With the events in Dallas it's clear that we need to change the way we handle things. The blatant hate and racism in our politics today is dividing us not making us great, and the hate being spewed by the radical portion of the Black Lives Matter moved is spurring violence, it started with rioting and looting and destroying property, but it has led to people being shot on both sides.
I'm not blaming one side or the other, we're all to blame for the state our country is in. I'm also not going to say that all Black Lives Matter protesters should be judged by the actions of the Dallas shooter, or the people rioting and looting and destroying property. I believe that the majority of the protesters are peaceful and have legitimate concerns. I'm not going to say that all law enforcement should be judged by the actions of those who used deadly force, I believe that most law enforcement officers are good people just trying to do an extremely tough job.
Black Lives Matter needs to stand up to the extremists in their midst and stop them from spreading thier hate, using ignorance and hate won't make the situation better it will only make it worse. When people see the actions of the extreme group they tend to label the whole group by the action of the extreme minority. It's time for Black lives Matter to stand up to them and stop them, only then will people take them seriously and listen to what they have to say, until they do their words will fall on deaf ears.
Police departments nationwide also need to step up and train their officers better, there need to be more than a physical to get into a police academy, there needs to be physiological screening, and after than training on how to diffuse situations without deadly force. And after a cadet becomes an officer that person should be subject to regular physiological screening and constant training. And society as a whole needs to understand that the police have a very tough job and show them respect, if the police don't feel like their under constant attack then they can relax a little and won't be so prone to use deadly force.
We the people black and white, police and civilian, need to stand up to those spreading their hate, both on the right and the left, and take back our country from them so we can sit down together and work on these problems like rational adults. We're better than this America, now start acting like it!
Pictured is Mr. Howard Shriver, a WWII veteran who served in the Marianas Islands and the Philippines. He lives in an assisted living facility in Marietta, OH and will celebrate his 98th birthday on July 12.
I am hoping to make his 98th memorable.
I am asking anyone who would like to thank a member of the Greatest Generation - the first Soldier called up from Williamstown, WV - to send a birthday card. I'd love to see him get hundreds of cards, to show appreciation and give him something to talk about for a while.
If you can support him with a birthday card, the address is (I have his permission to share):
Howard Shriver c/o Brookdale Senior Living 150 Browns Road, A16 Marietta OH 45750
With the gun debate raging again and people blaming the gun manufacturers let's just clear something up, it's not their fault. If a deranged person with a gun shoots me I'm going to blame the person who pulled the trigger, not the company that made the gun, when a drunk driver hits you, you don't blame the auto maker, you blame the person driving the car!
So how about we start acting like adults and address the issue of mental illness and maybe make it so that people on FBI watch lists can't buy guns. So stop crying about safe spaces because a deranged person with a gun isn't going to give a damn about your safe space, I know it's shocking I'll let you curl up with your Teddy bear and suck your thumb while you let that sink in.
Grow up America, the world isn't a safe place and and your not going to legislate into a safe place.
With the debate about weapon sales going on here is the USA I thought I'd just throw out an idea I've had for years. A gun license. Lets face it you have to have a drivers license to legally drive a car and cars kill more people every year than guns, so why the hell not?
Every state could issue a gun license just like a drivers license, and of course you'd have to pass a basic gun safety course and test just like drivers ed and the DMV drivers test, then if you pass you get a gun license. You could even have endorsements for Concealed Carry, Pistols Only, ect... and the FBI background check could be done at the time you take your test and then it's not on the gun shops to run the background check, all you'd do is show a valid gun license and you can buy a gun. Then every two years you go and renew your license and go about your merry way.
And yes I know this won't solve gun violence, I know someone determined to get a gun will find a way to get one, I just think this could provide a good standard for gun ownership and since the government wants to enforce all these rules on guns maybe they should have to take a little or ownership of the process.
Hillary Clinton today in Cleveland Ohio said that if you are on the No Fly List you should not be able to buy a gun. The problem is there is no way to judge who ends up on the no fly list, people that President Bush deemed as enemies were placed on the No Fly List for no other reason than disagreeing with him.
So what Mrs.Clinton is proposing is having the power to place innocent Americans on the No Fly List then banning them from being able to buy guns, and guess what? Take away a little more of our freedom, President Obama wasn't going to take away your guns, his job was to take away your right to choose to have health care if you could afford it, Hillary's job is to take away the guns. And I truly believe she will do everything in her power to take away as many of our rights as possible.
The Republicans need to dump Trump and find another nominee if they want the the party to survive. Donald Trump is alienating almost every group of voter and splitting the party with his rants and racist remarks. In the 1960's Barry Goldwater turned the African-American vote against the Republicans and they have never been able to get the vast majority of that back, Donald Trump could have the same effect on the party this time around by pushing away more African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims, and Women, and splitting the party.
Long Term vs. Short Term
Yes in the short term the party will suffer, they will lose some House and Senate seats and they will loose the White House, but in the long term they will be able to survive and come back. If they stick with Trump and continue to endorse him they will lose major voting blocks, be painted as the racist and sexist party, and they will lose more and more seats until they cease to exist do to lack of members.
The Problem Today
The problem with today's political parties is they care more about the party than they do about their country, their priorities (Republican and Democrat) go like this:
Learn From the Roman Empire
- Bernie Sanders meets with President Obama and agrees to drop out of the race in exchange for a bunch of concessions, one of which is Debbie Wasserman Schultz is out as DNC chair.
- Someone like Donna Brazile is made acting DNC Chair.
- Hillary is forced to step down as the nominee due to something related to the email scandal.
- The new DNC chair decided since Bernie was the runner up and has delegates he takes Hillary's place as the Democratic nominee.
Yes it's all speculative but it's a possibility and lets face it stranger things have happened.