Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Disappointment of Flake

Thoughts on Mr. Flake's senate speech:

I watched my Junior Senator give a long speech today, where he lambasted the "Tone" from the top of the government, i.e. Mr. Trump. Specifically he called out the present "coarseness of our national dialogue".

Well I have to agree. I don't like it either. I would much rather have someone with the Class and Eloquence of Mr. Reagan sitting up there. I'd rather have someone with the honesty and integrity of Mr. Carter, though certainly not his horrifically flawed policies or politics. I understand that JFK could be very inspirational. I can't think of a president who sang Amazing Grace better than Mr. Obama...

In the last election I wanted Cruz, or Walker, or Johnson, or even Rubio. I certainly didn't want this guy either. But to somehow pretend that the coarseness in the national dialog is somehow new? That's disingenuous at best, and a bald-faced lie at the worst.

I watched a president on national TV tell American small business owners "You didn't build that". I watched him berate the majority of the country as being bitter people who "Cling to Guns and Religion". I watched his state department hold a press conference and blame the murder of an American Diplomat and his security team on a freaking You-Tube video. I heard the former Speaker of the House state that the only way to find out what was in a bill constituting the largest government power grab since they made it illegal to slice bread was to actually "pass it to find out what's in it" for goodness sake.

Yet somehow the coarseness of our national dialog is somehow new? And somehow it's Mr. Trump's fault? He's certainly continued it, but anyone who thinks this is new has not been Paying Attention.

Frankly I don't care what the orange buffoon tweets. He's not the problem. You are the problem Mr. Flake. You. You and the other 51 senators with an R behind your name.

Because you made promises to the American People. You made promises to your constituents. A lot of promises. You promised smaller government. You promised a repeal of the ACA. Tax Reform. Restoration of Civil Liberties. Gun Rights. Regulatory Reform. Entitlement reform.

I haven't seen a lot of legislation Mr. Flake. In fact, other than one very high profile vote to confirm Justice Gorsuch (thank you by the way), I haven't seen much of anything. So the problem is emphatically not the "tone from the top". The problem appears to be that your promises don't amount to a bucket of warm spit.

Instead of whining and trying to play tone police with the executive, how about you do your Damn JOB. Pass a bill. It doesn't even have to be a big and grandiose one. A single sentence bill repealing the unconstitutional individual mandate. You know, a start, baby-steps. Anything. I'll even write it for you.

Do something for the American People. Forget about the tone from the top or the coarseness of the dialog. That's not important.  It's not important because I guarantee that no matter what the tone from the top, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will do everything in their power to prevent us from moving the nation forward. They will do everything possible to cling to "power and the religion of large government" to paraphrase the last guy at the top.

They, and their media lackeys, will move mountains to prevent this president, or your party, from getting a "win" no matter the cost to the American people or constitution.

So here's a idea for you: Man up and do the job we elected you to do.

A year later and still barking up the wrong tree

I am SO DONE with leftists claiming that anyone who disagrees with them on their nutty "big government is the answer to everything" is a racist. Grow up. The only folks who ever put people in camps were DEMOCRATS. But folks who can't read the Constitution can't read history books either.

Free advice if you ever want to win an election ever again. Every time you start frothing at the mouth and claiming that folks who want to cut taxes and government spending or limit government to it's actual limited and defined jurisdiction is a racist: You LOSE. That's one of the reasons your side lost the last election.  (Nominating someone even more crooked than LBJ certainly didn't help) 
I'm sure it's great virtue signalling to the fringe, but to the rest of us it just makes you look unhinged.

You want to know what most folks want from the Federal Government? They Want To Be Left Alone. They want them out of their lives, out of their livelihoods, out of their wallets, out of their bedrooms, out of their business, and out of the way. That's not racist, that's America.

So go ahead and double down on the hate speech. Because that's how you lose, and keep on losing.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

And here we go again - Las Vegas Edition.

Now is not the time to discuss gun control.

- If not now then when?

Not when, where.

- Where? What do you mean where?

Where. The place. The proper location. The proper location to discuss gun control is in History Class. Yes, History Class.  Along with other failed ideas that belong on the Dustheap of History along with the War on Drugs, Jim Crow, Internment Camps, Anti-Miscegenation Laws, and Central Planning. A failed utopian ideal that causes more harm than good.

Or, I suppose we could try again...

We can double down on bad, failed, policies. Just one more time.  One more chance. Maybe, if we just tried harder this time... Used better camps, or more efficient gas chambers.

Maybe this time, we could make people... better.

Gun contol has never been about guns, always about control.  No gun law would have stopped this guy. No gun law would have stopped any of the last 20 years of mass shooting events. All but one of which took place in posted Gun Free Zones.

It's time to admit that not only is gun control a colossal failure with respect to the stated goals, but that all it has done is to create more defenseless victims.

How man women have been killed by "waiting periods"? How many of the poor have been killed by Saturday Night Special laws. How many children killed due to continued demonizing of inanimate objects instead of teaching them how they work? How many families murdered due to secure storage laws?

How many more Americans are you willing to see die to support your precious fantasy that more government control could possibly do good if only we tried even harder this time?

No. Gun control belongs on the ashheap of history along with eugenics, the Japanese internment camps, gas chambers, "separate but equal", poll taxes, and every other racist policy that we have sadly invented in our long history of humanity.

It's time to draw the line. Time to say Enough is Enough, Time to stare evil in the face and announce, This Far,  No Further!  Time to claw back inch by inch every bit of freedom we have surrendered in the past 104 years.

Now is not the time to discuss Gun Control.  Now is the time to dismantle it.