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.
According to Merriam-Webster's current definition, ignorance means the state of being ignorant; lack of education, awareness, or knowledge. When I was in the 7th grade I remember a sign on the wall of one of our classrooms that said, "if ignorance is bliss why isn't everyone smiling?" I did not understand what that meant for a long time. Simply I thought we weren't ignorant but I can tell you this, there should be a whole lot more people smiling today. Ignorance is rampant. Unfortunately our politicians take advantage of that fact and companies act upon their own ignorance.
The recent passage of election reform in Georgia has brought this to light. Joe Biden has outright lied about what is in that bill claiming that polls will close at 5:00 o'clock or that this is the new 'Jim Crow.' others have claimed that people cannot get food or water or will be denied the ability to vote because they can't get a picture ID. CEOs of major companies that are headquartered or do a lot of business in Atlanta GA have spoken out against the bill. Major League Baseball moved the All Star game from Georgia to Colorado despite the fact that Colorado requires picture ID in order to vote and has less time allotted for vote by mail. The ignorance is literally dripping off of their words. Some of those CEOs must be the luckiest people in the world because they clearly did not do their research and if they run their businesses the way they form opinions, they should have run the businesses into the ground.
Unlike many of these people , I have actually read the 98 pages. Some of it I skimmed because it deals with things like the creation of oversight boards and because I particularly wanted to look at some of the more high profile provisions of the legislation. Rather than limiting voting hours, the law expands voting hours. Early voting will be done during normal business hours , 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, but regular voting hours must remain open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and there must be Saturday voting as well. Some counties did not allow voting on the weekends.
I have seen quite a few people celebrating the passing of the bill that will legalize marijuana use in New Mexico. It puzzles me that they are celebrating this when there was so much wrong about the way it was passed as well as some of the things in the bill. Once again it is probably their ignorance or their belief that the ends justify the means. As usual the bill does not necessarily resemble what we were being told it will do.
Let me say this, before I get into some of the problems I have, I do believe that marijuana and its components have significant benefit for people needing to treat various conditions, illnesses , and disease. I have benefited personally from some of the creams that can help reduce pain especially in the knees. I have family members that have benefited from the use of marijuana to treat specific conditions.
The passage of the bill was akin in many ways to the passage of Obamacare; we must pass it in order to find out what was in it. If any politician tells you that you can't see everything in the bill or that you wouldn't understand everything in the bill , that is a big red flag that there is something in the bill that they're trying to hide from you because they know you won't like it. Why any of you would accept passing legislation, even from a politician that you supported, without transparency, is beyond me.
Cancel culture continues to march through our country. People who hold differing opinions from those on the left which includes media and political figures, are doing everything they can to silence anyone that disagrees with them. Even showing support for someone who holds a controversial or offensive opinion can result in that person being ostracized. Just ask Sharon Osbourne.
What is surprising me though is the growing trend of foreign governments to take actions that are strengthening free speech in their countries because they are worried that the canceled culture movement will spread to their country. The latest government official to express concern is Quebec Premier Francois Legault. He wrote that "a handful of radical activists can be seen trying to censor some words and works" in academia. "We see a movement coming from the United States and frankly, I don't think it's like us," he explained. "What's really disturbing is that more and more people are feeling intimidated. They feel forced to self-censure, lest they get insulted and exposed in the public square."
It is something that just continues to amaze me to no end. To watch the hypocrisy of some people in our community. You just want to shake them and get their attention maybe putting some brain cells back in the correct position so that they are able to think logically.
Our City Council is apparently considering some kind of ordinance to limit free speech , even though they do not have the authority to take such action. Maybe they will not do anything but the fact that they would even consider it because a few people are complaining is just unbelievable. It wastes the time of city employees to research the issue and find out what other communities might be doing , when there are much more pressing issues facing our town. Issues that they have the authority and ability to do something about.
No doubt many of you know about a flag that is being flown by a few people in our community. The flag reference is Joe Biden and uses the 'F' word. It is a flag and a phrase that is offensive to most of us even those of us who might agree with the sentiment.