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Hearsay

The Democrats have moved their impeachment inquiry fiasco to the next level with their public testimonies.  These are the same witnesses that were hand-selected by the Democrats for “closed door” sessions with the goal of presenting to the public the most incriminating evidence for impeachment.  Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff have actually “raised the bar” on their accusations and are now saying that the President has committed an act of extortion and/or bribery.  Like the conductor of an orchestra, Schiff is carefully conducting every minute of his symphony.  I did not waste any time watching the televised testimony knowing that the biased media would tell me what they thought I needed to know.  From what I have seen of the testimony there has been nothing of substance.  Everything in the testimony today was hearsay.  The Democrats proudly displayed their primary witness for the day, Bill Taylor.  I think the Democrats feel that the witness’s credentials somehow make him a more trustworthy observer.  Mr. Taylor is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and received a bronze star while serving in Vietnam.  Robert Mueller had a stellar record as a marine veteran and former head of the FBI.  His Russia probe was a total disaster however and made his Democratic backers look like fools.  Despite his outstanding record, Mr. Taylor did not speak with the President and therefore does not know why the military aid was temporarily withheld to the Ukraine.  He (Taylor) assumed that the aid was contingent on the launching of an investigation into the Bidens and Burissma.  Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the EU testified last week to essentially the same assumptions.  When Taylor initially texted Sondland regarding his concerns over the delay in aid, Sondland responded that there was no quid pro quo.  Sondland testified to that while under oath in his closed door sessions.  Once other witnesses contradicted Sondland’s testimony, he suddenly “remembered” the phone call in question.  Was that a simple memory lapse or was it perjury?  Perhaps the Democrats pressured him to say there was a quid pro quo.

One thing is certain, you can’t convict someone on hearsay alone.  There has been no firsthand knowledge or objective evidence to indicate that the President pressured Zelensky into investigating the Bidens.  The military aid flowed and no investigation was ever conducted (although it should have).  The Trump Administration has been a good ally of the Ukrainians, supplying military weapons, including anti-tank missiles.  Under the Obama Administration the Russians invaded the Crimea and annexed it without Obama doing anything to stop them.  Then when the Russians invaded the Ukraine, the Ukrainians bravely fought back.  Obama aid consisted of blankets and MREs (meals ready to eat).  The Obama Administration was cowardly in the face of Russian aggression in Eastern Europe but it was President Trump who provided real aid to the Ukrainians for survival.  Hopefully Republicans in the House and Senate will continue their steadfast support of this President who has been under continuous attack by the corrupt deep state.  The longer this unjust debacle continues the more the Dems are ensuring Trump’s second term.

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Trump’s Budget

More on defense & security, less on social programs.

The Trump Administration released their budget proposal. As promised our President is wanting to increase spending on defense and homeland security. They have also suggested limiting growth in many social programs. Under the previous Administration food stamps, disability payments and welfare programs increased exponentially resulting in a doubling of our national deficit to some 20 trillion dollars (even with cuts in defense). Chuck Schumer is screaming bloody murder and will no doubt depict Republicans as heartless. Our society has become one of entitlements and dependency. The Dems are relying on government dependency to remain in power and expand the Democratic base. Have we learned nothing from the events in Venezuela? How long can the burden of an entitlement society be borne by the working taxpayer? We are taking a long walk off a short pier. Many Republicans are reluctant to support such efforts fearing loss of voter support. We elected a president with courage, but we still have a Congress of cowards. Remember the parable, “Give a man a fish and you’ve fed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.” Handouts are not helpful long term.

 

A House Divided

Abraham Lincoln was once quoted as saying, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Today we are witnessing the Lincoln prophesy being fulfilled by radical extremist groups who wish to violently erase American history. This nation has not always been perfect, employing indentured servants and slaves to clear lands and work large farms & plantations. The nation fought a long, costly civil war to end slavery and preserve the union. After the war Congress and the states passed a series of amendments to the Constitution to free the slaves (13th), grant them citizenship (14th) and give them the right to vote (15th). History is not to be ignored (or erased) and serves as a reminder of where we have been and how we have advanced. We are imperfect as individuals and as a nation but we are constantly striving to improve life for all Americans. History highlights both the good and the bad things we have done; to only list our good efforts would rob us of the opportunity to learn from our failures. We gain MORE from past mistakes than from past accomplishments. Our nation has been divided since Donald Trump first announced for office. In a brief moment Trump went from one of the most admired, successful businessmen in the country to one of the most hated men in the country. The was the same altruistic, patriotic man who wanted to restore the economic and military status of the country he loved. The hatred deepened when he actually won the election and became president. He faced opposition at every turn and nearly 100% opposition in the media. Professional politicians in Washington intentionally undermined his presidency and the national police force (FBI) illegally launched an investigation based on lies and illegal wire taps. When that failed to find a “Russian collusion” the House of Representatives impeached him because the Democrats held a majority. He was not convicted by the Republican-majority Senate. The relentless opposition in Congress and the MSM continues 24 hours a day. I have never seen ANYONE treated so poorly as our President.

The MSM has managed to divide the entire country. The radical Left riots, burns businesses and tears down symbols of history. University professors have convinced them that it is justifiable to destroy anything or anyone that they disagree with. The end justifies the means. Our campuses have become breeding grounds of Marxism and anarchy. These are the tactics that were employed by monsters such as Hitler, Lenin and Mao. Each of these leaders removed the police and replaced them with thugs who enforced their own form of “justice.” Liberal Democratic Mayors are allowing lawlessness to continue in our cities and instructing police to “stand down” and allow much of this violence to take place. The more we allow this type of behavior to take place, the more we will see. In one month over 3 million new background checks were requested through the national data bank. These are presumably new firearm purchases for self-protection. Most gun shops can’t keep inventory on hand because sales have skyrocketed. If Americans can’t count on a police force in an emergency they will defend themselves. Joe Biden and the Dems have promised additional gun control for years. They will likely fall in line with the radical calls to defund the police. Many influential members of the party are already calling for such measures and could be part of the party platform. That leaves but one choice in November, Americans must re-elect the man who rebuilt the military and stands WITH law enforcement, not against them. Law enforcement could use some additional training and employ alternate, less deadly techniques. But a society without police is a lawless, chaotic state that no decent American wishes to experience.

Rush to Criticize

The President has chosen to celebrate the birth of the nation with a visit to Mount Rushmore. In past years Mount Rushmore was looked upon with pride as a National Memorial to four of our most influential presidents. Since the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks however our most time-honored memorials are under attack. Racial injustice has become a liberal rallying cry and crowds of thugs have taken it upon themselves to deface or tear down statues honoring Confederate (and Union) generals. The mobs didn’t stop with symbols of the Confederacy but went after presidents who owned slaves at one time, abolitionists and the explorer Christopher Columbus. Columbus has fallen into such disfavor that the city of Columbus, Ohio is considering changing its name. Instead of asking for change in a Democratic, orderly fashion, these out of control crowds are apply force to impose their way on others. The President is justifiably issuing executive orders making it a federal crime to deface or destroy a national monument. He has also mobilized the National Guard and other security forces to gain control of the situation. Mount Rushmore still stands as as an remarkable achievement and a monument to four influential presidents. The four presidents represented were chosen for their contributions toward the birth, growth, development and preservation of the nation. No human is perfect and if perfection is what the mob seeks, they (and all of us) will be disappointed. Who is to say that some future generation will judge our current behaviors with contempt and disdain. The Lakota Sioux and their spokesperson Nick Tilsen has stated that Mount Rushmore is a symbol of white supremacy and genocide against the indigenous people of the region.

The U.S. Government does not have a trustworthy record when it comes to dealing with Native Americans. The Treaty of 1868 promised the Sioux territory that included the Black Hills in perpetuity. When gold was discovered in the 1870s, however, the U.S. Government forced the Sioux to forfeit the Black Hills. Hostilities over this area eventually ended with the Massacre at Wounded Knee when the U.S. Army slaughtered unarmed Sioux men, women and children. The Sioux have consider the Mount Rushmore region sacred but did not make an issue of a visit by President Bush 41. Every work and every action that this president chooses is harshly criticized by the MSM and others. If the President had been properly informed, he would have likely chosen another site to celebrate our nation’s independence. This president is not insensitive as he demonstrated when he moved his rally to another date than the Juneteenth holiday. The MSM is continuously critical of this president so it may be difficult for the President to know when any criticism is ever justified.

Russiagate

The New York Times reported a story from an unnamed source that Russia had been offering bounties to Taliban militants for the deaths of Americans in Afghanistan. Once again Chuck Schumer and the Dems are up in arms over something that has been known for over a year but had never been corroborated by our National Intelligence Agency. The media has a responsibility to verify the validity of a story and evaluate the impact of its publication prior to releasing such information to the public. The NY Times has exhibited a careless disregard for such matters for many years. By utilizing “unnamed sources” they believe that they escape responsibility for any harm related to their story. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien stated that the President had not been informed of the story because reports of this had been known for over a year but had never been confirmed. Russia has been supplying weapons to Afghanistan for years and it would not be difficult to imagine them offering cash or other incentives to rid the country of American influence. Putin and the Russians have never been our friends. We were briefly allies with the Russians after Germany broke their alliance and invaded Russia during WWII. Once the war ended, however the Cold War ensued and we returned to the role of mutual adversaries. Taliban insurgents did not need an additional incentive to fight Americans. They have been fighting foreign invaders for centuries and have ample reason to protect their homeland. They have a lucrative opium trade to protect and numerous tribes battle for local power and control. The Taliban hate all foreigners and would just as eagerly kill Russians as Americans. We need to withdraw all but a small contingent of special forces who can observe and launch small, quick strikes when necessary.

The NY Times hates President Trump and irresponsibly publishes anti-Trump stories without regard to the veracity of the information or the ramifications to national security. The Times has provided more ammunition to the likes of Schumer, Pelosi and Schiff to publicly condemn the President as a pawn of Vladimir Putin. In actuality President Trump has been tougher on Russia than ANY preceding president has been. Would the Dems want us to attack Russia? Just what would they propose as punishment? It is easy to criticize when you are not the one responsible for the end results. I laugh when I see sleepy Joe Biden and think how weak he would be against any world leader. This is the most perilous period both domestically and internationally that I have witnessed in my lifetime. This is not the time to put Sleepy Joe Biden in charge to deal with such critical issues. The fate of America and the world is hanging in the balance and I certainly have more faith in Trump than someone who has difficulty completing a sentence without a teleprompter.

Sticking With Precedent

Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the liberal Justices in a 5-4 decision striking down the Louisiana abortion law. The law would have required that every doctor performing abortions in the state have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital in the event of any complications arising from the procedure. The law required that a receiving hospital must be within thirty minutes of any medical clinic performing abortions. The law was passed by the Louisiana legislature and signed by the Governor but had not gone into effect pending the Supreme Court ruling on its legality. The law was not designed to make abortions illegal in the state, but was intended to ensure the safety of the patient undergoing the procedure. Abortions are not without risk, chiefly from hemorrhage in the acute setting and secondary infections in the immediate post-procedure interval. Complication rates are generally low (one percent or less) at most facilities but that can vary depending on the age of the mother, her overall health and co-morbidities, the number of weeks gestation of the fetus, and the experience and skills of the staff at the clinic. The thirty minute rule regarding the proximity of a hospital is actually “pushing the envelope” in the event of a true emergency. If a patient goes into shock (usually from blood loss) the quicker that individual can get to a hospital for definitive care the greater is their chance of survival. Any delay in receiving hospital care could be fatal and it would be advantageous if the clinic doctor also had staff privileges at a nearby hospital. The clinic physician would already be aware of the patient’s condition and would be able to transcribe orders to EMS and admitting personnel. From a medical standpoint the SCOTUS ruling doesn’t make good medical sense. If enough abortions are performed, there will be complications and striking down this law will eventually result in complications and possible deaths.

When Justice Kennedy was still on the bench the Court ruled 5-4 against a very similar Texas law for which Justice Roberts voted with the conservative justices. But this time Roberts actually cited the previous ruling for part of his decision in this case. He also noted that since only two physicians had admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, this would severely limit abortion access. “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents,” the chief justice wrote. Unless and until President Trump is elected to a second term and has the option of appointing another justice (or two) to the SCOTUS, the Pro Choice ruling on Roe vs Wade appears safe for the time being.

Spelling Defeat

Recent polls have shown Joe Biden with a double digit lead over President Trump despite the fact that he is remaining secluded in his basement most of the time. The COVID-19 pandemic could not have come at a better time because the less Joe is forced to speak, the less people will realize the extent of his mental incapacity. I was sounding the alarm on Joe’s increasing blunders as a sign of dementia last Fall. Considering the diverse field of candidates at the beginning of the Democratic nominating process, I never believed that he would become the eventual selection for president. The Democrats have a tendency to reject appeals to the youth vote and select older, Establishment candidates. Joe has been in Congress for forty years and his record has not been one that would win the youth vote. He was one of the authors of a strong crime bill in 1994, was against school busing and was in favor of the Hyde amendment that opposed the use of federal funds for abortions. Of course Biden has done a 180 degree turn on the abortion issue and is in favor of abortion up to the day of birth. I wonder how he justifies that with his Catholic faith? Trump has been my man with his pro-military, pro-law & order and pro-life stands from the very beginning. He is also for strong borders and LEGAL immigration because illegal immigration brings with it drugs and sex trafficking. He has rebuilt the economy and our respectability as a world power once again. No president has had my support as strongly since Ronald Reagan. We can’t allow the Hollywood elitists, Silicon Valley eggheads and the Ivy League snobs to drive him out of office.

What I’ve most admired about Trump is his ability to fight back against all the critics. He has boundless energy and the competitive spirit that has always characterized Americans. Lately this man with a huge ego and confidence to match has made statements to the effect that he may not win the general election in November. This can’t be the Donald Trump that we have come to know since he first ran for office. This is the same Trump who knocked off thirteen other professional Republican politicians for the nomination and then defeated the Clinton Machine that every poll had winning the presidency. Perhaps the President has grown weary of the constant attacks by the MSM. I can’t recall a SINGLE positive story on the President appearing in the MSM during his entire term of office thus far. The primary principle behind brain washing is if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes believable. The media repeats the same lies and hopes that a gullible public will start to believe it. The current COVID-19 pandemic has created the perfect storm to undermine President Trump. The President’s strongest weapons are neutralized (campaign rallies, debates, economic gains) and Joe Biden’s weakest points are hidden (dementia, raise taxes, Ukraine corruption). Trump is like a fish out of water at the present time. We are all at the mercy of a microscopic virus that may allow an incompetent leader to undo the gains of the past 3 1/2 years. I hope the Trump we knew in the past awakens to slay the Biden dragon and the socialist agenda of the Democrats. If not the future of America will be that of lawlessness and open borders.

War on Cops

The past several weeks have seen a disturbing trend in many of our large cities where lawless behavior was not only condoned, but encouraged in some instances. Police were often told to stand down and rioters openly attacked police who were not permitted to “fight back.” Spineless politicians have made police the whipping boys for all the inequities that the politicians largely created. If there is systemic racism in large cities such as Detroit, Baltimore and Chicago the responsibility lays squarely with the Democrats who have been in control of these cities for decades. How do the mayors and city councils propose to deal with lawless behaviors and lack of respect for police? The answer that many liberal Democrats propose is cutting law enforcement budgets or disbanding police departments altogether. What kind of nonsense is that? They believe that you can deal with a domestic violence situation with a social worker. Not saying anything against Social Work skills but many law enforcement officers have died answering domestic violence calls. Even a simple traffic stop could be a terrorist or drug lord armed to the teeth and willing to kill anyone in his way. Cutting police budgets will make everyone decidedly less safe. This is particularly the case with poorer neighborhoods where a higher percentage of crime takes place. Last weekend (Fathers Day) in Chicago there were 104 shootings and 15 deaths. Do you suppose that cutting the budget in Chicago will lower this? Keep in mind that Illinois has one of the toughest gun laws in the country so better laws are not the answer. Laws are worthless without the police to enforce those laws. Democrat-run cities don’t wish to fund the police or support the force they currently have. The minute there is any incident involving the police, these Democratic leaders are ready to throw them under the bus. The current House Police Reform Bill eliminates qualified immunity leaving police open to lawsuits as well.

Mayor Bill DeBlasio is proposing a $1 billion cut in the NYC law enforcement budget. As many as fifty of their officers are taking an early retirement from the largest force in the country. Other cities are proposing similar budget cuts therefore departures and retirements will be commonplace in a number of big cities. Policing is already the most dangerous job in our country and if you are not appreciated (and God knows not paid well) then why should you do the work? These men and women accept the job because they want to serve their community and help. Each of them provides hundreds of positive citizen services for every negative civilian interaction. Many of the negative interactions can be avoided by simply behaving and obeying instructions. A society without police would be anarchy run by gangs and hoodlums. We’d all need to arm ourselves simply to survive. Let your local police know that you support them and vote for candidates who share your views. America can’t thrive as a lawless state.

One More Weapon

Yet another weapon that appears to be effective in the fight against COVID-19 is a 2,000-year-old drug most often used to treat gout. Colchicine is the most effective medication for rapidly reducing joint inflammation resulting from the precipitation of monosodium urate crystals in certain joints. Although quite effective the drug has some unfortunate side effects, chiefly gastritis and diarrhea. It has been used for centuries, once extracted from the autumn crocus flower. Colchicine has seen a rebirth in the field of cardiology being used to treat some patients with inflammation of the protective sac around the heart (pericarditis). It is also being used in some heart attack patients. The biggest news however is its potential role in treating COVID-19. A small team of Greek researchers recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that colchicine appears to benefit patients with severe COVID-19. In a trial of 105 patients half of the patients received daily doses of colchicine in addition to standard treatment while the other half did not receive colchicine. There was significant clinical benefit in the patients who received colchicine over those who did not receive the drug. Seven patients who did not receive colchicine eventually required mechanical ventilation. Of those who received the colchicine only one needed a ventilator. Although this was a small trial, colchicine was observed to lower certain inflammatory markers of heart function and demonstrated anti-coagulant effects that could be especially beneficial in COVID-19 patients. Larger trials are under way and researchers in the U.S. and Canada are investigating whether colchicine can keep high risk patients out of the hospital.

Low dose colchicine has been used in patients who have had a recent heart attack. The anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant effects appear to lower the risk of a secondary heart attack or stroke for the next two years. COVID-19 has proven to adversely affect the heart in many patients. Colchicine may prove to control inflammation and protect the heart at the same time. Gilead has begun a large study to evaluate their antiviral drug remdesivir when given by inhalation. Previously the medication was administered intravenously which limited it to inpatients since intravenous access was necessary. Some inpatients were already receiving remdesivir in the form of nebulized treatments. If proven successful on a large scale these treatments could be self-administered at home. Doctors have been reluctant to utilize this form of therapy fearing that the virus would be aerosolized and could be spread to others during the treatment. The number of COVID-19 infections have recently been on the rise, but cure rates are improving and deaths are decreasing. Although the virus continues to persist, largely due to unsafe health practices, we are making progress. Past pandemics did not disappear quickly and we shouldn’t expect this one to either.

Two Steps Forward, One Back

Just when the President and many state Governors believed that the worst of COVID-19 infections were behind us, infection numbers and hospitalizations have suddenly spiked in a number of states. If there is any good to be found in the recent numbers, the number of deaths remains low. The majority of infections have been in the under age 40 population where the virus seems to be less virulent. Younger individuals are less likely to wear masks and to practice social distancing which may explain the spikes. Perhaps they foolishly believe they are less susceptible to the virus or that wearing a mask is a sign of weakness. The virus doesn’t care your age or any other physical parameter, it simply looks for an opportune host. Texas is one state that has seen a surge in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Governor Greg Abbott shut down bars today (Friday) and scaled back restaurant dining to 50% of capacity. The last four days alone has seen more than 23,000 confirmed new COVID-19 cases with 5,000 patient hospitalizations in a single day. Bars were chosen for crackdown due to a lack of social distancing by bar patrons. Rafting and tubing outfitters were also ordered closed and indoor gatherings of more than 100 were discouraged. Some actually felt that the Governor’s actions didn’t go far enough. At this point no statewide mandatory mask policies have been issued, a measure encouraged by the state restaurant association. Arizona is facing similar spikes in COVID-19 infection and hospitalizations. Governor Doug Ducey is encouraging residents to remain at home. State health officials have confirmed 8,942 new COVID-19 cases today (Friday) which was almost double the previous single-day high. Hospitals are near capacity as the percentage of positive tests reached nearly 15%.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases since he opened the state. Pictures of unmasked sunbathers crowding beaches have been plastered all over the MSM. The media have been particularly hard on DeSantis who was praised by the President for his early success. The Governor was able to avoid some of the problems that beset the Northeast, particularly the high nursing home mortality that was seen in New York City. DeSantis took special measures to protect nursing home patients and ensure that facilities had the necessary PPE to care for their patients. A gloating New York Governor Cuomo was critical of DeSantis and others as if he is the expert in dealing with the virus. Cuomo is forgetting the major blunders he made when asking for thousands of unnecessary ventilators, the USNS Comfort Hospital Ship and the emergency hospitals erected by the Army Corps of Engineers. Cuomo is the LAST person to be giving advice or criticizing another Governor. California also continues to have high numbers of infections and hospitalizations. The number of hospitalized patients rose 32% in the past two weeks to 4,240. Governor Gavin Newsom issued both a stay at home and mandatory mask order and has encouraged social distancing in his state. In total, 33 states have experienced rising numbers of infections as people have grown weary of stay at home mandates. Many have also rebelled against the request to wear a mask in public. Many don’t seem to understand that you could be infected and have little to no symptoms. Why risk spreading the virus to others when wearing a mask greatly reduces the risk to others. We were offered hope that the virus would “fizzle out” as summer approached. Instead the virus is like a hurricane, gaining energy from the summer heat. A vaccine is on the horizon and we are learning new ways of treating the infection with fewer deaths. It is up to each of us to take adequate precautions to lower our risk of infection and preventing asymptomatic spread to others.

Saharan Surprise

A cloud of sand originating in the Saharan region of Africa is heading to the North American Continent. The cloud itself is actually a yearly occurrence however the one this year appears to be larger and more cohesive than in past years. These dust clouds are referred to as “Saharan Air Layers” (SALs). They are generated when massive wind storms blow across the Sahara Desert creating giant plumes of sand and dust somewhat akin to the dust bowl storms that were characteristic of the “dust bowl” years in the U.S. These airborne clouds of sand and dust enter the Atlantic Ocean at the Intertropical Convergence Zone and are then transported by the trade winds that run east-west along the equator. Many times the cloud disperses before completing the roughly 5,000 mile trip to the North American Continent. This year’s cloud is grand in scale, clearly visible from space and still largely intact as it reaches the southern U.S. The dust itself can serve as a respiratory irritant and be especially bothersome for those individuals with asthma or other lung and allergy problems. During the COVID-19 pandemic health authorities were encouraging individuals to spend more time outdoors where the virus was less contagious. With this latest downturn in air quality individuals will most likely be advised to remain indoors for the next week to ten days until air quality improves. During that time period masks should be worn outdoors as well as indoors. The dust cloud could also transport other airborne pathogens such as fungi and bacterial spores that might survive the long journey. Susceptible individuals would be wise to wear masks to reduce the risk of transmission.

The Saharan Air Layers are not all bad. The National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) were both predicting an active hurricane season. However the plumes of sand in the atmosphere suppress the formation of hurricanes and tropical storms. It does this by the presence of a dry layer of hot air that in turn prevents the accumulation of warm moist air. It is this warm, moist air that generates the necessary summer vortexes that become hurricanes. Once the dust has settled from the atmosphere, storms can form in the usual manner. The sands are helping to produce some dazzlingly colorful sunrises and sunsets in the Caribbean. Thick dust clouds tend to create yellow-brown skies while thin clouds generate spectacular red hues due to the scattering of light waves. Scientists believe these Saharan dust storms helped create the thriving ecosystem of the Bahamas by depositing nutrients that support their diverse marine life and coral reefs. Unfortunately it has also brought with it some toxic agricultural contaminants mixed with the dust.

False Accusations

I’m not sure who we gets the credit for originating the term “systemic racism.” Was it first used by the media or did it emerge out of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement? Regardless of its origin the expression is not a true representation of our society. Whether the MSM is speaking of the police, the government or white society in general it is inaccurate and offensive. We have come a long way since the nation was founded and labeling any segment of the population as racist is unfair. Black members of society wouldn’t like to be stereotyped or characterized in an offensive manner. If this were a racist society people of color (or any minority) would have little to no opportunity for high-paying jobs, quality education and the ability to attain positions of power. When you examine our society today, minorities can (and do) reach all these milestones. Many successful black men and women today would probably say that the greatest impediment to success lies with the individual and not society. Although some inner city schools do not measure up to the standards of suburban schools there are special programs to help even the playing field. The options available to students and their parents include charter schools, education scholarship accounts (ESAs) and tax credit scholarships. Charter schools are independently operated public schools within the school district that are held to performance standards. Education scholarship accounts allow parents to deposit educational funds into an account that can be used for private school tuition, online courses, tutoring or other needs. Money not used one year can be rolled into the next year or saved for future higher education costs. The tax credit scholarships are tuition-based scholarships to eligible students made through donations from private businesses and corporations. For their generosity the business receives a dollar for dollar state tax credit. Ambitious students can find ways to pursue their education through these and other programs.

Systemic racism also tends to imply that the members of society are inherently racist. The nation lived through a dark period of slavery and fought a prolonged and bloody Civil War in which an estimated 620,000 Americans perished on both sides. The war ended slavery but opened a nearly as painful road to reconciliation. I wish that we lived in a perfect society, but nothing will ever be perfect on this earth. We still have those both white and black who will hate one another simply for the color of one’s skin. I have always tried to treat everyone with equal respect and decency regardless of race or status in society. Some individuals may feel that their wealth or position in political circles affords them special favors and treatment. If the vast majority of us believe that we are equal in the eyes of God and can treat each other with mutual love and respect, then we should be able to live in peace and harmony. We are one human race and share 99% of the same genetic material. Only a skin pigment separates us and it would be foolish to let something that insignificant separate what God has created. We can’t let that 1% drive a wedge between the races. If we are to survive as a nation and as a human race we must work with and for one another.