I believe what I say and believe I am right. Thus, the title of my column, Undeniably Right. Take it as you will, that I'm a conservative or I have a huge ego and believe I am always correct. Sometimes those things overlap, sometimes not.
It just amazes me how shallow most liberals are when it comes to what or whom the support. We have heard forever that we must engage our enemies, get to know them, yeah and help them to understand that we mean no harm to them. The liberals believe that if we just got to know each other they would not want to harm us. So now president Trump has engaged Kim Jong Un "I'm in the first president to meet with a leader of North Korea since the end of the war." He came away with an agreement in writing that North Korea would completely scrap their nuclear weapons program as well as their missile program and if they do, we will cease conducting war games with South Korea and begin to remove sanctions which will allow North Korea to open their economy and markets to the rest of the world. Those on the left side of the aisle are apoplectic and calling this one of the worst deals ever.
Many on the left side of the aisle are saying that President Trump was duped and that Bowl Cut Jr. cannot be trusted to live up to his side of the agreement. Based upon history, that is true. The last three presidents all reached some sort of agreement with North Korea that required the hermit kingdom to scrap their nuclear weapons programs. Of course, the dictator in charge at the time went right on developing nuclear weapons while the U.S. built power plants, shipped them food and fuel (that was sold on the black market to line the pockets of the elite). The difference now is that North Korea must prove that they are dismantling their nuclear program BEFORE the U.S. is required to do anything. What a novel concept.
But back to the liberals. One other criticism leveled by Pelosi, Schumer, and their friends in the media is that Trump is ‘legitimizing’ a tyrant. A man that has continued to abuse his people in ways that we all find abhorrent. Isn’t it interesting that when Dennis Rodman was visiting with Kim Jong Un on behalf of President Obama that liberals felt it was the right thing to do? Where was the criticism of Obama when he visited Castro in Cuba? Talk about a dictatorial government that abuses its people. And that country at one point in time actually had missile batteries built just waiting for the Russian ships to deliver usable nuclear missiles that could be fired at America. North Korea doesn’t quite have effective weapons like that yet.
How about all the celebrities that visited Hugo Chavez when he completely nationalized all business and natural resources in Venezuela? He took away privately owned farms, ranches, small businesses, mining operations. He completely obliterated a very healthy, vibrant middle class and free market economy. Now his successor with the political elite and the ranking generals in the military are getting rich off of oil, mining, and selling drugs while the rest of the population makes $10 a month and can’t get enough food to feed their families.
That is the proof that liberals are 1/2” deep and not even close to a mile wide. They love the idea of communism. They love the idea that all people are equal, and all have the same things. There are no economic classes, there is no poverty, there is no starvation, and everyone works for the benefit of each other. Everything is doled out equally to everyone, whether it’s housing, food, clothing, medical care. They intentionally ignore or are blissfully ignorant of the reality of communism and socialism. In practical application, it never works. It never has and never will on a large scale. Russia, China, North Korea, Cuba, the list goes on. The vast majority of people living under a communist regime live in abject poverty. Nobody from America would want to live in conditions that most people in those countries live through each and every day. Certainly not the people who live in the lap of luxury but praise the dictators that ruin people’s lives.
Most politicians, celebrities, media types all live in relative luxury. Many make millions of dollars; in the case of our political elite, probably in shady ways. They seem to think that if we adopted the principles of communism or socialism that we would all be raised to their level of income. Must be nice to live in their world. I’d call it blissful ignorance but it’s willful ignorance. Which based upon the way Robert de Niro, Kathy Griffin, and others act, willful ignorance is not very blissful.
One of the things that is wrong with our society is the litigious attitude so many people have taken. Whether they file suit to prove a point or hoping to hit the lottery, the costs are astronomical not only in terms of money spent on the actual defense of the lawsuit or the damages awarded, but also in the resultant costs when businesses or people must spend more money to avoid being sued themselves.
A good example is the swimming pool, also known in legal circles as an 'attractive nuisance.' A homeowner can be held liable if someone trespasses on their property, jumps in the pool and drowns or otherwise injures themselves. The legal argument is that what person wouldn’t want to enjoy a pool and simply having one attracts people. Slips and falls or drowning are well known adverse consequences of having a pool. The homeowner must then plan on someone trespassing and injuring themselves and take appropriate steps to prevent someone from trespassing and hurting themselves.
Our legal system has rewarded law breakers or people who don’t supervise their small children in an appropriate manner. Homeowners have been held legally liable for not putting a locking fence or a wall around their pools. You now must be responsible for assuming someone will break the law. Politicians and lawyers are responsible for this idiocy. Now we may be able to use their twisted logic against them.
Rep. Louie Gohmert is sponsoring a bill that would make sanctuary cities 'attractive nuisances.' If a citizen of that city is injured by an illegal alien, the bill would create a cause of action against the city to recover civil damages. The principle is the same as having a pool; city fathers created a situation that attracted more illegal aliens thus putting their citizens in harm’s way. Just as a homeowner is responsible for building the pool and attracting morons, so are the people running the city that attracted more illegal aliens.
Common sense tells us that more illegal aliens will move to a city where they are less likely to be reported to federal authorities and face deportation. Common sense also tells us that a certain percentage of those illegal aliens are in fact hardened criminals more likely to commit crime. Citizens thus suffer injury because that person was attracted by the situation created by the people running the town.
I like it. Use their 'logic' against them. Hold them responsible for putting a law-abiding family in more danger than they would have expected had city officials followed federal law. Of course, liberals will use all of the old saws about racism etc. but they created the situation and under the current rules of the game, they can be held responsible no matter how ridiculous it may seem. We need to make sure this bill passes and is signed into law.
I saw a meme yesterday that perfectly summed up what I and many of you have been saying; skin color doesn’t determine anything about who you are or what you become. The photo showed 3 black men in a courtroom. One of the men is wearing an orange jump suit, another a suit, the third a police officer’s uniform. The caption said something along the lines of, your skin color doesn’t determine your place in society, your decisions do.
That might be the most powerful, succinct argument against identity politics that I have ever seen. What makes it even better is knowing that some politically correct slack-jawed mouth breather is losing his/her mind after seeing that meme. I can just hear the screaming about how offensive it is to make fun of the guy in the prison garb and how we don’t know his life story or the circumstances in which he might have grown up or the racism he probably faced in his life that prevented him from succeeding in life.
That’s true; we don’t know his life story. But neither do we know the life stories of the other 2 gentlemen in the photo. How do we know that they didn’t grow up in abject poverty or face racism? We don’t. Maybe they did, and they made choices that led them down a different path. Maybe the 'criminal' is from a middle or upper-class family and was a spoiled little rich kid. You can’t assume that because of the color of his skin that he grew up in the projects.
Yet that’s exactly what liberals do, make assumptions about people based upon some demographic characteristic over which the person has no control. Notwithstanding the belief these days that you can self-declare to be whatever you want to be. This belief that we must all share the same experiences, beliefs, values based upon some random trait is probably the most bigoted thing a person can believe.
Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Condoleeza Rice, Alberto Gonzales, Ted Cruz; all members of minority groups as defined by the promoters of identity politics as having ‘betrayed’ their heritage because they are conservatives. Is there anything more racist than that? I’d submit if there is, it’s not by much.
Just this past week, we’ve seen the bigotry and hypocrisy of the left exposed once again. Roseanne Barr sends out a Tweet that is considered racist. Samantha B describes Ivanka Trump in one of the vilest ways and intimates that her dad is a pedophile. Both are women. Both are white. But because Roseanne doesn’t toe the liberal line, she is condemned and fired. Samantha B espouses the liberal points of view, so she is defended and keeps her job. Identity politics at its finest.
We must continue to make our voices heard. It won’t be in the mainstream media. Fox News was the only major media outlet to report the outrage among the citizenry over Samantha B’s comments. Make no mistake, the outrage is real and widespread but won’t be heard in the liberal media sources. We must make our voices heard in the political arena and the business sector. Our politicians must know we are tired of identity politics and the rules/laws that are enacted to enforce that belief system. The businesses must know that we won’t support them if they support hatred spewed on these programs.
You and I have that power. Liberals love to yell, scream, and be loud in general. They get attention in the media because of shared beliefs and values. We can be loud in the marketplace, the boardrooms, and at the polling places. That is where real change will be effected. That is where we will win.
We haven't done a 'random thoughts and observations' column for a while. With everything going on around us, maybe it's time. What do I mean 'maybe'? It's time. Let's do this.
Isn't allowing non-citizens to vote in our elections 'foreign interference'?
The new liberal social media campaign involves people Tweeting at their elected officials 'Defund the NRA'. It's fairly popular among the ignorant, slack jawed mouth breathers. Too bad they don't realize that, unlike Planned Parenthood, the NRA doesn't get any of its money from the government. The NRA is funded from membership dues and private donations. This proves once again that the followers of Pelosi, Schumer, Warren, et al are just that, followers. Not thinkers. That's why they hate anyone who looks like them but doesn't think like them.
Speaking of hating those who don't think like them, there is a sign between Silver City & Deming that supports President Trump. That sign was vandalized shortly after being erected. Now it has been cut down. Not blown over, someone actually cut the support poles. Tolerance at its finest.
Some time ago, the City of Seattle decriminalized heroin. The city set up clinics where addicts could shoot up under the supervision of a nurse, just in case they overdosed. Clean needles are also supplied to help stem the transmission of various diseases. One side effect is the influx of addicts to Seattle who are now straining the city's resources, thus the new tax on businesses. Another side effect is that prior to all youth athletic activities, such as soccer or football, the fields have to be swept with metal detectors or magnets to pick up all the discarded needles heroin users are leaving in public parks. Several kids have already been pricked by falling on or stepping on said needles. But, that's a small price to pay for being tolerant.
I don't fear death as much as I fear that after I'm dead, I'll vote Democrat.
President Trump rolled back more regulations yesterday by signing a bill that eliminates many of the onerous requirements put in place by Dodd-Frank. The overriding result of Dodd-Frank was to give large banks a huge advantage over local or regional banks by requiring more reporting to federal overlords. Community banks and credit unions couldn't afford to hire the hundreds of people it takes to comply with the provisions of Dodd-Frank. Now community banks can get back into the game and service the consumer. This gives the consumer more choices and allows community banks to tailor their services & products to their market. Helping out the average person?! What a novel concept.
Did anyone else find it odd that Chuck Schumer seemed to be praising President Trump for pulling out of the North Korean summit? Schumer and his party have consistently berated President Trump for not being conciliatory, aka submissive, in his foreign relations dealing. Now Schumer is saying we have to be tough to get a deal that will result in real reforms. He would know having been around to watch the last 4 presidents fail in their deals with North Korea. But I think Schumer really is glad that Trump has pulled out of the summit. The summit may still take place, and if it does, Trump is very likely to get real change effected in North Korea. That will be further proof to the American voter that everything the political establishment has been doing for the last 40 years has been an abject failure. Schumer can't have another Trump success.
Guess what happens after you are offended? Nothing. Now be an adult and get over it.
Do you think jellyfish are sad that there aren't any peanut butter fish?
Most of you are familiar with Uber or Lyft. How many of you know about Hop, Skip & Drive. It's a new ride service targeted towards people with kids.
Many of us remember having to drop off and pick up our kids at or after school, take them to soccer or basketball practice; take another kid to the dentist or piano lessons, all while working or whatever. Now HK&D can do all that for you. They hire only professional child care workers with at least 5 years of service and that are currently licensed. They conduct a stringent background check and continually monitor performance. The company is based in Los Angeles and is having great success with plans to expand nationwide. Wouldn't that have been nice when our kids were young? See what happens when you allow free market capitalism to work? The government didn't create this business; the government didn't require the owners to conduct background checks or hire only licensed child care workers. The owners knew what the consumer wanted and they delivered. I think there's a lesson in there somewhere; one that will be completely ignored by the left.
Of all my body parts, my eyes are probably in the best shape. I must do at least a thousand eye rolls every day.
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The media is reporting that President Trump may have referred to all illegal immigrants as "animals." That has his opponents up in arms and a lot of ignorant mouth breathers wondering why he would say something so degrading, intolerant, and mean. Of course, that’s not what he said.
Just as an aside, have you noticed how it’s OK to call them ‘illegal immigrants’ if the left wing is using the story to bash conservatives, but if we use the term we are racist?
It’s always about slavery or some other form of hatred or bigotry. Just throw up those types of incendiary words and accusations and you’re guaranteed to get a mob of slack jawed mouth breathers to hop on your bandwagon. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen all too often, it’s a strategy that works.
Wendell Carter Jr. is or was a top basketball star for Duke University. His mom was testifying in front of a commission put in place to review NCAA sports and recommendations made by the Condoleeza Rice commission. That commission was put together to review the recent revelations about cheating in NCAA basketball and paying off coaches or players to draw them to certain universities. Kylia Carter said the system is the same as slavery; that the labor is black and the profit is white. Why does everything have to be about race? Yes, there are some rules that seem arcane and yes some, SOME, universities are making a lot of money off of athletics. But only if they have a good football or basketball team. The other sports do not generate, directly generate, significant revenue from outside the university.
I could not tell you the name of one song sung or rapped by Kanye West. I can tell you that I was never a big fan of his antics, such as what he did to Taylor Swift a few years ago at the Grammys. He certainly marches to the tune of his own drummer and doesn’t care what people think. He proved that once again this past week coming out in support of some of President Trump’s policies, which prompted the liberals to once again show their tolerance.
Kanye looked at the record low level of unemployment in the black & Hispanic communities and realized that President Trump’s policies are working in a way that no liberal policy has ever worked. A couple of other rappers gave him mild support, including one who disagreed with Kanye but supported his right to come to his own conclusion. Not only did the tolerant liberals castigate Kanye but they even forced the one rapper supporting 1st amendment rights to apologize for doing so.
Apparently, I need to remind some of you to read this column in its entirety before you jump to conclusions about my opinions, principles, intent. I got some feedback over the last couple of weeks that made it clear conclusions were drawn almost immediately and the critic hadn’t either read the entire column or listened to the entire segment on the radio show.
I would also like to point out that I grew up in a household with 4 sisters and I have 2 daughters, all of whom were treated equally and had the same expectations as I did when it came to either doing chores or homework or taking on tasks that some in society might have deemed to be masculine in nature; like changing a car tire. My mother also succeeded in her career not only as a great teacher but became an administrator that saw her hired as the first female superintendent in a rural county in Utah. I grew up believing that women were equal in expectations and ability. Not all ability, of course, I’m still smarter than my sisters!
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