Lately, I think it's the price that most people are screaming about. I wonder how many people still haven't noticed that the size of the carton went down at the same time the price was going up. A gallon of ice cream is a thing of the past, and $4.99 a pint has become the new normal. It's a lot higher, if one isn't content to take a dose of rBGH, antibiotics, glyphosate, GMO allergens from soy and sugar beets, carrageenan, and an assortment of petroleum based food colors along with desert.
I'm not, and I've been paying roughly ten bucks a pop for Alden's organic ice cream, just for the privilege of eating ice cream that really is just ice cream.
With the 2020 elections approaching, Democrats, and some Republicans, are waxing hysterical once again. To nobody's surprise, the rights of American gun owners are among their most prominent whipping boys. Of course, that includes trotting out a dozen threadbare, already discredited memes, as well as one of the dumbest ideas anyone's proposed since the invention of firearms; the smart gun. Even Creepy 'N' Clueless Joe, a man that I seriously doubt is able to put his shoes on the right feet without a diagram, has tried it on. So, what's wrong with smart guns? Let me count the ways.
I'll begin with the obvious. Anyone who owns a firearm for self defense, be it a police officer, a civilian concealed carry license holder, a homeowner, even someone who's job or other pursuits takes them into the wilderness, requires a defensive weapon that is as reliable as it is humanly possible to make it. It has to go bang whenever its owner needs it to, no excuses. Anything which adds a level of complexity to that process, and therefore another thing that can go horribly wrong, is a bad idea.
Proponents argue that the technology will prevent unauthorized use of firearms. The idea is that if a criminal or mentally unstable person gets control of a weapon, they won't be able to use it. On it's face, that may be true, but it's a simple and naive view.
At the risk of bringing down the wrath of the lunatic Left, I am a Trump supporter. My willingness to be a supporter has waxed and waned; I was reluctant in 2016, growing in enthusiasm as I watched his judicial appointments and ongoing efforts to secure our border, and currently on the verge of disappearing after his support of so called red flag laws and enhanced back ground checks (whatever that means - his statements on that matter have been a little thin on details, and he now appears to be backing away from the subject). I find his recent determination to embrace the out of control biotech industry and push 5G into our lives absolutely horrifying.
I voted for Trump to put an end to domestic surveillance, restore the economy by ending the FED and issuing interest free money from the Treasury, clean the corruption out of the Federal bureaucracy, repeal the Obamacare disaster. and secure our borders. In short, to return the country to Constitutional principles and the rule of law. On the plus side, the border is being gradually secured, a lot of corrupt bureaucrats have been pink slipped, and a lot of strict constructionist judges have been appointed. However, the minus side of the balance sheet looks pretty grim. The Federal Reserve is still manipulating the economy, turning Trump's recovery into nothing more than a brief reprieve. The National Debt is now beyond the point of no return, impossible to pay off, anyway. Obamacare, while currently defunded, is still on the books and still being partially enforced, just waiting for a future leftist administration to restart the horror show. Not only have the completely illegal domestic surveillance programs that Edward Snowden revealed not been stopped, Trump expanded them, and his administration is still trying to destroy the whistleblowers who shined a light on them. And, I haven't had to fight this hard for my right to keep and bear arms since Slick Willy's first term.
As things stand right now, I could not vote for this man again in good conscience. I keep reminding myself that Trump likes to keep both his opponents and his allies off balance and guessing. He's said one thing and done another repeatedly. Perhaps I'm taking his Presidency too seriously. The President does not operate in a vacuum. There's Congress to worry about as well, and most of them are on medications for conditions that should disqualify them for office, in a sane world.
Right now, the only person on the planet who can beat Donald Trump in 2020, is Donald Trump, and he's doing a good job of it. He appears to believe that he can ignore the Second Amendment voter, and that issues such as genetically engineered ingredients in our food, which are known to cause all sorts of health and environmental issues, and untested, potentially dangerous tech such as 5G wireless are only issues for a few left wing wackos. I can only assume he's getting bad advice, because a lot of people like me are talking about staying home on election day. If that happens, if we end up with a President Warren, then a second American revolution will quickly follow. That may occur regardless, given that the Left has collectively lost its mind, and is rapidly spiraling down into the abyss of violent radicalism. A lot can happen in a year. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I am, and have always been, unafraid to voice my opinions. In fact I believe everyone needs to vent now and then, and we all have a God given right to do so. I despise willful ignorance and intellectual dishonesty, and take a perhaps perverse pleasure in puncturing the politically correct proclamations of those who have anointed themselves as our betters. I could be described as a contrarian and a bit of a curmudgeon, having now reached an age at which those labels no longer sound odd. Not everything I'll address here will be controversial. In fact, I would rather keep that sort of thing somewhat limited (and it should surprise no one that I probably won't succeed in doing so). We already have our fill of whining talking heads on the 'net. However, if you are easily offended or thin skinned, you might want to skip this blog. You have been warned.