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.
Let’s talk a little bit about the protests in the NFL, whether it’s players kneeling during the national anthem, locking arms to show unity against our president, or some other form they use to show dissatisfaction with some aspect of our country. I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I’ve got a couple thoughts about this situation.
First of all, the liberals do what they generally do and that is to start calling people names and attaching opinions to us when we disagree with them. Let’s get one thing very clear, the vast majority of people who do not like the protests taking place during the national anthem are upset with the perception that these protesters are disrespecting our country and what that flag stands for. They are not racists, they do not support rogue cops, they hate bigotry and racism as much as anyone else. But if you listen to the mainstream media including pundits in the sports talk world, you would think that our disagreement with their form of protest means that we want to enslave them and send them to fields to pick cotton.
I know when it happened, I can pinpoint the exact moment in time. December 18, 1988 when the US Consumer Product Safety Commission re-issued its warning that the lawn darts were dangerous and should be destroyed because they are banned in the United States. Effectively on that day we began creating the biggest generation of snowflakes, that we call children, the world has ever seen.
Certainly, ambulance chasing lawyers played a big part in all of the warning labels, safety equipment, banning of toys or playground equipment, but this liberal idea that we have to keep kids from feeling any type of pain or suffering any type of injury is the driving force behind what we see today; safe zones where certain people cannot go or certain words cannot be said. Walking helmets being a requirement in Denmark because someone might be looking down and walk into a pole or elbow and knee pads being put on kids utilizing playground equipment.
You have probably heard a number of stories over the past 10 months or so that Pope Francis does not like Donald Trump or America. There have been a number of stories regarding Pope Francis saying that we are the cause of many problems in the world, like global warming or climate change, Muslim terrorism, immigration, and so on.
There was a story this week that was reported in the media as Pope Francis saying President Trump is not sufficiently pro-life because of his repeal of Obama’s executive order known as DACA. I guess the inference was that if many of these people stay in their home countries, they would be having abortions because they were concerned they might not be able to raise a child and feed him or her for example. But one of the bishops, who was on the plane during the interview released the transcript of the entire interview. The story told by the entire interview is much different from what the media reported. Imagine that!
One of the things I said repeatedly during the tenure of Barack Obama was that he was enacting laws by using executive orders. He did not have the constitutional right to do so but remember he infamously said, if Congress doesn't act, I have a pen and a phone, and I will. I warned you liberals that this was the rule of man and not to the rule of law upon which our nation was founded. I pointed out that if a conservative were in power and doing the exact same thing you would be screaming bloody murder and here we are; but are we in the same place?
Things in the news have been pretty heavy and depressing lately. On last week’s radio show, I had to prerecord a shortened version due to circumstances beyond my control. I got a little feedback that the show was pretty intense and while the issues I was discussing were important and insightful, as they always are, people missed some of the pithiness and humor that I normally inject. With that in mind, let’s have a little bit more fun this week, shall we?
None of us likes all of the rules placed upon us at work. Some are necessary evils while others, well let’s just say someone is either over reacting to something or trying to justify their existence. Let’s laugh at some that are probably more of the latter than the former.
The Grant County Beat continues to bring you new columnists. New this past week are the Christian Corner, for those who are already Christians or are exploring the beliefs.
The second is a business-centered column—Your Business Connection by the New Mexico Business Coalition. The group works to make policy in the state of New Mexico better for all businesses, large and small.
The Beat has a new column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.
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