Posted in Education, In The News, Politics

Are You on the Bus of Integrity

Have you seen the big yellow bus of insinuation parked by Murphy’s on the bypass?  The intent, obviously, was to make people think Clark County Public Schools was endorsing Bill Taulbee for the school board seat district 1.  What Mr. Taulbee did not count on was the backlash of his outlandish act.  I spoke with Superintendent Paul Christy who strenuously denied the insinuation.  Mr. Christy stated the bus in question is not now nor has it ever been a part of the CCPS fleet.  In fact, he received multiple phone calls from angry citizens demanding to know why a school bus was used in this political stunt.  It certainly implied that the tax dollars you spend in our schools go to support Mr. Taulbee’s campaign, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

Mr. Taulbee’s choice of placing a sign on a bus not only nullifies any message he hoped to have but also toys with the boundaries of zone signage ordinances.  Section 11 of Winchester’s Zoning Ordinances deal with the specifications of signs.  Vehicle signs exempt from the ordinance are those painted or affixed to vehicles, contain only business/owner name, are on vehicles used in the business not just merely for displaying a sign, and are parked in an area appropriate for the business and in a manner that minimizes street visibility.  None of those apply to Mr. Taulbee’s bus stunt.

When Mr. Taulbee posted the picture of his infamous bus stunt to his campaign page he only incited more anger.  Again, using the tactic of insinuation, he implied employees of the school system aside from teachers were forgotten.  The facts are that other employees received raises alongside teachers.  It was just another smokescreen intended to conflict rather than clarify.  The campaign trail is where the candidate puts his best foot forward.  So what does that say when the candidate’s campaign tactics are deceit, misrepresentation, insinuation, and outright excuses to avoid constituents one one one?  Well, you don’t need a bus to tell you what that is a sign of!

Prior to this misstep, Mr. Taulbee was reported for exploiting his position as football booster president for political gain.  It has been said that Mr. Taulbee while presenting awards, working concessions and engaging in other booster activities he was simultaneously campaigning.  A bit frowned upon.  His own Facebook posts have alluded to such controversial campaign tactics.  Even as he used his booster position to benefit him politically, he also uses it as an excuse to shirk his duties.  His political mailer states, “I would personally would (sic) have liked to speak to every voter in the District. Unfortunately, due to working a full time (sic) job and performing my duties as the George Rogers Clark Football Booster President, I may not make it to your house before the election on November 6th.”  In my opinion, that is code for if you’re involved with football I’ve talked to you and if you’re not then why bother?

When I discussed these matters with Mr. Taulbee’s opponent, Patti Columbia, she understood the anger and frustration of her supporters but remained true to her eternal optimism and commitment.  She will continue to run a clean positive campaign centered on how she can serve the community.  That comes as no surprise to her supporters because it is classic Patti.

Patti Columbia didn’t just decide one day to run for school board.  For years, people have asked her to run.  Typical of her nature, she would only run if she believed she was the best person for the job.  She invested her time in educating herself about procedures and needs, attended countless board meetings, interacted with the community and a plethora of other things no prior board candidate has done before tossing her proverbial hat in the ring.

Patti Columbia doesn’t blur lines of integrity, she happily engages in the tiresome footwork of door to door campaigning and orchestrated her life to make the board seat a priority rather than something to try to make time for.  That is why the best choice for District 1 and all of Clark County is Patti Columbia.  Because integrity and insinuations really do tell the tale of the candidate.

Posted in Church, Holidays, In The News, Politics

All Sides Against Church Christ Cathedral

Any true Liberal or Christian should be alarmed at the antics of Indiana’s Church Christ Cathedral.  In an alarmingly boneheaded move, the church decided to put Mary and Joseph in a cage to protest illegal immigrant families being separated.  Let’s just blow right past the fact that nothing being done now has not been done before.  And that criminals in America don’t get to take their kids to jail with them.

christ churchAs a nod to viral social media ignorance, liberals are cheering for this alleged church.  In typical, only-my-agenda-matters fashion conceptual thinking is traded for the thrill of a participation ribbon.  They abandon the First Amendment they have screamed for in the past and will no doubt protest for in the future.  But here’s the thing about the First Amendment.  It not only prevents the government from endorsing the church but also the church from influencing legislation.  So, if you cheer this church jumping in the political ring then, consider the influence pastors have, get over prayer in school, hang The Ten Commandments back on the wall and try not to choke on your Merry Christmas.

While you do all that keep in mind the church is tax exempt.  Ordinarily, I would be shocked a church leader would be so reckless with his church’s financial solvency.  However, considering the pretzel-like manipulations of Scripture he used to put himself in the national spotlight, I’m not surprised at all.  This church leader’s deliberate stirring of murky water only clarifies his intent to drag his congregation down that road paved with good intentions.

Posted in Celebrities, In The News, Politics

Peter Fonda – Politics is Not an Excuse

When you become as unhinged as Peter Fonda there is something far more wrong with you than politics.

In now deleted Tweets, Fonda called for 12-year-old Barron Trump, our president’s son,  to be caged with pedophiles, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders children to be removed from her, and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Neilson, to be stripped naked, put in a cage, and tortured while being filmed “for posterity.”  This man should immediately be put on every government watch list and banned forever from the entertainment industry.

What prompted his meltdown?  He demands better treatment of illegal immigrant children.  Oh, okay, let’s attack women and children as a means to show how much we care about women and children.  In what hemisphere is this okay?

According to him, we should brutalize women and children based on politics.  That means that all of you in the #Metoo movement according to Fonda if you disagree with him you should be stripped, raped, tortured and caged; and your children too.  You going to stand for that?  Are you going to let this man undo all the progress you’ve made, the changes you’ve implemented, and all the respect you’ve earned?

Who will step up and say this is far from okay?  Who will ban him from the stage, Screen Actors Guild, or the Motion Picture Association of America?  Will directors Patricia Riggen, Daniel Sackheim, Carlton Cuse, and Morten Tyldum replace him in Jack Ryan as was done to Kevin Spacey?  Will writer Tom Clancy make a teachable moment by ending Jack Ryan as was done to Roseanne Barr?

This is by no means a defense of Spacey, Barr, or any of the others.  This is calling a spade a spade.  It’s about abuse and torture of women and children being more important than politics, entertainment, or childish outbursts.

Fonda is a despicable human being.  It doesn’t matter he deleted the Tweets.  It matters that he not only had the thoughts but deemed them acceptable enough to put on Twitter.  Which means his warped mind believed the majority of people would acquiesce.  It is not only repulsive it’s horrifying.  If he is willing to publicize his disgusting intentions at a time when celebrities are being fired, banned, and sued for mistreatment of women we have no reason to believe he will not act on his sick impulses.

There is a line in humanity that is not erased by politics, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or race.  It’s not a fluid line.  It doesn’t move.  There is unequivocally no reason to EVER say the vile things he did.  The question is, America, what will you do about it?

 

Posted in Church, Faith, In The News, Politics

Is a Vote for Trump a Mockery of Jesus

Recently, an article posted on Facebook declared any Christian who voted for Trump was “making a mockery of Jesus Christ.” The article beats the same worn drum. Trump disrespects women.  A womanizer should not be in the White House.  Really?  Bill Clinton turned the Oval Office into a whorehouse!  Hillary re-victimized the women by attacking them. Clinton’s accusers came forward on their own while attorney Lisa Bloom sought to pay women $700,000 to accuse Trump. Neither Republicans nor Democrats get a trophy for their treatment of women.

The nerve center of the article isn’t political. It is spiritual. It takes unmitigated gall of catastrophic proportions to measure a person’s faith by the ballot box. Moses was a murderer used by God. David was an adulterer and orchestrated a murder yet God called him a man after God’s heart. Rahab was a prostitute but was in the direct lineage of Christ. God’s power and grace are on full display when he uses unfit, unwanted and imperfect people to do great things.

The “good” people in the Bible were the Pharisees and Sadducees, those termed Teachers of the Law.  They were in charge in Jesus’ day.  They set themselves as the moral compass and the beacon of all that was right.  Jesus, however, referred to them as hypocrites, a brood of vipers, snakes, phonies, and oppressive.  Jesus set Himself up against the holier-than-thou even as He reclined with sinners.

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The mockery of Jesus comes when we promote our vote as the only Christian one.  Or when we use faith as a weapon of mass destruction.  It’s a pitfall Jesus warned us about and fought against.  He left no question as to our inability to judge one another.

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A person who uses a vote as a measuring stick of faith only invites questions about himself.  One of the foundational beliefs of Christianity is that God works good through bad situations.  Shaming someone for their vote defies that core belief.  Our shoulders are not the ones of which the weight of the government rests.  That is Jesus’ job.  God makes our job equally clear.

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That verse prohibits the Christian from saying, “not my president.”  It makes no difference whether or not you like the president.  God expects His people to act according to His Word and do right even if the government is wrong.  It is the responsibility of every minister in America to bring that point home to their congregations.

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When you see people on social media promoting such outrageous claims of mockery ask yourself why.  Humans have personal agendas but God has an agenda for humanity.  More often than not, God will enter from an unexpected avenue through the least capable person.  So, is a vote for Trump a mockery of Jesus?  No!  It is a surrender that we’ve done all we can and depend on a loving and just God to do what we can’t.  It speaks to a deep knowing that regardless of what the world says, it’s the sinner who has a true heart for God.

Posted in In The News, Politics

Open Letter to Piers Morgan

I have read your remarks about the Las Vegas Shooting. I have followed you for years and have at times agreed with you. Not now.  For reasons that escape me you have taken it upon yourself to proclaim you have the answers for America. The audacity you have to think a non-American citizen has the right to determine our laws is incomprehensible.  Your unmitigated gall to demand of OUR President what must be done in OUR country demonstrates a level of privilege, you sir, do not have.  You speak in terms of “we” but you haven’t been part of “we” since 1776.  revolutionary flag

Three days into our tragedy and you, a foreigner, want to play American politics?  Your blustering arrogance runs amok while the blood of our citizens runs through the streets!  You want to put hurting people in your verbal crosshairs?  On a subject that doesn’t impact you?  And you do it with a superiority that your humble queen does not possess.  You speak with a level of calculated indifference of which I cannot conceive and an authority you do not have.
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Stating the shooter “ran out of ammo” spotlights your lack of knowledge.  The FBI has yet to reveal how many guns he used and if those ammo clips pictured in his room were full. Considering they are stacked, not strewn about the room, it’s a good bet they are full.  We know he had cameras to alert him when to commit suicide and avoid arrest.  We also know he shot through the hotel door at a security guard who approached the room.  He shot 9-11 minutes at the crowd.  It was 72 minutes from the first 911 call to swat breaching the room.  Why?  Because he had stopped shooting, and the situation downgraded from active shooter to a barricade.

It’s reasonable to conclude after he shot the security guard he assumed the police weren’t far behind and committed suicide.  No one will know for sure until the investigation is complete.  However, your conjecture of him running out of ammo is not likely.

It’s mind-bending what you’ve convinced yourself you know about America.  In the 80’s trucks on American roads had stocked gun racks in the back window.  They were there for hunting or target shooting.  Everyone had guns, but we weren’t killing each other like today.  So, how did we get here? The answer is simple.

Liberal entertainment promotes violent gory movies, violent lyrics in music, video games depicting mass murder, and the need to glorify celebrities and athletes regardless of their crimes. Do you know the science behind what happens to the human brain when subjected to violent situations repeatedly?  Emotionally disconnected parents and technology connected kids is a deadly combination.

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There is a shocking erosion of empathy created by personal agendas.  You are case in point.  You need to focus on your country’s safety rather than meddle in ours.  Despite your gun laws terror frequents your country.  What’s being done about that?  Should Americans be demanding more regulation on knives in the United Kingdom?  What about cars?  That’s the weapon of choice for your country?  What are you doing about it?  If you cannot keep your countrymen safe what in the world makes you think you have the answers for a country 40 times your size? London terror

 

As an American expert, you must know about the drug problem?  A myriad of laws handed down, for our safety, has only harmed those legitimately needing medications.  Meanwhile, drug-related crimes and deaths have increased in spite of all the legislation.  If it didn’t work for drugs why would it work for guns?  Your smugness steeped in ignorance is a stench to the American people.  Your complete failure of human empathy is troubling at best.

Our people are not even buried yet and you verbally attack us?  Shame on you!  How you find the nerve to disregard and disrespect the lives lost in order to flaunt your ill-perceived and grossly uneducated views about a country you’re not a part of, is beyond me.  You proclaim this a time to talk gun legislation.  I proclaim it a time to mourn, heal, support Las Vegas, and come together as a country.

When it comes time to address the matter we must start by realizing that the first thing Stephen Paddock killed was his ability to empathize.  We have a responsibility to consider ALL avenues leading to destruction.  But make no mistake Mr. Morgan, you are not part of that we.

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Posted in In The News, Politics

Skewed View of Historical Monuments

This rabid need to destroy Confederate monuments is dishonoring to the slaves who gained their freedom after the Civil War.  Those monuments have stood as a reminder that hate didn’t win – until now.  In a bizarre turn of events destroying “hate monuments” is only bringing hate and violence on a scale not seen since the Civil Rights Movement.

Collectively, slaves were a strong group and intelligent beyond any credit given to them. They persevered in the worst of conditions.  It was their unshakable faith and solitude that prompted the North to intervene on their behalf.  Other people saw slaves and were so moved by compassion and love that they were willing to rip the country apart!  What an incredible exhibit of human compassion.

I am by no means, dismissing slavery.  I cannot even fathom it.  But I am always struck by the remarkable human spirit that people are now overlooking.  First and foremost the slaves. These people were owed everything but demanded only their freedom, after the war.  White people saw the shameless conditions and were so emotionally moved some were willing to fight against their own family on behalf of slaves they never knew.

Those statues aren’t markers of hate. They’re evidence of how strong and courageous the African-American people are. Anyone beaten, downcast, humiliated, or unloved should find hope in those monuments.  It should remind them that whatever they are going through today a group of people endured worse.  Most of all they should be a reminder that hate lost to compassion, love, and the overriding human spirit.  confed monument

Today, people who have never endured what the slaves did want to claim offense by heritage or offense. They are demanding respect because of a history of slavery while demeaning the respect the slaves already earned. As a result, they are undoing everything the Civil War and their ancestors accomplished.

Rather, than look at those monuments and be enveloped in the sense of strength and fortitude of their ancestors they prefer to be offended. That offense is doing nothing but shining a spot light on hate. For every monument torn down, there are five hate groups waiting to riot. People are fighting and dying in a war that has already been won.  Their choice to be a victim is an entirely new form of slavery with shackles greater than any their ancestors ever endured.

Posted in Bullying, Celebrities, In The News, Politics

What Are Meryl Streep Bullying Lessons

Mainstream and social media are abuzz about Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes. And why should they not be after Streep declared an alliance between celebrities and the media, promising they will help each other?  Yet, do you not think that anyone, famous or no, who wants to create an intimate bond with the media seeks to disarm freedom of the press?  The very point of having a free press is that they are beholden to no one. However, Streep made clear that is not her desire. She seeks an international news outlet willing to promote the Hollywood agenda. The very thing that is least like the majority of Americans.

741c8d12-b998-4f79-8c0c-550406781435Streep essentially used her time at the podium to hold the American people hostage. Rather than do what she is paid millions of dollars to do, entertain us, she opted to shame us instead. With no regard to her fans who may have voted for Donald Trump, she attacked him. So, I ask you, standing before your multiple bosses, who control your monetary value, are you going to take the opportunity to insult some of them? No! That’s crazy. So, why did Meryl Streep do it? Was she within her celebrity rights to do so or was she being the very bully she claimed to be against? That’s the question we’ll answer here.

That is a typical bullying tactic. Get people where they expect one thing then give them another. Bullying takes many forms. Yet, the fundamental tactics remain the same. Do bullies ever attack alone or do they wait for an audience? Do they have the capability to look at their side objectively or just assume everyone who disagrees with them is wrong?

When someone goes to excessive lengths to make sure her lone opinion is perceived as all-consuming truth you must ask yourself why. What is the motive? What in this person’s history makes her a bullying expert? Does she have a reputation for working with bullying organizations? Has she used her lucrative career to shine a light on bullying? And if the answer to these questions is no, then you must ask is she being self-serving now?

Streep is close friends with Hillary Clinton. Clinton lost the election to Donald Trump. Streep calls our President-elect a bully. Not even after 9/11 did we see the media and celebrities commenting so viciously or proclaiming such devastation. The loss of thousands of lives apparently pales in significance to their candidate losing.

In a desperate attempt to recover, celebrities began touting themselves as victims. They call our future president and anyone who voted for him a bully. But how do we define a bully? Is it not an angry, quarrelsome person who habitually antagonizes another? Or is it someone who goes to excessive lengths to publicly mock the opinions of those who differ from them? Isn’t is someone who attacks another because they have the audacity to be different than them?

History shows us that a bully who finds herself on the losing end turns the tables and claims victim status in a desperate attempt for a positive outcome. Remember the movie Mean Girls? Rachel McAdams character is clearly the bully throughout the movie. But when she finds her popularity is lost and those she once controlled are now thinking for themselves, she turns the tables. The bully takes on the role of victim in order to get what she wants. It’s a common bullying ploy.

Proclaiming to be victimized is nothing new. What we have to do is sort true bullying from self-serving propaganda of those who can’t stand to lose. In this case, we’re looking at Meryl Streep because she took the side of a bullying advocate with no history to support it. Rather than speak out for those bullied she gave a standing ovation to child molester meryl-streepRoman Polaski. Has she ever volunteered time or money to any bullying cause? In all her words did she bother to mention the biggest bullying headline in recent history? No, she did not.

Mere days, before Streep forced her “bullying” stance upon unsuspecting Americans a mentally disabled man was kidnapped, tortured and bullied in Chicago. Why would any self-respecting bullying advocate ignore such a splendid time to draw attention to this? Is it because it happened in Chicago, the home of another friend, Barrack Obama?

There is no doubt that Meryl Streep is disappointed and heartbroken for her dear friend Hillary Clinton. Who could blame her? But an attempt to claim victim mentality, shame a nation of voters and pretend to advocate bullying as a ruse to turn America against an incoming president is wrong.

Streep employed all the tactics of a well-seasoned bully. She made sure her unsubstantiated remarks were put before her wildly supportive clique. She used her position to shame what she views as weaker people who voted for Trump. She claimed victim mentality from her mansion in Hollywood while ignoring the true bullying victim in Chicago. And all of this she did to present herself as a higher authority than the average voter, to benefit her friend, and to appear as the voice of reason so all would applaud her. Meryl Streep doesn’t care about bullying or the average American. She is simply a mean girl trying to turn the tables.

 

Posted in Celebrities, In The News, Politics

The Giant Heart of America is Awake & Roaring

The ridiculous behavior of people after the election is EXACTLY the reason Donald Trump won. The real Americans are sick to death of your endless belly-aching and temper tantrums when you don’t get your way. We’ve had enough of your entitlement attitude that everything in life should be free and handed to you without you lifting a finger to improve your country, your community or even yourself. Our ears have gone numb from hearing about your oh, so offense mechanism and victim mentality. You want to place blame on your precious Hillary not getting into office? Blame yourselves. Everything you are doing now only confirms that Trump was the right choice.

A good portion of the blame rests on celebrities who for reasons that baffle me, have reached the erroneous conclusion that they have the right to tell us how to vote. They stand before us like gods of knowledge who don’t know the first thing about the backbone of this country. They’re not upset because Trump won. They’re upset because they lost. Now, they must face the reality that they are not as powerful as they thought they were.

They were laboring under the misconception that if they threatened to leave the country that we would be so desperate to keep them we’d do exactly as they bid us to. Surprise! We truly do see you only for entertainment value. What’s not a surprise? Not one of them is leaving the country.

chelsea-handler-president-trump-reaction-netflix-300x200Chelsea Handler made a complete fool out of herself with her crybaby stunt about staying only in the country because we need “her voice.” Uh…. we didn’t listen to you before what makes you think we care now? A trained monkey could perform as well as you so, adios.

Then there’s Katy Perry who should be locked up for trying to incite a riot. She instructed her fans to “fight” and warned of a coming “revolution.” Well, that’s one thing I’ll agree with her on. The revolution is coming, Katy. It’s just not the mind-numbingly stupid one you have playing in your head.

The election map gives a vivid picture of what is taking place in our country. The middle of the map is covered in red and the bookend states are blue. The bookend states, California and New York, epitomize everything that is wrong with America. They have spent years amassing their wealth by stepping on the backs of middle America. They have shoved their personal agendas down our throats disregarding the fact we were choking on them. They mocked and ignored us. They wrote us off of as inconsequential. All to the tune of gaining more money, power and fame for themselves.

While they paid to play and partied over their certain win, the heart of the country seethed. While the most loud-mouthed in the country built Hillary up and enshrined her, the heartland waited. We knew our day was coming. Unlike Hillary’s motor-mouths the heart of America didn’t waste time arguing with them. What would be the point in that? We knew exactly how to strike back – at the polls. And on Tuesday night the sleeping giant awoke and took back what had been stolen – the heart of America.

So, if it makes the spoiled college brats feel better to throw a temper tantrum in the streets, go ahead. If all of election-protests-californiaHollywood has to cry a whole new ocean of tears, have at it. It’s not going to change a thing. Your day is gone. It’s our turn to see what happens when the president can’t be bought. It’s going to be a long eight years for you. See, that’s the thing about sleeping giants – you never see them coming. And once you’ve rattled the cage enough to wake them you’re hard pressed to put them back to sleep.

Posted in In The News, Politics

Hendricks vs Mayfield – Choice is Easy

How sick are you of bickering politicians? Have you had enough of the nasty attacks launched by desperate, hanging-on-to-the-bottom-rung politicians? Ever hear those vicious radio or TV ads and say to yourself, “Don’t tell me how bad your opponent is. Tell me what YOU can do!”?

10646778_365019330329150_6708033455147814221_nWell, Kentucky State Representative Donna Mayfield’s re-election campaign ads have always put an emphasis on what she has done and will continue to do. She lets her record speak for her. She has faced many opponents but her honesty, integrity, and hard work have always ensured her success.

Representative Mayfield is currently facing off with John Hendricks in this election to represent Clark and Madison Counties as a Kentucky State Representative. Fully aware he lacks the ability to stand positively against Rep. Mayfield, Mr. Hendricks has launched an eleventh-hour vile, personal attack. Hendricks and his campaign consultant(s) sent out a mailing with such blatant lies against Rep. Mayfield that even someone with the very basic fact-checking skills could disprove.  Hendricks actually had the audacity to attack Rep. Mayfield’s faith.

Unfortunately, this is not a new tactic for this particular group of individuals. Clark Countians recall the election where this same tactic was used against Dr. Ralph Alvarado. Alvarado was running for Kentucky’s Senate when a spliced and intentionally misleading video began running on TV and online accusing Alvarado of running his medical practice as a pill-mill and frauding Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars. Dr. Alvarado not only won that election but the defamation lawsuit he filed as well.

So, the question begs to be asked; why would these people repeat the same scandalous 14572831_10210940573456061_6444636208776001669_nbehavior? The answer is simple. They have no other choice. Mr. Hendricks lacks the ability to compete with Rep. Mayfield on even ground and he knows it. If the voters of Clark and Madison Counties look at the two equally, what they have done, and what they are capable of accomplishing in the future, the choice is clear: Donna Mayfield.

Knowing he is unable to compete with her work ethic and integrity, not to mention her tireless commitment and relationship with the constituents, he had no choice but to turn to negative fabrications. The only way to make himself look good and fit for the job was to make her look bad. With no truthful negativity about Rep. Mayfield, he had to use distortion and outright lies. That behavior only highlights how much he does not know about the people he wants to represent. Namely, that we are not as stupid as he thinks we are.

Hendricks is banking on people simply being gullible enough to believe some words he had printed on a flier and mailed out. He doesn’t find us capable enough to see through the mud let alone be fully aware of all Rep. Mayfield has done to improve our communities. Hendricks is laboring under the misconception that he can deceive and trick his way into the state representative position. His motto may as well be “keep the people stupid.”

14910387_10211047548130361_5409731838046637223_n-1The last thing Kentucky needs is more negativity in Frankfort. So, on November 8th go to the polls and send a clear-cut message to John Hendricks and others like him: We are not stupid, we prefer positivity over trash talk and we see all Rep. Mayfield has done for us. Each time we reject these vile, personal, shockingly libelous fabrications being touted as truth we shift ourselves in a more positive, life-affirming direction.

Posted in In The News, Politics

Crosshairs of Change

I cannot begin this post without first expressing my deepest condolences to the victims in Orlando. Our focus should be on praying for and finding ways to support and encourage victims of senseless crimes, rather than pushing political agendas. But considering the agendas are already flying and this is a presidential election year, I feel  compelled to speak.

I have never been a gun owner. I’m not a fan of guns. I am a fan of the Constitution. Therefore, I support those who choose to own a gun. Too much blood has been spilled protecting the gun rights of Americans and I will not demean that sacrifice. Furthermore, I have yet to hear a rational argument that can prove stricter gun laws or even removing guns from citizens would actually work. Remember the Prohibition Era when the government blamed all sins on alcohol and banned it? It changed nothing. People still found a way to get their booze and commit their crimes.

While some tout stricter gun-control as our only option I ask simple questions. Are the majority of mass murders committed with legal guns? Does a person contemplating mass murder have any regard for laws? Will terrorist stop terrorizing if they can’t get a gun? If every gun in America was destroyed would that be the end of mass murders? The answer to all of these questions is a resounding no.

Although, the Orlando shooting was done with legal guns the fact remains that the vast majority of crimes are committed with illegal weapons. Theoretically, it could be said, “Well, stricter laws would stop the murders done with legal guns.” Would it, really? There’s no way to know because anyone contemplating mass murder doesn’t care if it’s illegal to own a gun. It may make it harder for them to get a gun but in the end, the result is the same.   Criminals are obviously not deterred by laws prohibiting their actions.

Mass murders and terrorism is carried out in the perpetrators mind many times before he actually acts on it. By the time he is ready to put his plan in motion he has rehearsed it so many times it is ingrained. Anyone determined to slaughter innocent people isn’t going to say, “Good thing it’s illegal for me to get a gun. Otherwise, I’d kill scores of people.” Anyone fearful of law wouldn’t even be considering mass murder because murder has been illegal since the beginning of time.

For the sake of argument, let’s just say a man wants to commit mass murder but can’t get a gun. What do you think he’s going to do, just give up? NO! They are going to get online and in a few keystrokes have the recipe for a bomb. If Timothy  McVeigh could pull it off in the pre-internet days how hard would it be for someone today?  One well-made bomb will kill scores more than any gun ever could. The worst terrorist attack our country has ever endured was carried out without a single shot fired. Mass murders and terrorists have proven to be far more creative than we are. Taking guns from average citizens doesn’t stop terrorism but it does remove an effective line of defense against those who attack.

Rather than have the same ineffective arguments let’s try something new. Let’s realign our focus onto other solutions. Why not require nightclubs, music venues, and other public areas to maintain working metal detectors? How about we start charging parents with the same crimes their kids commit? I’m willing to bet if a parent knew they’d be in trouble for what their kids do they be a more attentive parent. More accountable parents means there will be fewer kids starting out with petty crime and morphing into violent crimes. Why don’t we overhaul our prison system so that it truly does become a place of reform rather than making sure those behind bars have conveniences? How about we stop this anti-police mentality and start working with them to provide a better, safer America?

There are many solutions that can be utilized to help end mass shootings. So, why don’t we ever hear about them? The answer is simple. Because too many people claim to want change but they don’t want to be inconvenienced or be forced to do something themselves. They’d rather blame the gun, the NRA, the Republicans or anything else to keep the attention on others and away from their inactive selves.

In the aftermath of 9/11 America was screaming and demanding to know how the terrorists got our planes. There was a national outcry for the government to make airports safer. Fifteen years later, and people have forgotten about that. Now, they get on social media to vent about long lines at airports, TSA agents who “feel them up” during a pat down, security tossing out their innocent liquids and outrage when suspicious people are removed from planes. The prevalent attitude now is to return to the security that we once called lax. Why? Because it’s a hassle and inconvenience for them. News flash people you can’t have both convenience and safety.

There’s a reason for the saying, “nothing in the world is free”. That is because everything has a price. It may not be a monetary value, it could be the cost of commitment or convenience, but there is a price to be paid. As we discovered with “free health insurance” if you aren’t paying the price someone else is. And until we can become a people who will pay the price to put ourselves in the crosshairs of change and understand that the devil isn’t in the object it’s in our hearts, then none of us are safe.   crosshairs