Another Tough One:
For the second time in recent weeks I’m faced with writing about something I don’t want to go anywhere near. I’m referring to the tragedy at Saugus High last week that rocked this community. To be totally honest I feel a bit inadequate here, I’m not a pastor, a psychologist, law enforcement officer or any other professional associated with this area of expertise.
I’m just a long time newspaper guy (most of those years not as any kind of journalist) who almost by accident fell into writing this weekly column some eight years ago (mainly because of a guy named Barack Obama). I do however feel moved to address this horrible situation. Please understand I don’t intend to sound callous, insensitive or discount the overwhelming grief engulfing the lives of family and friends of the victims.
I have never tried to hide the fact that I’m a Christian and these thoughts are grounded in those beliefs. When bad things that totally baffle us happen to people, we are left with the HUGE question of WHY?
Why and how could God let this happen, how can a loving God allow so much pain to affect so many? The thing is, God gave free will to all people on the earth because he did not want us to live as artificial type robots wired to be all the same. Like it or not, free will works both ways, it works great when the majority are living good, decent lives, loving, helping, serving and appreciating others, but not so great when evil invades the minds of humans causing them to harm others.
Hard To Understand:
Even for those who live faith based lives, bad stuff can be really hard to understand. There is a sweet 13 year old young lady we know that has battled a rare type of brain cancer for almost two years. Every year my wife and I attend the Michael Hoefflin Foundation’s fund raising event that features kids with cancer they strive to help. Seeing those sick kids on stage or on video is heartbreaking, when they show pictures of the kids who passed away since the previous year’s event it’s absolutely heartbreaking.
We all know people who have died from a horrible disease, car accidents and even suicide. We hate it, we don’t get it, we don’t understand it, many try to place blame on people, things, situations and even God. While the pain can be overwhelming we should garner comfort in knowing we who believe in the eternity of heaven may find out the WHY someday.
I think a quote from a Santa Clarita resident from an LA Time’s article regarding the vigil at Central Park Sunday evening sums it up well.“We know that safety is not a place, it is not a person. God is greater than all our situations.” I will add it was evident from watching the vigil many there were comforted by God and for that we should be thankful.
Get It Over With!
This impeachment mess is wearing me out; I try my best not to listen to the hearings while working at my desk, but I’m drawn to them like a moth to a light. No matter how ridiculous and unfair the charade being led by Adam Schiff is, I still sit here cringing, smirking and sometimes growling at the computer speakers.
The hearings are dull, yet irritating with nonsensical questions by Dems as they drift into other subject lanes (like a driver texting while on the road) that have nothing to do with the actual matters at hand. Their statements, inferences and putting words in witnesses’ mouths are laughable as it reveals their blind ambition to get rid of the president without regard to common sense. Of course me thinks the common sense boat for these folks sailed long ago.
It’s quite clear to me that no matter who testifies, what they testify to and even how effective their testimony is one way or the other, the Dem led House is going to send this thing to the Senate for an impeachment trial.
I’ve got an idea, let’s have the House vote now and get it over with. We already know what the outcome of the vote will be, so save us from the circus like farce of these hearings and be done with it!
Hey, I’ve got another idea for Dems in the House, how about they get to work on getting some stuff done for us instead of dead-heading on getting President Trump out of office. From what I’m hearing they may have to nudge Mrs. Pelosi to help break lose the log jam of bills that should be addressed and may actually help you and me.
While I realize this is a pipe dream or even a fantasy that will never come true, but perhaps the Dems (Republicans too) could pay extreme attention to what Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said last week:
“The Federal Deficit Is Unsustainable, over time this outlook could restrain fiscal policymakers willingness or ability to support economic activity during a downturn.”
There you have it, while the top economist in the country is issuing a dire warning about a potential economic disaster that would affect each and every one of us; the Dems are claiming Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president poses a danger to our democracy and national security. They claim our freedom and adherence to the constitution is at stake (see what I mean about a lack of common sense), all the while ignoring the economic time bomb that will be fueled by an expected 2020 budget deficit of $1.1 Trillion.
The main thing that is happening with House Dems these days is them not making the main thing of what they’re supposed be getting done the main thing.
Veterans Day Gratefulness:
I received this email from a cousin on my Mom’s side of the family this past Veterans Day. My cousin is older than me and maybe that’s why I don’t remember this.
“Our Grandfather was fighting in Europe during World War I. Grandpa was left for dead but someone noticed he was still alive when they were collecting the dead from the battlefield. At the aide station he was judged not worthy of serious treatment (he’d been exposed to the elements for a few days) and was sent to the unit where they sent wounded who were not expected to survive.
Due to anti-Semitism in the army medical corps, that unit was headed by a Jewish doctor. By the time he saw Grandpa, he was fed up with having all his patients die. He saw there was a chance that Grandpa could survive and he was determined to make that happen. He personally nursed Grandpa and was responsible for his recovery. Keep in mind that this was decades before antibiotics. It took Grandpa a couple of years to recover.
If it wasn’t for that doctor all those years ago our mothers would not have been born. The whole wing of our family tree would not be. No kids, grandkids, nada. I have a grateful heart for this man on this veterans day for all that is.”
I have to say I was quite taken back after learning of this from my cousin and was actually emotional thinking about all of the “would not be’s” of my life and loved ones in this present day. And just think, if it wasn’t for that doctor there would be no Rant to read today (although there are some out there who would be happy if I was never born).
Ranter’s Note: My friend Ken said that when I run these from someone else it’s because I don’t feel like writing a full rant. Tell him he’s on to me!
This one sent to me is a good example of the rant from two weeks ago regarding low information voters who vote for the person they think will get them as many freebies as possible.
“The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff and the folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop.
The folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!
Now the people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.
So the people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff and giving them the free stuff in the first place.
We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.
All great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The United States officially became a Republic 238 years ago.
The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.
The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. Failure to change that spells the end of the United States as we know it. ELECTION 2020 IS COMING: A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves!”
Quips Quotes & Headlines:
“Your comments reflect the despicable nature of your character, hate & fear of our foreign service officers & desperation to protect your corrupt & criminal acts. Your efforts to intimidate will fail. May your downfall be swift, your penalty onerous, & your legacy condemned by all” (John Brennan, CIA Director under Obama, referring to Trump).
*Oh my, a gutsy thing to say since he could very well be guilty of corrupt and criminal acts himself with being at the heart of the coup effort against Trump in 2016. (Me)
Dan Rather: Trump’s Support is a Cult and Cults Generally Don’t End Well (Headline)
*Hey Dan, that’s another fallacy that’s cooped in that brain of yours, it’s similar to reporting you did on President Bush (43) regarding his fighter pilot days that turned out to be made up fiction with your sorry butt journalism. (Me)
“You don’t get a bill when you drop your kid off at school. You don’t pull out your credit card when you call the fire department. It’s time to do the same for health care by passing Medicare for All and ensure no one leaves the hospital with insurmountable debt.” (Bernie Sanders)
*I’m guessing Bernie’s parents never told him the same thing our parents told us; MONEY DOESN”T GROW ON TREES! (Me)