Friday, June 12, 2015

Scandals Galore

Every time you turn around these days, there’s a new Clintonian scandal in the news. Among conservatives, the scandals raise hackles, while among liberals, they don’t even result in a raised eyebrow.

It’s unfortunate that liberals only care what you say, not what you do, but, unfortunately, that’s the only way it can work with that crowd. Once you sign on to be a Democrat, the contract demands that you never dare question why, for instance, Barack Obama has kept all of his documents under lock and key or why Bill Clinton has never served time for sexual assault, accepting bribes or fudging on his income taxes.

So long as politicians on the Left utter the customary pieties about urban blacks, illegal aliens, Muslims, public schools, homosexuals, unions and single women, while blaspheming religious people, corporations, gun owners and conservatives, they will continue to hold their own in national elections.

Speaking of the 2016 election, I honestly believe that American society in general has been in decline for so many years and on so many fronts that there will never be a return to anything close to what the Founding Fathers had in mind.

We can still elect some people who will slow the descent, but only slightly. Once you have made tens of millions of people dependent on welfare in all its insidious forms, it’s impossible to wean them away from the government teat.

All in all, America has had a damn good run. It should have lasted longer, but in the end even the likes of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe and Adams, couldn’t save us from ourselves.

It was those Founders who represented our greatest generation. The over-hyped “Greatest Generation,” the one that had to deal with the Depression of the 30s and World War II, ran a very distant second. Let us not forget that they gave us what was, until then, the Worst Generation, the one that came to prominence in the 1960s, fully displaying the ignorance and arrogance of youth through drugs, sexual promiscuity and political nihilism. They in turn set about begetting the stupid, greedy, selfish ignoramuses, whose proudest achievements to date were twice electing Barack Obama to lead the nation and turning an intentionally blind eye to the numerous crimes and sins of Hillary Clinton.

A few readers let me know that in spite of my assurances to the contrary, they were certain Obama would declare martial law next year, preventing the presidential election from taking place. In response, after reminding them that the military would not stand idly by and allow it to happen, I pointed out that Obama has kicked a lot of cans down the road for the next guy-- particularly when it comes to foreign affairs involving the Middle East, North Africa, Russia, China and North Korea – and he has no intention of being that guy.

The real danger confronting America isn’t four or even 40 more years of Obama, but the fact that the same folks who elected him twice will still be around and still voting.

Another reader wanted to know how killing terrorists who wish to be suicide bombers dissuades them. I told him that dissuasion shouldn’t be our concern; killing them should be.

On a related subject, I find it depressing that we are neglecting to bomb ISIS strongholds because we’re afraid of killing innocent Muslims. One, I don’t believe there are very many of those. To me, be they Sunni or Shia, it’s a difference without a distinction. Besides, how is being bombed by us worse than being beheaded, burned or crucified, by ISIS?

A friend who attended a recent high school graduation in Burbank, CA, came home with a program, on the back of which was printed a message. It read: “The Burbank Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on disability, gender, gender identification, gender expression, genetic information, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.”

I let her know that I, personally, as a proud thin-skinned American, was offended that there was no mention of height, weight or hair color. And I suppose the fact that it was excluded from the list, means that in Burbank it is still open season on left-handed people.

It is this widespread attempt by liberals to portray virtually everyone in America as a victim that has led Fox’s Megyn Kelly to start referring to members of these coddled groups as” cupcakes.” My own pet term is “cow pies.”

In the ongoing brouhaha over the NSA, I recalled that a former English Prime Minister, William Pitt, once said, “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

If Rand Paul were more eloquent than the typical U.S. senator, he might have uttered such stirring words during his latest filibuster. However, there is nothing about collecting phone numbers and noting the length of calls that infringes even slightly on anyone’s freedoms. Otherwise, the phone company would be unable to send anyone a monthly bill.

After declaring that his fellow Republicans are to blame for ISIS, I half expected Hillary Clinton to announce that Sen. Paul would be her running mate. And if she happened to be south of the Mason-Dixon line at the time, we could expect her to introduce him to y’all as her honey child, as she continues to conduct her long-running audition for the role of Queenie in “Show Boat.”

In other news, 14 defendants, including nine current and former officials, four marketing executives and an intermediary, have been indicted in a scandal involving FIFA (the Federation Internationale de Football Association).

“Football” being what such Third World nations as Spain, France and Brazil, call soccer, the scandal has a great deal of the uncivilized world aghast. To me, the only surprise is that the intermediary hasn’t yet been identified as Bill Clinton.

Nobody should ever be shocked when a small group of people who are granted absolute authority to determine which cities get to host major events such as the World Cup, the Olympic Games or political conventions, allow bribes to sway their judgment. Frankly, they’d have to be jabbering idiots to base the selection process on anything but the size of the payoff. It sure makes more sense than the alternative, which consists of flipping a coin.

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