This will be likely be dubbed an old fogey column by many. So be it. I’ve communicated with folks much younger (20 or so years) who have informed me that they harbor similar feelings. The world in which we live is becoming insane. Insanity seems to be increasing exponentially as time goes by.
We all don’t necessarily believe the old days were better, but many do. Most agree that “the old days” were far simpler. Let us look at some reasons why seasoned citizens are worried about this country today.
High on my list is the Olympic decathlon champion formerly known as Bruce Jenner. As most know, Bruce made changes that involved more than his name. Bruce is now Caitlyn. Others like Bradley/Chelsea Manning have done it, but he/she was only an Army private. Bruce was an Olympic hero — on the Wheaties box. Worse, and even more insane, Caitlyn was named “Woman of the Year” by Glamour magazine. Seriously? Not Hillary?
Who knows who Rachel Dolezal is? For a time, she (a professed black person) was president of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. Turns out, things weren’t exactly (excuse me for this) kosher. It seems that both of Rachel’s natural parents openly confirmed that they are both 100 percent Caucasian — no African ancestry. Rachel’s story? She simply identified as black — she felt black. Okey-dokey, then. She did resign her NAACP position. I guess she lacked the appropriate credentials.
On the news, earlier this week, I heard that Pink has decided not to discuss gender issues with her children. She intends to just let nature take its course and let the kids decide. No influence or suggestions will come from her. There’s a case for modern parenting. Oy vey.
Then there’s sexual harassment. Not so long ago, Bill Clinton was accused of harassing and even raping a number of women. The offended women were insulted, belittled and besmirched. Then came Monica. Bill said, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman …” But Monica had proof. Oops! That was a big, fat lie. Still, Bill essentially got a pass. In today’s world, women make an accusation, and the road to ruin lays before the accused. Clinton was proven guilty and he walked. Today, the pointed finger seems sufficient evidence of guilt. What happened to the rule of law, “innocent until proven guilty”? Why is it upside down today? Emotion is supplanting law and order. ’Nuff said. Two extremes and both are wrong.
How about when governments themselves openly defy the law — sanctuary cities. Various cities around the country are openly defying federal law when it comes to illegal aliens. Then they cry the blues and threaten to sue should the feds attempt to compel them to comply. Municipal elected officials are openly defying the law. Can you spell anarchy?
It has been reported that some are “furious” about the tax bill. Well, there ya go. What goes around comes around. Rumor has it that others have been furious for eight long years. Don’t forget Nancy Pelosi’s admonition that “we have to pass the bill so that you can, uh, find out what is in it.” How about “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” Some complain they didn’t have time to read the new bill. It seems, at least, they had the opportunity had they availed themselves.
James Comey, former FBI director, recommended that no charges be preferred against Hillary because, in his opinion, there was “no intent.” There are two problems here that I don’t recall being pursued by media or anyone else. The FBI are the police. They investigate, find, and present the facts. Job done. The FBI (police) neither recommend nor prosecute. The attorney general (Loretta Lynch) makes prosecutorial decisions. Lynch seemed totally happy to let Comey do her job. Way too cozy. Comey said Hillary shouldn’t be prosecuted because she had no intent. When did intent ever matter? Anyone ever hear that “ignorance of the law is no excuse”? What ever happened to that tenet? I run down a nun in my car, BUT I didn’t mean to. NOT GUILTY. No intent. I didn’t intend to speed. Just wasn’t paying attention. Thank you, Mr. Comey.
California gun laws are some of the strictest in the nation. And yet, in California, an illegal alien (previously deported five times) kills an innocent bystander (in California). He’s tried in California and found not guilty. And some continue to demand more gun laws.
Truly, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Despite it all, I send merry Christmas greetings to all. It’s a cheerful, friendly greeting meant to convey warmth and congeniality. Also, a very happy new year to everyone.
Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Reach him at email@example.com.