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 is getting harder and harder to find some of the stories that I do for my radio show every Saturday morning, specifically stories that are not related to some aspect of the coronavirus. Especially those that are the humorous stories or the stories where we make fun of dumb criminals, Darwin award nominees, or the people that just flat should not be allowed to reproduce. The websites that I have frequented over the years where they collect these type of stories have now turned to focusing on almost exclusively serious news stories about Covid making fun of people who have different opinions than what the politicians and media outlets want you to believe.
Adversity builds character. I have heard that statement most of my life. I have always taken that to mean that we learn from negative experiences and continue to grow as individuals through that experience. One of my best friends, a former college basketball coach, would always say that adversity does not build character, it reveals it. I think the truth is somewhere in between those two statements. We take the character we have built previously in our lives into every situation we face. Hopefully, we learn from that and it strengthens the positive characteristics we possess while diminishing the negative characteristics.
It is in consideration to become one of the undeniable truths of life: perception is reality. Well, this has been true for a long time. I believe it has wielded more influence over the national discussion regarding almost any societal or political topic in recent years. Pick your issue, legislation and regulations have been implemented based upon perception rather than reality often doing more harm than good.
The latest case in point revolves around the alleged racist incident that took place in the garage of NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace. Earlier this week, NASCAR CEO Jim France announced that a member of Bubba's race crew had found a rope fashioned into a hangman's noose in Bubba's garage at Talladega Speedway. France called it a Despicable hate crime and promised that with the FBI's help, NASCAR would find the person responsible and deal with them swiftly and harshly. In case you did not know, Bubba Wallace is NASCAR's lone African-American driver.
Momentum to remove anything that might be deemed offensive from our lives or public view is gaining steam over the last few weeks. Whether it's the people demanding removal of offensive statues, paintings, or other memorials or the people that are just tearing them down on their own, the justification they claim to have is that the people being memorialized were racist slave owners. Or somehow otherwise abusive of a demographic group. While there is some truth in the concerns, the facts are complicated. And now this movement has started to ensnare other symbols that are only "guilty" by proximity.
Let's defund or completely dismantle the police departments. We don't know what we will put into place or at least we're not going to tell you because we know some of you will not like it. The ones who do not like it are the ones who have guns and we're not ready to deal with you at this point. We don't want you to know that we will either have a national or international based police force or maybe we will hire the Black Panthers or a similar group to provide security to our neighborhoods. Whichever option we choose, you dear citizens, will find out when they show up in your neighborhood.
What would it look like if there were not police officers patrolling a neighborhood because they either have given up or are not welcome or do not have the manpower? We have examples In Michigan and Wisconsin where Muslims have been allowed to implement Sharia law on a local basis. In those situations their private police forces do work alongside municipal departments.
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