Musings on the Week
Musings on the Week
October 7, 2017
Honor – "When we honor our flag we honor what we stand for as a Nation – freedom, equality, justice, and hope." Ronald Reagan.
Politics – President Trump did not create the problems he is blamed for, but rather called attention to them on social media thus forcing a conversation on the underlying problems.
Politics – So far, the only crime uncovered by the Russia election investigation is that the Obama administration illegally surveiled political opponents and unmasked their identities.
Politics – The Democrat Party has a civil war of its own being waged between the centrist core of the party and the leftist fringe who emphasize identity politics and class warfare.
Culture – When will the leadership of colleges, sports teams, companies, and public sector organizations return to their prime missions and punish those who use them for social justice?
Media – It is amazing how many people no longer listen to political polls, since they have been proven to be partisan and questions selected to support preconceived conclusions.
Media – It is time to BOYCOTT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: cancel subscriptions to the New York Times and Washington Post and stop watching all ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN news shows.
Honor – “Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party.” Herbert Hoover.
Finance – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were put in conservatorship in 2009 and have since recovered, and now the federal government is siphoning off profits and refusing to privatize.
Taxes - The top 1% of all taxpayers (only 1.4 million returns, 2014) account for 21% of AGI, yet they paid almost 40% of all income taxes.
Taxes - The top 10% of taxpayers account for 47% of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) yet they paid 71% of all income taxes and they pay at the highest rate.
Housing – Federal, state, and local housing policies have condemned blacks to separate, unequal neighborhoods and is trying to replicate this “success” formula across the nation.
Elections – Democrats were happy with the system of partisan redistricting (gerrymandering) when in power, but now they are frustrated with all the lost power in so many states.
Gun Control – The number of gun-related fatalities is misleading since it includes suicides and there is no correlation between the number of federal and state gun laws and homicides.
Gun Control – An FSU criminologist study found that guns are used by good citizens 2.2 to 2.5 million times per year to deter crime, and these stories are never reported.
Crime – Evidence points to the single largest common factor in all of these mass murder incidents is that all of the perpetrators were either actively taking powerful psychotropic drugs or had been at some point in the immediate past before they committed their crimes.
Education – Millions of high school graduates (diploma as participation trophy) complete their high school studies on a college campus, a wildly expensive way to do things.
Sexuality – Two million Americans came down with syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in 2016, and when herpes and other diseases are included, there were 20 million new cases.
Courage – "No arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.” Ronald Reagan.
Defense – The Pentagon has officially severed all ties to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after previously relying on the group’s training materials on extremism.
GWOT – Jihad is used traditionally to rally Muslims to war against non-believers and that its objective is to “bring the whole world under Islamic law.”
Middle East – Maybe America should step aside and allow the Middle East to redraw national boundaries into religious ones: Sunni-stan (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain); Shiia-stan (Tran, Iraq); Kurdi-stan (Syria, Turkey); Alewite-stan (Syria, Lebanon); and Israel, of course!
France – Interior Minister Gerard Collomb made it official saying that France is “in a state or war” with Islamic terrorism and has stationed soldiers in the streets to protect them.