Closing Thought–28Mar18

Let the debate begin!

I read an op-ed today that fits with a debate that we have been having here on IST and thought I would let it continue……

I thought I would enclose this post as my “Closing Thought” because more people seem to go here and not the body of the day.

An ex-Supreme Court justice appointed by Gerald Ford has offerd up his opinion on the gun debate (not gonna make too many happy)…..

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

With that call then ask how hard would it be to repeal the second?

Repealing the amendment, Stevens said, would effectively overturn the controversial 2008 Supreme Court ruling D.C. v. Heller, which found that the Second Amendment protected “an individual right to possess a firearm” for the purpose of self-defense.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/how-difficult-would-it-be-to-repeal-the-second-amendment

Because I like being fair to all sides of a debate I want to include another op-ed that disagrees with Stevens………(written several years ago…..)

THE TRAGEDY at Virginia Tech may tell us something about how a young man could be driven to commit terrible actions, but it does not teach us very much about gun control.

So far, not many prominent Americans have tried to use the college rampage as an argument for gun control. One reason is that we are in the midst of a presidential race in which leading Democratic candidates are aware that endorsing gun control can cost them votes.

This concern has not prevented the New York Times from editorializing in favor of “stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage.” Nor has it stopped the European press from beating up on us unmercifully.

http://www.latimes.com/la-oe-wilson20apr20-story.html

One more op-ed for you to consider……

FOR more than 80 years, the United States has enforced a tough and effective gun control law that most Americans have never heard of. It’s a 1934 measure called the National Firearms Act, and it stands as a stark rebuke to the most sacred precepts of the gun lobby and provides a model we should build on.

Leaders of the National Rifle Association rarely talk about the firearms act, and that’s probably because it imposes precisely the kinds of practical — and constitutional — limits on gun ownership, such as registration and background checks, that the N.R.A. regularly insists will lead to the demise of the Second Amendment.

In CLOSING:  I am NOT advocating the repealing of the 2nd….I enjoy a spirited debate and included below in case you want to voice your opinion then I suggest you check out this site…..

http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-the-2nd-amendment-be-repealed

Time to go and see what the rest of the internet is  up to today…..TTFN…..chuq

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Who Are We?

This is my Closing Thought for the day…….

“These are times that try men’s souls”…..the opening statement from Thomas Paine’s “The American Crisis” (a title that rings true today as it did in Paine’s day)…….

I read a brilliant op-ed by fired asst AG Sally Yates……it asks an important question….one that needs thought and an answer…..who are we as a country?

Over the course of our nation’s history, we have faced inflection points — times when we had to decide who we are as a country and what we stand for. Now is such a time. Beyond policy disagreements and partisan gamesmanship, there is something much more fundamental hanging in the balance. Will we remain faithful to our country’s core values?

Our founding documents set forth the values that make us who we are, or at least who we aspire to be. I say aspire to be because we haven’t always lived up to our founding ideals — even at the time of our founding. When the Declaration of Independence proclaimed that all men are created equal, hundreds of thousands of African Americans were being enslaved by their fellow Americans.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/19/what-kind-country-we-speak-out-core-american-values-sally-q-yates-column/951828001/

The American people need to think abou6t this question and search their ‘soul’ for an answer.

May her op-ed save the republic as Paine’s pamphlet saved the revolution.

Best Way To Honor A Veteran

Today is Veterans Day and we Americans pull out all stops to honor our veterans…..with parades…..with concerts……we try to do it all in the name of our Veterans.

Duty–Honor–Courage

You truly want to honor our Veterans then tell the truth about the wars and the situations you put them in in the name of the USof A………

Stop me if you’ve heard this: American soldiers didn’t lose in Vietnam. In fact, our brave troopers had the commies whipped by the late ‘60s; that is, of course, before a conspiratorial cabal of cowardly hippies, anti-war protestors, and dovish liberals pulled the rug out from under an all-but-victorious U.S. military. It’s quite a tale, replete with heroes, villains, and glib moral lessons. It is all wrong of course, faulty and fallacious.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-best-way-to-honor-a-vet-is-with-the-truth/

Pray for those that came home but are fighting inner demons……and pray for those that did not return to their families…..

Thank you one and all…..chuq

Gulf South Free Press

Many years ago I started a blog to write about my state and my region, Gulf South Free Press,….it got to be a bit much trying to keep up with my primary blog, In Saner Thought, my food blog, Food Nazi and my regional blog so I let it go dormant for awhile.

And now I have decide to resurrect GSFP but I will change the format a bit….it will be a Op-Ed blog….I will give my opinions on a wide array of subjects from politics to society….I bill myself as “an opinionated SOB” so I might as well take advantage of that, right?

If you would be interested then the link below will get you there……

https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/

There will be no rigid schedule for posting…..For now it will not be a daily post but rather a weekly and will expand from there if the participation is there.

I hope that my regulars here on IST will check it out and participate in the discussion/debate…

It will be good to see GSFP return from the dust bin.

Thanx for your time.  chuq

Closing Thought–17Apr17

I hope that everyone had a good Easter…..My better half and I enjoyed a steak, baked potato, micro green salad and a lovely Sauvignon (would prefer a Bourdeaux but none in the cellar)….in the garden…a lovely cool day…..

Now to work…….

From time to time I write an op-ed for Ace News Room and then I reblog them here for my readers that do not visit Ace…….

These two are about National Security and Conventional warfare…….

My concern with foreign policy and for national security I see major holes in the Trump program…..so far that is….there is a chance that this will become less noticeable with time in office…

As this drama plays out….right now there is posturing within the Trump admin over national security but I believe that they are focusing on minor issues and letting major ones fall away into the abyss of stupid…..stupid is a strong word…maybe I should use incompetency in its place.

Source: National Security By The Numbers | Ace News Room

We have been fighting a war since 1941……this op-ed takes a look at conventional warfare and its future……

As someone who studies war but in international relations it is called conflict management and resolution…I am always looking at our reactions to situations that require an armed response……in other words….the use of our military.

With all this War on Terror do we still have a military that will fight and win in a conventional war? Or is a conventional war ………what the Hell is conventional warfare?

Good question…..and yes the professor has an answer……

Source: Is Conventional Warfare A Thing Of The Past? | Ace News Room

Hopefully my readers will find these op-eds informative as well as educational….please enjoy.

My day is finished…I need some AFK time……see you guys tomorrow with more stuff…..chuq

The Lingering Curse of America’s Manifest Destiny

My regulars know that I am somewhat of a history wonk….that I enjoy dropping some knowledge on my regulars whenever I find something that I think they will appreciate

I found a new site thanx for a friend of IST, w1nt3l, from his Twitter account…..it is an excellent piece with historic perspective so I had to press it here on IST…..

When republican ideology backfires…

In high school, I skipped out on physics to study history and specialised as an art student for two years. I then did history courses for another two years, while obtaining my art degree in college.

Needless to say, I learned a lot about how the world used to work, and how it still works today. To do this, we covered the political dealings of countries over the millennia; and of all the countries we studied, America has to be one of the most interesting.

To be honest, this hasn’t always been for good reasons. More often than not, America and other World Powers are painted as villains in a never-ending, always-unfolding story of life, lies, and politics.

Source: The Lingering Curse of America’s Manifest Destiny – Alexis Chateau

BAM!  History!

Closing Thought–12Dec16

There have some questions asked of the possibility of a conflict of interests with Pres. Trump and his many business ventures….could it be that his interests could outweigh the good of the country?

Could there be a problem with our foreign policy?

This is an op-ed that I wrote for my dear friends at Ace News Room…they are in the UK and wanted me to give some American impressions of this last election…….this is one of my efforts….

There is lots of back and forth from the pundits about the forthcoming Trump government…..I admit that I am concerned about his new foreign policy team, whoever they will be…..I am concerned because of his rhetoric during the campaign….although I did hear a bit of policy that I could get behind…..

But my biggest concern at least right now is his business concerns that he is involved in…..if he does not choose the right path then I can see where there will be problems with ethics……

Source: A Conflict Of Interests?

After I wrote this piece I read a good article in the Politico…that ask the questions do the American people care about some conflict of interests?

Republicans see the same ethically challenged complications lurking in Donald Trump’s business portfolio that Democrats are squawking about. They just think Americans don’t care about these entanglements anymore.

Indeed, the GOP is so easily dismissing Democratic threats of investigations and ethicists’ calls for divestment out of a belief that the political landscape has shifted. Voters rewarded Trump in part on the idea that success in business will equal success in government, and Republicans are therefore unwilling to encourage the president-elect to put distance between the Oval Office and Trump Tower, or between himself and the children who serve him as trusted advisers.

Source: GOP wagers Americans don’t care about Trump’s conflicts – POLITICO

Alexander Hamilton was pretty clear on this subject……

Obviously, I think there could be a problem with the conflict of interests….I really do not care about how much money he will make…..just what effect it would have on national security…..but what about you, my readers, do you see any problems?

One last thought:  If Trump does not divest himself from his holdings…will his billionaires in the cabinet follow suit?  Will these people continue to make money hand over fist will running the country?

That my friends is the VERY definition of….”Conflict of Interests”!