Undeniably Right

Mike Mustang

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.

Mike Rowse

I'm in California this week trying to relax, which is possible if you ignore all of the idiotic things going on in the People's Republic. That's hard to do but the country is really beautiful and there are moments of respite. While I've been enjoying some tennis at Indian Wells, I have tried not to follow what's been going on in the world but I've caught snippets here and there. I've also seen things here that created a few thoughts. So here we go...

Many of you have heard from some right-wing commentators about Hillary and Bill Clinton, as well as, Barack Obama following the rules of Saul Alinsky. Alinsky was an avowed socialist and his only goal in life was to turn America into a socialist state. Now while he died 42 years ago his books, Rules for Radicals and Reveille for Radicals outlined eight steps that would have to be accomplished in order to turn America into a socialist state with an overly powerful central government. How many of you actually know what those eight steps are? Well you’re going to know in a minute. He said, “There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social state.” The first level is the most important.

In 1776 the British demanded that we give up our guns. We shot them.

Anti-gun and gun control advocates ask why anyone would need to own or possess an AR 15. I would ask you why Rosa Parks had to sit at the front of the bus. In a free society you do not have to establish a need in order to exercise any right.

Let’s use some liberal logic. My AR 15 self identifies as a Nerf gun. Anyone who disagrees is racist.

I have heard Elizabeth Warren express the opinion that many hold when the suggestion is made that we put armed guards in schools or that we train and arm teachers. They claim that putting guns in schools would invite more gun violence by attracting those with guns to the school. If that were the case, then shouldn’t we be seeing more violence on Capitol Hill, at the Oscar ceremony, or at our airports? If having guns increases the incidence of gun violence then we need to take guns away from the Capitol Hill police who protect our politicians, private security guards that protect celebrities, the TSA, and anywhere else armed guards exist. Most of those politicians and celebrities whining about taking away guns and not letting our children have armed security, have armed security themselves. And why are those guards carrying guns? Because they know that is the best way to protect the person they’re hired to protect. It’s the best way to keep them alive if someone else shows up to do harm. But those very same people don’t want our children to have the same level of protection.

So let’s address the elephant in the room which is the school shooting in Florida earlier this week. Of course, immediately after the shooting all of the gun-control crowd and the left wing nut jobs began putting up their memes with clever sayings about gun control or Republicans voting to kill kids or what have you. Of course, none of it is accurate or true and none of it actually identifies or addresses the underlying problems that led to this tragic event. Because of what happened related to a couple of Facebook posts I put up earlier this week, I have to tell you liberals right up front that I am in no way shape or form minimizing this tragedy or saying that it could not have been prevented. But if we are going to try and prevent these incidents in the future we have to have discussions that might offend some of you snowflakes.

There are laws in place and the famous ad campaign, “if you see something, say something” that could have prevented this specific tragedy. We know that Nikolas Cruz had been reported to the FBI last year after posting on a YouTube page that he was going to be a professional school shooter. The FBI claims that they could not identify Nikolas Cruz, asking us to believe that they could not have followed his IP address or found him on Instagram under that very same name and seen similar posts from him. They want us to believe that they could not have found his Facebook page which contain similar statements. I think we need to cut them some slack because it is hard to follow up on a single would be mass murderer when most of your efforts and focus are on promoting an illegal coup to remove the President of the United States.

Since Pres. Trump took office the economic news has been fantastic. Some of you will try to argue that this is former Pres. Obama’s economy but you are the same ones that will say the recent downturn in the stock market belongs to Pres. Trump so your opinion is invalid because it is tainted by politics rather than reality. But we can go down the list of the number of records reached in all of the stock market indices, increasing wages for the middle class, record low unemployment in the black community and the Latin community, and more people returning to the job market then in the past 15 to 20 years. The other side of that good news is that tax revenues to the federal government, despite all of the lamenting and lying done by the liberal side are going to reach record levels. It is anticipated that the government will take in $3.65 trillion in 2018. One thing Obama did, was also collect record amounts of revenue for the federal government.

I was watching a commercial for Southern New Hampshire University. No doubt you’ve seen the commercials about online degrees and how they go around the country giving diplomas to students who couldn’t make it to the physical graduation ceremony. This particular commercial actually showed the graduation ceremony. A gentleman at the podium, who I assume is the president of the University, was asking various demographic groups to stand. He called upon those who were the first in their family to go to college, single parents, military members, and others who might have had to overcome difficulty in their personal lives to get the degree. No doubt it’s inspiring to see people who had other obligations in their life that might’ve made it difficult for them to attend college much less get a degree, achieve their goal. But he said something towards the end of the commercial that I thought was incredibly wrong. What the speaker said was, “the world in which we live equally distributes talent but does not equally distribute opportunity.” I’m sure he thought he was saying something profound and philosophically significant. He was right, it was profoundly stupid and philosophically so wrong that it left me dumbfounded.

Whether you believe in a higher being such as God or just random acts of nature creating and controlling this world, there is one thing I can say with absolute certainty, our world does not equally distribute talent in any way shape or form. If that were true, there would never be Michael Jordan or a Tom Brady who stand above others in their chosen sports. There would never have been an Einstein or Tesla. They would not have stood out in their fields and nobody would stand out in any field because we’d all be equally talented in every way shape and form. Clearly we are not. My daughter is much more adept at mathematics than I could ever hope to be. I’m not the greatest golfer in the world, but I’m better than a lot of people and that’s because somehow I have a physical ability that adapts to the game of golf better than a lot of other people have. I think you can all agree with me on this point, talent is not equally distributed.

So, I did not listen to the Oprah’s acceptance speech at the Golden globes. But I did see the next morning all of the gushing reviews and how presidential she sounded and how without actually saying it, she was basically announcing that she would be a candidate for president. Over the last few days I have heard most of the speech through snippets and things like that. Isn’t it interesting that when she talks about racial issues she has to go back to the days of Jim Crow and real discrimination that was legal in many states because of laws enacted by Democrats? And then she tries to say that things essentially have not changed even though she is one of the most successful and powerful women on the face of the earth. So, I have to ask this question very quickly, which white person allowed you to become so rich and successful? Because in your view of the racism that occurs today, you have no chance to become this successful if you are a black woman.

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