The blood from the victims of Parkland Florida High School had barely congealed when Liberals, Congressman, and Hollywood elitists started bellowing, yet again, to abolish the 2nd Amendment Rights of other Americans. This time, they were not even apologetic about their timing, imploring somebody to do something right now to stop those evil gun owners from wreaking carnage on their idyllic Utopia. Predictably, NY Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Cuomo even managed to make hay by somehow attaching the Parkland atrocity to President Trump.
OK, Mr. or Ms. Left Leaning Gun Control Advocate, you want us to give up our Second Amendment Right, what Right are you going to give up? How about we trade our Second for your First Amendment Right? By doing so, us 2nd Amendment Supporter’s don’t have to listen to your thoughts anymore because you no longer have the right to express them. We can further shut down liberal thought by censoring the media, and you can’t protest any more either. Additionally, you will go to the church where we tell you to go to.
And hey, you politicians and Hollywood zealots, no more armed bodyguards either!
Would this be a deal? Silly, isn’t it? Why should anyone be coerced into giving up a right he or she has been bestowed by the Constitution? Many of our citizens have given their very lives to protect and preserve those rights.
With apologies to the families of the victims of the Florida shooting, as well as all the other shootings, it is time for those who believe in the 2nd Amendment to stop trying to understand and appease those who would take away our guns. They are to be ignored, and we should demand the media stop fanning those flames. Until the anti-gun mob tell us what Right they are willing to give up, the conversation should be over.
I realize it seems easy for me to say, having never lost a loved one to a tragedy as horrific as an attack on a school or workplace. And there are those that believe I would look at it differently if I had experienced the pain. I bet there are even those reading this wishing I would get a dose of that horror. But they would be wrong. And for the record, I have lost a loved one tragically, and not one time did I demand all Ford Mustangs be banned.
You see, I understand, and passionately believe, that the horrific events are risks we must take. Our personal liberty and the RIGHT to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government is synonymous with our freedom, and is part of what makes us the envy of the world. There are just too many examples throughout history of governments trampling the rights of people, slowly at first, and eventually leading to complete control. If you don’t believe that, look just 90 miles from our shore at Cuba. Those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it, and I don’t intend on being a victim.
Yes, there may be other actions we can take. For a brief time, I even considered the thought of why a private citizen needs an AR-15, and considered conceding on that issue – banning them from the public. But then I recalled that once a control is put in place, it becomes a stepping stone to the next control that will need to be put in place after the next terrible incident. A bump stock here, an AR-15 there, and pretty soon we find ourselves without guns, and the government owns us. I assure you that politicians, even here in the good ‘ol US of A, are not above grabbing all the power from us they can.
For one solution, I saw an idea about taking unemployed veterans or retired policeman and giving them jobs patrolling schools. Why can’t they, or an existing constabulary, be stationed at every school? And, I think it is a better idea than trying to teach firearms to teachers or school administrators – that is not what those people signed up for when they applied to be educators. Over time, every deranged individual with a chip on his shoulder will know when they show up in a rage to pick off innocent victims there will be someone there shooting back. School shootings will plummet and liberals can then go back to feeling “safe” again.
No citizen of this country should be willing to give up one inch of their personal freedoms for the sake of somebody else’s perception of safety.
The word “racist” has become a powerful word in today’s lexicon, and seems to be gaining strength. Typically, once leveled, the word obliterates further discussion. The fear of being labeled a racist is enough to make people avoid further discourse and search instead for shelter in a nearby cave.
The media, Hollywood, and Leftist politicians are quick these days to call someone a racist. I have to wonder if it has become one of the most over-worked words in America today, and some people just let the word roll off them now, ominously giving the word no weight whatsoever. FaceBook is ridiculously rampant with the word.
My Original Post: Go Cubs!
First Comment: Trade Schwarber
Second Comment: Yur a racist
I’ve been thinking about this and have come to the conclusion that this word might not mean what some people think it means. Dictionary.com defines a racist as a person who believes in the doctrine that one's own racial group is superior or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.
We are all human and every stripe has reached the pinnacle in just about every arena, so how possibly can one group feel superior to another? Excluding the extreme nuts such as the Black Panthers, Ku Klux Klan, and their ilk, it has been my experience that the majority of people in this country are comfortable in their own skin and get along quite well with those of a different race. What one person believes might be racist doesn’t necessarily register with what others view as racist, so the word does come with a great amount of subjectivity, which goes vastly underappreciated. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” may be a more apt description of the word.
If I make a comment I believe is totally benign in a conversation with Joe from Mars, but Joe believes it to be racist, is it necessarily racist? Why is Joe’s opinion any more credible than mine? Just because Joe took the comment as racist does not necessarily mean it was actually intended as racist or should be interpreted by others as racist. Larry, standing nearby, may have an entirely different connotation of what was meant by the supposedly racist statement, adding a third viewpoint. Due to my own life experiences I may have a very good reason for stating my point that was perceived as racist by Joe. I may have been guilty of not particularly articulating my point, but most people are not educated in the finer points of talking out of both sides of their mouth.
I have the good common sense my mother taught me to parse my words and treat others with respect and dignity. And what I think or question in the deep dark corners of my mind, is my own business. As a participant in this human race, I am entitled to my own thoughts…even if I happen to be a Conservative. Let me just say, as an aside, people can believe anything they want to. It is actions and words directed against others that degrade racial harmony in this country.
And how do we know that Joe’s perception was in error, or that in fact, he was looking for an opportunity to label me a racist? How do we know that Joe wasn’t the racist, and because I’m different from him, there was no way he was going to perceive my comment any way but racist?
But part of the problem in today’s society, usually assisted by the media or that ever-expanding group of perpetual victims in our country, is that Joe’s version becomes the official account. If one believes he or she is a victim, no amount of rebuttal is going to change their views, and the media is going to make sure that fire keeps burning. Salacious racism sells, three guys having a conversation doesn’t. Too late, Joe said I’m a racist and I’m banished to a place of which I can never return.
And quite frankly, and this is where I’m struggling to make sure I find just the right words, isn’t it really a particular subset of the American population – on both ends of the political spectrum - wearing the mantle of the most racist? Do you really think that’s true, or might it be just a case of hypersensitivity and/or abject dishonesty? Is there really one group of people more racist than another?
Is racism still that big of a problem in this day and age, or is it a way to take a problem on the margin of our daily lives and shove it to a major issue for political or other selfish reasons?
Or maybe I'm just a racist.
Having written Commentary for the Journal these past months, as well as a blog for over a year, I am surprised by lack of rebuttal. Don’t get me wrong, I receive lots of favorable praises, but very little real dissent. I could count rebuttals on one hand, most of it coming from a young nephew pulling my tail.
I am not so naïve to believe that nearly everyone is in agreement with me. Frankly, as a writer, it is easier to write scathing commentary about what someone else is doing, or not doing, than it is to write a pleasing story that is entertaining and liked by many. I’ve always gotten more comments from non-political commentaries, and posts on Face Book, than anything ever written about politics.
I appreciate the reason to avoid political conflicts. It’s generally not pleasant to challenge people. Additionally, with the twenty-four-hour news cycles there is so much political discourse that it is exhausting trying to stay current. Who wants all those negative vibes floating around, or being upset with your neighbor because she sees something differently than you? Who wants to track all of that and try to make sense out of what some politician is trying to do now? And who has the time to follow it?
The simple answer, if you are part of the minority actually paying taxes, then you should be very aware. Everything the government is doing is on your dime. The government cannot create wealth, it can only take from others. They use your tax money to make decisions that benefits others that does not necessarily include you. It was not supposed to be that way.
If you drew from your savings and loaned your brother-in-law a large amount of money, with the understanding it would be repaid in short order, would you be worried if you hadn’t heard from him in months? Or that he borrowed it to avoid his family being evicted, but went to Hawaii instead? If your home was broken into, and someone had stolen your valuables, would you be concerned? Would you file a police report and hound the constabularies thereafter? Would you follow up to see if your items had been recovered? Bet you would.
Now, consider that every week your employer takes a large percentage of your paycheck and sends it to the government to do with as they see fit. Understandably, some of that is for the roads you drive on, sidewalks, fire, police, etc. And we should ALL be paying for those services.
But the internet and newspapers are rife with other examples of how our hard-earned money is wasted or sent to countries that don’t like us. Congressman, and even the President use our money as if it comes from their personal checkbook. Remember recently when President Obama sent pallets of cash, yes cash! totaling $1.7 billion of our money to Iraq, just before pushing through the worst nuclear agreement in US history? And he didn’t ask anybody!
My point is…yes, politics can be unpleasant, particularly recently. And all too often, the person has an ideology that matches his wallet. But in my observance, there are two great quotes made in history that should be kept in mind:
African-American Economist Thomas Sowell stated: “I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.”
Then there was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher that said: “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.”
Those statements match my wallet – I want to keep my money, or at least have more say in where it goes.
Boiled down to the basics, liberalism is a form of socialism, although most would never admit it. Most Democrats are liberal. They want to control your money. Most Republicans want your money too – just less of it, but they won’t admit it.
And you know what – I don’t think most of them can spend our money any better than most of us. In my mind, there is no difference between my brother-in-law owing me money, theft from my home, or being told I must send “X” amount of money to the government, where creatures like Lois Lerner (IRS), Nancy Pelosi (House), or Mitch McConnell (Senate) control all that money collected from us. This is where you envision the three of them on a bed headily throwing cash in the air.
Folks, just because you aren’t interested in the government doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in you.
I was just one of the 46 million people that watched President Trump’s State of the Union Address. I’ve watched all of them since Reagan, with the exception of Obama’s last SOTU address.
As far as SOTU addresses, I thought it was respectable. It wasn’t exactly Reagan-esque, but is was plausible, conciliatory, and certainly pro-American. He presidentially delivered it with the aplomb worthy of his position, and there was little trace of the brashness of which he is known. Calls were made for bipartisanship and unity. He offered compromises to issues that have Americans at odds these days, and highlighted some of America’s accomplishments over the past year. There was also a plea for investing in our infrastructure, which is long overdue and well known by both sides of the aisle.
For his first Address, Trump received a 75% approval rating in most polls. Not bad for a first-year president with a personal approval rating supposedly hovering down around 40%, if you can believe the pollsters. Also, when considering that the people who did not watch weighed in with opinions, particularly those that were interviewed by a late-night pundit with their negative answers, even though they were asked the day before the Address.
What I found distressing was the Democratic reaction during the speech. I am not so naïve to believe the Republicans didn’t sit on their hands some during both of Obama’s Addresses, and one exuberant Representative even broke decorum by shouting something. But keep in mind, Obama had spoken out publicly that “elections have consequences,” and his speeches were not exactly conciliatory. He always pushed on with his various agenda’s. Compromise was not on Mr. Obama’s mind during his Addresses.
However, during Trump’s speech, in the time-honored and ridiculous tradition of giving standing ovations with every sentence the president utters, the Democrats sat on their collective butts the entire evening. With the exception of Joe Manchin, from West Virginia coal country, and oddly, newcomer Doug Jones of Alabama, they all sat and watched intently at what Nancy Pelosi told them they could or could not do. She was perched in her anointed spot in the corner, face full of dour, moving fellow Dems with just flickers from her eyes.
Furthermore, in what was supposedly a show of unity with the #Me-too movement, nearly all of the Democratic women wore black, which combined with their resolute expressions and near catatonic state, made them virtually irrelevant during the evening. I guess it had a slimming affect if one should look for the positive. Oddly, Pocahontas Warren wore cobalt blue, evidently having missed a memo.
President Trump reported black unemployment is the lowest in history and average rates of pay are the highest ever. Given this great news, the Black Congressional Caucus sat on their hands in a bloc with matching multi-colored beach towels over their shoulders and grumpy looks on their faces. Evidently, that just wasn’t enough. One wonders how would they have reacted had it been mentioned by Obama?
President Trump gave details on his plans for DACA and allowing 1.8 million illegal immigrants paths to citizenship. Not only is this a larger number than Obama ever offered, it was against the wishes of his own party. In response to that offer, Hispanic Senator, Luis Gutierrez stormed out of the building. When one is a former Chicago alderman, they just aren’t used to not getting their way.
Senate-minority leader Chuck Schumer, glasses purchased on the end of his nose and glaring over them at President Trump, parked himself in what appeared the best seat in the house. It was obvious he was not buying one word the president had to say. He looked like a school yard bully sizing up his prey.
Well, at least Chuck, Roy, Joe, Pocahontas, and Nancy made it. A dozen Congressmen made it known they were staying home for the Address, and then apparently did. They were not missed.
My point for bringing up the Democratic response is not to poke fun. OK, I did poke a little fun. But seriously, folks, with those kinds of reactions, do you really think there is going to be any civilized deals made in the upcoming year. Do you think there will be any sound legislation passed on a bipartisan basis to benefit us, the taxpayer? We are the people paying for that bunch to represent us and get things done – not to play political games and act like spoiled school children throwing tantrums.
Did I tell you about my new grandson, Lincoln?
Abraham Lincoln, our 16th President, has an approaching birthday on February 12th. He would have been 218 years old had that cowardly John Wilkes Booth not shot him in the back of the head. It has always been my belief that if any one person in American history deserves a national holiday in his honor, it should be President Lincoln.
With apologies to Alexander Construction and their wonderful statue of Lincoln in Bourbonnais, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC is perhaps the most awe-inspiring memorial to any individual. It’s hauntingly majestic. The architect of this glorious structure was Henry Bacon, the designer Daniel French, and it was carved by the Piccirilli Brothers. The Memorial was completed in 1922 and Lincoln’s only surviving son, 78-year-old Robert, was in attendance. (Oddly, today there are no surviving relatives of Abraham Lincoln.) It is 19’ tall, weighs 156 ton, and made of Georgia white marble. There is a legend that Mr. Lincoln’s hands on the statue form an “A” and an “L” in sign language, due to the president’s involvement on behalf of a college for the deaf to allow scholarships, and the fact that designer French had a deaf son.
Although born in Kentucky, it is Illinois that lays claim to this 6’4” towering legend, as this was where he spent life when not in the DC swamp. In 1834 he was elected and served in the Illinois House of Representatives for eight years. There is no truth to the rumor he left due to Mike Madigan taking over as Speaker of the House. He then went on to serve Illinois in the US House of Representatives, and admirably served only one term before returning to Illinois to practice law. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if today’s politicians would serve only one or two terms and then leave, instead of…well, you know the rest of that story?
Imagine if you will the incredible pressure this man was under throughout his presidency. For his anti-slavery stance, he was so loathed by seven southern states they actually seceded from the union upon his election in 1860! Current President Trump only has to be concerned about California leaving the union...and there might not be much objection from the rest of the country.
Lincoln was then forced to oversee a terrible, bloody war within his own country, the only civil war in American history. There were 620,000 Americans that perished in that war – more than both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam…combined. In 1863 he issued the Emancipation Proclamation and pushed through Congress the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery, thus settling the issue once and for all. After the war, he was inundated with political and hair-brained opinions of how the south should be rebuilt and reprimanded over their audacity to go to war. He also buried his son, Willie, while all this was going on.
Most of these facts we learned in high school, so people are somewhat familiar with this history. But there are many more details about Lincoln that could be considered somewhat amazing.
For the record, this commentary to Abraham Lincoln is entirely coincidental to the recent birth of my grandson, Lincoln Matthew Schore.