The new year gets started for real.
Out of the blue, Ben asked me a question: “Dad, why does the King of Hearts have a knife behind his head?” I didn’t know, but I live in the 21st Century when there are virtually no mysteries left. The story of why the King of Hearts has a knife behind his head is a wonderful example of how we forget things…
As the new Congress takes its seats, the arguments and debates begin again. It’s clear to me that there are very few Congress members, Left or Right, who actually understand or care about the whys and how’s the Constitution was created the way it was. I am starting to wonder if the entropic effects of our society have worn down the past to the point where we no longer know truths which were, once upon a time, self-evident?
For example, a Congressman from Tennessee – a State well versed in the ideas of liberty and history – has introduced the annual “Let’s get rid of the Electoral College” amendment. His spokesman said that the Electoral College was supposed to “prevent someone like Donald Trump” from being elected. Why does it never occur to these people that the Electoral College did exactly what it was intended to do – prevent the likes of Hillary Clinton from becoming President?
Just some short thoughts today as I am on my way to some medical follow-ups n my knee and hopefully some other meetings.
The assassination of the Russian Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey yesterday was the fear of every security service in the world. It’s even a plot line from a Tom Clancy novel (Executive Orders). There is almost no defense against an inside job. I guarantee you today that every Secret Service Agent we have is undergoing an urgent review to see if the background checks and constant updates have missed anything. What’s more is that none of them will be offended by it because they know the first rule of security: Only people you trust can hurt you.
Putin’s ultimate response will be telling. The Turkish government cannot be happy about this, nor can they be all that upset. But a diplomatic row – just like this one – can start a world war if it isn’t handled correctly. Not that it will, but it is the kind of spark that could lead to bigger problems unless people slow down and think. Just like they didn’t in 1914.
After all the hoopla and videos and protests there is one inescapable fact that must be faced about yesterdays Electoral College vote to make Donald Trump the next President. And that is that Donald Trumps election has done more to educate the American people on how and why we have the Electoral College than any history class or college professor in the last century.
Also, if the election had gone the other way, we would be hearing lectures from progressives about how the Electoral College “saved” us.
Most of you know that know that for most of my life prior to 2008, I was closely associated with The Salvation Army. My parents are retired Officers, my sister is an officer and many – too many to count – of my friends are officers. Once upon a time (it was the 2nd biggest mistake I ever made) I was also an Salvation Army Officer. For all of that, my favorite part of The Salvation Army grinding schedule was Christmas Kettles. It was always a fun time for me personally, even though it was a lot – and I mean a LOT – of work. I’ve always said that if there was a way to get every person who walked by a kettle once to put in a dollar, the Army could do even more.
All of that to say that it was pretty cool to see Ezekiel Elliot jump into the giant kettle after scoring on Sunday night. I’m no Cowboys fan, but I did enjoy that and I am surprised that nobody had done it before. I am told by those who track such things that donations to kettles were up significantly after his jump into the Kettle. Well done. And if you happen to pass a kettle today, why not put in a dollar? It will do the most good.
Okay, let’s move on to some other things today.
By now, pretty much everybody has heard about the Chili’s manager who decided that veteran to whom he had just served a free Veterans Day meal wasn’t really a veteran and instead of just blowing it off, he very publicly and on video took the meal away from the veteran. Depending on whose version you believe, the Manager was egged on to make this decision by a “Trump Shirt Wearing WWII Vet who said that there weren’t any black soldiers during WWII,” or there are legitimate questions about the mans credentials as a veteran.
I have no real idea if the man is a veteran or not, nor do I really care. There are some things in the video that make me question his story, but at the end of the day it really isn’t up to me. The Manager has been relieved by Chili’s, at least for the moment, but as you watch this video see if you get a similar feeling to what I am getting. In the end he probably would have been better off just letting it go, but is he really in the wrong here? Read the rest of this entry