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.
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.
I think it was Andrew McCarthy who wrote an article this past week about the autonomous cars or as many people are calling them self-driving cars. They are autonomous because they can be regulated. But his point was that the federal government which is more influenced by the environmental wackos and those who want to control all aspects of our life than they are by the majority of people, will put rules and regulations into place that will essentially force us to buy autonomous vehicles.
Think about this; right now when you go to larger cities there are carpool lanes. These lanes are designed to encourage commuters to rideshare in some way shape or form by allowing vehicles with two or more people to use these lanes which can shorten their drive time. Or they can ride a motorcycle or in some places electric cars have their own lanes. These are designed to encourage a certain behavior by giving you a perceived advantage. As a practical matter, these measures have not necessarily worked that well, certainly not as well as adding more lanes or bypass highways.
More proof that the swamp really does need to be drained. Robert Mueller’s committee has enlisted the assistance of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in investigating President Trump. Schneiderman hates Donald Trump and has for decades. He has talked about the 100 lawsuits he has filed against the administration this year alone. He is an avowed opponent of President Trump and has admitted that even if President Trump cured cancer he would be loath to give him credit. He has promised to fight President Trump at every turn to protect the people of New York and will likely file hundreds of more lawsuits. So he is just another of the myriad of people hired by Robert Mueller who hates Donald Trump and are working tirelessly to find something, anything, that could take down this administration.
We've said it before but we need to say it again; law enforcement officials need to be unbiased. Even though every one of them has political leanings, they must put those aside and investigate potential violations of the law without bias. I can only imagine how much screaming the liberals would be doing if conservatives were treating one of their idols in the same way.
But one of the reasons that Robert Mueller has enlisted the assistance of the New York Attorney General has to do with politics. You see the President has the Constitutional authority to pardon anyone that is accused of or convicted of committing a federal crime. However, they cannot pardon someone who is accused or convicted of committing a state or local crime. So what Mr. Mueller would like to do is get the New York Attorney General to do his dirty work. They want to find out if there’s a way to accuse anyone, including President Trump, of committing a state or local crime and thus preventing them from being pardoned. This gives them a little bit more leverage over the accused and in their mind might convince that person to turn on President Trump.
Look if you are investigating the potential commission of a crime that violates federal statutes, then do that. Your goal is to find out the truth and act accordingly. It is abundantly clear that Mr. Mueller and his committee have no desire to do that; rather they are there for one purpose and one purpose alone, that being to take down the current administration that was duly elected by the people of the United States.
The fact that President Trump hasn’t disbanded the Mueller committee is amazing. The fact that they haven’t found anything remotely proving the allegations made against President Trump, despite their ardent desire to do so, shows that nothing of significance happened between the Trump campaign and the Russians. It also proves that the swamp really does need to be drained, urgently and quickly.
I have seen a lot of my friends buying into the panic being set in motion by the media and others regarding the repeal of so-called net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration. Of course the professed goal of the rules was to keep the Internet free and open for innovation. Those rules were put in place in 2015 if I remember correctly. So think back to 2014 and the decades prior to that. Didn’t we have a tremendous amount of growth in the Internet including service providers, websites, and so much more? The Internet did not explode only in the last two years. In fact I could argue that there has been less growth in the last two years than the two years prior to the implementation of the net neutrality rules.
I watched former FCC chairman Robert McDowell being interviewed on MSNBC by Ali Vashi. Of course, Vashi was sounding all the alarms about repealing net neutrality especially the belief that Internet giants like Facebook and Amazon could freeze out startups limiting our access to competitors. I’ve also seen some of the alarmists talk about not being able to set up personal websites for your small business, your music group, your personal blog, and those types of websites. Because there were none of those before net neutrality right?
I have been a sports fan for as long as I can remember. When I was younger it was professional football and basketball that caught my attention the most but I have followed college sports, and now, golf, the Olympics, even baseball. I became a Minnesota Vikings fan around five or six years old and we have no ties to the state of Minnesota or to the football team. But I have been a fan for almost 50 years.
I played sports through high school and into college and I have seen the changes that have occurred over the years, especially with training, nutrition, and the availability of off-season activities. Back in my day we just practiced during the season and with football we maybe practiced in the spring. There would be an open gym for basketball in the summer, but we rarely had traveling teams or year-round activities. Little League baseball lasted for about a month in the summer and then there would be some All-Star teams but that was about it.
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.
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