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.
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.
Okay this is getting completely ridiculous now. ESPN announced that they were removing a play-by-play announcer from the Virginia football game that takes place in a couple of weeks. The only reason they are removing him is because of his name, Robert Lee. This Robert Lee is Asian. But because his name is so similar to the former Confederate General, Robert E Lee, they were worried that his name might cause problems. Initially this was reported in the press release from ESPN which made it sound like, that this was management's decision. As the decision has been ridiculed in the twitter world and other areas, ESPN has said that Robert Lee, the television announcer, approached them about the situation and they reached a mutual decision to reassign him.
To say that the current atmosphere in America is vitriolic and divisive would be an understatement. The hate that is being spewed in the public realm, especially from the left, is unbelievable. But this is the inevitable consequence of what the powerbrokers have been practicing for at least 40 years. Identity politics has taken us to this point and will continue to take us down the road that we are on unless we stop it in its tracks.
When I was growing up one of the stereotypes or surefire signs that you were becoming an old man was that you were standing on the front porch of your house yelling at the kids to get off your lawn or yelling at people, who were driving too fast, to slow down. Today one of the signs that you’re getting old might be that you think the youth of today are soft, coddled too much, or feel too entitled. I think the big difference between then and now is that today we are more right than at any other time in history.
We’ve seen things that we never thought we’d see such as safe spaces for people so that they do not have to be exposed to words, images, other opinions, or even Western culture. Since the late 60s we’ve created an entitlement culture that has progressively gotten worse. Don’t get me wrong, there are great young people today with ambition, a strong work ethic and backbone, but I think the number of people that fall into the opposite category has grown.
As many of you know from listening to the radio show or reading these columns I spend a lot of time listening to talk radio and the majority of that is ESPN radio. ESPN is having problems losing listeners and starting to lose money. I believe the biggest cause of their problems is the increasing amount of political talk on their shows. Don’t get me wrong, there have been times when sports has been a catalyst for societal or political change in our history and there are times when political issues cross over into sports. But for the vast majority of fans sports is entertainment and an escape from the problems of the real world. They don’t mind some of those political or societal issues creeping into their entertainments now and then but to have it become a large part of the discussion turns them off. That’s why they start looking for something else as a release.
The Beat as 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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