I Consider Myself Now To Be Free

No, I did not watch the “debate.”

For two reasons. First, I no longer have to do that. Second, because nothing that happened on that stage was or will on a future stage change anybody’s mind or vote. After the millions of dollars which have been spent; after the primaries and caucuses, nothing that happens on that stage last night makes anybody say, “Hey, I was wrong! I should vote for __________ instead!” Not a single actual substantive issue or problem was seriously discussed (I did read the transcript) or “debated” in any way, shape or form. It was a ninety-minute commercial and drinking game with the added element of “Will one of the Candidates cough?” (A: Nope.)

There was also a third reason. Last night I watched the Miami Marlins play a baseball game against the New York Mets. It was the first game for the Marlins after their star young pitcher, Jose Fernández was killed Sunday morning in a boating accident.

Now you can tell me all about how unimportant baseball is and how I am burying my head in the sand or how I am trivializing the election between two of the absolute worst possible people ever nominated to become President. Or, you can take a few minutes and learn about Mr. Fernández and who he was and how he got to be an American citizen. And why.

Pay attention to *WHY* he wanted to become an American.

“I’m an American citizen now — I’m one of them. I consider myself now to be free.”

cdxcxcvw8aar8rvBelieve me, he was everything we Conservatives believe an immigrant should be. And his story is inspiring and moving and touching in ways that you will cry when you see it, even before he dies in a stupid accident.

And in a game that had much meaning and importance to both the Mets and the Marlins as far as making the playoffs, all of that was put aside and two teams restored my faith in us as a people who know what is really important. And trust me, it’s not a meaningless debate between two people who don’t have the brio of Jose Fernández.

Neither of those two “Candidates,” regardless of who wins, have any interest in protecting liberty, no reason to prevent further government expansion and no willingness to stand up for what is right before what is popular.

But Jose Fernández? He was free. He was an American. And maybe we should try to find a few more people like him instead of the two we have up on that stage…




About FTB1(SS)

Plausibly Live is the Official Podcast of The Dave Bowman Show. From 2007 to 2015, Dave was the host of KFIV’s “Afternoons Live” (Later “The Dave Bowman Show”) and the Central Valley’s go-to man for insightful and entertaining analysis of the day's news and events. In 2015, Dave left radio to raise his son and helped to launch the Podcast 99 network (www.podcast99.org), which features voices and topics from all around the area, the nation, and the world, on a variety of subjects. Re-launching his own show as a podcast, Dave continues his look at the world around him, now without the constraints of terrestrial radio, but still with his eclectic mix of history and common sense. The primary feature element of Plausibly Live is Constitution Thursday, which since 2010 has been a weekly look at the history and impact of the US Constitution. Dave is a US Navy Submariner, a radio talk show host, father, baseball fan, avid reader and a frustrated writer. He has a passion for books, theology, submarines, coffee, tequila, 1970’s music (especially funk!) and is a ToTaL Star Trek geek. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. He was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Colorado, graduated from Ogden High School (Class of ’81) in Ogden, UT, served for eleven years in the US Navy Submarine fleet, was a Naval Instructor and as a Ballistic Missile Fire Control Technician, he achieved the rank of FTB1(SS) through sorcery and favoritism, but would have been happy staying an FTB2(SS) for life. He was trained as a targeting specialist and Battle Stations Missile Fire Control Supervisor aboard USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) and was trained on two Fire Control Systems, the Mk 98 Mod 0 TRIDENT and the Mk 88 Mod 1 POSEIDON. Later he served as a part of the Fleet Combat Training Center Dam Neck Auxiliary Security Force, which sounds impressive but was really just bait for Seal Team 6 and any Iraqi terrorists who happened to land on the beach in Virginia. He later attended Seminary in Atlanta, GA, then served as a pastor for five years before realizing the massive error of his ways. He then worked in non-Profit management until 2006 when he was hired to do sports for a local talk radio show, eventually moving into the host position in September of 2007. In the fall of 2008, after years of questioning and study, Dave completed the process of conversion to Judaism. In 2009 Dave married Cami, and in 2010 they were blessed with their son, Benjamin, to go along with four daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. In the summer of 2017, Dave and Cami relocated “back home” to Silverdale, WA, where Dave had been stationed when they first met in 1985. From September 2007 to January 2015 Dave was heard each weekday from 3pm to 6pm (Pacific) on Power Talk 1360AM & 1280 in Modesto & Stockton, CA. Today, you can hear his Podcast Show, Plausibly Live, on The Dave Bowman Show website or on The Podcast 99 Network Page.

Posted on September 27, 2016, in Baseball, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Elections, Hillary Clinton and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I didn’t watch the debate either, for the same reasons you didn’t, and did watch part of the Marlins game. That’s out of character for me as I am not a baseball fan most of the time. I’ll watch the world series if a local team (Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Reds) are in it, but that’s usually it for the season. Jose Fernandez was a class act in every sense of the word. Its players like him that would make me want to watch more baseball…


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