to Irving back in the late ’80s. It pretty well wrecked what had been one of the most livable cities in Texas. We were proud of Irving, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, back then. Not much cause for pride these days. Half the town looks too much like south Dallas. Why would that be? You know, SH– DART happens.

It isn’t just DART. Trains are generally a trap and a terror. Not long ago in Atlanta, at a friends suggestion, I took MARTA from Buckhead to the airport. That was a scary ride. Who were those people on board and WTH was wrong with them?

Trains never held much fascination for me. They are confining; they go where the track goes and that’s not usually where I want to go. There’s a lot of bad symbolism connected with trains. Not surprisingly President Obama and most liberals seem to have a love affair with trains. Why is that? It’s because liberals are statists and statists are control freaks. Trains are a method to control the population by limiting their mobility.

Think back to when you were 16 or whenever you finally got your driver’s license. Why were you so excited? Freedom baby, that’s why. You loved the idea that you could break free from your controllers, your parents. The car set you free. Lefties can’t stand that. They claim they are concerned about your carbon footprint. Cars aren’t green but green isn’t the real issue. The issue is controlling you. That’s the truth of it. Mobility and personal property are the enablers of freedom. They are both under heavy attack from the green pretenders who are really just the commies, socialists and statists who ran for cover when the wall fell.

I said in the opening that my home town opted out of commuter train. Thank you very much but we chose to keep our freedom. That’s right and by now, I hope you’re with me.

There’s that whistle again. Sounds like a sad, whiny lefty. Talk to you later friends. I gotta go for a drive. Don’t know where I’m going but I’ll go wherever I damn well please. Think I’ll leave the seat belt off, too. I don’t smoke but I might just fire up a Lucky while I drive through a school zone talking on my cell phone. Deal with it, control freaks.

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?
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June 30, 2011 1:16 pm

I had to include this video. Paul Butterfield blowing his harp with The Band providing backup and Levon Helm vocals. Train songs don’t get any better than this. It even predicts the reliability of your new A train…

I heard that whistle blow
it was the middle of the night,
when I got down to the station
the train was pullin out of sight

June 30, 2011 1:45 pm

Got a chuckle out of the title of the piece you linked to – “A-Train Adds Glamour to Denton County Mass Transit”.
And Strelnikov. Boy does that image take me back.1965, when we knew the difference between good and evil.
Your larger point though, on freedom and the clever ruses propped up to restrict it, must be emphasized at every turn in the road and bend in the tracks.

June 30, 2011 4:09 pm

Didn’t read the book but will never forget the movie – the beautiful Julie Christie, the Chaplin girl, the rich characters played by Sharif, Ustinov. Then later finding out about Boris Pasternak’s courage in writing the novel and getting it published.
All played out during the Cold War. To borrow a phrase – those were the best of times, and the not-so-best of times.