There’s a story I’ve often told about a bar discussion a group of us, all of us in the Army, had back in the early 80’s. On our way to the bar, we passed a gun shop, and in the window was an AR-15, which led to a discussion. What I haven’t said before was why we spent the time discussing it. The reason? Quite simply, none of us could believe that it was for sale to civilians. If you had told us back then that it, and rifles like it, would become the most popular guns on the market, we’d have thought you were nuts.
This year is a mid-term election year, when we are going to be electing members of the House of Representatives, a number of Senators, state legislators, and many governors. There’s a lot of chatter in the press and on liberal blogs about a “Blue wave” in this year. I sincerely hope that does happen, and I have some thoughts – and warnings – about it.
The Republican Party has gotten its wish, and for the past year has controlled both Congress and the White House. As a result, we’ve been experiencing what happens when they do, and it has been worse than we imagined. For someone like me who has lived through several Republican administrations, the decline in the Republican Party is rather obvious. But even more, what this past year has proven to me is that what was once “just my opinion,” has been proven to be the reality. So what have I learned?
Over the course of my life I’ve had the experience of meeting and working with people who were by any measure, geniuses. A couple of Nobel prize winners, a surgeon who pioneered the science and techniques for heart and lung transplants, and people who were the world experts in their field. Ask them about what they were doing, and even if you’re fairly smart, the odds are you’ll be three steps behind them. But you know the one thing I never, ever, heard from them? How smart they were, or what their IQ was.
It’s been a hectic year for me personally and professionally, and as a result my blogging went down the tubes. It wasn’t because I wasn’t following the news, or didn’t have an opinion, because I most certainly did. As a result of that, I have a list of things I’d like Republicans and conservative groups to stop telling me.