Hi, folks! It’s been a while, so please bear with me while I unload. In two months, a basket full of deplorable issues have accumulated. At my age, I’m encouraged to unburden before I hurt myself.
The central theme is political, and much involves Donald J. Trump (the legally elected president of the United States), although his involvement is mostly peripheral. What follows is a plethora of subjects involving the loyal opposition with which this writer has found reason to take exception.
In the recent past, Democrats and anti-Trumpers attempted to compare their Mueller investigation to the Nixon/Watergate investigation. They even called John Dean to testify, although he had nothing to offer but a questionable opinion. The problem with such a comparison is the total dichotomy of the two situations. The Watergate investigation was made to obtain the facts related to an already evident crime. Au contraire, the Mueller investigation went on for two years in an unsuccessful search for a crime. There is no comparison between the two investigations. One was just, and one was not. Lots of people are wrong.
I have long ago tired of having Democrats (elected and otherwise) tell the country that “we are better than that” regarding any number of issues — more lately, immigration. This is just a slightly more politically correct way of saying “shame on you.” Talk about judgmental. They break that one out on so many issues that it’s become a cliché and, too often, a laughing matter. Who put these folks in the position to define right and wrong for the rest of the country? Talk about presumptuous. The problems of the Mexican border are unprecedented, and the left expects perfection.
Regarding abortion, another cliché comes to mind: “A woman should have control of her own body.” True enough, but there’s a problem with that logic. A woman’s body is hers, but the baby/fetus is not a part of her. It is a potential complete individual with its own DNA. How does a mother justify ending such a life? Now, for myself, I’ve not reached a hard-and-fast opinion on this subject, but the truth and fact are that a baby’s body is not part of the mother’s — connected by the cord, but unique. The baby is “renting” space for only a short time. On rape/incest? That’s a whole other story.
Leftists frequently accuse and criticize conservatives for various actions — perceived or imaginary. Quite often, even casual observation can determine that the liberals are only attempting to divert attention from their own similar actions — look over there, not over here. Conservatives have been called “Nazis” and “haters.” In that regard, I ask you to consider Antifa who hide behind masks when they destroy private property, and attack and hospitalize reporters and others who think differently from them. Antifa people are more akin to the Nazi Brown Shirts. Video from Portland, Oregon, showed police standing by. Thank you, Mayor Wheeler.
Leftists blame Trump for Russian interference with the 2016 election. Recently, former Vice President Joe Biden declared that foreign interference would never have occurred on his or Obama’s watch. Wait! The fact is that if Russian interference did occur, that’s exactly when it happened. During the 2016 election campaign, Biden and Obama were in charge. Uncle Joe says it couldn’t have happened. Is he right? Wrong? What?
Unsubstantiated leftist criticism of Trump’s desire to speak at the Fourth of July celebration is perfect evidence of unreasoned prejudice. As soon as his intention was announced, the left attacked. Trump, they falsely accused, was “politicizing” the celebration. But that didn’t happen. I watched it and “counted.” Trump’s one-hour speech contained fewer personal pronouns than did any 10-minute talk made by Obama — and the teleprompter quit on him.
Ending with a Mueller fiasco anecdote (author unknown) supplied by a friend: “A Montana rancher’s summary of the Mueller report and Democrats’ hapless ongoing efforts in one sentence: ‘While we recognize that the subject did not actually steal any horses, he is obviously guilty of trying to resist being hanged for it.’”
If you made it this far, thanks and congratulations. In closing, Mr. Trump was not my first choice, but ... Republican or Democrat, the swamp of the establishment has long been in need of a refresh. Anything that Trump does to that end should and must be encouraged.
Rick Blatchford writes from Mount Airy. Contact him at email@example.com.