I wanted to talk more today about outposts. The entire Western United States is an outpost. Our heritage hasn’t yet arrived on wagon trains—the first evidence of lost luggage. There is virtually no history but our own. We are like Australia, left on our own to develop civilization without the constraints of the East. Without the oversight and constraint of the first states—the European states—British, German, Italian, Irish. We are, instead, the Wild West. We are more Spanish and Chinese than we are British colonists. We are Asian-Pacific, Latino, and African-American. We are displaced caucasians of forgotten lineage. We are New Agers, reformers, rebuilders, conquerors, and renegades.
We are still trying to settle the West. We are in young country, as young as my own great grandmother who helped settle Guthrie, the first capital of Oklahoma.
A toast to outposts everywhere. Be nice to us, we are making it up as we go along.