Through this doorway pass some of my most loyal and enjoyable friends. They stop by frequently, usually to bring news or the latest weather report, help with or supervise equipment maintenance or repairs, give or ask for advice, or some such excuse to just be there among friends. Many of the regulars are neighbors, some are relatives. All are storytellers, armchair politicians, and American patriots. They or their kin have been stopping by ever since my father built the shop decades ago. Pa has passed on now, but the sign over the shop door—which originally hung over the entry to his gas station during the years Smith Mountain Dam and the lake were coming along—keeps him close in memory.
Some of my best memories stem from working alongside Pa at his old Frick sawmill. Most of the lumber to build the shop was sawed on the Frick. He played that sawmill even better than he played tenor guitar, which is saying some. Pa, my brother and I sawed much of the lumber used to build Janet’s and my house down the road at the lake.
Over the years, a succession of dogs have guarded the shop and kept us company around the woodstove. Like my Walker foxhound Lucy, they have left their muddy paw prints on the door and lapped up water from a bucket nearby. Lucy knows and likes the regulars who come by the shop but raises a hackled fuss when a stranger comes anywhere near. She earns her keep that way. Uncle Carl, my father’s brother, stopped by the shop from time to time. As a college professor and keeper of our family’s history, Uncle Carl made sure I understood the responsibility and respect entrusted to me through the legacy of my Virginia roots, which he often reminded me extend back to 1657. Uncle Carl was not one to leave lessons untended, so he built a gated wall around the family cemetery and carved the lessons in stone on the walls. Here’s one I keep in mind as I consider issues as a legislator working on behalf of Virginia’s 9th District citizens:
Some people I would have enjoyed meeting never stopped by the shop, yet the principles and values they promoted and passed on to all who choose to receive them echo in conversations held there. I am not a student of the gentleman who wrote this, but his words ring true to my way of thinking :
"A politician thinks of the next election. A statesman, of the next generation."
~ James Freeman Clarke
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and I would have seen eye-to-eye on the topic of socialism, with this quote attributed to her:
“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money to spend.”
This quote reminds me to remind citizens of their responsibility to themselves, their families, their state and their country to register to vote and to go vote in every election:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
~Edmund Burke, Irish philosopher and politician
Here’s a bold truism worth pondering at the workbench:
“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.”
~President Gerald Ford
I expect Thomas Jefferson would have joined the NRA, had it existed during his lifetime:
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
I hope you will stop by my online farm shop from time to time, if only to check out the new quotes I’ve added to this page. If you send me some of your favorite political quotes, I might post those here, too. You can send your favorites to me at Charles@votepoindexter.com
I have some parts welding to do at the metal table outside my shop door, so I’ll leave you with a few gems of wisdom from the greatest statesman to live during my lifetime, President Ronald Reagan. Thanks for stopping by.
“You can’t be for big government, big taxes, and big bureaucracy and still be for the little guy.”
“A government bureau is the nearest thing we’ll ever see to eternal life on earth.”
“The Founding Fathers believed that faith in God was the key to our being a good people and America’s becoming a great nation.”
“They expect you to tell your children that the American people no longer have the will to cope with their problems, that the future will be one of sacrifice and few opportunities. My fellow citizens, I utterly reject that view.”
“I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.”
“When liberals say ‘family,’ they mean, ‘Big Brother in Washington.’ When we say ‘family,’ we mean, ‘honor thy father and mother.”