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The Blank Check

Some people, ok many people, accuse me of being to political. Perhaps I am. I almost always respond with the following question, “Name one area of your life that isn’t affected by some government law, rule, regulation or tax.” Here is a hint, you can’t because there isn’t one. But this isn’t about being political. This is about right and wrong. Allow me to elaborate.

It was around ten am when we heard the alarms going off on the ship across the pier from us. Of course we had no idea what was going on but everyone readied themselves to respond if needed. Although it was unspoken by everyone present we all noticed that the comforting words “This is a drill, this is a drill” were no being offered. There are few things in life more terrifying than an unknown danger. After an indeterminate amount of time had passed the alarms were silenced. Some time later we observed four gurneys were pushed up the ships gangway. They returned into view awhile later carrying four, sheet draped bodies. All of us watching, from only yards away, felt our stomach’s knot up with a powerful sense of tragedy. Everyone knew what those four gurneys carried. We knew that four men would never return home, never see their families or loved ones again. We didn’t know them but they were our brothers still. We, each in our own way, grieved.

We learned later just how tragic that story really was. Two sailors had been sent into a refrigerated compartment, nearly 35 years later the reason they were there escapes me. Climbing the ladder down into that space they had no way of knowing a pipe carrying the refrigerant had sprung a leak. The gas that kept the food cold also displaced the air. When the two sailors entered that compartment they quickly passed out, then suffocated.

At some point another sailor happened to walk by the open hatch and saw the two men laying on the floor. Concerned he called out to them. Getting no response he called out for help then climbed down the ladder to help his shipmates. Another sailor had heard his “man down” call for help and sent yet another passing sailor to get the corpsman and some more help, then he too, climbed down into that space to help his shipmates. By this time the commotion was starting to attract a crowd. As another sailor began to climb into the space he was restrained by a shipmate who had reasoned that everyone who entered that space had, at the very least, passed out. Fortunately, the mans reasoning made sense and no one else went into that space until the rescue team arrived.

Many veterans are mercilessly teased when they note the fact that when they enlisted they wrote a blank check to the United States of America for any amount up to and including their very lives. I know, I have been so treated. Yet, it is as true a statement of fact as can be made and, sadly that check has been cashed far to many times. Democrats and their supporters label what happened that day an accident or failure of work place safety rules. Of course it was an accident. No one that day planned to die. No one that day likely even contemplated dying. Yet four men paid the ultimate price for loving their country enough to serve and caring about their shipmates. For what ever reason Democrats can’t seem to acknowledge that. That is wrong, so very wrong.

Today, our veterans need us more than ever. While there are many groups doing their level best to help as many vets as they can, it is inescapable that the government they served, considers them expendable. This is wrong on so many levels. God bless Donald Trump for doing as much as he can. Because of the nature of the executive branches powers and the scope of the problem, he will never be able to solve the many problems facing vets today on his own. He needs congress’s help to effectively address those issues. The sad fact is that nearly all of congress is only interested in securing their reelections, padding their bank accounts and increasing their own power. Time and time again when given the choice to help our vets or reward illegal aliens for making it across the border, congress has chosen the lawbreakers over it’s good and faithful servants. That, my friends, borders on evil.

Democrats, as a general rule, act this way by rote. They have mouthed support for the military while actively undermining it all my adult life. To expect of them anything else is to not understand just how much they have always despised the military. The idea that after some forty years of hating the military they will suddenly change their minds is about as realistic as that Unicorn trap available in three colors for $19.99. Don’t misunderstand where I am going here. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but as a veteran there is no way I could ever support a democrat or a republican that acts like a democrat. The lives and well being of my brothers and sisters is far more important than congressman Skippy’s next PAC contribution or choice committee assignment.

Today, when it comes to the treatment of our veterans vs illegal aliens, tragically, far to many republicans behave like democrats. Again, don’t misunderstand where I’m going here. As a first generation American I totally support legal, merit based, moderate immigration levels. However, I see no need to import millions of welfare recipients or people who proactively hate America. As a veteran I am both deeply offended at the treatment of my brothers and sisters by the country we served, and the demand by that same government that people who have no legal right to be here should be cared for better than those of us who wrote that check.

You can call me to political. You can say I’m being overly melodramatic. You can say anything that makes you feel better. A $255 death benefit and a folded flag is nothing compared to free housing, food stamps, free medical care and education as well as being protected from the consequences of violating the law. As for me, every time I see a story about an illegal alien getting special treatment in a sanctuary city, every time I hear about a rape, robbery or murder committed by an illegal alien, I flash back to those four gurneys being wheeled down the pier.

The government cashed those four brave men’s checks to cater to an ungrateful, America hating group of lawbreakers. Perhaps the biggest tragedy of all is that so many Americans simply don’t care. Because I know this I weep for my brothers. I weep for my sisters. Most of all, I weep for my country.

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The Curse Of The Grand Narrative

Hitlers minister of propaganda said it best when he was quoted instructing today’s democrats that, for a lie to be believed, it needed to be “big” and “repeated often.” Being liars by nature and necessity democrats, liberals and progressives have taken Herr Gobbels ideas and run with them as far and as fast as they could. The damage to individuals and our freedom over the last fifty years has been beyond comprehension.

Perhaps nowhere is this better illustrated than the now mindless acceptance of “narratives”. Narratives are nothing more than wish based fantasies given a forum. They only require public school victims, a compliant media and a healthy dose of cognitive dissonance to flourish.

Being based in fantasy a narrative requires no proof, only belief. Any belief will do so long as it is unquestioned, accepted fully, advances the liberal agenda and damages or destroys the correct parties. For example:

Narrative: The Children Must Die or Abortion is Healthcare.

On 25 February 2019, a day that will live in infamy, democrats, secure in the knowledge that the media would cover for them and knowing that a nation of public school victims probably wouldn’t know the difference anyway, voted to allow fully born children to be killed. These precious infants, who had the uncalled for temerity to survive an abortion attempt must now, democrats said resoundingly, die. The sickening excuse they offer in defense of sacrificing a child at the alter of abortion is “the mothers health.” It would seem self evident that, once born, the precious child now has no physical effect on the “mothers health.” No matter they say, abortion at any time, for any reason, must be maintained. This includes the barbaric practice of partially delivering a child then shoving a pair of scissors or other similar object into the babies brain. Democrats call this “Partial Birth” abortion. Murder would be more accurate. In the eyes of liberals, democrats and progressives (there is really no difference between them) the forty plus million babies aborted to date is a small price to pay to advance an agenda. Let that sink in then ask yourself, if these people are willing to kill babies after they have been born what else are they capable of?

Narrative: Slavery and Reparations or You Owe Me White Guy.

Today’s liberals have a unique definition of slavery. Slavery, as defined by liberals, means old white guys of over a hundred and fifty years ago. The fact that no one alive participated in that period and no one alive suffered as a slave during that period is conveniently ignored. These same self righteous liberals give modern moslems, the largest practitioners of slavery today, a free pass on their devotion to the practice. Kamala Harris’s family owned slaves. If she wants to pay on her own I say more power to her. I am a first generation American and no one in my family ever owned a slave. So I say keep your grubby, greedy hands out of my pocket.

Narrative: The Virtuous “Immigrant” or Walls Don’t Work You Racist.

Democrats want us to believe that we are a nation of immigrants. It is a compelling sound bite that carries the faint and distant echo of truth. In fact, we are a nation of citizens who have chosen to adhere to a certain set of uniquely American values. The fact that some 60% of illegal aliens are allowed receive welfare by democratic policies indicts those democrats as the underminers of America and the values it was founded upon. Liberals believe that anyone who can successfully violate our border must not only be rewarded with your money but must not even be called to account. They must even be given the vote. That explains the violent opposition to building a border wall. Walls work. In Israel, Hungry and a dozen other places walls have been tremendously effective at limiting illegal immigration. Liberals know that illegal aliens vote (illegally I must add) overwhelmingly for democrats. As their union and black power bases fade liberals see illegal aliens as the much needed replacements. It is also convenient that so many of these illegals come from socialist backgrounds making them willing to vote here for the same conditions that destroyed their home countries. For democrats its a two for one deal where only America and the hard working American taxpayer lose.

Narrative: Trump/Russia or Evil White People Stole The Election.

There is an overwhelming lack evidence that Trump ever colluded with anyone to “steal” the election. There is also overwhelming evidence that liberals in the FBI, Justice Department, IRS and dozens of highly placed democrats committed not dozens but hundreds of felonies. For the last two years Trumps opposition has created criminal timeline after criminal timeline only to have each and every one completely destroyed with actual evidence to the contrary. Democrats not only protect moslem slave traders and illegal aliens that murder Americans but criminally liable fellow democratic politicians and so called public servants. You and I are apparently expendable as long as they maintain their power and influence. As uncle Jed would say, “Ponder on that fer a spell.”

Narrative: Public Education or Public Indoctrination Centers.

Can we dispense with the so called public education system? There is little actual education effected in schools anymore. Loved by teachers unions, whole word reading was totally discredited as an effective educational approach to teaching reading skills in the 1920’s yet it remains in effect today. Liberals and teachers unions, but I repeat myself, refuse to allow students to actually learn anything outside the bounds of political correctness. Today’s teachers, themselves victims of pervasive indoctrination, now indoctrinate our children on the “virtues” of every lunatic idea and discredited principle that comes down the pike. Students cannot do basic math by hand, history is revised on a yearly basis to incorporate the latest politically correct nonsense and even something as non political as basic science is twisted and massaged to fit a left wing ideological agenda. The sad fact is that a sixth grader in the year 1900 could, intellectually (and probably physically as well), out perform most of today’s college graduates. We are now, sadly by design, a nation of public school victims. That is beyond tragic, that is an act of war.

Liberals have dozens of narratives and today, far to many people think and believe in narratives. They do so because so because it requires no thought. It takes virtually no effort and they are rewarded for doing so by similarly indoctrinated family and friends, educators, pop culture icons and the media.

Few public school victims know, or even want to know, the actual truth on a great many subjects critical to their well being. Those who want to know are seldom given the capacity to learn the truth by their so called educators. When these truth seekers step outside the bounds of political correctness they are quickly derided and abused by their tolerant liberal friends. The fact is students in school and even college, are trained to think in emotionally driven sound bites. They accept this indoctrination as normal. This is why it is so difficult to simply have a conversation with them.

It is also a convenient method of control.

Being well trained to think under such a limiting process allows you to be easily manipulated. The process is so well practiced that people seldom realize just how “smoothly” they are being manipulated. If you stop and actually process what liberals would have you believe you would soon realize that you were being carefully directed to be offended, upset and or angry as long as possible for as often as possible. They would have you in this state over things that are often manifestly untrue. The unpleasant fact is, Democrats keep their liberal base agitated to keep them from thinking. Thus the true purpose of the “narrative” is finally revealed. When we think, they lose.

Now you know how and why you are being manipulated, question is, what are you going to do about it?

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The Weaponization of Compassion

It has been said that the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled off was convincing people that he doesn’t exist. What is often overlooked in that statement is that his existence does not require our consent.

In a similar vein, one of the greatest tricks progressive, liberal democrats have managed to pull off was the perception that they care about the “little” guy, the oppressed, the poor etc. To pull this misdeed off they turned to one of the oldest tricks in the book. They weaponized our compassion against us.

Nowhere has this concept been more conclusively demonstrated that here in my home state of Utah.

Over the last two years we have been assaulted with “medical” pot, medicare expansion beyond the states ability to pay for it and more “hate” crimes legislation.

I have already written at some length about the fallacy and tragedy of “medical” pot. The medicare expansion is nothing more than an attempt to crash the system to make single payer seem more palatable to a state full of public education victims. In any case, neither of these travesties of “compassion” are the subject of today’s effort on my part.

Today I want to talk about the misguided expansion of so called hate crimes laws.

To be clear, I view all crime as an expression of hate. Such would seem self evident. Never the less, in a desperate (and destined to fail) attempt to please our states vocal minority of “victims” republicans have sponsored an expansion of hate crimes protections. It is the sort of feel good measure that political correctness demands. After you abandon reason of course.

Under the law as I understood it for my 50 plus years, we were all equal. That seemed easy enough to understand. Now it seems, in what is clearly nothing more than political posturing, some people are to be more equal than others. My Constitutional right to be equal before the law is to be squandered in a vain attempt to get certain lobbies and their supporters to like you. This is beyond tragic, it is malfeasance of the highest order. Never mind that the groups you are attempting to win favor with will never like you, no matter how many times you surrender.

The hard fact is that the elimination of “hate” requires a change of heart. If the Ten Commandments cannot accomplish that change what do you expect to accomplish with a feel good, paper decree?However sincerely offered, such a law cannot have the desired effect of changing a persons heart.

The best and possibly most effective course to combat hate is to affirm in undeniable terms the equality of everyone under the law. Leave the moral posturing to the street preacher warning us about the end of the world. Once you start legislating who is deserving of “special” treatment our equality before the law becomes yet another commodity to be bartered about for the political gain of the legislator seeking to trade our rights for his purposes.

Speaking of the devil, after the last two years I can’t help but wonder if he simply traded his horns for a three piece suit, a fancy title and a nice office in a building made of marble.

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They Are Going To Hate You Anyway

As a young player on my high school football team I would practice running pass routes over what we affectionately called “the middle”. In this area anyone trying to catch a pass is going to get hit by at least one defender, often hard, often by more than one defender, and usually you are in a vulnerable position when you do get hit. It is somewhat natural when you know the hit is coming to lose some of your focus on the ball to “prepare” yourself for the coming collision. My coach, recognizing that tendency in me called me out one day with a short but simple demand, “You might as well catch the ball, they are going to hit you anyway.”

I suppose it is an intrinsic need of all humans to seek approval. We seek it from our parents, friends, coworkers and, to some extent, even people we don’t even know. If you have ever moderated something you wanted to say because you worried about what people would say or think, you know what I am talking about.

As a conservative I am routinely under assault in one form or another because I refuse to moderate my pronouncements because of what someone might think. While I routinely upset many snowflakes and establishment swamp dwellers I work very hard to keep my positions grounded in both facts and common sense. The great offended typically place themselves under no such restrictions.

One of the most difficult things for me to accept early on was that I would be despised, sight unseen, by the great practitioners of tolerance, liberals. I soon learned that this intolerance would rapidly descend into outright hatred if I insisted on maintaining my beliefs. It gets even worse when you point out their hypocrisy.

I am sometimes accused of making blanket accusations. Where they apply I admit to doing so. Liberals, especially those in leadership positions, are dedicated practitioners of hate towards anyone they disagree with but especially conservatives. Don’t believe me? Allow me to inform you of some history that, as a public school victim, you were likely never taught.

Remember how evil Richard Nixon was? He caved to liberal demands far to often. He gave them the thuggish EPA and nearly tanked the economy by giving into liberal demands for wage and price controls. How was he rewarded for his compliance?

Remember what a senile dunce Ronald Reagan was? He trusted liberals when they promised him they would secure the border if he granted amnesty to 3 million plus illegal aliens. Have you seen the border lately?

Remember George H. Bush? He also trusted liberals when they promised him $3 in spending cuts for every dollar he raised our taxes. They not only never cut spending in any way shape or form, they spent so much that we are still paying for that travesty today.

Then there was George W. Bush. Remember how utterly evil he was? He gave liberals Medicare Part D, a massive expansion of a government program that was already teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. He gave liberals the TSA, a massive new union created for the sole purpose of creating a new revenue stream for democrat fundraising, suffering at the time because of declining union membership. How was he rewarded for such deliberate malfeasance? Liberals tried convincing America that he personally steered a hurricane onto New Orleans because the black population there did not vote for him.

The point is, no matter what you give to liberals, it is never enough. No matter how much you comply that compliance is never exactly enough. The masters of the moving goal post only want one thing, complete and absolute control over you, your life and your money. Their smiling faces, innocent requests and “devotion” to “tolerance” are a smokescreen created for the sole purpose of misleading you.

A current analogy would be the “Palestinian” demands to negotiate with Israel. Since the “Palestinians” only want one thing, the death of every Jew on the planet, what is there for Israel to negotiate? Would liberals and “Palestinians” be happy if Israel committed to a timetable for the extermination of their race? I suspect they would then castigate the Jews for not killing themselves off quickly enough. It seems to be the way liberals think today.

So, here we are today, a great many so called conservatives trying to thread the needle of reason by balancing their beliefs on the head of the liberal pin. I reject that posturing and you should too. This doesn’t mean we are mean or evil. It means we simply accept that reality exists and is not subject to the vagaries of human imagination.

It means that we have to acknowledge that:

There are not 12, 45 or 92 genders.

That, at the political level, we have a two tiered justice system, one for conservatives and one for liberals.

That four year old boys cannot “know” that they are actually little girls.

That voter fraud not only exists in stunning proportions but is almost exclusively democrat in origin.

That there is nothing wrong with being proud of America.

That not all cops are evil racists.

That if you commit a crime the color of your skin should have no bearing on if you are charged.

That there is in fact no such thing as “white privilege”.

That “toxic masculinity” is an invention to make certain angry women feel better about themselves.

That “gender studies” are in fact nothing but political propaganda disguised as education.

That illegal aliens have no “right” to be here or to have access to our tax dollars though welfare or tax refunds from Earned Income or Child Tax credits.

That so called hate crimes laws (more appropriately named thought crimes) are in themselves expressions of hate.

That actual journalism is dead.

That the government and major corporations have no right to collect, mine and store all our data.

That a very large group of Americans are just fine with all of the above.

Boy could I go on and on and on…

Merely bringing these talking points up for consideration will mark me as the focus of evil in the modern world by every liberal and “conservative” swamp dweller that may read this. In fact, many so called conservatives will blast me for such “insensitive” thinking. In their desperation to gain the approval of their liberal “friends” they will attempt to portray themselves as understanding and tolerant by pointing out all the “errors” in my logic. In the end though, despite all their efforts to destroy, I mean correct me, those so called conservatives will still be hated by those same liberals they seek approval from.

I live in reality. I am not governed by my feelings but by simple, eternal truths. I screen my passions through the filter of my principles. I will always defend the truth, remembering what coach said, “Catch the ball, they are going to hit you anyways.”

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Fat Dumb And Happy

First, let me welcome the year 2019 here and wish each and everyone the very best for the coming new year!

As I contemplated what 2018 meant and what 2019 might bring I suddenly heard a voice from my past. It came from some 30 plus years ago where, as an 18 year old Machinist Mate in the U. S. Navy, I had just finished a heavy lunch of double cheeseburgers and fries. After lunch I made my way down to the engine room to stand my watch. I stood at the ships throttle, unable to move more than a foot or so in either direction due to the headphones I was wearing. Standing motionless, with a full stomach in the 100+ degree heat and gentle swaying of the ship I soon found myself dozing on my feet. This was not good since I could miss a call from the bridge. I was saved from such misfortune by my ever observant Chief Petty Officer who was on watch with me. Grabbing me by the shoulder he shook me awake then, once assured I was conscious, proceed to inform me at a slightly higher decibel volume than the engines around us that there would be no “fat, dumb and happy” sailors on his watch. Needless to say, the adrenaline rush I experienced kept me alert the rest of the watch.

It was those words, fat, dumb and happy, that struck me as I pondered the demented conglomeration of nonsense, stupidity, lying, injustice, perversion and even outright evil that paraded before us in 2018. At the time I didn’t understand what my Chief meant. Some time later I asked him what he meant by the term “fat, dumb and happy”. The Chief never missed a teaching moment and this was no exception.

“In short,” he said “when you are fat, dumb and happy, that’s when bad things happen.” I nodded my head in agreement but didn’t really fully understand where he was going. Sensing this he continued. “Suppose I had allowed you to doze at the wheel the other day. What do you think would have happened if a speed change had come through and you didn’t respond?”

“Oh, that’s easy Chief, I would be in big trouble.”

“You and me both,” he added. “But it’s not just that one example. Being fat, dumb and happy is the end result of a sailor who simply isn’t paying much attention to himself, his surroundings or what is going on. It’s the state of mind that comes from having everything you think you need and not having much you feel the need to worry about.”

Okay, I thought. He wants me to pay attention, focus on the job etc, etc. I said, “Sure thing Chief, it won’t happen again” hoping to end the conversation. Inside I knew he was correct. As a member of the ships firefighting team I knew, or thought I already knew, the lesson he wanted to impart. Still, I reasoned it was difficult to be fat, dumb and happy when you were tasked with entering a smoke filled compartment to put out a fire when your ship was somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I knew because I had recently experienced just that opportunity. From the look on his face Chief however, wasn’t convinced that I understood what he was getting at.

“Almost everything bad that happens happens because someone was fat, dumb and happy. It makes you careless or worse.” He stopped for a minute, I thought, to gather his next thoughts.

Curious about the “worse” part, I interjected, “What’s worse than careless, Chief?”

“Not thinking sailor. If you are not observing and thinking, bad things will happen and will continue to happen until you stop being fat, dumb and happy. Then, you get to deal with the consequences and sometimes, that’s the worst part.”

As I relived that moment in time the feeling that 2018 was the year of “fat, dumb and happy” Americans solidified in my mind. It seems to be the perfect description of people who are:

Mesmerized by their Chinese slave built I-phones.

Entertained by or take seriously the racist/misogynistic “music” known as rap.

Patting themselves on the back for their “tolerance” demonstrated by allowing any criminal in the world to walk across our border, be given tens of thousands of dollars in welfare and granted blanket immunity from legitimate criticism.

Convinced that a violent, pathological ideology disguised as a religion (islam) must not only be tolerated and accepted but indoctrinated as normal acceptable behavior in public schools.

Accepting that a two tiered justice system is just dandy as long as the “right” people are the only ones subjected to it.

Happy to throw money (tax dollars) at “social problems” without requiring any actual progress be demonstrated.

Ignoring the destruction of the fundamental building block of a healthy society, the nuclear family, because the whole “family thing” interferes with them pursuing their pleasures.

Unconcerned about speech codes or so called hate crimes laws because it doesn’t affect them.

Convinced that thinking in sound bites constitutes actual intelligence.

Absolutely certain that firearms kill more people than people do.

I could list a hundred other examples but I’m guessing you get the picture. While these folks exist on both sides of the political isle they are far more prevalent on the left than the right. By and large they are well meaning and dramatically (often by choice) uninformed. These people have built up soft, safe and comfortable cocoons, woven from sound bites, propaganda disguised as news and reinforced by their rigidly enforced echo chamber of friends and associates. They refuse to look past, let alone exit, their cocoons for any period of time. They allow nothing to disturb their sure and certain knowledge of the “other side” or their contentedness. They seek nothing more than the extension of their comfort and pleasure and will allow as little as possible, a job is about all some of them can tolerate, to interfere. As long as the internet is up, Starbucks is open and the EBT card works they are fine.

These people, incorrectly I believe, seem to have become the majority of opinion makers. They have chosen, whether they want to admit it or not, to be led by the nose by those who are not fat, dumb and happy. The chains they have willingly attached to themselves are being ever so carefully and cleverly manipulated with the end goal being the total destruction of America as we knew it. The greatest, most productive, most innovative and most compassionate country in Earths history (notice I didn’t say perfect) along with the ideals America was founded on are the long held targets of those manipulating those chains.
Over the last sixty years the chain pullers have made dramatic progress. They have taken over education at all levels, the media, hollywood, corporate boardrooms and launched thousands of non profits to perpetuate their ideology of massive government exercising total control over its meaningless subjects ie, you and I. Not even comedy was immune from their grasping efforts.

The last two years however have been a complete shock for them. That sixty plus million Americans would vote against them took them, in their arrogance, completely by surprise. They will not abandon their efforts though. Power is the only thing they understand and absolute power is all they seek. They will continue their efforts, redoubled in strength and ferocity. Like the wounded animal they are, they are now exceedingly dangerous. Once they are convinced words and activist judges will no longer advance their agenda they will resort to any means necessary. Witness BAMN, antifa, riots at schools who have had the audacity to schedule a conservative speaker, the neutering of police, the dozens of cases of voter fraud and manipulation being uncovered, revamped gun control efforts and the endless fixation on race except when illegals or moslems kill, rape and maim Americans.

As turbulent as today may seem I fear this is the calm before the storm. The chain pullers play for keeps and we conservatives, constitutionalists, patriots and free thinkers stand in their way. They will not fade quietly into the night if they believe they are losing. They will continue to target each and every one of us until they win or are completely humiliated and discredited on a national scale.

To prevent that discrediting and humiliation, you, me, the Constitution and everything that made America great are acceptable collateral damage. Let that sink in.

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Proposition 2 And The Road To Hell

I am going to alienate myself from a lot of my “friends” with this writing. So be it.

The President and CEO of the Next Generation Freedom Fund, Paul Mero, said in an opinion piece he wrote that, “The Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative is neither needed as a practical matter nor good public policy generally. The truth is the Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative is a ruse being perpetrated by Utah libertarians and radicalized potheads across the country – regardless of the good people these deceivers front as medically needy. The D.C. lobbyists at the Marijuana Policy Project, old hippies at NORML and our own liberty-loving kooks at Libertas Institute feign a non-existent morality – some pot-induced moral code that only consuming marijuana will appease. Let me be as blunt as I can: You must be high to think this initiative is a good idea.” I agree. Completely. Wholeheartedly. Absolutely.

Lets be honest here. This is nothing more than a group of virtue signaling progressive pot smokers desperately seeking to crack the door open to recreational drug use in Utah. They are using a well developed plan perfected in states like California, Washington and Oregon, to name a few. They customize it here in Utah with the “medical” claim but the end results will be the same. They hide behind the pain of people who are really suffering. While I have great sympathy for anyone who suffers, this is merely a clever and disgusting tactic designed to prevent any argument by people opposed to their deception.

Full disclosure here, I have a child, soon to be 30 years old, who has been a full blown drug addict for the last 15 of those years. I know from first hand experience exactly what drugs can do. I also know that there are non marijuana substitutes that do everything pot supposedly does but are accurately dosed and can be prescribed by any doctor and filled by any pharmacy in the country. These facts make Proposition 2 wholly unnecessary. Claiming a “medical” need is simply misleading at best.

Who is supporting this assault on reason? The undoubtedly well meaning Utah Patience’s Coalition, TRUCE, the Marijuana Policy Project and the Libertas Institute. Also, lot of well intentioned but vastly uneducated or misinformed Utah citizens and every drug dealer in the state.

Opposing this insanity dressed up as compassion are: The Utah Medical Association, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the PTA, Utah Narcotics Officers Association, Utah Eagle Forum, D.A.R.E. Utah, DEA Salt Lake Metro Narcotics Task Force, Drug Safety Advisers, Utah Sheriff’s Association and the Utah Psychiatric Association. Or as I like to call them, the adults in the room.

Interestingly, the Utah Patients Coalition has raised $761,700 and spent $723,880 in support of the measure. Not surprisingly, most of that funding has come from out of state lobbying groups.

 
Drug Safe Utah has raised $167,180 and spent $72,120 to combat the cleverly disguised recreational pot bill.

 
Many people seemed to be all worked up about the LDS Church’s position on Prop 2. The church is formally opposed to Proposition 2. I guess these people feel more qualified to determine church doctrine than the churches leaders. It must be awesome to have that much power. All I can say is, if you want to belong to a church that is willing to subjugate itself to popular culture or vote every year on which parts of the Bible to believe in, there are plenty of those “churches” out there. They welcome the easily led.

 
Elder Jack N. Gerard, a General Authority Seventy with the LDS church, said, “The church does not object to the medicinal use of marijuana, if doctor-prescribed, in dosage form from a licensed pharmacy.” Apparently this much reason and intelligence are to difficult for the average finger in the wind “Christian”, Salt Lake Tribune writer/reader or mainstream media consumer to contemplate. Gerard said the measure “goes too far.” He is correct, it absolutely does.

 
I think it’s time the out of state pressure groups pushing this legal pot proposition be honest and just admit this is all about cracking the door to recreational drug use open in Utah.

 
As a child I was taught early and often that the road to hell was paved with good intentions. No one teaches that lesson anymore. The support for Prop 2 proves that.

 
So, how many bricks on that road would you like your name inscribed on?

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Never Forget, Never Again

Another 9-11 anniversary has come and gone. It has been now 17 years since that tragic day awoke a sleeping giant in nearly the same way December 7, 1941 did. Unlike the day that will “live in infamy” the giant this time, sadly, soon went right back to sleep.

Today far to many people have no idea of the scope of what actually happened that day. That is a tragedy in and of itself. Compounding that sad reality is the fact that many of our “leaders” are just fine with that.

In Sandy, Utah, not far from my home a memorial service is held every year. It’s called “The Healing Field.” In short, it is a field of soft, green grass, with the majestic Rocky Mountains as the background, planted with a single flag for every one lost on that horrible day. Each flag carries a picture of the person who was murdered that day along with a short biography. Standing in the midst of all those flags, the true enormity of what happened that day is overwhelming. In a moment of silence one can almost hear the victims whispering to you in the flapping sounds of all those flags. No picture, no description will, or can, do it justice. It must be seen, and felt, in person.

The volunteers who man this testament to the lives stolen tell everyone that, if a flag touches you while you are walking around it is because that person wants you to get to know them. I suspect there is more truth to that than we can imagine. I have gotten to know many of the victims.

For a very short while after the attack, we were all Americans. Liberals, democrats and progressives (there is virtually no difference between them) ran to America’s defense, only to abandon her days later. That abandonment was swift, brutal, total and typical of how liberals, democrat and progressives think and act.

The poor souls who died in the towers were called “little Eichmans”, a hideous and completely fabricated NAZI reference whose only intent was to demean, or perhaps endorse, their murder.

We allowed our sworn enemy to blind us with the meaningless propaganda of “islamophobia.” We not only tolerated but accepted the inane concept that accurately describing islam made us “racists.” For the record islam is a religion not a race. (It is a sad indictment of our education system that something so blinding obvious needs to be explained)

Despite a complete lack of evidence, we have allowed ourselves to be browbeaten into accepting that hate crimes against moslems are at an all time high. In fact, nearly every “hate” crime reported ends up being an islamic perpetrated hoax. Even then, we are not allowed notice that fact.

Instead of mourning the hideousness of what was perpetrated in the name of their god, our alleged fellow citizens, the aforementioned liberals, democrats and progressives, have intentionally concocted a swirling, white hot mass of anti American vitriol which they spew with glee. For them, 9-11 is simply another “crisis” that must not be allowed “to go to waste.”

They have placed their cards on the table. They hate the country I love, the country me, my father and grandfather all served proudly. They actively despise the one country that has done more good for the entire world than any other country in the planets history. I get it. You are entitled to your opinion, however misguided, misinformed or evil it may be.

I have placed my cards on the table as well. I am just as pissed off over what happened 17 years ago now as I was then. I will not forget. I will do everything I can to be certain that something like that never happens again. I will point out at every opportunity the vapid stupidity of the America haters alleged facts. The victims, their families and those who survived 9-11 deserve nothing less.

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