Tuesday, September 11, 2018

All Good Things...

It was perhaps a dozen years ago when I first really started frequenting various blogs on the internet on a regular basis, with most of them being of a political or religious nature.  On one site that I frequented fairly regularly, the host of the blog stated that I seemed to have a lot to say and perhaps I should get my own blog accordingly.  I am relatively certain that he was not being complimentary towards me, but nonetheless, I took up his suggestion and nine years ago today Saving Common Sense was born.

Early on I had some very supportive readers of all political stripes.  Indeed, even those followers with whom my opinions on politics did not match ended up being thoughtful folks with which to debate and share ideas.  Oh, there was always the occasional troll, but by and large I found blogging to be stimulating and interesting as I shared my opinions, thoughts, and ideas with my fellow brothers and sisters in the blogosphere.  Further, based on the feedback I would receive, it appeared that many of my readers felt similarly.

I went through some years where a busy work schedule or my late wife’s illnesses kept me from blogging very much, but I always found my way back to the key board eventually.

I have made some pretty good on-line friends over the years that I would not have met otherwise.  I am grateful that these good folks came into my life accordingly, even if some of these friends are absolute nut jobs when it comes to their politics or world views.  I am sure they chuckle as they are saying the same thing about me.  And that is okay.  With them, we can still agree to disagree and still be friends.  That is as it should be and what I had always intended.

Sadly, in the last few years, things seemed to change and the internet became a far darker and less friendly place.  With it, my tolerance for some of the over-the-top nastiness and hatred has become very thin, to say the least.  It is amazing the “courage” some people find to write the most atrocious things about others when they can do so from the anonymity of the internet.  It is those certain folks that refuse to debate or offer opinions on the issues without conflating it with their political adversaries and making it personal to which I rapidly grew weary.  It is this ugliness and hatred that ultimately made me decide it was time to move on as Saving Common Sense was no longer the forum that I had once intended it to be.

I relished the past days when brilliant, humorous, and never nasty folks such as John Myste would stop by, offer his unique and always interesting insights, and then make me laugh even when poking fun at me.  We have now unfortunately morphed into a place where ugliness grows.  No longer can we good naturedly jibe with our friends and political opposites, it seems.  Now we have to dehumanize, marginalize, and act hatefully in the worst ways towards each other.  Sadly, I have even caught myself falling into this trap on occasion.  I have seen this vileness in some take the forms of questioning another’s faith and salvation to “hoping” that a person’s disease would hurry up and take its course.  I am disgusted by this and the people that think this is okay.  I am trying be a better Christian than I really am, and will continue to pray for these folks.

All of that said, there are still some good folks that don’t share most of my views that still come by and offer their thoughts.  For the Woodenman's and TB3's and a few others out there, I am sorry.  I will miss their viewpoints and conversation.

So it is with regret and a little sadness that I must bring to a close this blog.  As of now, I will leave it up and may or may not allow further comments to be posted, but I will no longer actively be monitoring the site.  Nine years is a good run, but the time has come to move on to better and more fruitful and uplifting projects.  I’ll be sure to post here when the new site is up and running. 

Good wishes and Godspeed to you all!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hating America as it Becomes Great Again

Over the past nine years of writing this blog I have pointed out on certain occasions when some of our leftist brothers and sisters in our country have seemingly gone to great lengths to make sure the rest of the nation knows that we are NOT a great nation, in their estimations.  Of course, my pointing this out, using their own words and actions as evidence, has often been met with defensiveness at best and derision and hate at worst.  None of this changes the fact that quite sadly there are far too many Americans that simply despise our country – despite often prospering from the very fruits, protections, and constitutional rights that they are decrying as not existing in practice.

I suspect there has always been a miniscule contingent of such folks in America since our founding, but the numbers of such seem to have increased steadily and more drastically in my life time.  I think the Vietnam war was the catalyst for many counter-culture Americans to find fault and begin loathing our nation.  A case can even be made for some of their arguments regarding this, although I personally disagree with most of those points of contention.

Jump forward to the restoration of American prosperity and strength in the Reagan years and one will find many of the same naysayers grumbling, protesting, and hating America as it stood up against the horrors of Communism, particularly as embodied by the evil empire of the Union of Soviet Socialists Republic.  To these disgruntled Americans, it was our nation that was provoking war and committing human atrocities; not Soviet Russia that killed or imprisoned millions in their gulags in Siberia and in puppet satellite states throughout the world.

The same tired folks and their rhetoric reappeared during Operation Desert Storm and then with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11.  To some of them, it was not vile and evil Islamic militants that killed 3000 of our civilians, attacked our pentagon, and brought down the world trade center, but rather it was an inside job done by, or at least with the knowledge of, President Bush. 


Fast forward to the Obama years when socialism, class-warfare, racial divisions and strife, and bureaucratic regulation all expanded exponentially, and we saw the heat from the leftists wane and their hatred was temporarily satiated.  Michelle Obama, for the “first time in her adult life” was finally “proud of her country”.  Her husband worked mightily to fulfill his campaign promise to “fundamentally transform America”, since the America he received to govern was deeply and egregiously flawed in his opinion.

And then the unthinkable happened.

Hillary actually lost the presidential election in 2016!  The arrogant and bombastic Donald Trump became president instead of the arrogant, bombastic, and seemingly congenitally corrupt Hillary.

Once again many on the left came out of the woodwork with their pitchforks as the economy has taken off, employment has soared to its highest point in generations, and there are dramatically fewer people needing to rely on welfare.  Well that simply will not do as our deeply flawed president (and he is indeed deeply flawed in some areas in my opinion) tries to desperately do as he promised in his campaign.  He is indeed restoring America.  His efforts are succeeding in many regards to making America great again.

But not according to New York Governor and potential 2020 presidential aspirant Andrew Cuomo.  Speaking at an event for women and girls in the state a few short weeks back, the far left-Democrat said, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” 

Even some of the leftwing New York crowd to whom he spoke were surprised at the statement as some laughed nervously while a few hooted and hollered in agreement.  Governor Cuomo had the courage and audacity to speak out and say what some among them actually were thinking.  But they knew that wouldn’t play well with us hicks and rubes in flyover country.

As Cuomo and his staff begin considering the ramifications of what he just said, a mere few hours later his staff came out in full spin mode to try and mitigate the damage and salvage a presidential run that will absolutely be haunted by the video clip of this asinine statement of his.

“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the president,” his office said in a statement clarifying his remarks. “The governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential.”

Sadly, this mentality of decrying that America is a racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, patriarchal, greedy and corporatist society has taken over the mindset of some of our leftist brothers and sisters.  It has definitely infected our colleges and universities and in recent years is filtering down to our secondary and primary schools.  The future generations are being indoctrinated with willful ignorance against the liberties, opportunities, and exceptionalism of our great nation.

A recent case in point came about when the Washington Post back in May reported that 11-year-old Mariana Taylor, whom is a student at Catonsville Middle School in Baltimore County, Maryland, was inspired by the actions of former failed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and thus decided she should kneel during her class’s recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

According to the report, Mariana’s teacher said that she should stand to honor the positivity of America and told the child that she had family overseas serving in the military, noting that the student was being disrespectful.

Mariana reported that, “I left the classroom in tears… It is in my rights that I am allowed to kneel.”  She continued, “I kind of wanted to show people that what’s going on is not okay,”

Once again a teachable moment is lost as another child falls to leftist rhetoric instead of being taught the truth.  Sad.

Of course, not to let an opportunity go to waste, Hillary Clinton shared the clip on her Twitter account and tweeted, “It takes courage to exercise your right to protest injustice, especially when you’re 11! Keep up the good work Mariana.”  What is good is that America didn’t get back to back presidents that apparently do not like America.

Now the former quarterback, with a career losing-record, had the right to protest and speak out as he saw fit, assuming his former employer allowed his workplace to be such a platform for his hate-America diatribe, but he is hardly courageous in doing so.  He lost nothing because of his stance.  His 1-11 performance in his last season dictated the outcome of his career; not NFL collusion because of his outspoken 1st amendment speech rights.  Good luck with your lawsuit against the NFL accordingly, Mr. Kaepernick.

Through all of this -- the heated rhetoric, the antifa violence, the pro-abortion marches, the crying of snowflakes about their “rights” being violated when they cannot even tell you what their constitutional right are is enough to begin to think that maybe they are right.  Maybe America isn’t that great. 

And then one takes a step back and puts the Obamas, Clintons, New York Times, CNN, college students and professors, and the talking-head pundits on the left aside and looks at what America has accomplished in its short time on earth by providing for the greatest freedoms and prosperity for more of its citizens than any other nation throughout world history and we are able to once again put things back into proper context.

No, we don’t need to necessarily make America great again.  It still is great already.

Fixing what is broken and extra- or un-constitutional though would go along ways towards ensuring that we remain the greatest nation in human history.  Now, if we can just teach Governor Cuomo, Colin Kaepernick, and our youth this same lesson perhaps we will be able to hold on to that mantle of greatness for many generations to follow!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Cleaning House

I guess when I am busy, some of the kids tend to get a little unruly when they aren't supervised.

I deleted the entire last post for several reasons.  The first is that the post was simply a joke and not that important for the archives of theis blog. The comments underneath it that numbered into the hundreds were the typical nonsense that the internet has become when conservatives and leftists converge.

That said, the second reason is that one of our long time commenters inadvertently and then purposefully by his political adversaries have his real name divulged.  If someone wants to use his real name, then great.  If someone wishes to comment or write under a nom de plume, then basic decency says we should respect that right.  Sadly decency is in short supply these days... on both sides of the political spectrum.

Be forewarned, going forward I will delete comments divulging personal information such as one's actual name, address, etc. unless the subject of that information consents to it.

Next, have we really become such a divided nation in the rank and file that we can relish the thought of the passing of our political adversaries?  Hope springs eternal, right?  YOU should be ashamed of yourself!  You know who you are!  One wonders what kind of karma that will bring in one's next life.

My disgust and revulsion with this hatred is the very reason I have had enough and am discontinuing the updating on this blog in only a few remaining days.

Have fun with your hatred and vileness towards each other whilst you can, but really don't you all have something useful, productive, and uplifting to do?  Or is hate, foolishness, and "resistance" all you have to cling to these days?  Believe me... I survived Obama's administration.  You all will similarly survive Trump's.  Further, the country will be far better off after the latter leaves office than it was after the former.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The True Foreign Influence in Our Elections

Many of our brothers and sisters on the left side of the political spectrum have consistently raised the valid issue of foreign interference by Russia in our election dating back to 2016.  Indeed our various intelligence agencies have provided evidence to support this charge thus giving it fairly irreproachable credibility, notwithstanding President Trump’s misspoken words in the past and his down-playing of this issue for whatever reasons to the contrary. 

Despite this, it appears that Russia’s tampering and interference produced no credible evidence to suggest that they swayed the election’s results regardless.  Yes, this is a grave matter, and President Trump should have been quite forceful with Putin regarding this to prevent it from happening again in the future.  His milquetoast response towards Putin did nothing to negate it from happening again and only serves to provide his political critics with more fodder to claim collusion and thus develop other conspiracy theories against him.  It is readily apparent that Trump missed a huge opportunity at the Helsinki summit to take Putin to task about this matter accordingly.  Because of these reasons, our friends on the left have good reason to be critical of President Trump, despite some of the excesses and more ridiculous conspiracy theories they have fabricated after the fact.

One must wonder though, how much of this outrage is nothing more than a whole lot of light and very little heat over the supposed issue at hand?  Are our leftist friends truly angry at attempted foreign influence in our elections that for all practical purposes had no discernible effect in the election outcome, or are they simply using this as a political issue in which to further excoriate a president whom they loathe?  I am sure that there are some leftists that are indeed truly concerned about the issue, but for most of them I suspect the latter is actually the case.

I point to that bastion of looney leftism known as California to support my assertion.  Many conservatives have long been concerned about illegal immigrants voting in our elections.  Indeed there have been a few cases here and there where this occurred and the illegal alien was caught, charged, and convicted.  Of course we were mocked, scorned, and the focus of derision by our leftist friends for thinking this could ever seriously become a real issue though.

That was soooo last year.

Now, we have the city of San Francisco issuing voter registration cards to illegal aliens residing within the city. 

Yes, all people should be afforded basic human rights and protections regardless of their legal status, but voting rights used to be reserved ONLY for American citizens.  Until now –

The supposed reasoning behind San Francisco supporting this policy is that there are so many illegal immigrants’ children attending public schools there that the city government thought it was only right that they should be given a voice to how things were run.  City Supervisor Norman Yee said: “We want to give immigrants the right to vote,” while conspicuously leaving out the “illegal” prefix.

These “immigrants,” illegal or not, will be allowed to vote in all city elections if they’re at least 18 and are the parents or guardians of children who also live in the city. Local ABC 7 affiliate reports:

"As a parent myself and a former member of the SF Board of Education it is critical that the voices of all parents are at the table, particularly those that have historically been denied a voice in the process,” said Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer who represents District 1. 
School Board member Matt Haney was the co-author of the resolution endorsing the measure. He says the school board was in full support of it.  “I think it’s critical that all of our families have a voice in the governance of our schools,” said Haney.

While San Francisco is the very heart of the leftist beast of California, evidently there still remains one brave Republican living in the city that had the courage to disagree. Harmeet Dhillon is the Republican National Committeewoman from California. She says she voted against the measure in 2016.

“The reason I voted against it is that I think the right to vote is something that goes along with citizenship and should be,” said Dhillon.  She states in a common sense fashion that the SF school board is already obligated to look out for the interests of all the children attending schools in the district.  “I don’t think that people who have otherwise tenuous ties to San Francisco given their lack of legal residence should be making long term decisions about that structure and process,” said Dhillon. 

I would find myself in complete agreement with Ms. Dhillon.

Let’s summarize, shall we?  

Many leftist friends and family are understandably and rightly outraged by the attempts at foreign influence in our elections by Russia, but evidently in the city of San Francisco in the very center of the progressive beast, they evidently see no contradiction or even any issues with allowing foreign nationals to vote in city elections by granting them legal voting privileges.

Of course, I and many of my conservative brothers and sisters can hardly be surprised by this latest nonsense from Nancy Pelosi’s congressional district.  After all, San Francisco really isn’t a city that truly functions well anymore.  There exists no middle class there at all at this point as the average home price exceeds 1.6 million dollars.  The city has become a mecca for the uber-rich and the perpetually poor.  As a "sanctuary city" they continue to attract illegal aliens to their city limits whom are looking for protection from ICE and other law enforcement agencies.  The needle-laden and human excrement infested streets give proof to the brokenness of the city.  San Francisco barely survives currently by massive tax payment transfers from the rich to the myriad homeless street people that live in the city.  It is a perfect example of the abject failure of social and political progressivism.  Enfranchising poor illegal immigrants with voting rights in the city of course makes perfect sense to our leftist brothers and sisters as the next logical step in their progressivism.

It doesn’t, however, give very much credibility to their concerns of illegal foreign influence in our elections.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Democrats' Hypocrisy on Russia

Some of President Trump's statements at the Helsinki Summit with Vladimir Putin were definitely foolish and cringe-worthy.  He did not help his own created image of being the tough, no-nonsense leader that he would like to portray to the rest of us.  That said, Trump's actions against Russia, particularly as compared to that of President Obama's and his corrupt Secretary of State Clinton's, is orders of magnitude tougher than that of previous Democrats.  Of course, that doesn't fit the leftist narrative and will be summarily dismissed by them accordingly.

I find it ironic that the Left's posturing against Russia is so tough these days now that they are "out of power".  I remember when Russia was still Communist and many on the left adored them and thought their own country, particularly under Ronald Reagan, was the real threat to world peace and prosperity.  I guess their group hallucination regarding the mis-perceived transgression that Russia cost their own corrupt Hillary the presidency has really ruffled their feathers.  I guess to many Leftists slights against their party are more damnable than slights against their country.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Trump: He Meant What He Said

When I was a junior in high school, decades ago, I signed up for Mr. Mueller’s class on oceanography as one of my science class requirements.  Most of my fellow students signed up thinking it would be an easy class.  I signed up for it because the topic of oceanography sounded very interesting to me. 

Mr. Mueller was a very plain spoken, gruff, and politically incorrect teacher.  He was not opposed to ridiculing any student that acted out of line in his class, usually to the class' amusement and to the student's chagrin.  There was always order and discipline in his class.

He would have been a tenured instructor that the teachers’ union would have somehow found a way to fire if he were to teach nowadays. I could see him being the one that refused to join the union or at least made union meetings very contentious, to say the least.  I imagine him pointing out their nonsense and the political over-reach of some folks instead of them focusing on how to be better teachers and demand that they be compensated appropriately for so being. 

I recall his initial “welcome speech” on the first day of class all of these years later because it was terse, to the point, and was obviously lacking in “feel-good” platitudes that many of the other teachers would bloviate upon.  He stated at the beginning of the semester that if you were late for class, his door would be locked and he would not let you in the room, so you had better show up on time.  Respect was a big deal for him.  He said he would be going over geological, biological, and chemistry related aspects of oceanography and as such that there was a tremendous amount of information he would cover and we would be expected to know for the exams.  He further explained that he would do reviews before each exam and that if we took good notes during the reviews and had done our work during the preceding section, we would likely all get “A’s”.  If not, we would likely fail.  

I found that I liked Mr. Mueller because he told you just where you stood, what was expected, and what he was going to do.  There weren’t any surprises.

I was amazed when seemingly half of the class passed with “A’s” while the remaining half failed just exactly as Mr. Mueller had foretold.  I received an A+.  

I find the situation somewhat analogous to President Trump today.  I personally do not care for Trump’s often un-statesmanlike demeanor, his petulant retaliation and conducting of national affairs by tweets, and his over-the-top rudeness at times.  I did not like what I saw as serious character issues with Mr. Trump during his campaign, and hence decided to vote for Darrell Castle with the Constitution Party accordingly.

In spite of his character flaws, many of President Trump’s issues that he campaigned upon seemed to be good ideas and particularly necessary in my opinion.  Some took the form of campaign promises similar to those made by Republican candidates for generations.  As such, not many people, including the Democrats, took them too seriously as actually being addressed in his administration other than just as window-dressing. 

After the better part of two years into President Trump’s administration, I think many people are surprised, or vexed depending on political ideologies, to learn that Trump wasn’t the typical politician just making half-hearted promises in order to get elected.  He actually intended to work to get his agenda enacted.

And this angers the left… to extraordinary degrees.

President Trump promised to nominate constitutionally-minded candidates to the federal courts and Supreme Court instead of appointing judicial activists whom look to every place besides the United States Constitution for informing their opinions on cases.  Justice Gorsuch and Judge Kavanaugh are excellent jurists in that very mold of textualists accordingly, thus the meltdown from the leftists.  Trump provided a list of twenty-five SCOTUS candidates that he would likely pick from for the Supreme Court.  There certainly was no surprises here.  

Trump promised to work with other nations to revise or establish mutually beneficial trade deals, and if the other nations refused to work with us accordingly, he would seek to right such trade imbalances via the instigation of tariffs on their goods.  China has long stolen intellectual property and maintained a dangerous trade imbalance in their favor with us, particularly regarding steel and aluminum.  Trump attempted to right that wrong; China refused to cooperate, and hence punitive tariffs have been enacted in order to prompt China to change its ways...  JUST   AS   PROMISED.

Like previous presidents, Trump also promised to end illegal immigration.  Unlike previous presidents from both parties, Trump actually instructed that the letter of the law be followed with regards to illegal immigrants.  This enrages the left as they see future Democrat voters being denied entry into the U.S.  They further blame Trump for actually following the law written long prior to his administration that separates children of illegal aliens from their parents.  (If I were to break the law in Mexico, I don’t think that the Mexican authorities would throw my children into jail with me.  I know we don’t hold minors in jail here for the legal transgressions of their parents.)  The fact that Trump has asked that this law actually be enforced as a deterrent to illegal immigrants has caused heads to explode on the left.  When he mitigated this law by executive order, the left still screamed and took offense.  Evidently for some of our brothers and sisters on the left, we are to have open borders or they will fight and resist!

President Trump promised significant tax reform to spur the economy to life once again from the sub-2% anemic growth experienced under his predecessor’s eight years.  By doing so he has created business and personal growth not seen in this country for decades by allowing people to keep more of their own hard-earned tax dollars.  Further, this has caused businesses to expand and hire more employees thus bringing unemployment numbers down to remarkably low levels.  Again, Trump did what he said he would do.

Trump has removed myriad economy-killing regulations that were often times unnecessary or useful only to certain special interest groups.  He promised to remove two regulations for every one that was enacted.  He has far surpassed this by a margin of 12 removed to 1 enacted according to some reports.  This cutting of bureaucracy has made government less bloated and more efficient and responsive in many areas… just as promised yet again.

Trump, like previous presidents, has rightfully complained about NATO allies not living up to their commitments to spend 2% of their GDP’s in their defense thus leaving America to heft a greater share of the burden of Europe’s defense.  Unlike his predecessors, President Trump has publicly and spectacularly called out our offending allies for this intentional transgression and has openly pondered the usefulness of NATO if they do not contribute according to their promised obligations. 

These issues and perhaps dozens more where Trump was proven not to just be making meaningless speeches, but was actually telling us what he planned to do has proven refreshing to many of us on the right of center.  He made many promises during his presidential campaign, just like all other politicians before him.  The difference is that President Trump intended to follow through on every one of them despite a very hostile opposition from the Left and denouncement at nearly all corners from the mainstream leftist media.

The fact that much of his enacted agenda has proven to be very effective and quite popular really enrages our leftist brothers and sisters.  They are incensed that Trump actually meant what he said and followed through on his words, just like Mr. Mueller did in my high school class decades ago.  Those folks that didn’t take them seriously are upset that America is being made great again (by most Americans’ definition) or that they got “F’s”.  I guess they didn’t realize that both President Trump and Mr. Mueller truly meant what they said.

In that regard, I have do have respect for the otherwise arrogant and often obnoxious President Trump,  just like I did for the brusque Mr. Mueller decades earlier.  They meant what they said, and that is indeed not only quite refreshing in this day and age, but sorely needed as well.

PS: As a FYI, September 11, 2018 will be the ninth anniversary of Saving Common Sense.  It will also be the last active day of this blog.  I have yet to decide whether I will remove the blog entirely or simply leave it up and no longer administer to it.   Regardless, I have decided to start a new "kinder and gentler" project in the coming months that will be less political and not dealing with malcontents and haters.  More to come on this soon!  Cheers!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Irish

"Have we ever seen a nation so overjoyed at the prospect of killing their own children?"

I found this single-line thought posted at Collecting My Thoughts and nearly wept at the profundity it expressed.

The ignorance and callousness of people that should know better regarding such an evil is truly disheartening.  How does a nation that considers itself to be Catholic reconcile the legalization of this barbaric atrocity known to them as "choice" with some of God's most solemn commandments to love one another and to not kill the innocent?

Surely our Lord must weep at this travesty.  I guess in that regard, I am still in good company.