In a recent post, I was asked ” 63 million is a significant number of people. Do their needs and wants no longer matter?” and why I seem to lack sympathy for their predicaments. We’re in yet another government shutdown, and the news is full of stories about the impacts. Large number of government employees are either furloughed or working without pay. Trash buildup in national parks, fishing fleets waiting to put to sea, infrastructure improvements held up, and the list goes on and on. Add in the impacts of the trade war on farmers and technology, and it’s bad, alright. So why do I often seem lacking in sympathy?
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Over the past two years, we’ve seen a lot of actions by the Trump Administration and its supporters seeking to ban various groups from immigrating, attacks on refugees, numerous bigoted statements, and a host of attempts to demonize various ethnic or religious groups who meet their definition of “undesirable.” The definitions they’ll use are often rather fuzzy, but if you use “not white” or “not Christian,” you’d be on the money.
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.
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.