A few years back I wrote a book titled “Real Men Eat Salami,” it was a humorous look at the war on men, and I see that the war continues. I cannot understand why it is so hard to admit that men are better at some things and women are better at others.
Last week we saw the war continuing at the hands of the Boy Scouts, the Boy Scouts of America leadership has decided to open the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts to girls. Now I must admit that this decision confused me a little because we already have Girl Scouts, which is I think is an organization for girls. What’s gonna happen during those weekend campouts, healthy boys and girls are curious, if you know what I mean? Read more.
Can this world get any crazier? Liberals seemingly find racism in everything from trash and craft supplies to children’s books and now… shoelaces.
First, it was a piece of plastic wrap at the University of Maryland, when a student saw a piece of plastic wrap lying on the ground and she said it looked like a noose and screamed racism. Then a customer walked into a Hobby Lobby, saw a cotton ball and screamed racism because it reminded her of slaves picking cotton. Last week, an elementary school librarian rejected First Lady Melania Trump’s offer of free books because Dr. Seuss books are filled with “racist propaganda.” Read more.
How many times have you heard a politician say “diversity is our strength,” or “We are a stronger nation because of diversity?” Are those statements true, or are they just a lot of political banter? There is no doubt that we are a nation of many different backgrounds and cultures, but why does America seem like a different place than it was 50 years ago? If you listen to the Liberals it is because we are a less white nation.
How true is that, we have always been a nation of all colors and different backgrounds?
Meaning of the Second Amendment
This will most certainly not settle the argument about the Second Amendment that has been festering for many years now. However, let’s attempt to explain what the 2nd amendment says, and what it means. Here is the verbiage as it appears in the Bill of Rights, that document that contains the first ten amendments to the original Constitution:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted, having been ratified by three-fourths of the states. This is the Second of those amendments to the original Constitution.
Perhaps the second thing to establish would be the dictionary meaning of the word ‘militia’.
a body of citizens enrolled for military service, and called out periodically for drill but serving full time only in emergencies.
a body of citizen soldiers as distinguished from professional soldiers.
all able-bodied males considered by law eligible for military service.
a body of citizens organized in a paramilitary group and typically regarding themselves as defenders of individual rights against the presumed interference of the federal government.
State defense forces in the United States are military units that operate under the sole authority of a state government; they are partially regulated by the National Guard Bureau but they are not a part of the Army National Guard of the United States.
As noted, the militia is an organization of each individual state; citizen soldiers—not members of any branch of the professional Armed Forces. Since the United States has a regular military force whose sole responsibility is to protect and defend the United States from all enemies—that unit being first formed by the Congress authorized by the Articles of Confederation and, almost from its inception, commanded by General George Washington—it would have been redundant, not to mention completely unnecessary, to formulate a unit for the protection of the nation.
The Constitution of the United States gave limited powers to the Federal Government. ALL OTHER authority was to be entrusted to the individual states, whose rights were not to be abridged by the Federal Government.
What the Founders feared was not the encroachment of States rights into the Federal realm. No, the concern was that the Federal Government would overreach and usurp those rights originally relegated to the States. The militia was for the purpose of the States having some means of protecting the rights not given them by the Federal Government, but every other aspect of governance that was not specifically enumerated by the Constitutionto that Federal entity.
Protection from whom, you might ask? Perhaps from other states; say, over boundary disputes or matters of unfair trade practices of neighboring states. Maybe some other forms of encroachment. Primarily, however, the militia is the State’s defense against unlawful usurpation by the Federal Government of rights not specifically afforded them by the Constitution.
How did the United States rid itself of the oppressive rule of England toward our several colonies? We went to war with the British, and won our freedom.
Why did we do that? All you need to understand in that regard can be found in reading the first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”.
THAT’S why the people of America jealously defend the right to keep and bear arms—to protect ourselves from decisions by well-meaning idiots at the Federal level (Congress) that are inimical to the security, safety and moral character of our nation and its people. In some ways our American Congress is more separated from the realities of everyday Americans lives than was King George at the time the Declaration of Independence was written.
It might be instructive to read the delineation of grievances against King George that the colonists thought to be ‘unbearable’. They are in that Declaration of Independence. Read the entire document someday. The similarity to grievances then and now might surprise you!
Do Antifa-Blacks and Liberals Want to Know the Truth?
Are we to understand this protest that NFL players have chosen to observe during the playing of the National Anthem has little to do with lack of respect for the flag and our country? Some say they are protesting because America is unjust—particularly when it comes to the treatment of blacks. They are listening to the propaganda coming from the Black Lives Matter group and falling in lock-step with an organization that has aligned itself with the Communist-led Antifa, or “anti-fascists”. Apparently, nobody is bothering to collect the facts and be fully informed about the matter.
There have been young black Americans shot down by police; about half as many as whites. A black Harvard professor sponsored a commission to study the interactions between the police and members of the community. He was specifically interested in knowing whether police more often shot black suspects in arrest situations than would be the case with whites. Everything the commission discovered disproved the theory popularly held by many Americans. There are actually more whites killed by police than blacks—almost two to one. And statistics showed police are more likely to shoot a white suspect who is attacking them than a black. Why? Well, unless you are slower than molasses in January, you can figure that one out for yourself.
Wouldn’t you like to know why BLM people continue to chant these outright lies—‘hands up, don’t shoot’ (something Michael Brown never said)—and why the media does nothing to correct the record and try to put a damper on violence?
Why, when an incident occurs that might have racial connotations, does the media rush to stick a microphone in the face of Al Sharpton, or a BLM member, or someone from the Southern Poverty Center who believes anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders is a member of a ‘hate group’? Why not go to a rational, intelligent, well educated if somewhat conservative black like Thomas Sowell, or Walter Williams? At the very least, get their take on the situation.
No, the strategy that our media has adopted is to fan the flames of racial and political hatred; to encourage class envy and the idea that every American except the White Male is a victim of some diabolical plot to take advantage of them. Of course, police go around shooting young black men, except . . . that they don’t.
Instead of the black NFL players and their white compatriots choosing to demonstrate during the playing of the National Anthem, why not consider another novel idea?
Why don’t a good number of these athletes go into the inner cities and ride along with a police patrol car several times—maybe for a week or two; even a month? Look at the problem from a side they have not seen. Begin to understand what these officers deal with day in and day out. These professional athletes could use their considerable influence to help forge better communications between cops and inner city kids. Do something useful!
And understand that a fundamental cause for much ofl the violence and lawlessness on the inner city streets is the absence of fathers in so many black homes. FAR too many black fathers are no more than sperm donors. Understand, there are too many white men who have adopted that same practice, when for centuries the admonition has been, “If you bring a child into the world, it is your responsibility to provide for it—to nurture and discipline that child.”
Someone is going to have to provide for and care for that child. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
If that child is taught by a loving father at an early age that there are consequences associated with his decisions in life, he is far more likely to make wiser decisions. No mother should be saddled with the responsibilities that should be shared with a caring husband/father.
Older people can remember the time when the black family was among the most coherent, the most responsible family of all. Most black fathers once reared their children with strict discipline and would not tolerate dishonesty, theft or disrespect—for elders, women or law enforcement. Black boys would rather wrestle a grizzly bear than have to admit to their dad that they had done something wrong. They knew the punishment that was to come would be severe.
It is well past time to accept that any solution to the problem of black crime in the inner cities must be led by black men. If you are one of those sperm donors, the government shouldn’t take your child to rear for you. Nor should that child be left to an often ill-prepared mother (and usually her mother) to take care of that chore.
Most white fathers tell their young sons what black fathers used to recite to their progeny—“If you are stopped by a policeman, you do exactly as you are told. If he tells you to get on the ground, you do it. If he tells you to give him your name, you give it. He is the law. He has a badge of authority and a gun to back it up. You do what you are told.”
For too many of those young black males, there is no one there with the authoritative voice of a father to tell them how they must conduct themselves.
Will these few simple acts stop all problems with the police? No. But it is a start, and will go a long way toward establishing better relations with the men and women who are charged with the responsibility of keeping our communities safe.
NFL players, you can continue to protest, but rest assured those poorly thought-out protests are causing more problems, not helping find a solution.
Maybe I don’t know because, according to social justice warriors, I am a white, racist, bigot, but could someone tell me where the oppression is that’s central to the NFL anthem protests? If they are talking about black people being shot by cops, I have a message to the black leaders out there: discourage gang culture, crime, and disrespect of authority and maybe they won’t get shot by police. When you have a group of people who represent 12% of the population committing over 52% of the crimes in this country, the fault is in the black community. Read more.
Death to Traitors!!!!
Many of you may be aware that I am a history buff (or nut, depending upon your viewpoint) and am finishing up my Masters in history at Sam Houston State. The other day I posted a long blog on how I felt about many of the current conditions taking place in this country. I received a number of very positive responses, so I thought I would press my luck and delve a little deeper into one issue which is on a lot of our minds.
In 1775, all the colonists (not slaves) of this country were British citizens. Subject to the authority of King George III.
If you went against his authority or against the British government, you could very well be deemed a ‘traitor’.
Do you know what the punishment was for being a traitor to the English Crown was at that time?
But not just an easy type of death. No, you were first hung by the neck until you were almost dead. Then you were laid on a bench or table (in public, I might add) and you were ‘drawn and quartered’. Your stomach was opened and your intestines ripped out and sometimes set on fire while you are still alive. Then to top it off, your arms and legs were tied to 4 horses and then the horses were whipped, which effectively tore your arms and legs off your body.
By this time, you would, of course, be dead.
Women were only burned at the stake for treason. Bags of gunpowder were often tied around their necks so that they would explode and kill the person instantly rather than suffer the flames.
So, isn’t this information uplifting?
Well, in July of 1776, 56 men signed what we call the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, which was the equivalent of affixing their signatures to their own death warrants.
These were not soldiers, Army Rangers, Navy Seals or paid mercenaries.
These were lawyers, shop keepers, merchants, printers and ordinary people, who had had enough of King George and his oppressive policies.
England was the greatest country in the world at this time, with the largest navy and armed forces.
They had colonies scattered throughout the world. Hence the saying of ‘The sun never sets upon the British Empire’.
England needed colonies to sustain itself. It is an island with few natural resources and they needed the colonies for timber, tobacco and other profitable exports. They also considered that if the colonies were allowed to rebel against them then others would follow.
In the hot building known as ‘Independence Hall’ that July, the windows were kept closed to prevent British spies from overhearing of the forth coming plans for independence.
All of these men could have been arrested and executed for their signatures on that one piece of paper.
Well, we all know the story and the outcome of the war, don’t we?
Against all odds, George Washington was able to defeat the mighty British army and its navy and gain our independence.
I suggest you read the kind of obstacles which had to be overcome in order for this to occur.
All of this leads me to the point I am trying to make.
We have learned a lot since 1776, and we still have a lot more to learn, don’t we?
But, we must learn as a nation…..not as a divided entity fighting for different objectives.
We will never solve any of our major problems, unless we agree to work together as Americans, not as individuals. As one of those 56 men so aptly said… ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’
We owe allegiance to our country, and to our flag and to our national anthem.
If it had not been for the courage of those 56 men in Independence Hall in 1776, we would not have a national flag or a national anthem.
If it had not been for the many thousands of men and women who have given their lives and their health (even today) in the belief that America is worth fighting and yes, dying for….then that flag and that anthem would not be there.
You want to protest? I don’t blame you. So do I. But where and when is where you and I may disagree. A sporting event is a form of entertainment that I pay for, it is not the place for you to demonstrate your political viewpoints and spit in the face of all of those I have described above.
For those taking a knee in our football games, look at the back of your helmets.
There is an American flag stuck back there.
If you are so upset with our flag, my flag…then let me suggest this to you.
Rip that sucker off and in place of it, stick the flag of any nation in the world, any nation in the entire world that will pay you the kind of money your receive for a GAME, and let you voice your opinions freely and openly as you are allowed to do in this county.
All because of the guts, courage and fortitude of 56 men in a hot building 241 years ago.
Can’t think of any country whose flag you could stick back there in place of our American flag?
Funny, neither can I.
A Call to Arms….
A couple of days ago, on a Facebook post made by a friend of mine, some lady somewhere was discussing the upcoming Supreme Court debate over the baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple. Needless to say, I weighed in and was denounced almost immediately for my ‘narrow’ views which must mean I hate Jews, Blacks and Gay people. In short, I am a ‘racist’ and probably a ‘sexist’ as well.
Well, I am a 75 year old white male, Christian, heterosexual, who served in the Army and was a cop at one time. I hunt, fish and eat meat and yes, I wear cotton shorts and tee shirts. I feel sure my identity will probably make someone, somewhere mad.
Look, I don’t care if you are a Jew, Muslim, Black, Brown, Gay, Trans, or what ….just leave me alone. Do not attack me . I’ll listen to you, if you will also listen to me…just because we don’t agree, doesn’t mean we can’t get along with other. Ask anyone who has been married for a long time about this. OK?
If I had a bakery and someone wanted me to make a cake that went against my beliefs, then I would suggest you find another bakery. There are plenty out there. I don’t go to a Jewish deli and get mad because I can’t get a ham sandwich any more than I would go to a Mosque and wear my shoes throughout the building. If I was a single man, I would not expect to find a new female date at a gay club. This is called respect for others. I respect them, please respect me. I don’t cram my beliefs down your throat, please do the same for me.
I do not care if you want to be in love with a chicken and want to be married, God bless you. Just don’t presume to think I think that cuddling with a Rhode Island Red would be all that great. More power to you, if that makes you happy. It doesn’t work for me.
If I want to say ‘Merry Christmas’ during December, then let me. I won’t stop you from celebrating whatever holidays you choose. If I want to pray before a ball game, then let me. You can as well, we need all the prayers we can get. If I want to stand and sing during the National Anthem, you better believe I will do so. If you want to sit it out or refuse to stand, then don’t get mad at me because I don’t choose to come to your event.
Currently we have this big thing going on about Hobby Lobby using cotton plants in their fall store displays. Come on, folks when will we stop? It’s a plant, not a symbol. You and I are not that different, you have probably been called names you don’t like…well, so have I. When it happens to me, I consider the source. If I open the door for some woman (or anyone for that matter) in my building, it doesn’t mean I think they are incapable of opening the door, they are probably in better shape than I am, it just means I am trying to help. Don’t look for fault and slights in every word, phrase and action….you will waste your entire life being angry over stuff that does not matter.
Are we divided in this country? Sure, we are, but yelling at each other and setting fires to property or destroying stores where they are needed is not the answer to our problems.
Have we made big mistakes in history? Of course we have, slavery was wrong, but it happened. The Holocaust was wrong but it happened. Who killed more during the Crusades or the Spanish Inquisitions? Who knows? We cannot do anything about past behavior, but we can sure do something about future behavior. Mankind has been dealing misery out to other humans since time began. Let’s face it, we (you and me) are not perfect, we make mistakes. We marry the wrong people, get the wrong jobs, invest poorly, get drunk, hurt people’s feelings, talk when we should be quiet and remain silent when we should speak up.
If I have ever done anything to hurt anyone reading this, please accept my heartfelt apology, I would not intentionally do so. I confess to being a mortal man who says and does things that may cause offense. I only ask that you allow me to explain what I meant and allow me to understand why you feel the way you do without us becoming combative. I find it hard to talk rationally to anyone who is beating me over the head with a club.
You can eat all the vegetables you want….good for you…..but let me eat what I want to..ok? You can protest all you want as well…good for you. Just don’t burn down my neighbors business that they worked hard for so many years.
You can rally and speak out against every form of social injustice that you can think of, it’s ok with me. But then let me come to a rally on your campus to hear someone from my side of the table who wants to speak and may have a different point of view that yours.
I did NOT like President Obama, but he was the President of our country and I respected his elected position. I never once suggested that he be assassinated or get killed, why can’t the current President get the same amount of respect? You can always vote him out of office in 3 years.
Am I a person who has experienced white privilege, I would have to say that I am.
Growing up in the segregated South in the 50’s and 60’s gave us opportunities that others did not have. We cannot undo the wrongs of the past, but we can fix and improve the future.
How? By working with people, talking to people and most of all helping people.
Not just people like ourselves, but people who need help, encouragement and the one thing that keeps all of us pressing forward….that is HOPE.
The human condition is not perfect, all of us…have done things we are either ashamed of or that we regret. What we can do is to be tolerant of others and listen to those voices we hear crying out and then we get up off the couch, turn off the television and our cell phones, unplug the computer and go out into the world and try to make an impact on one person at a time.
Taking a selfie at a rally is not the same as collecting school supplies for needy kids or making lunches for the homeless in our cities, is it? You must ( I must) do more than just talk about helping, we must put feet to our words if we want to see any change in our country and our relationships with each other.
God Bless all of you….
And the hits keep coming. Once again we see the loony, self-absorbed, racist behind every tree freaks on the left shouting racism where there is none, this time at Hobby Lobby. A customer happened to see a shelf with glass bottles containing what appear to be replicas of raw cotton plants.
The customer was so outraged she posted on her FaceBook page, “This decor is WRONG on SO many levels. There is nothing decorative about raw cotton… A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves.” “A little sensitivity goes a long way,” she added. “PLEASE REMOVE THIS ‘decor.” Read more.
For those of you who remember the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple in 2012 and was crucified for it, is back in the news, this time with some good news.The Justice Department has side…