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Something To Think About - 7/21/20

The recent thinly veiled proposal by House Democrats to create two more Democratic Senate seats by making the District of Columbia our fifty-first state was addressed in 1964 by no less than then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, a Democrat, ho wrote: "It was indispensably necessary to the independence and the very existence of the (new) Federal Government to have a seat of government which was not subject to the jurisdiction or control of any State."

Something To Think About - 7/17/20

Writer Anne Rice once made the observation that “One moment the world is as it is. The next, it is something entirely different. Something it has never been before.

Something To Think About - 7/16/20

Escaped slave Frederick Douglass wrote of President Grant: “I see in him the vigilant, firm, impartial, and wise protector of my race from all the malign, reactionary, social, and political elements that would whelm them in destruction.” It’s too bad that the unwise, radical reactionaries tore down the Grant monument in San Francisco.

Something To Think About - 7/11/20

According to golf great Jack Nicklaus, “Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s level of aspiration and expectation.”

Something To Think About - 7/9/20

It’s been said of “History” … “that although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.”

Something To Think About - 7/7/20

Broad change in policing policy is called for nationally especially after the killings of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, the most recent and extreme examples of police use of excessive force. Eliminate choke holds? Maybe. Do away with “No Knock Warrants”? Not a good idea given that they are granted when the situation could result in the destruction of evidence or harm to the officers themselves. Elimination of qualified immunity for the arresting officer? Absolutely not unless you want to completely neuter the response of the police to a dangerous situation. You can still pursue criminal charges if warranted. Let’s instead focus on better training in the use of lethal force; and, for those with complaints against them, enact something akin to a “Three Strikes Rule” that even the unions cannot overrule.

Something To Think About - 7/6/20

Sam Ewing claims that “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.”

Something To Think About - 7/4/20

Today, let’s recall the words of journalist and cultural critic H.L. Mencken: “We must be willing to pay a price for freedom, for no price that is ever asked for it is half the cost of doing without.”

Something To Think About - 7/2/20

Interesting side note to the statue in Washington entitled “Emancipation” that special interest groups want to remove; it was voluntarily paid for by black Freedmen moved by the assassination of Lincoln. And while we’re on the subject, where is Joe Biden or the Democratic leadership in condemning the ignorance of tearing down statues honoring our Founding Fathers, the distinguished black Union regiment of the Civil War or that of abolitionist Hans Christian Heg.

Something To Think About - 7/1/20

Journalist and historian Herbert Agar believed that “Every civilization rests on a set of promises…if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend upon the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.”

Something To Think About - 6/30/20

Back before Democrats vilified capitalism, or rioters destroyed businesses regardless who owned it, it was Democratic Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey who said: “Much of our American progress has been the product of the individual who had an idea; pursued it; fashioned it; clung to it against all odds; and then profited from it.”

Something To Think About - 6/29/20

“The keynote of progress,” American businessman and philanthropist Edward A Filene reminds us, “is not merely doing away with what is bad; it is replacing the best with something better.”

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