Monday, October 2, 2017

Should We Not Help Republicans Regain Their 1st Amendment Right?

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, today is the day to have the discussion about gun control policy that you arguably believe should be swept under the rug.

I refer to her answer as White House spokesperson to repeated questions about gun control by the press in response to the mass shooting (the largest in our nation ---- to date) in Las Vegas that occurred in the late evening PST yesterday/early morning EST today at an outdoor concert.

The Republican leadership, those that lead our country, could only muster comments such as, the shooting was “an act of evil” and commanding token half-hearted actions such as, lowering flags to half-mast.  I just wonder what problem lowering flags to half-mast solves, surely, none.  Arguably, it is offensive to lower flags to half-mast in this instance because, are not the lives lost worth more than that token gesture? Instead, should we not raise flags all the way and state, “we are not taking this shit anymore!” which leads me to my question, should we not help Republicans regain their 1st amendment right?

I think Republicans have lost their 1st Amendment right from intimidation by the NRA.  I believe Republicans are afraid to speak up because they are afraid the NRA will bully them (& lose their donations).  As such, we need to help them stand up to these bullies and say enough is enough.

NRA may have started out in 1871 with good cause, but I believe it lost its way when the gun and bullet manufactures gained too much sway.    Why else would they arguably be promoting guns for everyone under the guise of protecting our 2nd amendment right?  I fear their actions could lead us to losing our 2nd amendment right.

Our nation’s leading document is the Declaration of Independence, which states that we “are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Constitution, the Bill or Rights and the additional amendments were subsequently created to help us achieve these rights.  However, 59 people lost their “Life” less than 24 hours ago at the hands of a deranged man who used guns for some unknown reason, which follows the lives lost in Orlando, Sandy Hook, Columbine, etc. by people firing guns. Is not losing one’s “Life” at the hands of a person firing a gun  “destructive?”  As such, “whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [referring to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness], is [it not] the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government.”  Our founders believed so or they would not have written that into the Declaration of Independence.

Eventually, if these mass killings continue everybody will know somebody that has been killed by the hands of someone wielding a gun.  When that occurs, the 2nd amendment is at risk. Therefore, we need to help the Republicans stand up to the NRA to promote responsible gun ownership, not ownership by all, which means - gun control.

The train (i.e. the discussion on gun control) left the station today and the Republicans need to jump on or they may find themselves left behind to pack their tent all by their lonesome. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

The Shameful Editors of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)

Today, I am a very, very disappointed subscriber of the WSJ.  I woke to read that the editors accuse Senator McCain of being a back stabber.  I have both written and called the paper to tell them otherwise.    I post a copy of my letter to the editors below.

I find your caricature of John McCain in your editorial entitled, A Republican Failure, extremely offensive.  Mr. McCain has served our country well.   His refusal to bend and break under unimaginable torture as POW demonstrates his dedication to his fellow man.  If he did not stab his fellow man in the back then why would he do it near the end of his life?

Moreover, you fail to recognize the true problem.  The problem is lack of leadership, which starts at the top.  Donald Trump has been a failure. He does not understand the problem and as such he cannot help the Republicans improve their aim (i.e. stated goal).

The goal should be in three successive steps: first contain, then stop and then reduce the cost of healthcare.  This goal may require repealing parts or all of the ACA, but repealing ACA does not truly address the causes that have led to healthcare costs increasing on average 250 bps more than GDP over the past 50 years.  Government regulation crafted by both parties during this period has created an industry that works in an oligopoly framework.  Both parties must work together to unwind this mess.