The Self Aggrandizement of Public Officials

One of the more frustrating parts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been all of the misinformation and the constant changes of opinions and rules. The bar keeps moving as we continue through this episode of human over-dramatization, and those who come up with the rules for the rest of us are content to find ways to place restrictions on the population while ignoring those same rules themselves. To say that the last year has been crazy is an understatement.

Perhaps the biggest culprit of this is the infamous Dr. Fauci. Hailed as the foremost expert on this particular subject, the United States and most of the world has waited with baited breath for every word expelled from his lips. In the history of America, there are few doctors who can claim such a celebrity status. He is a household name that every American recognizes, and your opinion of him varies wildly depending on your values.

Regardless of whether you trust him or not, it cannot be denied that there now exists a conflict of interest when it comes to this expert. It is no longer beneficial for him to provide accurate information. He needs to continue fueling the fear of the public to remain relevant. If the pandemic were over tomorrow, he becomes just another doctor. How painful would that be for him after so much time at the forefront of global policy?

This is the problem with our national fixation on needing to put a face to things. If this pandemic were being handled solely by a solid group of professional doctors whom no one really knew, the entire thing would have been over in weeks. Instead, it has been artificially extended for more than a year with no real end in sight. Other, far more deadly diseases have spread around the globe in the past, but we never accepted such measures. It is because we placed our trust in this figurehead who enjoys basking in the public spotlight that we were disarmed enough to follow.

Our modern politics is rife with this sort of thing. We have always been intended to be a republic; a form of democracy where the people are represented by elected officials who speak for us in government. The unfortunate truth is that, much like it is told in the Star Wars prequels, we are all too ready to allow our fears to prompt us to give up that life for the perceived safety that giving over our power to authority figures seems to give us. It won’t be until those people finally do what every person in power does that we see the truth, and by then it will be too late.

We need to take a serious look as a nation at what kind of government we want to live with. Do we want the government to work for us, or do we want to work for the government? We used to believe in the idea that all people are created equal, and while we haven’t always lived up to that ideal with things like slavery and expulsion of native peoples, we have continued slowly grinding our way ever closer to making that dream a reality. Why then are we sacrificing those ideals to prop up these individuals?

There will always be people we look up to for the things they accomplish, but we must learn how to see them as regular people who can do amazing things, and they aren’t perfect. America needs to return to its default position of skepticism, because it is only then that we are able to get closer to the truth. Questioning authority is completely American, and we need to stop sitting in our cozy little blanket of unawareness and start objecting to the things that our government is imposing on us. And push aside the public figures who can’t get enough of our attention.

What do you think about the attention craving of our public officials? How does their need for the spotlight hurt our country, and the world? What can we do to reverse this trend and get back to a place where we come up with reasonable responses to the important issues? It is well past time to start fixing our society. While never perfect, we can get it back on the path towards the ideals that our nation was founded on.

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Sports Should Be Based on Sex, Not Gender

Yet again, I am forced to write about a topic I’m not particularly happy about, but as we move through topics on this blog in an effort to establish a worldview that has some kind of common sense in it, we have to address some of the more crazy things that are surfacing in our modern discourse. We have become so confused about what is what in the world today, mostly because people feel the need to complicate things to make themselves feel special. I’m not sure when it became acceptable to force a majority of people to cower to the will of a vocal minority, but here we are.

I will say unequivocally that I completely disagree with any attempt to discriminate against transgender people when it comes to the rights and privileges they should have under the Constitution of the United States. As a libertarian leaning person, I believe each person has the right to live life the way they choose to, as long as they are no infringing on anyone else in their pursuits. But this is where we start running into problems.

You see, when it comes to something like sports, we run into a problem with the entire identity issue. It’s all well and good for a man to decide he wants to live his life as a woman up until the point that this person decides he wants to start participating in activities with biological women. You can paint it how you want, but it cannot be denied that there are significant physical differences between men and women.

It isn’t just the visual parts, but inside as well. The bone and muscular structure of the average man is simply far more dense and powerful than all but the most extreme of women. This is mostly due to hormones present during development, but it is also simply a product of genetic coding. Men have physical prowess coded into their DNA. Some outlier women may be able to compete on a level playing field with the men, but almost any man can defeat almost any woman in a straight up physical confrontation. You can cry about it all you want, but it’s simply the truth.

You’ll note the tone of this article is a bit more biting than I typically use in my writing. I prefer to focus on calm, rational discussion that results in mutual understanding, but sometimes the topics I have look at when trying to find things to write about just set my teeth on edge. It boggles the mind to think that these people truly believe that by simply making a decision and taking some pills that they can somehow erase decades of physical development and that it’s somehow fair for them to compete against females who are no match for them.

You can find many examples of men transitioning to women and then totally destroying all previously held records. It isn’t even a contest. Men who would be at best mediocre against other men shoot to the very heights of female competition solely because they have the biological advantage of being genetically male. Again, you can try to skew it however you want, but the science is in my friends. Men beat women almost every time in physical competition.

What this all comes down to is selfishness. The people who want to live their lives as another gender aren’t content to simply live their lives that way. They need to force the rest of us to accept and support their decision in as active a way as possible. It is no longer acceptable for me to simply accept that a transgender man chooses to live his life as a women. I now have to participate in his life by telling him it’s acceptable to compete against women and use the proper pronoun regardless of his genetic makeup or, in the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life, date a transgender regardless of my own sexual preference. If I don’t do all those things then I’m labeled as bigoted.

There is a word for this type of behavior: drama queen. I have never had patience for drama and it is exactly this behavior that sets me off against some people in the transgender community. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t believe for a second that the majority of transgender people want all the ridiculous things that are being put forward in our society today. As I’ve said on other topics, even in the less than one percent of people who identify as transgender in our country, it is a vocal minority of even that tiny group who is pushing all this.

The problem is that in America the majority has become so complacent that we allow these people to take center stage. Perhaps it’s because we found them amusing for so long and it gave us something to watch when things were boring. But it is past time for us to put these children in the corner for a time out so they can think about what they’ve done. We have the greatest country the world has ever seen, and if we continue to let these immature people play around with our society, we have no one to blame but ourselves as we watch the second fall of Rome.

What do you think about transgenders in sports? Is it fair for biological males to compete against biological females? Does your “gender identity” somehow wash away your phyiscal makeup, or are the records being achieved today simply due to unfair practices? The answers to these questions are clear if we stop catering to extremists, and it’s well past time that we voice the truth loud and clear and get our society back on track.

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Derek Chauvin’s Verdict Will Likely Not Stand

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the conviction of Derek Chauvin, but what the general public doesn’t understand is that many of the events surrounding the media coverage and ultimately the inflammatory statements by Maxine Waters have ensured that this story isn’t over yet. The prosecution failed to provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt on either of the murder charges, and manslaughter was flimsy at best. And the fact that the jury was well aware of the consequences of their decision made an impartial decision virtually impossible.

The reality is that this verdict is purely for show. None of the jurists would reasonably risk the inevitable danger that would have resulted from returning a not guilty verdict. Regardless of whether or not you believe Derek Chauvin is guilty, the unfortunate truth is that justice was impossible to find in this case. The terrible influence of the media and rioters and evil people trying to massage the issue to their advantage made today’s events a farce.

In the end, the verdicts will be appealed and likely overturned in a new trial. The evidence incriminating George Floyd and testimony showing that he could have died from drugs causing him to asphyxiate are more than enough to establish reasonable doubt of intent to kill. Manslaughter has always been the most solid charge, and even that is hard to argue given that the officers receive training in exactly the technique Chauvin used to subdue Floyd.

The scary part of all of this is that it took a lie from a jury to avoid destruction in the streets. No one seems to care anymore about finding the truth. We just want to be right. There is no compromise anymore, and the public at large will pay for standing up for what is good. You don’t have to like Derek Chauvin, but if we can’t agree to look at the facts and make decisions based on the evidence, no one is safe anymore.

This is what is called “mob rule”, and it is expressly why our country is not a pure democracy. When the majority of people simply decide something should be a certain way, the remaining citizens must simply conform or be forced into compliance. This trial is a prime example. The verdict was forced by the public, not by rational discussion of the facts. It is disgusting to behold.

Let me be clear: I don’t really care one way or the other about Derek Chauvin. I have no vested interest in what happens to him from a legal standpoint. My concern here is the complete lack of regard for due process and blind justice that was simply cast aside in the name of keeping the peace. This is not what America is about. We used to stand for justice, not outcomes. It is well past time to get back to that way of thinking.

I will say it again, and please do not let yourself be fooled. Derek Chauvin is unlikely to spend a significant portion of his life in prison for the death of George Floyd. At the end of the day, this will certainly work its way up through the higher levels of the court system, which will have no choice but to dismiss the murder charges and perhaps even the manslaughter charge due to the evidence at hand and the circumstances of the events. The facts simply do not support a guilty verdict.

What do you think of the Chauvin conviction? Do you disagree with the verdict, or do you believe the facts support it? Regardless of what the media has been telling us, the prosecution did not supply enough of a case to overcome reasonable doubt, and it certainly is far from over.

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Confronting the “Wishy-washy” Leaders of Society

I recently watched a questioning of Dr. Fauci by Congressman Jim Jordan in which he grilled the leading infectious disease expert about how much longer he intends to continue recommending the extreme measures we’ve taken as a nation in response to COVID-19. As usual, the doctor did everything he could to avoid directly answering the question, regardless of the forceful and direct queries being lobbed by the congressman. In the end, the chair of the committee told him to “shut his mouth” because he had gone over time.

It is crazy to me that people aren’t outraged that an effort to get to the truth is being shut down by “rules”. We’ve been living in this ridiculous time for more than a year now, and it is well past time to cast aside the unreasonable requests of this medical expert and start getting back to living normal lives again. There is a vaccine being widely distributed that prevents infection and spread of the virus, and at this point it should be on the individual to decide what protective measures are right for them going forward.

The reality is that most of the Democratic party is aligned with an extremist agenda to exert as much control as possible over the population. I’m not talking about average citizens who vote Democrat; I’m talking about active members of the party itself. All of them have been indoctrinated into this idea that the party is more important than the people, and the socialist agenda of the left is now in full swing amongst those who proudly wear the label of Democrat.

What should have happened during that meeting is that the chair should have suspended further speaking until this critical question was answered definitively. COVID-19 is probably the most important issue we’re dealing with right now, because as long as the virus is our focus and we continue to be locked away from our lives, we are unable to really pay attention to anything else. We need our freedom back.

Of course, this isn’t what the Democratic party wants. They want us to be obedient little robots who do their bidding upon request. There is no desire for truth, only the narrative that continues to allow them to press their influence upon the American people. It is not in their best interests to allow the virus to fade into the past. The hype is necessary to continue allowing them to force us to do what we’re told.

But now the American public is over it. We’re tired of sitting around waiting for something to change so we can get back to living our lives. There is no patience left for this pandemic or those who seek self-aggrandizement by artificially prolonging the event for their own benefit. Some of our representatives understand this, and are finally starting to seriously push back. It is up to us to support them.

Write to your congressman and senator and encourage them to start protesting the continued ridiculousness of those who want to “protect us” from the disease. The time has come to stop cowering in fear over something that was never as bad as we feared it would be. We are hurting ourselves far more by shying away from life than the virus could ever have done. Stand up and make your voice heard.

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Should America Allow More Immigration?

We like the idea that people come to this country because they value what our society stands for. The world at large sees America as a beacon of light, and the reason so many flock to our borders is exactly because we offer something most of the rest of the world does not: freedom. This is completely understandable, as our founding fathers fled oppression from their own government to start a new life here, and we sympathize with those who want to flee their own oppression to begin anew in a place where they are free to make their own way.

The unfortunate truth, however, is that we can’t take every person who wants to come here. It isn’t even just about whether or not they are criminals or would be meaningful contributors to our economy or society. There are just too many people in the world to allow everyone who wants to come here free access to our resources. America is a huge country, but even we have limits to the amount of people we can directly support, and we have to be extremely careful about balancing our desire to give freedom to others with our need to maintain a healthy population balance here at home.

One of my favorite arguments against the more liberal idea of immigration in our country uses gumballs as a visual aid to describe the problem. The number one reason that most people want to come to the United States is because they live in poverty and are hoping to find a way out of that. Unfortunately, the truth is that virtually all of the people who really need help will never have an opportunity to get out of the situation they are in. The people who come here are at least modestly wealthy in comparison to their countrymen, and those are the people with the least need to move. At least when it comes to economics.

It sounds like such a good thing to welcome people from other nations into our borders because we think we’re helping them escape a bad situation in their home country. In many cases, this is the truth. There are several areas of the world where violence and oppression reign and the only way to escape it is to move to a country where this isn’t the case. But the vast majority of people coming here are doing so for financial prosperity; the hope that they can elevate their status by coming to America and making more money.

The problem with this is that America only has so much to go around. We struggle simply with taking care of our own population, so it is incomprehensible that we somehow think that we can take care of the world’s population as well. When immigrants come into our country, what we have available to use as citizens must be further divided amongst those who have been added to our numbers. As more people come in, less and less is available to each individual. We can see the eventual result of this process.

As harsh as it sounds, the solution is to severely limit the number of people we allow into our country and start focusing on helping people around the world where they are. We will never be able to allow enough people into our country to make a serious dent in things like world poverty or escape from oppression. Rather than trying to take in the entire world, we should be actively working to help those less fortunate than us abroad, taking the money we spend on so many other useless things we do and reallocating it to investing in other parts of the world. This will not only begin raising these parts of the world out of poverty and violence, but also increase our own wealth over time as these parts of the world begin contributing to the world economy.

Many times, the best solution is the one that sounds the harshest and the hardest to do. People today don’t like to hear the phrase “tough love” anymore, but most of the time that is the best way to handle a situation. As the saying goes, “you can give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime”. At some point we need to stop feeding people and start teaching them to fish. Only then will we truly start making a real difference in the world.

What do you think of immigration and poverty? Does allowing people to come to America make a difference, or is there a better way? What can we do to bring people up out of their terrible situations and make their lives better? Most of the time we want to go after the low hanging fruit, but the right way is usually the harder one. We truly can make a positive difference in the world, but we have to balance our compassion against rational thought and make better decisions.

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Bad Immigration Policy May Leave Mass Deportation as the Only Option

I hate having to write this post. So many people see America as the beacon of hope in a world turning back to evil. Socialist ideologies are rising in power yet again as people forget what the previous generations had to go through to live through it and put it down. As these governments continue to mount, people are fleeing their own countries to come to a place where freedom is paramount, and I wish so badly that we could afford to welcome them with open arms. Unfortunately, our current administration is flagrantly disregarding reasonable border control and it will ultimately hurt the migrants who come here.

The news is filled with a two sided set of stories regarding the immigrant crisis. Liberal media downplays the problem, singing along with the Democratic narrative that everything is just fine. Conservative media is jumping all over the situation, looking to use it to fight the other side more than anything else. As a person who leans conservative myself, I tend to agree with the Republican stance on immigration, but usually my argument stands somewhat to the left of that and I think they go too far sometimes.

On this issue, however, I’m starting to seriously believe that we’re going to have to go to the most extreme policy possible to fix the damage that liberal policy has caused with regard to illegal residents in our country: mass deportation. We may need to expel all non-citizens, regardless of nation of origin, and begin conducting arrests and deportation of those who remain after whatever grace period is given. With so many illegal immigrants inside our borders, we would need to maintain this policy for a significant period of time to give law enforcement a chance to round up as many of them as possible and get them out of the country.

To be clear, I think this is a horrible idea and I don’t want us to do it. A policy such as this would be harmful not only to the people being removed, but also to America as a whole. A not insignificant portion of our economy and labor force is made up of immigrants, and the citizenry of the country would be damaged almost as much as those who are affected by the policy. Unfortunately, sometimes you have to cut off a limb to save the body because the infection will only continue to spread if you keep trying to save it.

Decades of terrible policy by liberals has brought us to this place where people are indiscriminately crossing our border and drawing resources from those of us who actually contribute to our system. We provide them not only with jobs that end up sending our money out of the country, but also with free healthcare because they don’t make enough for us to charge them. We give them access to our welfare system, even though they’ve never contributed to our tax system nor do they have rights under our Constitution. And now the liberals are slowly providing them with the means to vote in our elections, despite the fact that they have no legitimate reason to have that ability.

It is my personal opinion that we have reached the point where we actually do need that “Great Reset” that the left keeps talking about, not for our economies or governments, but for our immigration system. The only fair thing to do at this point is force everyone who isn’t a citizen, or at least in the legal process of becoming a citizen, out of the country for an indeterminate period of time while we scour our nation clean of those who came here without permission. Then we can work on securing our borders and setting up a better system for allowing newcomers to our nation. Things have gotten far to murky for anything else to have a reasonable chance of working.

This idea will certainly be met with a lot of hate by those who claim the idea is racist, but there really isn’t anything I can do about that. Sometimes the truth just hurts people’s feelings because it’s easier to believe a lie than have to face the fact that we’ve failed miserably. No one wants to cause suffering to another person, and there will certainly be a lot of suffering if we actually go through with a mass deportation program. But at the end of the day, we have to decide where our allegiance lies. Is it with people who come here illegally, or with our own citizens? I personally put my fellow Americans before anyone else, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be.

What do you think about the immigration crisis? Should we be allowing people to come across the border with little or no effort? What other problems are being caused by so many people coming into our country illegally? At some point, we are going to be forced to address this problem, and the longer we wait the harder it’s going to get to fix and the more it’s going to hurt to do it. We should act now to stem the tide and start reversing the damage that decades of hardcore liberal agenda has done to our country.

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Society Craves Drama, but Needs Far Less of It

Drama. Our society thrives on it. Most of the topics covered in any form of media expression centers around the drama in either our real world lives or some sort of fantasy situation. We are addicted to the excitement that drama brings into our lives because it breaks up the monotony of the daily grind. When we are able to break away from the tedium of our jobs or family or whatever else that makes us feel stagnant, there is a small sense of adventure that fills us with anticipation as we delve into a situation that is out of the ordinary.

Real or imagined, we seek out drama. It’s in our movies and television. We watch it on YouTube or Instagram or Twitter. We cast about for it in our political discourse, reading news articles that sensationalize trivial topics in hopes of generating traffic and increasing ratings. It is no longer enough for us to have well paying jobs or a loving family or good friends. We need that fix of daily excitement that comes with a good drama.

The problem with this is that, like any chemical inducing state, when we give in to our cravings we end up hurting not only ourselves, but the people around us. We stop paying attention to the most important things in our lives because those things are just boring. Our souls crave more and more of that pulse-pounding action that a dramatic situation brings us. The adrenaline starts pumping and we become grossly engaged in whatever scenario is playing out before us. Regardless of the consequences, we fixate on the story at the expense of what is best or right.

This is one of the primary problems with our politics today. Our process of lawmaking and governing should be more boring than watching paint dry, but our need to turn small issues into life and death struggles has made politicians into rock stars. There are politicians whose names are more in the household than some of the highest grossing media personalities. The world stage has been dominated by our politics for so long that other countries are more interested in United States politics than their own, primarily because they find it so entertaining.

One of the problems is that rather than following the spirit of the founding fathers, we have turned our government into a quasi-dictatorship that follows the pattern of the rulers of old. Our President, for example, is meant to be primarily three things: our diplomat to the world, the commander of our military, and the administrator of our laws. Unfortunately, we put all of our hopes and dreams on this one person to come into office and make things happen for us, assuming he has power that just isn’t granted to him by our form of government. The President is not supposed to be powerful enough to affect change all by himself. He must work with the other two branches of government to make things happen.

Part of this problem is directly related to our need for drama. It becomes an ideological battle between the President and his opposition in Congress when one side wants to pass laws and the other simply refuses to play ball. Rather than sitting down and having a rational discussion about how to best compromise so both sides can win, we would rather watch a fight and cheer for our side. Most of our issues could be resolved if we worked together to find a solution that both sides walk away from gaining some things and losing others, but it’s just more fun to fight over it.

The sad truth is that our addiction to drama is preventing us from moving forward as a nation. Instead of wringing our politicians by the neck every time they sabotage a helpful bill by grandstanding for their own ideology, we applaud them for not giving an inch. Regardless of the benefits we might attain by working together, it is more important for us to be right than to get things done.

Understand, however, that I definitely believe there are certain things that must be no negotiation issues. These things definitely require a certain level of drama because they aren’t open to discussion. Anything that infringes on our rights should be fought tooth and nail. But how many minor issues do we ignore because we want to lump them into larger issues? Our need for drama makes these small things into bigger things, and we make them as important as the critical problems. When everything is a big deal, nothing is.

We need to get to a place in our nation where we are fine with our politics being boring. Identifying the “stand your ground” issues and keeping those separate from the daily process of governing is critically important to keep things moving. We can continue to fight over things like gun control or what constitutes freedom of speech or how much welfare we need, but it’s time to stop holding other issues hostage to further the fight on these controversial topics. There is enough drama inherent in these to satisfy anyone; let’s stop adding fuel to the fire with the things we can actually get done.

How do you feel about political drama? Is it important to the political process, or does it just get in the way? Should our politicians be so much in the forefront of our daily lives? At some point, we have to decide what kind of country we want to live in. Drama is fun, but it also has the potential to be cripplingly dangerous to our way of life. Rational thought is important when dealing with the important issues of our time, and it is time to return to that way of thinking.

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Should Having Power Limit Your Privacy?

America was founded on the idea that all men are created equal, and part of that sentiment has traditionally been the notion that no matter what your status in life, you do not have the right to exert yourself onto the people around you. Unfortunately, the modern world has reverted back to the old way where those who have much impose their will on those who have little. The caste system is alive and well in America, and while it may not be Lords and Ladies in castles, status in America dictates the direction of our country.

I tend to get annoyed by people who say that we should be taxing the rich more to cover the costs for the rest of us because the attitude is very unfair. These days, however, I can no longer support that viewpoint because the rich and powerful are not just working to acquire wealth for themselves, but they are actively working to change our country to grab power. Too many people in our government owe their allegiance to big money and big tech, and those relationships have created the swamp that President Trump went to Washington to drain.

If we believe in the idea that we want a free society, there is an unfortunate necessity to ensure that way of life continues forward: imposing limits on the privacy of certain people. No one likes the idea of a police state, and for the general public I would never suggest it. When it comes to those we elect to public office to serve our interests, though, I have come to believe it is critical to the honest continuation of our form of government. These positions are too important to our future to allow them to be corrupted by greedy individuals looking to secure their own future at our expense.

My justification for this attitude comes from another part of my life that has a fairly similar requirement. I served in the United States Marine Corps for more than a decade of my life, and part of that service meant that I voluntarily gave up certain freedoms and the expectation of privacy. My oath to serve my country meant that I willingly lost my ability to make my own choices and I put myself under the direct scrutiny of those charged with keeping the standards of the Corps at the highest possible level.

This same approach should be taken with anyone who chooses to run for and become elected to public office, except that because they are in a position to affect the lives of thousands or millions of people, this should be taken to the highest extreme possible. We need a watchdog organization that monitors every interaction of our politicians and records everything they say and do and makes it public for everyone to look at. No more backroom deals, no more saying one thing in public and doing another in private, no more getting away with doing bad things by playing the “plausible deniability” card. Complete and open transparency dictated by the people on those who choose to run for political office.

The technology exists today to do this. We all carry around smart phones that we know can be tapped into at any time by hackers to record audio and video, but we don’t even need to go that far. We have police precincts that require their officers to walk around with body cams, and the same should hold true for our politicians. Create a Bluetooth version of this that pairs with their phone to live stream their entire day, and you have instant accountability for every politician across the country. Live GPS tracking of their location via their phone will allow us to know who met with who and when, so even during things like restroom breaks we can at least know who was involved when a shady deal surfaces.

As a person who believes in individual privacy and liberty, it hurts my heart to have to suggest something like this, but our politicians have proved to us that such a system is necessary. We have been shown time and time again that when push comes to shove, nearly every elected official will choose their pocketbook over the good of the people who sent them to work for them. The only way this can ever be resolved is if there is maximum accountability that forces our leadership to act in accordance with our values and not those of the people who want to crush us into submission.

As Stan Lee liked to quote, “with great power comes great responsibility”. It would be nice if our leadership would take this proverb to heart, but the reality is that our basic human nature makes it exceedingly difficult for even reasonably decent people to do the right thing. When you are being offered huge sums of money to get something done, you can rationalize almost anything. It is only when we are held accountable that we truly put others before ourselves, because we don’t want to live with the shame that comes from getting found out. By implementing strict controls on our leadership, we can start getting back to a place where the general public is free to live their lives away from the oppression of those who crave power over them. It is time to crack down on corruption.

What do you think about the influence of power? Should those charged with serving us be free to do whatever they want while in office? What measures can we take to ensure they act on our best interests instead of their own? We are at a critical juncture in our nation, and if we continue to allow those we elect to be corrupted by shady figures with unlimited funds, we can’t expect to survive much longer. It’s time to start taking back control of our country, and it starts with holding the leadership accountable.

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Human Beings Are NOT Inherently Good

I mentioned in a previous article that we create laws with the idea that people are good and just need the right rules. Many of the ideologies floating around in our modern societies extol the virtues of human goodness. These sorts of viewpoints assume that human beings are naturally good entities and it is because of circumstance or situation that we end up doing bad things. We are not inherently evil, we just react to the world in evil ways because we are forced to due to events that are outside our control. In essence, we are conditioned to be evil because that’s how society trains us to be.

The naivete of this world view never ceases to exasperate me. It is exceedingly difficult for me to follow the logic behind these kinds of statements. The evidence simply doesn’t bear out this “best case scenario” ideology, most significantly because we see horrible behavior in all strata of society. People do evil things to each other in all walks of human life, not just in the places where life is filled with burden.

It isn’t difficult to come up with examples of people being naturally evil. If you walk by a homeless person and are more concerned with not being made to feel uncomfortable than feeling sympathy for their situation, that’s evil. If you’ve ever dangerously cut someone off in traffic because you’ve decided your time is more valuable than another’s, that’s evil. If you’ve ever gossiped about your friends because the topic was just “too juicy” to leave alone, that’s evil. If you’ve ever done anything in your life that was good for you but bad for someone else, you have evil inside you.

We are all a mix of good and evil. The evil part of us is not dependent on the world around it; it is that part of us that is selfish to the point that we are willing to do whatever we must to get what we want. Selfishness is part of our biological need to survive. Society is the net that contains that evil, not the fire that creates it. It is in spite of civilization that human evil exists, not because of it. As long as a human being stands to gain at the expense of others, evil will exist.

This lengthy lead up about evil takes me to one of the topics that is most important to me: self defense. If you’ve read any of my other articles, you know that I am very pro Second Amendment. One of the goals of this blog, in addition to talking about how we look at our society in general, is to build a case for why firearms are an important part of a free society. When we talk about legitimate reasons why deadly force might be required, understanding the concept of innate human evil becomes a necessity.

We’ve all been in situations where we felt very real fear of danger. No matter how sheltered we may have been as children, once we go out into the world the safety of our homes is cast aside and we are exposed to the ugly reality of the public. It might have been walking past a group of very scary looking men, or driving through a dangerous neighborhood, or even just watching riots and looting on the news. The adult life is one where fear is never far away, and that fear is completely justified. There are people out there who truly want to hurt you.

If we can understand this most basic fact of human life, and set aside the unrealistic expectation that we can somehow legislate people into behaving the way we would like them to, it then falls to us to thing pragmatically about how we’re going to deal with the evil that our world throws at us. Unfortunately, part of this way of thinking requires that we seriously consider that we may have to take a life to save our own.

No reasonable person wants to kill. For the vast majority of people, the thought of killing someone turns our stomachs. It is incomprehensible to us to think that we could ever take someone’s life, primarily because we’re so afraid of losing our own. Our society is build around trying to build a construct that shields us from the necessity of repelling violence and potentially having to go through a “kill or be killed” situation.

The unfortunate reality is that there is no construct we could ever build that would completely protect us from this continually existent threat. At any point you can walk around a corner and have a criminal ready to hurt you. What do you do then? Call the police? Even in the most responsive areas, they won’t arrive in time to save you. The best they can do is clean up the mess and try to find the person who did it. You’re on your own.

The goal of this post isn’t to rehash points I’ve already made, however. The arguments about police response time have already been covered. My primary goal with this post is to bring the human nature argument to the forefront of the discussion. Once we accept that we can’t stop bad people from doing bad things, it becomes much more difficult to continue imposing laws that only make it harder for law abiding citizens to defend themselves. You can’t justify taking the guns out of the hands of the good guys while simultaneously understanding that the bad guys won’t follow suit. To suggest otherwise is another example of human evil.

There are a lot of reasons to advocate for the protection of our Second Amendment rights, but I don’t know that any of them are as fundamental as understanding the nature of primal evil in human beings. No matter how many rules we put in place or how much we shame those who would break those rules, there will always be people who want to do what they want and damn the rest of us. As long as those people exist, we have to be willing to stand and fight, and that means risking the consequences of that stance.

We’re going to suffer one way or the other. At least with access to adequate means of self defense, we have a fighting chance to ensure the best outcome. If it’s a choice between a person committing acts of evil or you, that isn’t really a difficult choice. You might have to live with some guilt over it, but better than than your family having to live the rest of their lives without you. Sometimes you simply have to choose the lesser of two evils.

What do you think about human nature? Are we naturally evil? What do we need to do to protect ourselves from that evil? This is a conversation that too many politicians are afraid to have, mostly because when they look at themselves they can see that same evil within. As concerned citizens, it is our duty to ensure our voices are heard. What are you willing to do to make sure you can still have that American dream?

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Complacency Breeds Vocal Minorities

Society today is pretty funny. We watch as our media promotes these crazy ideas and our politicians capitulate to this group or that and we shake our heads. Most of us have conversations about how we can’t stand how divided our nation has become and how polarizing our discussion makes us. We all agree that things are going downhill and we just don’t know how to stop it. What can you do when it feels like the world is burning down around you?

The truth is that nearly all of us think the same way about most of the things in our lives. We share an American heritage that teaches us that we are free to be who we want to be, and that no one has the right to force us to be otherwise. Despite the myriad cultures from which we originated, our status as Americans shapes our view of the world and brings us together. We have been called the “melting pot” of the world, and that term is very important. Our differing values are mixed together and reshaped into an American value structure, wholly unique and internalized by all.

We are not nearly as divided as some would have us believe. The problem we have today is that we have allowed these vocal minorities to seize the national stage and turn their minor grievances into huge, toxic issues. When it comes to nearly everything that has to do with our normal, everyday lives, we all agree about how to best go about solving our problems. It’s when we allow these passionate, yet misguided small groups a serious voice that we start running into problems.

For example, less than five percent of the United States population identifies as some form of LGBTQ. This is an extreme minority that has somehow seized a significant portion of our national attention. Far more than five percent of our media time is spent on their issues. It is only because they are willing to seriously disrupt the lives of the rest of us that they are even heard, and it is our own complacency that has allowed the more extreme amongst them to sour our political discourse. Should their voices be silenced? Of course not, but their voices should not take precedence over the 95 percent of us who prefer a more traditional relationship.

While this article tries to make it seem like socialism is inevitable in America, the truth is that even according to this poll typically less than forty percent of Americans agree that socialism would be a good thing. That’s not a majority of us. This means that even if you accept that dubious number, there are many more who believe in a more capitalist philosophy than socialism. When you add on the fact that political polls tend to use ambiguous or misleading questions to get the result they’re looking for, the reality is that probably less than half that number actually want even a mild form of socialism. If you asked them if they wanted all out communism, the number would be miniscule. We’ve seen how that works out.

When it comes to gun control, almost all of us agree that some form of basic regulation is necessary for a tool that is designed to be used as a deadly weapon. This article makes grand statements telling us that most Americans favor pushing forward on stronger gun control, but if that were really the case then why do only 25 percent of Americans support banning hand guns? Why do more than forty percent of American households have one? Hand guns are by far the most used weapon in violent crime. Why aren’t they speaking out against that? One has to wonder what kinds of questions are actually being asked, especially when we look at the dishonest slant that the media and our politicians place on firearms in general. The reality is that we all want the ability to defend ourselves, and we want to keep guns out of the hands of the bad guys. We agree more than we disagree.

These are all examples of small groups of highly organized, vocal people jumping into the public discourse with the singular goal of pushing and ideological agenda. Do they really believe in what they’re pushing? Some of them do, but for the most part human beings are primarily focused on gaining control over the people around them.

If LGBTQ activists were concerned with equal rights, they would push for equal laws, not walk into cake shops trying to cram their ideology down the owners’ throats. If gun control advocates really cared about stopping violence, they’d put their effort into the mental health problem we have in this country rather than inanimate objects. If these rich “socialist” supporters really believed in what they were peddling, they would give up their fortunes for the good of the people as an example to the rest of us rather than finding ways to profit off the true believers. It’s funny how none of these groups ever do anything truly altruistic.

The truth is that these groups are only able to maintain their public position because the rest of us are too busy with our own personal lives to pay much attention to them. They stand in their echo chambers, drawing in bored people with nothing else to do and growing a following. While the rest of us are busy getting things done, these people run around trying to upend the society that we all spend so much time and effort trying to preserve. The ugly truth is that it our own fault that things have gotten this bad. Our own complacency allowed the monster to grow.

What this means for us now is that we simple, average citizens will have to become as radical as they have. To fight against this rising tide of extremism will require an equally rising tide of “NO!” Most of us don’t care one way or the other about what these groups want, but they’ve been trying to force themselves onto us for decades now. At some point, we have to push back. If we don’t, the America we all hoped for will fall to dust and we will have no one to blame but ourselves.

What do you think about vocal minorities? Are they as powerful as they seem, or can we stop them in their tracks? What can you do to convince those around you to take a look around and do something about the erosion of our society? Nothing says we have to hate people with a legitimate grievance, but at some point the majority needs to stand firm on what we believe in. It is critically important to hear the other side, but not simply hand them control. Honest debate is healthy; screaming at the top of their lungs is not. At some point it’s time to start screaming back.

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