‘The Passing of Tulee Main’ is a story involving a sturdy, honest family in a gentle, rural land – but the tale’s permeated with crime.
“You’re going to kill her” . . . “What’s wrong with you, you drooling idiot?” The story’s barely begun and Brig’s having a hard time with what he’s hearing.
“It ain’t like that, Brig. . . . Maybe I’m helpin’ her along some, but that’s it, Brig, just helpin’ her along, that’s all. . . . I never done no harm to nobody in all my life, Brig.”
Leaving the story for a moment:
Not long ago, in February of 2012, here in Upper East Tennessee – right where Tyson county is – a young couple were slain early one morning.
(Billy Payne and Billie Jean Hayworth were shot. Subsequently Payne’s throat was slit, apparently to seal the complicity of the accomplice. The couple’s eight month old baby was found, unharmed, in the mother’s arm’s. You can look it up – “Johnson County double murder”, “Marvin Potter”, “Jamie Curd”, “Billie Jean Hayworth” – all lead to relevant articles on Google.)
The murderers and their family were very upset over the fact that the slain couple had ‘unfriended’ the daughter of the lead attacker on Facebook.
The ‘reasons’ for a crime are often bizarre. The reason given above for the murder of the young couple is real, It’s the actual ‘grievance’ stated by the murderers.
Returning to ‘Tulee’:
The reason for the ongoing attempt on Tulee’s life as we start the story is less bizarre, and maybe more easily understood – it’s greed, pure and simple. Greed, of course, is one of the staple foundations of crime. Lust, envy, jealousy,ego, simple ingrained hatred and, occasionally, something as utterly weird as the ‘reason’ for this young couple’s death are issues we deal with every day in our society. Sometimes we win, sometimes the evil ‘reasons’ win. It’s an on-going battle.
I don’t think I’m being overly pessimistic when I say I think we’re losing that ongoing battle. We have more crime; we hire more police. We have more wide-spread threats; we institute more wide-spread police measures. Does this suppress crime or simply create more public-sector employment?
We now have (in no particular order) DHS, fusion centers, TSA, CIA, NSA, NG-IA, FBI, OoI, DEA, NSGC, the ATF which is actually the BATF and even more formally the BATFE and on . . . and on and on.
Don’t bother chasing the list down; it’s incomplete and, anyway, there are more coming. We’ll likely run out of alphabet before we run out of Central-Government-funded acronyms to throw at a seemingly ever increasing mob of bad guys, private and political, domestic and foreign.
By no means am I advocating giving up or quitting and letting the bad people roam unchecked but isn’t it possible that our complete dependence on civil, secular solutions is not the way to go? Have we not thought of turning to a simpler, more Christian, more Godly, more humble personal and public code of conduct? Both privately and publicly?
Maybe it can’t be done, but it can’t be done if we’re not willing to start.
Comment at will.
(This post is intended to complement the narrative and views expressed in “The Passing of Tulee Main”. To learn more about the book, press the ‘Main Site Home Page’ link at the top of this post. (Beyond the on-site material there, the Nook, Kindle and Amazon links have sample chapters available to view.)