Mass Shootings: Guns, Games, or God?

Opinion

Why is it that every time there is a shooting in this country, my feeds get flooded by blame. All I see is article after article on who or what I should be blaming for the latest shooting. “It’s because of video game violence!” “No, it’s the gun control laws!” “It’s about religion.” “Blame the parents.” “Blame the government.” “Blame anybody who doesn’t agree with me.”

Ultimately, I understand that people want to find a cause. That way they can turn off the valve, right? Cut off the source, stop the flow, end the violence. I need to run to the hospital for the whiplash as I get dragged in one direction after another. Is there a real answer, no. Maybe that’s why we’re all so confused.

In a society so focused on the individual, so inundated by the idea of one above all, there is no room left for love. Hate crimes, hate groups, home-grown terrorism, it all points to one thing for me. Stop being so selfish. We have so many people hating so much about this country, its people, its leaders, and its laws that I find no surprise anymore in these shootings.

How is a man supposed to respond to the world that he has found. And yes, I say ‘man.’ In 2019 alone, it seems like every time I look at a shooting of more than five people, its a guy. No, it’s not 100 percent, but it is overwhelming. When I look around, I see people screaming at each other about beliefs. Take a moment and search it yourself, I can promise you right now, I can find at least 20 videos of people filming with their phones a confrontation with people protesting. At least 18 of those videos are going to end up in screaming match with one or, more likely, both sides not even listening to each other.

It’s all about me today. I am god. I am the truth. How dare you not agree with me?

And if you are reading this thinking, “Oh, you tell those leftist idiots! They never listen.” Then you are part of the problem.

Again, if you are reading this thinking, “It’s about time someone stood up to those Right Wing nutjobs.” Then you, too, are part of the problem.

People talk about how racism is flooding our nation hating on Hispanics, degrading Blacks, ignoring Whites, and despising anyone else. Heck, I’m probably racist for not listing every single oppressed group like LGBTQ. But this is exactly the problem. We all hate everything that isn’t all about ‘me.’

Let me tell you about something I read on Social Media recently. It was a story about a teacher educating students on the Salem Witch Trials. I read that this teacher decided to play a game with the students. The teacher said they were going to go to each student in the class and whisper to them if they were a witch or a normal citizen.

The teacher proceeded until every student had a designation and then told them that they were to collect into groups. The largest group of students that didn’t have a witch in the group would receive an ‘A’ for the day. The rest of the students not in that group would fail. Likewise, if there was a witch in every group, then the witches would receive the ‘A’ and the other students would fail.

Soon, several groups had formed but quickly began distrusting anyone not already in their group. The hate spread quickly as they shunned each other for the slightest hints of being a ‘witch.’

As the time limit neared its end and the groups were solidifying into solid “cliques” of ‘us vs them.’ The teacher called for the students attention. The time of judgment had come. The teacher then asked every student who they had designated a witch to raise their hand…

The problem was that nobody raised a hand.

The students then turned on the teacher saying that the teacher had done something wrong and the game wasn’t fair. The teacher then explained, “Do you think there was actual witches anywhere in Salem? All I did was release you to act on what you were told, the same they did in Salem.”

Just like the students in this story, I find it quite telling how quickly people in this country abandon humanity. They lose cooperation in favor of segregation. You’re a republican so everything you say is biased drivel that promotes racism and gun violence. You’re a Liberal, so you must only be out to subvert society and erode life.

I feel like the more young people I talk to tend to identify as a middle ground or third party political standing. Maybe it has something to do with our society being more interested in classifying, separating, and statistically quantifying people so much that they are willing to listen to anything with numbers instead of sitting down and taking the time to understand the intricacies of each other.

We are selfish. Instead of generalizing those “Millenials” as lazy, greedy kids who want everything for free, listen to the underlying concerns of wanting to make things like healthcare and education more accessible so that the entire country can be healthier and more educated. Instead of calling those Second Amendment advocates violent sociopaths, try to understand the point that guns mean protection from intruders and shooters, but also from a government that may subdue the population and abuse their right to govern.

Don’t get caught up in the screaming, but also don’t passively agree just to avoid an argument. I know people who will continue arguing a debate just to argue and anger the other person. Even if these people know they are wrong, they don’t care, they don’t want to lose. They are selfish people who don’t build to an answer, they build tension.

One should go into a debate absolutely convinced of their belief with examples to support them, but they should also be open to listening and understanding the other side of the debate. A debate is not a fight, it’s a learning experience. I argue and debate with people to test my thoughts and beliefs. I may still come out believing what I believe or I may come out with a changed mind, but I always learn something and add to my knowledge.

And on that note, don’t degrade and put down people who change their minds. Maybe if we talk to people, try to understand them, they wouldn’t feel so alone with us and violent against us. Maybe we could reduce the mass shootings or find an actual answer instead of just blaming video games or gun laws.

Stop fighting against other groups and start intermingling because, I promise you people, there are no “witches” in this game.

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Political Language at War

Opinion

The great political philosopher George Orwell once opined: ”Political language is designed to
make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure
wind.” Once, well crafted political speech, like that Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan
produced, were magical in their rhetorical realism and their prophetic truths.

Political speech should be beyond propaganda, to change minds by persuasion, debate and
agreement. But, as we have seen in the recent displays of the Democrat party’s total
derangement, there can no longer be any attempt at calm discussion on dissenting opinions.

Democrats have made political speech positively dangerous. Conservative ‘Tweets for
example, except for Trumps, will immediately bring down the heavens on the head of any
‘tweeter’ who supports Kavanaugh or Trump or, like the astronaut who liked a Churchill quote
and found the demons of heaven rained down on his head to the point he actually thought it
necessary to apologize and promise to reexamine and reevaluate his politically incorrect
thinking. Just when Republicans in Congress are showing some backbone by their solid
defense of Justice Kavanaugh, this guy displays craven weakness.

Words mean something unless, by Democrats definition, they mean something else. Changing
definitions of words makes them lies but, when repeated over and over again and are not
challenged as propaganda or fake news, they seem to automatically assume a life of their own
and replace the original definitions of words we once recognized as good and wholesome.
“What was right is wrong” and etc. Political speech, by Democrats, is dangerous.

Indoctrination by our colleges and universities has turned out the mental misfits we saw
screaming from the Senate gallery, and in the halls and offices of Senators during the
Kavanaugh confirmation process. Were these young women really that stupid or did the
indoctrination really work? Shockingly, I think they worked. Democrats now anticipate a
conditioned response from their followers. How should Conservatives classify these people?

The higher educational experience is the dumbing down process and the brainwashing used to
create a class that hates America. It has left our politically active youth a spectacle of shame,
ignorance and ineptitude. These women have become loyal subjects subservient to the Marxist
ideals that legitimizes the new political order that Democrats have worked to achieve.

This started several generations ago by Marxists, to create a nation of obedient zombies
dedicated to the State, in other words, a class that accepts the infallibility of big government.
Presently, there are no longer enough Democrat politicians to forcibly move the ball forward so
they must enlist their minions of zombies to take to the floor and the streets and the steps of the
buildings of government to scream their outrage at the loss they are suffering at the hands of
Donald Trump. If you love America, you can’t possibly vote for any Democrat.

In the aftermath of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, Sens. Lindsay Graham, Chuck Grassley and
Mitch McConnell have advanced the political language of war and thrown it in the laps of
Chuckie Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, et. al.
Reluctantly or not, by following Trump’s lead maybe, just maybe, the Republicans have got their
“groove back!” Let the fights begin!!!

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (08Oct18)

Pickens County and State Election Results 2018

Election 2018

votes at *These election results are unofficial until being certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

2018 Pickens County Election Results

Pickens County Commissioner Post 1

Jerry Barnes (R) – 877 votes at 47.59%

Bart Connelly (R) – 431  votes at 23.39%

Amberle Godfrey (R) – 535 votes at 29.03%

 

Board of Education Post 2

Joeta Youngblood  – 3,192 votes at 100.0%

 

Board of Education Post 3

Tucker Green – 2,626 votes at 65.36%

Byron Long – 1,392 votes at 34.64%

 

Board of Education Post 5

Steven Smith – 3,224 votes at 100.0%

 

Jasper City Council

Kirk Raffield – 272 votes at 50.94%

Doug Patterson – 262 votes at 49.06

2018 Georgia Primary Election Results 

GOVERNOR CANDIDATES:

Casey Cagle (R) – 1,760 votes at 41.17%

Hunter Hill (R) – 569 votes at 13.31%

Brian Kemp (R) – 1,244 votes at 29.10%

Clay Tippins (R) – 507 votes at 11.86%

Michael Williams (R) – 195 votes at 4.56%

 

Stacey Abrams (D) – 330 votes at 55.93%

Stacey Evans (D) – 260 votes at 44.07%

 

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR CANDIDATES:

Geoff Duncan (R) – 738 votes at 18.98%

Rick Jeffares (R) – 1,484 votes at 38.17%

David Shafer (R) – 1,666 votes at 42.85%

 

Sarah Riggs Amico (D) – 392 votes at 73.0%

Triana Arnold James (D) – 145 votes at 27.0%

 

SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATES:

David Belle Isle (R) – 1,087 votes at 30.14%

Buzz Brockway (R) – 466 votes at 12.92%

Josh McKoon (R) – 618 votes at 17.13%

Brad Raffensperger (R) – 1,436 votes at 39.81%

 

John Barrow (D) – 321 votes at 59.12%

Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D) – 161 votes at 29.65%

R.J. Hadley (D) – 61 votes at 11.23%

 

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES:

Jim Beck (R) – 2,153 votes at 58.92%

Jay Florence (R) – 769 votes at 21.05%

Tracy Jordan (R) – 732 votes at 20.03%

 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES:

District 3 – 

Chuck Eaton (R) – 3,201  votes at 100.0%

 

Lindy Miller (D)  – 360 votes at 69.63%

John Noel (D)  – 80 votes at 15.47%

Johnny White (D)  – 77 votes at 14.89%

District 5 – 

John Hitchins III (R)  – 1,721 votes at 47.42%

Tricia Pridemore (R)  – 1,908 votes at 52.58%

 

Dawn Randolph (D) – 355 votes at 69.74%

Doug Stoner (D) – 154 votes at 30.26%

Short Takes – Disintegration By Their Own Hand

Opinion

Disintegration By Their Own Hand

The more Democrats take offense at Trump’s personality quirks, the more they try to create damming issues out of his ‘tweets,’ the more they struggle against the will of the voters who put Trump in office, the deeper they descend into the quicksand of the irrelevance they’re already facing. They are a wounded party that is seriously divided, and lacking adult leadership.

For example “Dickie” Durban, sat on a Senate committee arguing with the Secretary of the DHS about what word Trump actually said about S__t hole countries, that she was present at. Well, Dickie was there too. So what?  Dicky reveals mendacity at its worse but he’s really exposing the Left’s descent into oblivion. Their dysfunction is evident and destructive, to them, and they don’t see it. Their disintegration is well underway.

The three Democrat senators and the three Republican senators, supposedly presenting a compromise DACA plan to the President like he asked for, actually didn’t present any new plan at all as Trump wanted, but offered instead a rehash of the Democrats same old compromise, amnesty for DACA’s or no spending bill.

And, as always, the compromise came in with the usual suspects in the GOP agreeing to the Democrat agenda. I thought that at the last election we were through with that nonsense. In other words, the Democrats have thrown the dice and are willing to shut down the government, thinking Trump will cave just like Republicans always do, thereby securing for them the future of the Democratic voting base. “Dickie” Durban even threatened Trump with withdrawing the support of the Congressional Black Caucus. It must have shocked him (Dickie) when Trumps told him he didn’t care about the CBC, their demands or what their opinion was. Trump fends off all such attacks from the hysterical Left leaving them bereft of suitable answers except obstruction.

Mueller’s investigation opened a veritable can of worms, for the Democrats. Mueller still threatens to interview Trump, under Miranda warning presumably, to attempt to extract any level of negative admission from him that could be hung around his neck. All this, while the case against Hillary Clinton’s negligence and gross mishandling of America’s Top Secret/SCI/NOFORN  communications, felonies by the way, and her grubby hand in the Uranium One business, is regaining strength. Once that ball gets rolling it will sweep up all before it. Clearly, the institutional deep state wall that was protecting the Clintons is disintegrating.

The Clinton cabal of DoJ & FBI enablers and protectors is peeling off like onion skins beneath the knife and the eye stinging burn of criminal culpability is drawing attention to the mess that Clinton made. It’s a race to see who goes down first, Trump or Hillary. Today, new FBI Director Wray seems intent on mending the Bureau’s torn ties to Congress by dismantling the Comey led ring that enameled the Clintons and the DNC to wallow in criminality without consequence. As demanded, the FBI has finally delivered subpoenaed documents to Congress concerning the decision making process that led to Comey’s decision not to prosecute Hillary, or anyone else, for recklessly compromising national security. It’s a wide net being thrown and will harvest many.

Hillary was a damaged candidate and the Left wouldn’t believe it. If they did, it was ignored and against all pundit predictions, Hillary, the key to protecting the Deep State, lost her rigged election to a real non political firebrand, exactly what Americans wanted. No more giving in to demands of socialist Political Correctness. No more free flow of illegals and their strings of family, no more national socialism.  Elections do have consequence.

Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (18Jan18)

Short Takes – Political Pipe Dreams

Opinion

Political Pipe Dreams

As 2017 comes screeching to its inevitable but satisfactory conclusion, it’s clear that Progressive “Visions of Sugar Plums Dancing in Their Heads,” sweeping the Congress back into Democrat hands in 2018, are actually turning into Pipe Dreams. Hope is not a battle plan.

The gallimaufry of the Democrat party is evidence enough that they are in deep trouble. Virginia and Alabama election victories aside, they will be unable to rally enough voters to their banner when their entire sales pitch has been trashed by its own failures. Their red banner, upon which is emblazoned a yellow hammer and sickle, is no longer appealing to Americans. A catharsis is in the making for Democrats. Which direction will they go, further “Left” into the deep dark recesses of totalitarianism or make a right turn back into the sunlight of Constitutionalism?

Reports are surfacing even now, that Latino Congressman, Gutierrez, and others, got into a shouting match with Senator Chuckie Schumer over their party’s failure to stop the GOP’s tax cuts or, and especially important  to Latino Democrats, failing to include the DACA act as a non negotiable item to be removed. Special interest groups, like the Congressional Latinos, are now engage in vituperative attacks against an elderly white Senators from New York, because there is no direction anymore, there is no leadership in that sector and a catharsis is coming.

There are simply too many chefs in the Democrat kitchen for an effective menu of their socialist  

political nonsense to be prepared and dished up when the dining area is emptying of patrons. Not everyone wants a steady diet of “arroz con pollo or Tacos y enchiladas.”

And, what happened to the Congressional Black Caucus? With intellectual illuminaries like Sheila Jackson Lee who says, It’s a direct result of Trump’s racist hatred of African Americans that caused an American Airlines plane to derail in Washington state. Just another way to genocide us.” or Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson who opined the island of Guam could capsize if a brigade of US Marines were stationed there. They remain silent.

And, the disease spreads as we see happening in the UN. I love the defiant reaction of the UN’s General Assembly to President Trump’s comment” “Let ‘em, I don’t care!”  in response to Trump’s threat to relieve non cooperative countries of the burden of how to spend the money the American taxpayers gifts them each year. Oh, woe! What a silly vote, to deny the US its right to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or denying the US its right to move its embassy there.

What this all means is that America has leadership again. Trump, a successful, apodictic  businessman, not obliged to agree with his political handlers, but whose realistic visions has determined that America needs to be led from the front not from behind, is leading. Happily, enough voters agreed with him that America’s turnaround, while painful for some, is a relief for most.

How can it be possible for the Socialist Democrat program of top down collectivism compete with the future financial success that Donald Trump is introducing? Democrat ‘happy talk’ of fairness for all, specifically does not include any but the victims, losers, perverts and favored politicians that has been hung around America’s neck like the proverbial albatross since the social programs of the 1960’s and even earlier. Confidence is returning to America. People feel it, see it and know it. “Merry Christmas” has returned to the market place again. That can’t be bad, except to Progressives who still dwell in their pipe dreams.

Remember freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (22Dec17)

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