The Thousand Pound Straw

Most of us have heard the phrase, ” the straw that broke the camel’s back”, right? It’s an adage that has been used for millennia to describe “a seemingly small or inconsequential issue, problem, or burden that proves to be the final catalyst in causing an overworked or overburdened person, system, organization, etc., to fail, give up, or collapse.”*. Well, if President Trump’s comments about gun confiscation come to legal fruition, then he has placed a thousand-pound straw on We The People’s backs.

It was reported in 2016 that Trump famously claimed that he could “shoot somebody…..and I wouldn’t lose votes..”. Since I am not a leftist, and therefore in possession of a sense of humor, I took that comment in stride, laughed, and moved on. I’ve done that with a lot of the more inane comments coming from the POTUS, as I think it important, and helpful, to hear directly from the Commander-in-Chief, especially in this crazy climate of irrational hate and “resistance”. I am not one of these people who talk about “comportment”, and being “statesmanlike”, as I don’t know what that means…..because those in government whom have supposedly possessed these traits have run the United States into the ground, and were private reprobates. Being aware of this fact has led me to allow Trump much leeway with his comments and behavior, because his policies have been mostly spot-on. Besides, with the incessant attacks on Trump it has been impossible to do much serious analysis about policy……instead it’s defending against irrational garbage like “white supremacy” and “fitness for office”. I usually prefer to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, as I realize it must be extremely taxing to have 90+ percent negative 24/7 press coverage, all while the establishment tries to destroy you and your entire family.

With all of that said, though…….the President’s comment that ” first we take the guns……then we do due process later…” is indicative of either a disconnect with who elected him, or of a desire to “do something” about guns when we should “do something” about our kids and the parenting strategies employed in their rearing. I get it, everyone is all in a tizzy about school shootings and AR-15’s…….because we have become a shallow, reactionary society. I’ve heard all about violent video games and music and blah, blah, blah…….when the actual root cause of our problems is failed parents, failed schools, failed curriculum, failed leaders and institutions, and sadly……failed and damaged young people for whom I do not hold out much hope for.

Western Civilization is being overrun by children. Not just by literal children, but by petulant, emotional children whom are inhabiting adult bodies. I don’t mean people, like me, who can be immature and impatient, or may make uncouth statements…….I mean people whose response to every single issue or event is governed by irrational, unthinking, emotion. Whether its “gender identity”, gun control, or railing against the supposed “patriarchy”, there aren’t many critically thinking adults involved.  All modern universities offer is the ability to dress up the ideas of idiots in fancy language. Rampant ignorance about human nature and actual history are the rules of the day. Maybe that’s why when I see a bunch of high-school kids telling me what rights I can or can’t enjoy, regardless of the traumatic events they went through ( How would we ever win WW2 today? Those were drafted “kids”, after all ) I tend to have a negative reaction.

My advice to the President is this: Stop listening to progressives and schoolchildren for your solutions to what is a societal parenting and education problem. We don’t need “gun control”, as there is less access to guns now than in the past……..we need “loser control”. If law enforcement wasn’t populated by politicians like Sheriff Israel in Parkland, FL. – and our bureaucratic systems weren’t bogged down with incompetent, unelected leftists that are impossible to fire, maybe we could trust a system that could identify nuts like the school shooter and the Republican baseball practice shooter before they act……but we don’t have that. We have a United States where half of the population is mindlessly ignorant and childlike, that demands virtue-signaling, dumb responses to tragedies, and a Justice Department dedicated to overthrowing an election and not preventing crime. Worse, we have a significant percentage of people who do not understand where our Rights come from. The Constitution tells the government what Rights we were given at birth by our Creator – whom or whatever you think that is – that cannot be taken away by that government. The Right to Bear Arms was not granted by our founding documents, just recognized by them. I would advise President Trump to keep that in mind when pontificating pandering to his enemies over defense of our Rights………as he cannot take away what God has given, and to try would be disastrous folly.

“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, January 30, 1787




Wisdom Or We’s Dumb?

Out of respect for the families and victims of the Florida school shooting, I have not commented on the events of that day. After witnessing the disgusting displays of naked propaganda at the CNN “town hall” event however, the time for silence is over. Warning……I will not be handing out sympathy and understanding for the gross, scripted, and horrid statements made by some of the survivors and their newly found politician friends. The poor kids that survived this ordeal, and whom will deal with awful mental trauma, of course deserve empathy……but that sentiment quickly fades when some of those kids, and the parents that they are poorly served by, become useful idiots in service of a cynical political agenda.  The previous week has been filled with adolescent vitriol and immature, arrogant posturing, and I’m left with the realization that those pushing the progressive agenda are at best ignorant, and at worst………really, really, dumb. Where are the adults in any debate currently going on in the United States?

I really do hate to say any of this. It would be nice if the never-ending tantrum that has overtaken what used to be the “left” would stop, but since November 2016 the childish fits and machinations have grown ever-more-intense. It’s become very obvious that the “resistance” is to everything……and those participating in it can be broken down into two groups – clueless servants and their knowing masters. Sadly, the reaction to the most recent school shooting is further demonstrating this fact. All due respect, really…….but what thinking, adult parent would speak about gun control policy at a CNN propaganda event just days after losing a child? What thinking, adult parent would allow their child……whom had just survived and/or been involved in a school shooting……to speak politically and arrogantly at such an event? This whole debacle is indicative of a larger trend that has been gaining steam over the past decade, and we are witnessing the culmination of it. It’s the “kids are wise, innocent, and have the solutions to society’s most important issues” philosophy……..and it means doom.

In case you didn’t know, kids aren’t “wise”. Nor are they particularly smart. Sure, those of us who have kids love them and think they’re the greatest……but regardless of whether they have an 80 IQ or a 180 IQ, they are unformed, and incomplete, human beings. The failed and disastrous “self-esteem based” parenting strategies of the past 20 years are bearing fruit, and it’s rotten. What many people forget is that it’s not just the kids……it’s their parents. The parents whom have bought into this toxic and suicidal philosophy are responsible for the greatest failure – of educating and creating productive members of society – that has ever been known. The appalling stupidity of the modern American high school student is profound, and it can be singularly blamed on the decision to teach “self-esteem” and “activism” instead of critical thinking. The boring, yet productive, method of teaching facts, mathematics, and history have been replaced by instructing “victimhood” and entitlement…….and it’s not working.

The parent that mindlessly sends their kid off to public school expecting them to be protected and educated – without their input, concern, or involvement – is part of the problem. Another part of the problem is a school system mostly devoid of any ethical standards, discipline, morality, or even classical instruction. Activist schools hiring activist teachers only make activist students…….so why is anyone surprised at what we’re seeing? The question then becomes, “Why the instant, and crass, move to use this shooting as a knee-jerk motive for destroying the 2nd Amendment?”. Because the progressive left has no shame, and frankly, neither do some of these kids and their parents. The simple fact that until you’re out of your teens your brain is physically incapable of good decision-making is evidently lost on those calling for us to “listen to the kids”. Besides, as long as the U.S. globally ranks 17th in education and 2nd in social ignorance, I’d say it’s the “kids” that need to do more listening.

The police knew of the shooter, and had been called to his residence 39 times in the previous year. The FBI had been made aware of his online threats to become a “professional school shooter”. People knew he was screwed up, gathering weapons and behaving maliciously. The school knew of his problems, as he was expelled……with written communications directing officials to not allow him onto school property “with a backpack”. Is it the fault of an inanimate object that no one did their job, including the school’s armed Resource Officer, who cowered outside? Were any of the shooter’s fellow students part of a bullying problem, if so do they bear part of the blame? Banning guns will never happen in the United States, so what’s the goal and ultimate aim? What compromise or solution do these newly-minted Parkland Shooting Activists propose, or is it just an excuse to shout at the NRA and 2nd Amendment proponents? Is it the fault of violent video games, or the parents that allowed their kid to have access to them? Before you say I’m not willing to compromise on a possible solution, I’ll agree to the following: raise the age of purchasing a weapon to twenty-one years old……….and at the same time raise the voting age to the same.  Deal? I mean, it’s all about protecting the “kids”, right?


“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.” – Adolph Hitler