The Party of Line Breakers and Gate Crashers

As children, we don’t know much about politics, but we understand the need for rules, laws if you will, and discipline for those who break them. Without rules there can be no order, no classes, no learning.

Children also understand the need for lines.  You line up for lunch, for treats, for sports equipment, etc.   It is first come; first served.  As adults we line up to get into concerts, sporting events and amusement parks; to board trains, buses and airplanes.  At the airport we have lines to go through security.  No one likes a line breaker.  We didn’t like them as children and we don’t tolerate them as adults.

So how did the Democratic Party, the party that built its reputation on fairness, become the party of line breakers at our southern border?   How do they get away with defending a practice that is despised by virtually everyone Continue reading “The Party of Line Breakers and Gate Crashers”

The News Media’s Groundhog Day

The movie classic Groundhog Day has made this popular tradition, celebrated each February 2, synonymous with something that is intolerably boring.   However, Groundhog Day has come early this year.

Instead of a surly weatherman caught in a time warp, it’s the network nightly newscasts’ coverage of President Trump and his effort to protect this country from those determined to circumvent our generous immigration laws that are boring us to death.

Those of us truly concerned about what is going on in this nation keep tuning in each night hoping to see something different, but it’s more of the same.  Democrats call his efforts to secure the border “racist” and “immoral.”  They rail against his plan to build more walls, barriers, or whatever you want to call them, in areas where people and drugs are pouring into this country and overwhelming border agents.

Where are the interviews with the border agents who say they need these barriers?   Continue reading “The News Media’s Groundhog Day”

The Day after Christmas Blues (The Cause; The Cure)

While Christmas is the “Hap, hap, happiest day of the year,” the days after Christmas can be real downers.  Even if your Christmas was picture perfect — and few are— the day after is a harsh reality check.  It’s that emptiness under the tree, the piles of paper and boxes, the sink full of dirty dishes and the clutter of toys.

Since Christmas fell on a Tuesday this year,  many will awake to the jarring sound of the alarm and the reality of getting to work on time after all that holiday celebrating.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we simply could keep that Christmas spirit going for a few more days, a few more weeks.  Better still, throughout the year?   Continue reading “The Day after Christmas Blues (The Cause; The Cure)”

The Effort To Stamp out Christmas (The humble candy cane has been given new meaning)

Could it be me, or are candy canes more popular than ever this Christmas?  I made a recent trip back east to celebrate my aunt’s 90th birthday.  We stayed an extra day to attend church with her.  Much to my surprise, the men at the party and many in the service were wearing candy canes on their shirts and jackets.  All were inverted in the shape of a “J” for Jesus.

For that we can thank Jennifer Sinclair, the principal at Manchester Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, who attempted to rid her school of all things religious before Christmas.  She sent a memo to her staff outlining a list of unacceptable holiday items which included the candy cane because, she argued,  “Historically, the shape is a ‘J’ for Jesus. The red is for the blood of Christ, and the white is a symbol of his resurrection.” Continue reading “The Effort To Stamp out Christmas (The humble candy cane has been given new meaning)”

Lumps of Coal in Taxpayers’ Stockings

Good little boys and girls must wait until Christmas morning to see what Santa brings them for Christmas.  Likewise, good little taxpayers are expected to wait until Christmas to see what they get from Congress in the way of a year-end spending package.

You can expect to be surprised, not delighted, with your gift from the scoundrels we elected to represent us.   That’s how it goes with this grand old game of kick the spending can down the road into the holidays when we are much too busy shopping for presents and decorating our homes to notice.  Sadly it happens every year.

To add insult to injury, the seven remaining bills were put off another two weeks due to the death of George H.W. Bush.  Seriously, we had a national day of mourning, which was befitting a head of state.   So what did they do for the other 13 days besides twiddle their thumbs?  Oh, yes, they went to pay their respects in the Capitol Rotunda, which took all of 15 minutes. Continue reading “Lumps of Coal in Taxpayers’ Stockings”

George W. Bush Too Nice to be a Good President

President George H.W. Bush was a nice man. In fact, he was much too nice to be a good president.

Bush was no conservative.  We knew that before he was elected.  However after watching him capitulate to Democrats again and again,  I asked someone who knew him well if the Democrats had something on him or did he simply desire to be liked by them.  His friend’s voice fell as he confirmed it was the latter.

I do not begrudge the honors our 41st president has received following his death.  The office should be respected and these things are befitting anyone who has held the office of head of state of this great country.  I also feel for his family as they mourn the loss of a beloved father and grandfather. 

I do, however, resent the attempt to reinvent the man as a great president.  He was not even adequate.  If anything, he torpedoed much of the good that began under Ronald Reagan and is responsible for many terrible things that live on. Continue reading “George W. Bush Too Nice to be a Good President”