Tuesday, May 31, 2022
THE WAY I SEE IT by Don Polson Red Bluff Daily News 5/31/2022
Incalculable loss, neglect and evil
Memorial Day recognizes the incalculable loss, to families, communities and America, of young men and a lesser number of young women of all races, regions and religions that died serving their nation in the uniforms of our military. Incalculable due to the infinite time, commitment, emotional devotion and sacrifice of the deceased warriors’ parents, siblings, spouses, children and communities.
Likewise, the lost futures of each service man or woman. Noncombat accidents, training and transport deaths aside, they result from our leaders pursuing our nation’s and allies’ self-defense or vital interests. Marginal or ill-advised military operations take nothing away from the noble sacrifices of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard warriors. They were surely welcomed into God’s embrace and succor in the next life; we owe them our solemn remembrance.
Men and women, of any age or status in life, are untimely taken by accident, unintended neglect or malignant purveyors of wanton destruction and death. This world is rightly said to be the devil’s playground, the realm of evil acts and deeds, for which someone can only be held accountable under law for their crimes after innocents suffer.
When such evil-hearted people set out to do harm—not by passion, carelessness or misadventure, but by planning, organizing and stealthily preparing their deadly deeds—predictable and often disingenuous reactions are non-responsive to the actual events. Blame is often assigned where no such culpability exists; ill-informed partisan followers latch onto emotionally appealing but wholly phony assertions.
We should all agree and continue seeking “common sense” about the pure evil displayed in recent mass shootings. The murderous slaughter of innocent school children involves neither passion, carelessness nor neglect. Prevention and armed, trained response are the only relevant topics.
Sunday was five days after the mass murder of children in Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas; sufficient time for analysis of the law enforcement response. I hold officers beyond high regard, considering the (unwarranted) stigma attached by many to that profession, which dissuades some from serving. Public safety has sadly been disrespected with knee-jerk suspicion of motives and actions even when performed admirably.
Consider a wider view of local law enforcement actions, rather than selective social media recordings of officers under intense pressure: figuring out how many shooters, where located, evacuating children from numerous buildings without losing further lives. Restraint of parents, hysterical or not, may have been prudent, much like holding back those wanting to rush into a burning building to rescue someone. They could die saving no one.
Given 1) The revising of police response to mass shooting events after Columbine, especially after the Parkland high school mass murders—that the least loss of life results when initial officers immediately pursue and attack the shooter; and 2) that Uvalde school district hosted at least two active-shooter training days, including one just two months ago—we can agree that law enforcement blew it.
I assume that leadership issued orders to officers to do just what they did (no fault in following orders) but when it’s revealed that the Border Patrol Tactical unit was restrained by local cops, under orders, as children were being terrorized while making numerous 911 calls for help—fingers righteously get pointed. Children suffered and died while bad, trepidatious decisions by leadership kept cops away from where they were needed. Although they were heroically taking lethal fire from the shooter, initial response failed.
The prevention aspect depends on where you stand; facts, data and truth matter. Irrefutably, criminals are unaffected by gun laws; their families or girlfriends with clean records buy their guns knowing it’s illegal to transfer them to a criminal. Black-market peddlers care not what laws politicians on soapboxes browbeat fellow lawmakers into passing.
Facts: 1) The 1990s “assault weapons ban” had zero effect on crime (Biden lied); most criminals use handguns; more people are murdered with fists, knives and blunt objects than with rifles, assault or not. Banning any type of gun matters not to criminals; only law-abiding people will comply.
2) Expanded, or “universal,” background checks are irrelevant if young adults with juvenile records, or those with mental problems, aren’t in the database. Guns will still find “gang bangers” hands for above reasons.
3) “White supremacists are not the most likely mass murderers,” by John Bock: “Ironically, less than 10% of mass public shootings have any ties at all to white supremacy. And whites commit less than their proportionate number of attacks” (based on 82 mass public shootings from 1/1998 to 5/2021). Those of Middle Eastern origin, 0.4% of the population, carry out 9% of mass public shootings.
4) Only 3 mass school shootings occurred from 1903 to 1966; since 1966, 13 mass shootings. Another analysis counted 14 since 2000; they are infrequent, though tragic.
5) Out of 97 countries with data, the U.S. is 64th in frequency of mass shootings and 65th in murder rate. Most European countries have higher rates, with stricter gun laws. America: 1.15% of the world’s mass shootings but 5% of the world’s population.
6) Strict gun-law states have high murder rates; conversely, low gun-law states have low rates.
7) Armed school resource officers coincide with low shooting incidents and fatalities. “Schools that Allow Teachers to Carry Guns haven’t seen school shootings during school hours” (crimeresearch.org).
Suggestion: Limit gun purchases for 18- to 21-year-olds to those who have a background-check-passing adult “cosign” for their purchase, like they would for a loan. In the military they would be supervised and trained; why not for young civilians? It would’ve stopped the Texas killer.
The border city of Uvalde, Texas is mourning. Salvador Ramos, 18, shot and killed 19 fourth-grade students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School. They were all in one classroom. It’s a heinous crime. It’s a Sandy Hook-like situation. Ramos shot his grandmother before this rampage. The grandmother is said to have survived. We’re going to hear an earful about gun control, so-called assault weapons bans, and other anti-gun talking points from Democrats. And the result will always be the same—Americans will not torch their rights to appease a political class lusting for more power and control, especially after the COVID lockdown fiasco. NONE of the COVID protocols were effective. The lockdowns did next to nothing to reduce the mortality rate. The one policy that has been effective is having police officers at schools.
Monday, May 30, 2022
Political psychopaths who jerry-rigged scraps from Trump’s unorthodox style to create the illusion of the most hideous, racist, misogynist, homophobic, Putin-loving, Hitlerian monster that ever lived, have convinced squishy Republicans that the real Donald Trump shouldn’t run in 2024.
“This is one of the greatest political scandals in history,” Trump told Fox News on Saturday about Hillary Clinton being the likely mastermind behind the Russian Collusion hoax. “For three years, I had to fight her off and fight those crooked people off, and you’ll never get your reputation fully back. … Where do I get my reputation back?”
But Russian Collusion was only one of a never-ending list of filthy tricks Democrats and their collaborators used to destroy Trump’s reputation since the day he was elected: the Charlottesville lie, two phony impeachments, the coverup of Hunter’s laptop, and a constant barrage of woke politicos and pundits twisting the definition of racism to flippantly smear him as a racist. None of it was true.
Trump’s view on the border, fossil fuels, the economy, COVID lockdowns, the Supreme Court, and so many other consequential issues have created one of the most ignored phrases in recent political history: “Trump was right.”
But these people never stop. For being right, they hate him even more.
When the 82-year-old speech-ripper Nancy Pelosi was asked by CNN, last week, about the leaked opinion that signaled the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade, she exposed herself as the main spigot for the strategic vitriol against Trump.
“I mean, the point is – who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become president of the United States,” spewed the person who, in March, praised Biden for his extraordinary leadership. “… waving a list of judges that he would appoint, therefore getting the support of the far right and – ah – appointing those anti – dis – freedom judges to the court.”
Democrats desperately need the hideous version of Trump to keep the party glued together, and to make Trump a political virus for knee-knocking Republicans. It’s working.
Establishment Republicans are so traumatized by the Democrat-created boogeyman of Trump; so embarrassed by Trump’s unorthodox style; so nostalgic for the superficial dignity of the good ol’ days and desperate for approval, that they’ll do anything to distance themselves from him.
They waiting to get back to “normalcy and stability” as opposed to “lability and extremism,” as Peggy Noonan put it in her column Donald Trump and His Elusive Base in the Wall Street Journal, Thursday. She believes a good chunk of Trump’s supporters are quietly distancing themselves from him, too.
“But there’s another, larger mood shift going on, and to me it’s the real headline,” wrote Noonan as she assessed “a real sense” of things after last week’s primaries. “Something is changing among Trump supporters. … They won’t tell pollsters, they may not even tell neighbors, but there was a real sense of: We need Trump’s policies, but we don’t need him. … as a major backer and donor told me, it’s time to think of the future. Mr. Trump brings ‘chaos’.”
Karl Rove, who in January chided Republicans for not coming down harder on the Jan. 6 rioters and those who “encouraged and aided the attempt to overthrow our democracy,” wrote on Wednesday that last week’s primaries confirmed that angry factions are increasingly defining both parties, and as a result “America’s politics continues to polarize. … Buckle up.”
Even columnist Kimberly Strassel, whose work I respect, seems to prefer Glenn Youngkin’s “focusing on a fix and the future” approach to politics than Trump’s combative style. Especially when it comes to looking back at the 2020 election.
“He [Youngkin] acknowledged Mr. Biden as the legitimate president while also promising to shore up election integrity,” she wrote in her column The Limits of ‘Stop the Steal’. Mr. Youngkin ran on a forward-looking agenda to address schools, the economy and crime – and won in a state that has leaned Democratic in recent years. That tried-and-true formula remains the path for GOP midterms success.”
Bill Barr is reported to have said that the country doesn’t need a lame-duck president settling scores for another four years. Two-term Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchison said at the National Governor’s Association’s winter meeting that “I do not believe Trump is the one to lead our party and our country again, as president.” And Jacquie Baly, a political science professor at the University of Houston believes that “the insurrection” closed the 2024 window for him.
When you consider what Democrats are doing to fundamentally transform the country, “chaos,” “polarize,” and “a very harsh tone” is not extreme, but a natural reaction for a man, Trump, who loves the country, and is using every tool in his box to oppose those who are literally weakening and destroying America as we know it.
We support him, not to be part of some idiot cult, but because he sees exactly what we see: They’re demonizing whites and American history through CRT; opening up the border in violation of federal law; normalizing an extreme LGBTQ ideology in all sectors of American life; strategically exposing school children to explicit sexual content; normalizing crime and criminalizing normal behavior; destroying the fossil fuel industry under false pretenses to stuff green policy down America’s throat; destroying the lives of people and businesses with China-inspired COVID lockdowns, mandates, and restrictions; looking to institutionalize lockdowns with the impending WHO treaty, transforming election rules, regulations and laws to get and keep power; and abusing technology to restrict speech that’s unfavorable to Democrat government policies.
This stuff is very extreme, and the establishment’s obsession to get back to “normal” – to get back to politics as usual – unfortunately, not only falls short but is misguided and very dangerous for the situation we’re living through. “Normal” normalizes the arsonists who are letting the fire burn things to the ground, and these people need to be held accountable. If a Youngkin-type, or even a Ron DeSantis runs and wins the presidency in 2024, these people will not stop.
This may not be the Civil War, but this country is, no doubt, at war. And establishment Republicans, with their misguided worship of orthodox politics, are completely oblivious to the situation.
They are, as journalist Walter Lippmann wrote in the 1940s, politicians who are “insecure and intimidated men. They advance politically only as they placate, appease, bribe, seduce, bamboozle … The decisive consideration is not whether the proposition is good but whether it is popular – not whether it will work well and prove itself, but whether the active-talking constituents like it immediately.”
Through lies, deception and outright fraud, Democrats have made Donald Trump extremely unpopular among the “active-talking” people. Squishy Republicans keep their distance and whisper their objections as the country burns to the ground. Until someone else comes along – given the country’s dire situation – I will continue to support Trump. He’s an axe in America’s tool kit that we set aside for emergencies.
We’re in an emergency.