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 rpblatch4d@comcast.net.

(53) comments

threecents

I just don't get why it so intensely bothers people about Bruce/Kaitlin and the whole transgender issue. I figure it is none of my business. I guess if I cared, I could watch those Kardashian shows, but their lives are none of my business either. To each their own.

b1sellers

I don't get it either three. Who cares - it's their life and they aren't affecting mine at all.

des21

Isn't it just a matter of time until a man goes to court to defend his right to have sexual relations with a "really mature" 11 or 12 year old boy or girl because "what does it matter? who are they hurting? Who are we to judge?"

We shall see but this idea that "I don't judge you and you don't judge me" is the road to perdition. Civilizations are based on judgements like these. Particularly as it pertains to our children. Let them believe in Santa Claus for 10 years. They have their whole loves to be cynical.................. oh, that's another matter but not unrelated.

b1sellers

I agree with you fed up to a point. An adult wanting/beefing to change their identity does not compare to pedophilia. And if Moore or anyone like him had tried that crap with my daughter I may have taken the law into my hands.

b1sellers

Sorry, auto correct on my phone. That should say des and not fed [smile][thumbdown]

jerseygrl42

You said it well Rick and to the left laws have little if any meaning anymore and their hierarchy has co-opted the hierarchy of the FBI which is incredibly sad; from Holders Fast and Furious to Lynch's golf/grandbaby discussion with Bill on the tarmac of an airport our DOJ is nothing if not a political animal corrupted during the past 8 years of Obama...

Dwasserba

"It has been reported that some are “furious” about the tax bill." Another shock ahead: oldies will not be left unscathed.

hayduke2

Rick opens with his concerns about Bruce Jenner. He seems to forget that this decade in history included Son of Sam, Vietnam War, Watergate, Kent State, Richard Nixon, Ted Bundy, Jonestown, Iran hostages, Three Mile Island, Munich Olympic terriosts, and Pol Pot to name a few. Guess no one thought the world was crazy then.

b1sellers

Nice hay. Love to see that spin right back at Rick.

des21

Yeah, the 70s REALLY sucked. Only one way to go from there.

I thought Rick was referring to the 50s but maybe i just assumed that. Did he mention the 70s?

DickD

This probably never occurred to you Rick, but would you consider the real problem is your narrow, one sided view point? The world may not be mad, it just may be you and those that you share similar values.

threecents

Dick, This is Rick's world, and the world should adjust to him, not the other way around.

hayduke2

Well Rick, you managed to firmly support your first paragraph and your longing for a PERCEIVED Norman Rockwell America. For you to think that all the things you rage against didn't exist in the past is wishful thinking indeed. I'm sure your parents and their parents felt the same thing as change occurred in their world. Perhaps you need to get out more and talk with those twenty somethings you claim to know and see that the world, well changing, is still a magical place.

public-redux

FWIW, I totally get why Americans who are 1) older; 2) white; 3) male; 4) straight; 5) cisgendered; and 6) Christian think the good old days are in the past.

This particular minority group has had a long and very good run. As the future unfolds, Americans with this suite of characteristics might have to settle for equality.


hayduke2

Indeed!

teapartier

Once again your assumptions are wrong, the number 6 in your litany believe the best days are still ahead. Merry Christmas.

shiftless88

Litany? It's only two sentences (was that you or des who made that comment to me the other day?)!

des21

That was me.[smile]

des21

A list of 6 might be a litany. I'll check[beam]

public-redux

"again"? That suggests it happened before. Citation needed.

As for the substance, your disagreement isn't with me but with the Christians who complain that the country has degenerated. Unlike you, I don't think they are lying about their views.

Thanks for your good wishes. I generally do have a merry secular christmas. I usually start off the day with my favorite carol: "Merry Christmas From the Family" by Robert Earl Keen.

des21

That you were wrong? You need citations for that? You may not believe but you may be infallible![smile]

I try to keep it down to 6 times before lunch!

public-redux

No, no, no. I'm wrong a lot. Which is great. That's one of the best ways to learn. But wrong in my assumptions about older, white, make, straight, cis, Christian Americans thinking things aren't as good as they used to be? Nope. I'm right about that. Just listen to them. They say it all the time.

teapartier

Ut oh I touched a nerve, "I don't think" so you gave yourself a little leeway just in case you are wrong . Ok I understand. So "unlike you"? Now I don't know how many Christians are in in your inner circle or sphere of influence or even converse with, but the the Christians that I attend bible study with, and attend our monthly tea..party , I play golf with and attend church with are obviously concerned about the direction of our Country concerning social issues, but I can assure you that all as am I, are in full agreement that as Christians our best days are ahead of us. After singing your favorite carol , do you still think of building that wall? And in closing my Mexican granddaughter (on her fathers side) wishes you a Felize or happy Navidad and a Merry Christmas, she is fluent in both Spanish and English and her best days are for sure ahead of her.

public-redux

Tea, "I don't think" or "I think" is a way of owning my opinions. Some people say "many people" or 'Christians believe" which I regard as weasel words for "I'm hiiding behind others". That's the cowardly thing you did. Try manning up.

b1sellers

Exactly public

threecents

PubRed, If I could derive a thesis from you litany, Is this whole movement involving removal of certain slavery-related statues and the subsequent removal of public figures who harassed women all part of a backlash against the litany list in general and our president in particular?

des21

For some reason you are over-using he word litany 3. Watch it.[wink]

public-redux

Three: Hmm, I don't know. I'll give that some thought.

des21

Excellent column Rick. Keep up the good work and merry Christmas to you too!

public-redux

The existence of Caitlyn Jenner is high on the list of his worries about our country? Wow. How about Starbucks cups? That's got to be a cause of concern.

shiftless88

[beam][beam][beam]

b1sellers

[beam][beam][beam]

phydeaux994

I am so happy I'm not Rick Blatchford. I'd get tired of pieces of the sky hitting me in the head.

olefool

It's not the world.. It's people like you Rick who have gone mad.

armillary

Rick Blatchford, like regifted fruitcake
wishes holiday cheer and a headache
his excrement rolled
in silver and gold
just what we'd expect from a snowflake.

veritas

And this adds to the conversation, how? This effort is even more objectionable than the usual foolishness.

armillary

Claiming false equivalence. How original.

threecents

Another snowflake? The forecast is that we might have a couple inches by tomorrow morning.

b1sellers

LOL Arm.

gary4books

Rick: Times do change, but not as much as you might think. It really is all about nuances. Intent does matter with classified information. Either you sell it to a spy or perhaps you leave it on your desk one night. Remember just one thing - the more things change, the more they really are the same. And do have a merry Christmas.

shiftless88

Rick, you could save some column inches and the two minutes of thought you put into each column by simply writing "All liberals are stupid and I hate them" because this statement accurately summarizes most of your columns.

teapartier

Hate is a very strong accusation, I don't believe Rick hates liberals ! However Rick does disagree with most Liberals . It is ok to disagree, the problem is when a person chooses to interpret that disagreement and default directly into the hate category without any attempt of compromise and conversation. Then it is a mad,mad,mad, world.

shiftless88

If he stuck to policies then I would agree with you, but the fact he tosses in personal insults backs up my statement.

b1sellers

I agree shiftless.

Thewheelone

Good one, Shiftless! [beam]

sevenstones1000

Do you even know what a sanctuary city Is? It just means you don’t turn your city police into ICE agents. Which is a good thing. It doesn’t mean people can commit violent crimes with impunity.

Let cops be cops.

gregz73

Old Fogey definition : an excessively conservative or old-fashioned person, especially one who is intellectually dull.

DickD

[lol][lol][lol][thumbup][thumbup]

armillary

Rick has declared himself a curmudgeon before. Now he'd prefer we call him an old fogey. Maybe he looked up curmudgeon.

jsklinelga

Rick,
We wonder why people struggle with Christianity. I hold similar views on some of the issues you highlighted but your column could be mistaken for a "Fox News" report. Not everything is so absolutely black and white.

I would wish if you were to offer a Christmas greeting it would be prefaced with the positive attributes we share as a society. We all want less suffering, less poverty, more opportunities to fulfill our potential, equal and accessible health care, and more freedom to "live" out our beliefs. It is a wonder we have not had constant Civil War. But we adjust and strive aided by forgiveness, understanding and compassion. To me that is the magic of Christmas.

DickD

GREAT comment, Jim![thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

b1sellers

jsk, good comment.

Nicki

What an old fogey column!

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