Once upon a time, in a land not too far away… As of Tuesday, about 61% of the contiguous United States was experiencing drought conditions, the highest percentage in the 12-year record of the U.S. Drought Monitor. CNN
I live in what is pejoratively named The Rust Belt, as in the oxidation of iron due to moist conditions. I’m at the southern edge of the largest pool of fresh water in the world- The Great Lakes. Twenty-one percent of the world’s fresh water, to be exact. The Rust Belt.
Need water? I know a man who can sell you some. Oh wait! Sorry, he recently signed a ‘do not drain’ law. Too bad.
What’s that End Times bit about locusts, drought, floods, earthquakes…? Of course, I don’t believe one word of those biblical threats- the doomsday scenarios. Recall the poem by Robert Frost:
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
Check out Kansas on the map above. Four-fifths red, natural disaster areas. Why Kansas? Recall the 2004 book, What’s the Matter with Kansas? Author Thomas Frank details the political take-over of the state by fundamentalist Christians- a state that used to be quite progressive. The current governor, Sam Brownback, one of the most conservative Republican senators, pursues a very conservative Christian agenda in the statehouse.
I wonder if Brownback is conducting anti-drought prayer vigils throughout the state? How are those prayers being answered, governor? Still denying climate change, governor?
Note how many of the drought states lie within the Bible Belt. Where is Burt Lancaster [The Rainmaker] when we need him?
Lift up those prayers, Bible-thumpers, and watch how god takes care of you.