WORDS: 1,286 — “No country venerates its “Founding Fathers” like the United States. Academics, legislators, judges, and ordinary citizens all frequently seek to validate their opinions and policy prescriptions by identifying them with the statesmen who led America to nationhood. It is not surprising, therefore, that debates about the role of religion in the United States are infused with references to the faith of the Founding Fathers and to the two greatest documents they gave to the fledgling republic: the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.” – Anthony J. Minna, Journal of the American Revolution
WORDS: 1,247 — Everyone has an opinion on this trial and the end result. But I tend to think that this is less about any opinion for or against the verdict, and far more about the ramifications of loosening gun laws and the impact on society in general. This is not about some Second Amendment interpretation of “freedom”, but rather a violation of our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without the intimidating trigger finger of an openly armed, unregulated, populace.
WORDS: 1,088 — The long term effect of this trial goes way beyond the boy’s guilt or innocence, way beyond being Liberal or Conservative and taking sides on some variant of trying to live with the Second Amendment. This trial is a foretelling of one of many crossroads we will realize when we mix freedom of speech with the freedom to keep and bear arms… at the same event. Is that not a bit worrisome to you? It’s certainly very worrisome to me.
WORDS: 1,756 — So, now what? Well, certainly it means at least a couple things besides the obvious of Dems losing and Republicans gaining. Strategies on both sides are about to change radically for the next two election cycles. As I suggested in a past post title, it’s all about Trump, yet it’s not. The parties will have to pick their weapons now for the next faceoff, realizing that this time the Dem’s weapons of choice were not as effective as they thought…. and the Republicans bringing new weapons onto the battlefield this time that could easily be used next time.
WORDS: 667 — I generally like Biden and because of his years in politics combined with a human empathy I find him perfect as the followup President to the completely chaotic Trump years. He will provide a measure of calm, traditional, and steadfast governance the country needs right now… even if he doesn’t get all the things done that he promised. Maybe his role is simply to right the ship and the next person sets the course. But being Mr. Warmth domestically doesn’t mean being the Trump Apologist to the world.
WORDS: 1,468 — It seems in a world completely littered with.. well, littered with bullshit… there seems to be a significant absence of people with anything related to having a sense of vision anymore. In a way this relates a bit to our loss in recognizing real life heroes among us. Collectively we want to believe such people exist.. badly in fact… because there are so many crisis, fears, terror, and suspicions, we want to be saved from… even if only depicted inside the escapism of TV and movies (and even from my post on the last James Bond movie… fictional heroes don’t last forever). Are visionaries, people who can predict or even just suggest a brighter future, a thing of the past?
WORDS: 2,211 — “If you don’t use it then what do you know, old man?” That certainly seems to make sense (the “old man” part). The problem there is that while I have no interest in entering the Facebook world, the Facebook world has definitely had an interest in entering MY world. Given that, I suppose I am qualified to have some opinions (which in turn will never be shared on Facebook).
WORDS: 2,069 — Hope for the best, expect the worst, and prepare the best way you can. The next two years are going to certainly be different. We aren’t even out of the pandemic yet. The good news? The economy is coming back! Could that change things regarding our national trajectory?
WORDS: 2,299 — I’m reminded of the Kenny Rogers & The First Edition song of 1970… “Feel it.. feel it.. fire… fire… somethings burning…”, except in this case it’s nothing to do with love. Yeah, there’s something burning in this country alright. It’s a fuse having been lit and the flame is heading toward a real “Mission: Impossible”. Am I being simply an alarmist? To be sure I am echoing a “red alert” that’s increasing in the land regarding a threat to the Republic.
WORDS: 1,283 — It’s easy to see life as being some sort of normal when we can go to the local grocery store and see everything we need filling the shelves. Don’t take that for granted one bit. Any number of things can affect the distribution network, globally and domestically. Container ships languishing off our coasts in line waiting to unload are not just “somewhere else” not affecting us. And… it’s not just the lack of dock workers causing the delays..
That Doom & Gloom About Trump’s Anti-Democracy “Big Lie” Taking Hold In The Next Elections? I Wonder…
WORDS: 1,841 — The atmosphere in the land is indeed growing in an anxiety about the upcoming elections. More and more we see the Trumpian lies being believed by the Republicans… or what’s left of Republicanism. The signs are everywhere, and the media pundits, political strategists, and political insiders are sounding the alarm bell. Is there any hope for the country?