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A Stranger in My Country

By BR Chitwood


Perhaps it’s a silly misnomer to call myself ‘A Stranger’ in the Country of my birth, but born in the Appalachian Hills of Tennessee amid Bible Belt fear, parental disunity, a wildly emotional parttime father in brutal anger beating on a tearful mother and sister I was in a neuronic and small frightened body that was terribly malfunctioning.

The years passed and life – without Dad – passed with some accomplishments…graduated from high school, joined the US Navy, got a college degree, wed the corporate world for some years, opened my own business, began to write, and, after a few ‘picket fences’, found a miracle lady who came to be all that I had needed and wanted.

Now, in the last cycle of my life, I still write an occasional book, some poetry, Flash Fiction, Short Stories, blog posts. For anyone interested, many of my novels, in most genres, the narratives embrace true crimes – some, still in ‘Cold Case’ files – with my suggested and plausible scenarios… Anyone with interest in my writing can find my books, blogs, and poetry at:

So, why am I a stranger in my own country?

My mind swirls in desperate rotations when I see the direction our country is being taken by our current leaders – I’m almost squeamish when I use the word, ‘leaders’. The rhetoric of some government officials defies adult credulity, seemingly and tediously changing the true meaning of what our United States ‘Constitution’ so precisely lays out, written in the blood of our brave historical heroes. With ‘Covid’s evil tenure’, with ‘CRT’ (‘Critical Race Theory’) by a ‘Teacher’s Union’ wanting to replace the age-old disciplines of education (History, Reading, Math, Science, Geography, et al) with ‘race-baiting’ CRT corollaries. The NEA seems oblivious to the natural devastating progression that will come from racist nonsense. We are not a racist nation! Our history is clear, though some would deny it. It is there in the pages of our past for all to read.

Seemingly hundreds of millions of people across the planet wish to come to the United States, and our current ‘majority leadership’ is precipitating the mad flow of people across our southern borders, with tens of millions crossing in mad repetition. Some who have crossed our borders made it into seats of government and wish to change the policies and the principles of our grand Constitution.

Crime is devastatingly in an ‘open season’ in the United States – people killed on the streets, robberies of our stores in broad daylight without restraint. The murder of our youth from the ‘Wild Side’ of random disregard…

I’m through with my mini-tirade. I can almost see eyes moving upward in their sockets.

Admittedly, I’m one-sided. I have Democratic friends and Republican friends. When together, we are quick to determine how far we take our political certainties, and it’s amazing how close we come to being sane and sensible… Of course, that could simply be my friends of different persuasions just love my ‘Maker’s Mark’ bourbon.

Now, if you don’t like my political stance, you will like my books, poetry, and blog posts…hope you will go to my website/blog – and take a look.

No matter your political persuasion, I wish you happy times with family and friends.

BR Chitwood – October 11, 2021

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  1. I think it is sad to watch our traditions crumble. The Union of the Socialists Republic of America is being formed even as we speak.

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    1. Amen, Brother! Faith can be most difficult at times! You would think the high cot (‘Supreme’) stop the destruction of our country!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. We have to wait and see.


    2. Amen, Brother! Keeping faith is most difficult at times…you would think the Supreme Court could step in and stop this madness!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. A waiting game. Folks have to bring a suit first.

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      2. ‘Court’ wins out over ‘Cot’ every time!!! Bless you and the ladies!


  2. jaysquires says:

    Yours is the sanest voice I’ve heard in years, Billy Ray. We all have eyes to see, ears to hear, and a mouth to fall open in awe of the beauty around us … if only our open mouth didn’t own a tongue to spoil everything with its articulation of lies, hate, and calls to insurrection. You keep on keeping us honest, my dear, dear friend. –Jay

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    1. Your words mean so very much to me, Jay. You, too, are a dear, dear friend, and I’m sorry I’ve slowed to a crawl…..weak eyes and body pains, but still writing I still consider you one of our most important amd premier authors of our time. I shall make a better effort to stay in touch. All my best, Jay-man!


  3. Gwen M. Plano says:

    Beautifully, sadly said, Billy Ray. It is heartbreaking to watch the destruction. The only thing I know to do, besides prepare for dire times, is to hold tight to Love. May God help us all.

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    1. Indeed, ‘Hold Tight to Love! Thank you, dear Gwen.


  4. I can find no solid logic in most of the popular trends in our country today. I live in my own little world, just trying to do the right thing.

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      1. You too, Billy Ray.

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