On March 24, students accross the country will take to the streets in the nation’s capital and elsewhere in an effort to combat violence in schools, like the kind that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, that left 17 dead and 14 wounded.
The students behind the The March for Our Lives are to be commended for their earnest desire to do something positive to protect schools, but unfortunately it appears their effort is misdirected. With anti-gun organizations like Michael Bloomberg’s Every Town for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action and providing much of the muscle to organize the event and actor George Clooney providing much of the cash, many of these students will be used as pawns by progressive groups and the usual cadre of celebrities hoping to cash in on this event.
Their enemy is not the targeted NRA, the nation’s oldest and largest gun rights organization nor is the AR15 semi-automatic rifle that these groups want to ban. Continue reading “Right March: Wrong Reasons”
Donald Trump went to Washington promising to drain the swamp. The swamp is winning. That’s because it is a lot more complicated than simply pulling the plug and watching the whole mess go down the drain.
No, the swamp in Washington is more like the fictional fire swamp in the movie “The Princess Bride.” Washington, like the swamp in this movie classic, has three elements: the fire (obvious), lighting sand (dryer and quicker than quicksand) and the dreaded R.O.U.S. (rodents of unusual size). Continue reading “Trump and the Fire Swamp”
The PC police, who seem hellbent on forcing all people to accept gay marriage after the controversial Supreme Court Obergefell decision, suffered a setback when activist federal judge David Bunning released Kim Davis from a Kentucky jail. Davis, a county clerk, spent five days behind bars after refusing to have marriage licenses to same-sex couples go out under her name, which would, in effect, be condoning a practice that violates her religious beliefs.
Judge Bunning simply could have slapped Kim Davis with a fine but, no, this activist liberal judge chose to throw her in jail until she complied with his wishes. Tuesday, Bunning backed down, bowing to pressure after denying Davis her due process and her rights under the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Continue reading “Before You Cast Your First Stone (At Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis)”
Recently, I received an email from a former television colleague. I’ll call him Jack (not his real name). Jack lamented the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, and invited me to read and post on his blog. It had been years since we’ve had any direct contact, but I have great respect for this man. Therefore, I went to Jack’s blog and began reading. It sickened me, so much so that I was, for one of the few times in my life, speechless.
It was one of the worst biased political rants I have ever seen.
It began with a personal story. As a young photographer, Jack covered a race riot in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where he discovered that the local police chief had sent officers in blackface to stir up the rioters so he could crack down on them. After that, the “chief” ran for Congress as a Republican and won.
I don’t doubt Jack’s veracity. However, it was as if time has stood still for him. Therefore, he believes all Republicans (and tea party members and other conservative-leaning organizations like the Heritage Foundation) to be racist. Continue reading “Why I left the Democratic Party”
Suddenly, it’s 1964 again. Racial tension is in the air. Cries of “injustice” and “police brutality” occupy the headlines. However, the epicenter has moved from Mississippi and Harlem to Ferguson, Missouri, a small municipality which occupies a slice of northeastern St. Louis County.
Unfortunately for the peace-loving citizens in that community, those fanning the flames which have led to the violence are stuck in 1964. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and members of the New Black Panther Party have never moved on. They are in a time warp. In fact, their relevance depends on being able to make disadvantaged blacks believe that the system is rigged against them. That’s how they get their power and earn the money to buy their expensive suits and chauffeur-driven limousines. Continue reading “Suddenly It’s 1964 Again”
I grew up in a small town outside of Atlanta. I remember finding bullets from the Civil War in the yard of my great-grandparents home where I played as a young child. They were so common in that area I never thought about saving one.
I also remember hearing the term “separate but equal” throughout my youth. The full impact of those racially-charged words did not hit home until the early 1960’s. I was rehearsing a play at the Fox theater on famed Peachtree Street. When the crew broke for lunch, I went across the street with a black cast member to grab a bite at one of my favorite restaurants. The maitre d’ refused to seat us.
I was shocked and dismayed! Separate but equal was not equal, just separate. Often it meant one had to do with nothing at all. Where were we supposed to go to eat in order to get back to the theater for the afternoon rehearsal? Frankly, I don’t remember where we ate or if we ate. I do remember the impact those words had on me. My friend didn’t get upset like I did. She was accustomed to being treated as a second-class citizen.
So much has changed in the 50 years since that March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered what has become known as his “I had a Dream” speech. The rhetoric from Saturday’s gathering sickened me. It was supposed to be a celebration of that important event. However, these organizers turned Dr. King’s dream into his worst nightmare. Continue reading “MLK’s Dream now a Nightmare”
The Supreme Court’s common sense decision on the Voting Rights Act could have far-reaching implications if the same logic is applied to Roe v Wade, the decision that effectively made abortion on demand through the full nine months of pregnancy the law of the land.
On Tuesday, in Shelby County v Holder, the high court struck down a key section of the act which had subjected the laws pertaining to elections in nine states and other local jurisdictions to intense scrutiny by the Justice Department.
At issue was Section 4 of the act, which applies a decades-old formula to decide which states and counties had histories of discrimination.
The preclearance provisions were considered so drastic that, when Congress enacted them in 1965, they were supposed to be temporary. However, discrimination laws have become so sacrosanct that when lawmakers renewed these provisions (the last time was in 2006) they had no stomach for revising the formula.
In writing the majority opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts found it unconstitutional that states be judged by what was known to be true 40 years ago.
This is huge! Continue reading “What the VRA Decision Portents for Roe v Wade”