Insane in the U.S.A pt 2

Some additional observations about all this insanity. If you haven’t read 1984 by now, why?? But if you haven’t, I beg you to go out and get a copy right now and read the entire book if you want to get a little insight into what is going on here. It’s fiction , but good grief it could as well be clairvoyance when looked at through the lens of today’s toxic social environment.

Many moons ago i got into political chat boards, this was shortly after 9/11 and I wanted to vent, or speak my mind. I was so naive back then on what I was getting myself into. I learned quickly that politics is indeed a blood sport. Couple that with the anonymity of the internet and you can see how the “gems” of society quickly found a platform. In that environment you learned to ignore the vile stuff, if you didn’t , it could destroy you. Trolls can get downright beyond vile. Places like this is where all the trolling you hear about began to morph into what we see today. I’ve started to realize lately that our country has turned into a life-size representation of those political chat boards I used to haunt.

The majority of us are trying to have a conversation about our country and how to make it work. We don’t all agree on every point and have some differing ideas as to how to fix some of the problems facing our society , but we’re all talking. And then , all of a sudden, some trolls show up and shit all over the place. Antifa, BLM, Nazis, KKK, Westboro Baptist Church,La Raza, Cair, etc etc. They are the trolls of our life-sized and real life political chat board. And now they’ve gone straight to Godwin’s Law. Godwin’s Law states  that in any given conversation  involving controversial subjects or politics in general, at some point someone is going to call their opponent a Nazi. We are there right now. The difference is, on a real chat board, the only thing you have to fear is having your feelings hurt. In our real life chat board, people can and have died, society could breakdown, bad things can happen.

Is this how we want to run our country now? They who whine the loudest and throw the biggest tantrums win?? 240 odd years and this is how we’re going to run things now? defacto mob rule, otherwise known as pure democracy, except in this case, it’s democracy where a tiny minority of the population dictates how the rest of us will live….and they say WE’RE the fascists.?? Both sides and the media are feeding this division, ever stop and ask….Why?

In part 1 i spoke about how Confederate statues were just the beginning. Since I posted that, there have been attempts at removal, vandalism, or outright destruction of monuments such as, Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, Teddy Roosevelt, talk of destroying Mt. Rushmore, and so on. I’m not a fortune teller, I just read history..why haven’t you?

It’s never been about the statues, they are just a means to an end. It’s not just my opinion, or something out of a fictional work, it’s part of our history. This is how Fascism, Nazism, totalitarian regimes start. Groups of thugs roaming the streets, enforcing their law, while espousing collectivist ideals of one variant or another. They ALL eventually lead to Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, China, Yugoslavia under Tito(look him up), the list goes on and on.

After the statues, they go after historical documents, references to uncomfortable things are expunged and replaced with stories of glorious triumphs of whomever is in charge at the time. It’s not about the statues, it’s about Control. Is this really what we want for our country? WWII wasn’t a big enough wake up call? Too far distant in history to matter in your lives? Couldn’t happen again right?

At this point, it doesn’t matter one iota which side this or that group are on. What matters now is, which group(s) are using violence to deny other citizens their rights? And why aren’t they being brought to justice?  The light of day is the best disinfectant. When our so-called leaders will only criticize violence from one side, it should make you wonder whose side they’re really on, shouldn’t it? When your political opponents refuse to condemn violence from their side,yet claim how much more enlightened they are than you, it should make you question their sincerity. When one side is allowed to use violence as political speech, and the other side is condemned for merely speaking against the mainstream approved viewpoints, it should make you wonder what is really going on in your country.

The Constitution and our laws only work because we and the government all agree to abide by them. There is nothing written in stone that guarantees this will go on forever. If we are now not going to agree to abide by those rules, where exactly are we headed?? It certainly doesn’t look like a nice place, and it looks a lot like a novel I read, for the first time , in the year 1984.

 

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Insanity in the U.S.A.

Have we all lost our collective minds in this country? I’m seriously asking this question after the events of the last week. Ok, first of many disclaimers I will have to put in this piece to explain to the overly sensitive what I’m actually getting at. At no time during this entire post am I or anyone else with a rational mind condoning what the Nazis and supremacists stand for, at the same time I and others ALSO condemn hatred on the Left, i.e. Antifa, BLM, La Raza and other organizations devoted exclusively to hatred of any kind. That being said, back to the article.

Little background and simple truths of reality.

History is not pretty, there are countless examples through all of human history of people doing bad things. There are also countless examples of the virtues and strengths of humanity. That is human history, some bad, some good and some rather grey areas.

The First Amendment is not there to protect courteous and benign speech. It is there precisely to protect unlikable speech, speech that offends. There is no compelling reason to protect benign speech, we all implicitly agree it’s ok. There is, however, a compelling reason based in history to protect uncomfortable speech, speech that goes against the norms of society. The First Amendment was unique in human history at the time of its adoption. It’s extremely important in this discussion about this weeks’ events in VA.

Lack of equality of outrage on mostly one side speaks to the mindset that leads one down the path to the people and places I will discuss.

Erasing history is a common tactic of despots and totalitarian ideologies. Don’t believe me? Read up on Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot, Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, for crying out loud , look at North Korea and ISIS and you can see why this is a favored tactic. George Orwell spoke about this in 1984,

” Winston wondered vaguely to what century the church belonged. It was always difficult to determine the age of a London building. Anything large and impressive, if it was reasonably new in appearance, was automatically claimed as having been built since the Revolution, while anything that was obviously of earlier date was ascribed to some dim period called the Middle Ages. The centuries of capitalism were held to have produced nothing of any value. One could not learn history from architecture any more than one could learn it from books. Statues, inscriptions, memorial stones, the names of streets – anything that might throw light upon the past had been systematically altered.”

Have we finally reached 1984 in 2017? Our history, even the shitty parts of it, must always be protected. We can not wish away parts of our history that are now distasteful. Otherwise, what is history? If there is no truth to history but what this or that group say it is, then what good is it? Where does this stop? Many people in our history that are considered good people, they did great things, also had a dark side. Newsflash, they were humans too, subject to all the foibles that face our species. Does that mean we erase any mention of them or images of them because that bad part of them offends us? There is a good-sized statue of Vladimir Lenin in Seattle. I’ve seen it, stood next to it. Who he was and the death and destruction he caused to millions upon millions of people since the inception of his vision highly offends me and millions of others. Do we get to have that statue now torn down? Using the logic of the Left, yes we do have that right…but I wouldn’t place bets on that going over well with their side. They are allowed to be offended, anyone else is not. They and they alone decide what parts of history are allowed and which must be expunged. History doesn’t give a flying fuck about your feelings, it is what it is, warts and all.

Time for a disclaimer: Nothing I’ve said so far or hence, implies or otherwise condones the horrible things the people I’ve mentioned have done in the past. It is merely to point out the dangers of where we are headed as a society if we don’t stop this insanity, now.

People can say what they want in this country, with a few prudent exceptions. The old, you can’t yell Fire in a crowded theater for instance. These are prudent because it deals directly with potential human safety if the statement is false and causes panic that results in injury or property damage. Merely being a distasteful person or group that is not actively being hostile or actively inciting a riot or violence is NOT against the law. I and millions of others detest everything Nazis stand for, but they have the right to peacefully assemble and redress grievances, just like anyone else in this country. There was a Supreme Court case dealing with this exact issue back in the 70s if I recall correctly. Forgive me if some of the details are a little fuzzy, doing this from memory. A Nazi group wanted to hold a parade or be part of a parade through the town of Skokie Illinois. The town is/was home to a large Jewish population, needless to say, the townspeople were not too happy with this. They sued to stop the Nazis from marching, it ended up in the Supreme Court, the Nazis won and had their parade. The Supreme Court said in their ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court denied a stay of the trial court’s injunction prohibiting petitioners from marching, walking, or parading in the uniform of the National Socialist Party of America or otherwise displaying the swastika, and from distributing pamphlets or displaying materials inciting or promoting hatred against Jews or persons of any faith, ancestry, or race, and also denied leave for an expedited appeal. Held:

    1. The Illinois Supreme Court’s order is a final judgment for purposes of this Court’s jurisdiction, since it finally determined the merits of petitioners’ claim that the injunction will deprive them of First Amendment rights during the period of appellate review.
    2. The State must allow a stay where procedural safeguards, including immediate appellate review, are not provided, and the Illinois Supreme Court’s order denied this right.

Certiorari granted; reversed and remanded.”

As horrid as these people are, as long as they remain peaceful, they have the right to free speech. I don’t want them marching around, you don’t want it either, but our feelings don’t get to decide free speech rights. Because, as sure as the Sun is going to rise in the East tomorrow, there will come a time when something you say or believe will be deemed hateful or distasteful and banned. That is PRECISELY the reason the First Amendment says what it says and why it’s one of the most important things in human history. There is nothing in the Constitution that protects one from being offended.

This doesn’t mean you can say things without consequences. People get to call you a piece of shit racist if you express support for or engage in the B.S. of Nazis and other groups such as BLM, Antifa, La Raza. Can anyone name one peaceful event Antifa has ever attended without trying to intimidate or outright engage in violence?

A recent discussion I had in regards to this incident was enlightening. While universally the actions of the Nazis were condemned, it was only those on the right that also condemned Antifa and BLM. The Left , in essence, kept saying yah, But…..Nazis are worse or some variation on that theme. This is not unique to that discussion, you can see it all around you this week. As distasteful as the Nazis are, they had a legal permit to do their little marchie thing.

Antifa , seriously, can anyone show me a time when Antifa acted in a peaceful non intimidating manner, showed up and all hell broke loose. This was shortly after the Mayor and Gov. told security forces to stand down. Exactly what did anyone expect would happen?? And now a young lady is dead, and many more injured. You defeat these hateful groups like Nazis and Antifa by ridiculing them if they march. You turn them into a laughable caricature of who they are. You don’t engage in violence, on EITHER side…should I put in another disclaimer?……nah….I know ridiculing them is a simple solution to a complex problem and is said mostly in jest, but the fact remains. Any group actively engaging in violence in order to shut down speech they disagree with is far more dangerous to society than some idiotic racists who could barely gather 500 people for their “unitetheright” rally. Looks to me like the majority of Americans on both sides don’t want to join their little club. That’s a Good sign, not the cue to paint everyone on the right as supporting this nonsense.

A not so good sign is the utter lack of condemnation from those on the Left when it comes to violence perpetrated by some on their side. Violence started by Antifa, BLM and others is excused, or otherwise explained away as a necessary evil, etc etc. What is a rational person left to conclude when faced with that reality? As distasteful as Nazis are, they didn’t do anything violent until Antifa showed up. Disclaimer: this does not excuse the violence the Nazis engaged in, they should be punished too. How about all the times Antifa rioted to stop others from speaking at various college campus’ across the country? Don’t hear much outrage coming from the Left. People were beat up, some died, millions of dollars in damage was done to businesses, cars, other property. One would rationally consider that acting violently. Yet, many on the Left cheer these groups, hail them as heroic. Antifa, an Anti Fascist group using the exact same playbook used by Mussolini, Hitler and other Fascists to seize power….kind of an oxymoron when you stop to think of it.

Keeping us divided is the easiest way to rule over us and still keep their cushy gigs in DC and other government utopias. It would be awesome if the Left came down as hard on their violent members as we do towards ours and theirs. If we are fighting each other we’re less of a threat. Tired of being played yet?  One last thing to consider. Nazism, Communism, Fascism, are ALL Left wing philosophies….Let that sink in for a minute or two.

 

 

 

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Mass Hysteria

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on this blog, but recent events have gotten so out of control I felt compelled to respond.

The hysteria that has been ginned up since Trump was elected has reached levels I’m finding hard to locate in our history. The closest I can come up with is McCarthyism in the 50s. Our parents and many others should remember those days, I wasn’t there but from all I’ve read over the years it was a crazy time here. By the end, everyone was seeing commies here, there, everywhere. In retrospect, Sen. McCarthy was initially correct in his accusations of communists secretly working in our government. The Russians, at least 10 years ago declassified a lot of their Cold War stuff and lo and behold, it showed exactly what Sen. McCarthy had said was true. That’s it, the initial charge was true and there were communists in our government trying to subvert our laws etc. What happened afterwards is what’s important in this discussion. Media reports became more and more sensational, other organizations began to try to “root out” the commies in their midst. People started accusing others of being communists or communist sympathizers..wait, I just thought of another instance, The Salem Witch Trials. While a much smaller scale, the same sort of hysteria happened…but I digress. People’s lives and careers were ruined and we later find out, none of it was true. It was pure unadulterated hysteria that took on a life of its own. The same thing is happening now.

Let me just say right off the bat, I’m not some rabid Trump supporter. Believe it or not, the vast majority of us who voted for Trump did not do so because we were under some delusion that he wasn’t a rude , crude, and socially unacceptable cad. We voted for him for mainly two reasons, Hillary was 1000s of times worse and we didn’t have any other viable choice. The fact we very rarely have viable choices from either side is a discussion for another time. We voted for him because we saw where things were headed and it wasn’t good and this guy was the only option to try to get things to change. Hillary wasn’t going to do it, she is on record as saying if she won it was going to be business as usual. So, no, don’t come at me and flood my feed with how much you hate Trump, I get it, we get it, the country gets it….you don’t like Trump.

That being said, nothing he’s done so far is worthy of impeachment. Don’t forget , for those of you who want Trump impeached. If he is, you can get used to saying President Pence, and he’s one of those “religious bigots” you keep telling us about, be careful what you wish for. There have been new “Breaking News” allegations since the day he was elected, before that it was maybe every other week the media went into meltdown mode. All of these allegations have one thing in common. None of them have ANY evidence to support them. Russia and Trump? Multiple government officials with knowledge of the investigation have stated under oath that there is no actual evidence of collusion. This goes back to July or August of LAST YEAR. A rational person might conclude after this lengthy of an investigation that Something, ANYTHING would have been found by now to support the allegations, but to date there is nothing.

The Comey Memo. This one is very recent and has fed the hysteria even more. Comey, when under oath at a recent Senate or House hearing on the matter stated that he, nor anyone else in his Dept was pressured to stop, slow walk, or otherwise hinder their investigation. This was said, AFTER the supposed memo was written by Comey. Furthermore, Trump, or any president can, at any time and for any reason, fire one of their direct employees. It’s been the law of the land for longer than I can remember. Not to mention Bill Clinton did it when he was in office. Does any rational person think that Trump firing Comey is going to stop the FBI investigation? Comey isn’t the one out there pounding the pavement for clues, no, career people at the FBI are conducting the investigation. They are not subject to the whims of politics, they keep their jobs no matter who sits in the Oval Office. The investigation never stopped because Trump fired Comey. A side note about Comey being fired…He was not liked by either side and both sides were very vocal about it. The Republicans wanted his head when he didn’t recommend charges against Hillary. The Democrats wanted him canned when he reopened the investigation into Hillary right before the election. The Democrats kept up their calls for Comey to be gone right up until a week before Trump fired him. So spare me the histrionics about how Trump firing Comey is an abuse of power or anything of the sort. That is all just politics and politicians hoping the American people will be too distracted to remember they wanted him gone too. Sadly, it appears they are correct in their assumptions about many people in this country.

Let’s see, what else has been blown way out of proportion recently..Oh yeah, Trump gave the Russians Top Secret intelligence. Contrary to the hysteria out there, it is not unusual for a president to share some intelligence with other nations when it suits our interests. As far as most of what I’ve read about this, there is nothing here. He didn’t compromise methods or anything like that. He spoke to the Russians in regards to this new threat from ISIS regarding laptops and other electronic devices.  This wasn’t a state secret, a week or so before Trump allegedly gave away the store to the Ruskies, an article in the New York Times talked about this new threat we were facing from laptops being brought onto airplanes. It spoke about how the U.S. was concerned and had forbidden laptops to be brought aboard U.S. carriers originating flights from the Middle East. It further went on to say that the U.S. was considering extending the ban to Europe as well. Believe it or not, the Russians share this risk along with all of us. They just had one of their commercial airliners blown out of the sky by terrorists. Ya think they might be a little interested in information that might help them protect their own citizens? Did Trump likely run off at the mouth? Yah, probably he did, but other people who were in the room who have far more credibility than Trump have stated categorically that nothing proprietary was discussed.

Take these and a host of other absurdities, such as CNN having an actual discussion and getting outraged that Trump got two scoops of ice cream and his guests only got one, add it all up and you get where we are now. Which in a weird way sort of ties into the whole McCarthyism from the 50s. We have little bits of allegations and assertions being blown out of proportion about Russia. We have a media hyping every single thing this administration does as the current end of the world, all we need now is for people to start turning others in as Russian agents to protect themselves and we have us a Red Scare all over again. Except this time you can add in violence perpetrated by one side, the side that lost an election. Do you not see where this is heading? Don’t you understand the risk we are facing if this insanity continues? People are being worked up into a frenzied mob. Frenzied mobs typically don’t respond peacefully to stimuli from either side. All of this is being done for solely political purposes. So a select few can remain in charge of all us plebes out here in the dirty backwaters of this country.

Trump is a bafoon, but he’s not an idiot and he’s not Hitler. IF, and I stress IF, anything actually considered evidence comes forward , then all bets are off and we’ll have to see where things go. But what is going on right now and being stoked by media and others, some of them elected officials, is going to lead to only one outcome. And it’s not going to be pretty, that’s not a threat, it’s a plea to step back from the precipice we are rapidly approaching before it’s too late. The Civil War was horrific , but if we have a repeat of actual open warfare between ourselves, it’s going to be far worse. Back then 600,000+ people died out of a population of roughly 31 Million. In today’s numbers that would mean a death toll of over 6 million people.

Think real hard about buying into the hysteria. Don’t confuse your hatred of a man for proof of a crime. Once the shooting starts, it ain’t gonna be pretty and it ain’t gonna be easy to stop. Stay vigilant, and if , one day, actual evidence emerges..then we all get together and throw out the criminal…no matter what party they belong to.

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Random Thoughts

Not all Muslims are terrorists, 100’s of millions of Muslims are peaceful , follow the law of the land they live in , and serve their home country in a myriad of beneficial ways. Ok, now that we have the obvious out of the way, can we focus on the 100’s of millions of Muslims who aren’t these people? You know, the Muslims that want to kill us, and other Muslims for being the wrong type of Muslim apparently, instead of hearing yet again that Muslims are peaceful? Yes, many of them are, in fact, peaceful productive members of society…we’re not talking about those Muslims. In fact, those Muslims are pissed off as much as we are at what is going on in the name of their religion. I know I keep saying, can we stop saying what I’m saying but I’m doing it to drive home a point. We need to talk about the Muslims that are trying to kill all of us, but can never get past the platitudes and pronouncements about how Muslims are peaceful.

Political Correctness paralyzes us as a culture and as nations while the bad guys thrive and expand. Jihadis blow up Brussels , and MSNBC says this is a result of lax gun control laws. Our own leaders refuse to call this Islamic Terrorism, or even utter any phrase similar to that for fear of offending Muslims. I’m going to go out on a limb here and conclude that many millions of them are quite offended right now, who cares if we call them what they call themselves? Proposals are made by various politicians to temporarily halt immigration from Muslim countries until we can be assured that the bad apples will be found before they spoil the bunch. But we can’t even do that, the female that shot up San Bernandino with her husband passed a background check which didn’t include checking social media because it was deemed politically incorrect to do so. We can’t even trust our system to protect us from a routine visa check on one person, how can we trust it to accurately process tens of thousands of refugees? This and many more denials of reality are brought to us by Political Correctness.

Immigrants are the backbone of this country, we built this nation because of our immigrants. Once again, a true statement and frankly not debatable. It’s also a much used statement by immigration activists to blur the meaning of the word immigrant. They say, we are a nation of immigrants, how can we deny this opportunity to immigrants now? They claim it is racism that drives this “anti-immigrant” rhetoric, that immigrants are targeted unfairly because they are brown skinned. What they purposefully omit from their rhetoric is that these people are here in violation of our laws. By playing Orwellian games with the language they have omitted the word Illegal from the term used for people here….Illegally. Now, they can frame their opponents as xenophobic, racist, anti-American, etc etc. When, back in reality, no one except extreme whackos on both sides are against immigration to this country. We all know, our ancestors came from somewhere to live here, we get it. We’re not talking about people that come here legally, we are discussing people that have come here illegally, overstayed their visa, etc. Political Correctness prevents us from having this honest conversation about a very real problem in our country.

The Wall is not Trump’s idea, far from it. It was approved by Congress in 2006 and signed by the president. Congress never agreed to fund it, which in DC speak is considered a good day. Many things need to be done to solve this illegal immigration crisis we face, but we can’t even have a national conversation about it because you are shouted down as a racist or some other nefarious being. Will a wall stop all illegal crossings? Nope. Will it stop vast majorities of illegal crossings? Yup. Will it alone solve the problem with illegal aliens in our country? Nope. There are other factors involved, such as the millions of people that come here legally on a visa, then overstay it and disappear into society. Other countries, New Zealand for instance, keep track of people visiting their country on a visa. When the time is up they come and tell you it’s time to leave. If you haven’t left in a few days, they strongly persuade you to leave by helping you get to the airport to catch your flight. Solving that issue will also help solve the illegal alien problem in our country. There are a few other rational solutions to the problem. But until you stop the flow northward, the other problems can’t be solved. Hopefully Trump won’t be the nominee, but that wall/fence has to be built and the flood abated before any meaningful solutions can be put in place. Calling this “immigration” is Orwellian, and needs to stop. Political Correctness needs to stop.

Trump, yah that guy. I hope he’s not the nominee, I really do , because I don’t want to have to vote for him, but I will. The choices on the other side are far worse for our country than a loud mouth braggart. That being said, Trump in his own way has done a great service to this country. He’s exposed the fallacy of political correctness and shown it to be the cancer on society that it is. I’ve shown but a couple examples of how political correctness has metastasized into the ungodly monster we see today. It has already affected our judgement as a nation in non-beneficial ways. We have become paralyzed into inaction for fear of offending this group or that group. We are naively accepting that all cultures are equal and no one has a right to judge. While true in a general sense, if your culture includes treating women as property to trade like baseball cards. If your culture considers being gay a capital offense. If your culture is based upon the abrogation of basic human rights….Yes, we can judge your culture, that’s not being politically incorrect or racist, or xenophobic….It’s simply correct.

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Here we are again, Four years later

I always have so much to say, until I actually sit down in front of the computer, then I’m blank.

Within a week, the actual voting begins, and we get to decide on which two morons will duke it out to be our fearless leader. If you’ve read my posts over the years , then it should be easy to conclude I won’t be voting for any of the Democrats running this year. Years ago I voted for a Democrat, was registered Democrat, believed all the B.S. they spew, then I matured and woke up to the realization that they were batshit crazy. None of their ideas ever worked. So, I became a Republican, the deciding factor was when I heard my president, under oath, equivocate on the meaning of the word ‘is’. The Republicans have shown themselves to be batshit crazy too, but far less so than the Dems. In fact, they sometimes manage to actually accomplish good things for all of us, Welfare Reform, back in 1996, is one off the top of my head.

That being said, I’m conservative in my views with a bit of libertarian thrown in for good measure. Some conservatives are Republicans, but as a whole, the Republican party is basically the Democrat party lite. They’re still driving us off the cliff, but they’re taking the time to stop and smell the roses along the way. Contrary to the popular view, conservatives don’t want to starve old people, we don’t hate poor people, could care less what your skin color is or who you sleep with. We are not against clean air, water, or land, we just disagree on how you achieve such goals without wrecking your economy in the process. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996 is an example of good law , that actually did what it was intended to do, and benefited millions of people.

Welfare Reform didn’t starve poor people, it didn’t throw them out on the streets. It did , however, get millions of Americans the training and help they needed to get off welfare. Granted, it was a requirement or you got kicked off, but it worked. Millions of people dropped off welfare eventually , not because those evil conservatives threw them out in the cold, but because they had job skills and jobs enabling them to support themselves. This not only gave them the self respect of being able to take care of themselves, it reduced the burden on the Welfare system thus allowing limited resources to be directed towards the truly needy.

One of the first things Obama did when he got into office was to remove those requirements in the system. The result 7 years later? Have you seen the Welfare rolls lately? Over 45 million people on food-stamps, an all time high, even when taking population differences over time into account. Does that make the differences in approach and outcomes easier to understand? This isn’t to say that only one side has all the answers, but of the two approaches to the same issue, one was pilloried in the press and other media outlets and one method was praised and hailed for its vision. Guess which one worked and which one failed.

I told you that , so I could tell you this. This election is important to where we are going as a nation. Despite what you hear in the press, Americans in general and Republicans in particular are not racists. In fact, the implication is highly offensive, and since being offended is practically a protected state of mind these days, my offense must be acknowledged and these constant micro-aggressions must cease or I will be forced to retreat to my safe space. Then you guys will be sorry, oh I’m sorry , guys is genderphobic ,I should have said persons or humans instead of guys.

This idiocy is what is represented by the Left these days. These inanities and others, including such things as gutting a successful government program to buy votes and hurting the very people you claim to be helping are what we are facing from the Left side of the aisle. One of their candidates is an avowed Socialist ( communist, let’s be honest here) The other one is trying to out left him while dodging a very probable criminal indictment. Oh and O’Malley is running too. None of their ideas are new, none of them have ever worked throughout history. We’re experiencing it right now as to how successfully this approach is going. Bernie promises even more of this, Clinton hedges her bets but basically promises at least as much as what we have now. Oh, and O’Malley is running too. I can list endless historical and contemporary examples of failed leftist policies but I’ll leave that to the curious among you to find out for yourself.

There are still far too many people on the Right ( as it were ) to discuss all of them, so I’ll focus on the leaders. We have a successful businessman but he’s a blowhard, we have a Constitutionalist but his own colleagues don’t like him, we have another young Senator running( we just did that, not working out), another blowhard but this one is a governor version, and some dude whose dad and brother used to work in government or something. Oh, and O’Malley..oops, sorry, my bad.

I say all of this, but would still vote for any of them as opposed to the other choices. You see, I’m under no illusion that they are going to be able to do everything they propose. But , if they’re able to do enough of it, our country will be much better off…for EVERYONE. Conservative principles, when implemented, have been shown to be the better choice for the most people than the alternative. Once again, there are countless examples and not enough room to list them all. I encourage you to look at the time periods of 1920-24(28), 1948-50, 1960-63, 1980-88(92) These ushered in good economic times for all of us. These were both Republicans and Democrats doing this. Party doesn’t mean anything, it’s principles that matter. These were conservative principles being employed and they worked.

Take what I’ve said into account. Go look up what I said, don’t take my word for it. Think long and hard before you cast your vote this time around.

 

 

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Critical Thinking and You ..Part Deux

Little over three years ago I wrote a blog post about critical thinking and the lack thereof in our culture. It’s right here —–> link if you wish to read it. Well, three years later, it seems the problems have gotten worse not better. Let’s start with what I said about oil back in 2012.

Back in April of 2012 gas prices were sky high and everyone was going bats*** crazy and screaming at the oil companies about unfair profits. As I said back then, the oil companies have little to do with the price of oil.  The price is determined by supply and demand, and the perceived or real threat to that equation.This is not unique to oil, it applies to everything in an economy in one way or another.

Noticed how much the price of eggs have risen lately? Ever wondered why, of course you did. A bird flu epedemic struck most of our chicken flocks and millions and millions of chickens had to be destroyed to protect the rest. Millions fewer chickens laying eggs during a period of sustained demand for eggs , equals higher egg prices.

Back to oil, at the time demand was at or just above supply levels thus prices were very inflated. Record profits by oil companies wasn’t a conspiracy to gouge us, it was simple math. It doesn’t matter what the price of oil is because the same technology is used to extract it. That technology costs X amount of money to operate per barrel of oil extracted, this includes cost of labor etc. So, if oil has to be at say 30 dollars a barrel in order for it to see a profit. Then how is it unfair if that company’s profits increase if the market value of oil increases beyond that level? It’s costs remain the same.

Many people here in the states quickly realized this and an oil boom hit here in the U.S. At those higher prices, it was finally profitable to use new (more expensive) technologies to extract oil. This led to an increase in supply, enough begin to get ahead of demand. At the same time, economies around the world began to slow, China chief among them. This led to decreasing demand for oil around the world, prices began to fall. This began to seriously cut into OPEC’s profits.

They saw our increasing oil production as an economic threat to them. ( rightfully so ) So they decided to play hardball. Instead of reducing output they left production levels the same. Combined with what our drillers were doing, an oil glut is now upon us, thus prices have dropped. This has led to many U.S. companies closing, that’s how the market works. That’s just how it works. No conspiracies, no inherent unfairness or nefarious actions. Just simple math and free market forces working properly..just like I said back in 2012.

This is what critical thinking is all about. Taking what you are told and then taking into account all factors involved and reaching a well thought out and reasoned conclusion. This is not taught , or if it is, it’s brushed over and not emphasized. As a result we have people falling for all forms of B.S. being spewed by both sides on any given “news item” Oil companies are greedy, Republicans hate -insert latest “transgression” – , whiny college kids represent the majority of college kids, the scourge of Political Correctness, etc etc. Listening to media spin will prevent you from gaining all the needed facts to draw a proper conclusion. Learn critical thinking skills, question everything, even claims by your own side. If you don’t, you’re just another sheep to be led around by your nose towards the goals of someone else.

 

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Disappearing Police Enforcement

Today the Director of the FBI gave a speech talking about crime rates and how they have risen recently. He said, after speaking with a group of police chiefs from around the country, that part of the rise in crime rates is due to what he calls the Ferguson Effect. Basically what he’s saying is that since Ferguson , police officers have become reluctant to do their jobs for fear of being falsely accused of some “heinous” act. Granted, there are some bad cops, it’s statistically impossible for any group to not have a few bad apples. But the way all police are so broad brushed today is unreal. While I understand that the police have never really been everyone’s favorite profession because you rarely encounter them to just talk about the weather or yesterday’s score in the game., they are not the bad guys here…the Bad Guys are the bad guys, not the cops.

Groups like Black Lives Matter, and people like Al Sharpton claim police are targeting black people and have a racial animus towards anyone not white. They somehow miss the fact that large percentages of police officers are , you know…not white. We hear statistics that state blacks represent a higher percentage of stops than whites.  But does anyone stop to think about it in this way, or are there any statistics that show this? If you look at stops in a given neighborhood, I would bet a dollar to a doughnut that you are going to see rates of encounters closely matching the racial makeup of that neighborhood. If it’s majority black, then you’re going to see more stops of blacks than say, Asians. That’s not racial animus, that’s called doing their job. However, if you use data for an entire city, you’re going to get a somewhat different result. This doesn’t show racial bias of any sort, though it does imply statistical bias. Policing isn’t about making sure we arrest people based on their races’ percentage in society, it’s about stopping or deterring crime regardless of skin color.

Another way to look at this is to realize that over 90% of blacks murdered in this country die by the hands of other blacks, not police officers. This is never brought up by Black Lives Matter, gee , wonder why? Could it be that they can’t generate a racial divide by fighting to stop this atrocity? No money in it for them? If Black Lives Matter, which they do, along with everyone’s lives, then why does this group not march to stop that? No, all they march about is how unfair it is that they’re picked on by the police. They chant slogans of death to cops, kill whitey, etc( oh so helpful when trying to bridge a racial divide by the way)  Who is it that is calling the police in minority neighborhoods? Do white people sneak into the neighborhoods at night and randomly call the police to report a crime or ask for help? No, other minorities are calling the police for help. Are those people racist for calling the police on the bad guys, or is it only the police that are racist for arresting them?

Enough of this! Police officers are people like us. They have families that love them and they try their best to do a shitty job. The majority of police are decent people , but look at what they deal with on a daily basis. They are not typically encountering the best our society has to offer. Even the kindest person will eventually weary of the constant drumbeat of repeated contacts with the less than stellar members of our society. This makes many of them quite jaded, but that does not mean they turn into racist monsters that can’t wait to go out and shoot or arrest some minority.

Just watch, as more and more police back down, mainly for their own safety in this super charged environment, we will see crime rates rise dramatically and there will be cries from the people that we need to do something about all the criminals running rampant in our streets. Which communities will suffer the brunt of this? You guessed it, minority communities. The cops aren’t welcome in those neighborhoods these days, who is going to come when innocent people in these neighborhoods call for help and none arrives? Cops don’t arrest people because of their skin color, they arrest you because you broke the law. Don’t want to get arrested and or sent to prison? STOP COMMITTING CRIMES, get a job or go to school but stop blaming the police when they catch you doing something wrong. Do we really want a society without police?

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