4th July In Berlin NY, Rural America Is Alive And Kicking

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Our town got its name from the Hessians left behind when the Brits pulled out suddenly.  It has been a very patriotic town including a small uprising against the Van Rensselaer family who owned most of the land in these parts.  So our town had a double revolution.  It had industries, too, and many farms nearly all of which were nearly wiped out in the last 30 years thanks to Free Trade!  Boo.

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We lost many businesses and too many homes were abandoned and the taxable population fell and I thought my little berg was going to sink after the Free Trade/Bilderberg gangster ice berg hammered us.  But slowly the town is reviving.

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Businesses are moving back in.  Some people are even attempting to farm a tad, too.  We have many tractors in our little multi-town parade today.  All the small villages up and down the river here in the mountains are in the parade and we all  have mutual aid pacts with each other.  Rt. 22 ties this all in replacing the old rail road line built 175 years ago which no longer exists, stupidly.DSC_0017

Our little towns are proud to be ‘free standing’ and our fire departments are all volunteer operations and the people doing this are brave and good citizens and is what makes small town America so surprisingly strong even when global gales try to destroy us in a hurricane of deals that suck all the air out of small towns.Screen shot 2016-07-04 at 11.56.34 AM

The people are amazing.  We have a sense of innocence still.  Children can run about and play and everyone knows who is who and looks after each other.Screen shot 2016-07-04 at 11.52.04 AM

This float is about how Chris and I moved here and lived in a tent for ten years, hahaha.Screen shot 2016-07-04 at 11.52.56 AM

All civic and military groups proudly marched and these people are serious and what we used to call ‘good citizens’ and they are exactly that.  Putting out for the People, the Community, the Society.

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This float reminded me that my family would have dearly loved to have a lawn tractor to pull the wagons West but then, they did have oxen and in past parades, we had our ox team.Screen shot 2016-07-04 at 11.55.39 AM

Last night I had a HUGE battle against Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Teenage Bear who destroyed rather a lot of things in this struggle for power and I rebuilt the fences and changed the bird feeders and moved the garbage can into the garage and now will wait for tonight to see if Goldilocks will show up and steal my bed, too.  And eat me out of house and home.


Happy 4th, everyone!


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14 responses to “4th July In Berlin NY, Rural America Is Alive And Kicking

  1. Bard of Nargothrond

    Happy Fourth of July, Elaine!!!

  2. Jim R

    Yeah, happy 4th!

  3. Gavin

    It’s good to see your town doing so well. Thanks, Elaine.

  4. Graywolf

    I was born and brought up there and I avoid driving through.
    Too depressing.
    Upstate NY – killed by the corrupt socialist Democrat party and the plain old corrupt Republican party.

  5. David

    This is what real life and living should be all about. Caring for our family, friends and neighbors, and working together in harmony.

    The people I see in these photos are real people, and they are worth more than all of the Washington bullshit politicians combined.

    And when the Washington politicos have destroyed as much as people like them usually do, it will be people like in these photos, who struggle and toil to build it all back again.

    May many blessings come to the people I see in these photos.

    Thanks Elaine.

  6. e sutton

    Wait!…..Tranquility! ……Cooperation!………..Is it…….can it possibly be……White Privilege? Shudders!!!

  7. melponeme_k

    Lately I see a distinct policy of rewriting our history.


    Punctuation mistakes. That is the latest attack on the very document that defines us. Wouldn’t you know the color of the “Professor” making the claim.


    Oh lookee there, a Harvard think tanker. A person with barely any time in the classroom. Wrote a book attacking democracy and democratic institutions in Athens (322 Hoorah!). Yep.

    I swear these people are awful

    Also in the circles of conspiracy theorists, I now see them taking on the social engineering meme that ALL revolutions are planned by the elites. So, yes, the US revolution was all part of the elite plan. So was France. How they twist and turn to support this world view that IS cooked up by the elites in order to make us lose faith in the governmental structure. The structure is sound, it is the people filling it who are not.

  8. floridasandy

    happy 4th of July, Elaine and all the readers.

  9. David

    Revolutions are not usually planned by elites. They are are reaction to governance imposed upon the revolutionists.

    But, power elites in the old ruling order will send their folks in the dissenting or revolutionary camp to subvert, and if possible, take charge of the resistance movement.

    What better way to have total control than to control both sides of the conflict in question.

    This is why a great many revolutionary movements eventually end up being very much like the ruling order they threw out.

  10. emsnews

    Utterly wrong. The ESTABLISHMENT NEVER wants any revolts. They may work hard to take over a revolt but they NEVER want this, they want their own status quo.

    And if you take time to read the history of revolutionaries, they are often in prison or in exile or under terrible stressful situations whereas rulers hide in palaces.

  11. Lou

    Raising the Mexican flag on July 4th?

  12. Lou

    Thought EMS might enjoy,

  13. Jim R

    Cute li’l donkeys there, in Vermont. And free range organic feral chickens..

    I hope to see some nice July 4 pictures this year from Berlin. If it’s not to cold and rainy due to *cough* global warming *cough*.

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