However, based on events over the past couple of weeks and the unbelievable and destructive name calling that followed, I felt it was time to deviate a little.
I have a couple of confessions to make. I am a conservative. I'm not far right, but right of center. Also, personally I don't like President Trump. He's too egotistical and self centered for me. Even if he drank beer, I probably wouldn't invite him out for a cold one. However, what I do like about Trump is what he has done to our 401K plan, my real estate values based on consumer spending, shoring up the very needed military manpower and materiel, and the economy, in general.
Now, there's a bunch of left wingers that will take exception with everything I just said, and to further emphasize their position, will call President Trump a racist, a nationalist (whatever that is), encourages mass shootings, recessions, global warming, and any chance of the sun coming up in the West. On the other hand, Trump is pretty good at low life name calling, too.
In recent months, and more particularly the last few days, the venom being displayed on the news media is downright poisonous to civil discourse. There is absolutely no intelligence involved. It is all HATE. I believe the precursor of civil war has already started. Left hates right, and vice versa. There is no way to get anything done.........and the utter absence of work by Congress is evidence of this.
We have to get politics out of our current legislative log jam.
We have to hold intelligent discussions. This is virtually impossible when you call someone with a differing opinion an idiot, thief, or racist. I'll give you an example. I am an overweight, balding, white, conservative, businessman living in the south. I am the epitome of the popular image usually painted by the left of a racist. However, I am NOT a racist. I have good friends that are black. We socialize and go on vacations together. I have Hispanic friends that I would trust with my checkbook. Most of my business friends are conservative business people, yet it's been probably 40 years since I have sit in on any conversation where any reference to racism was even mentioned. Now, stop and think. How angry do you think I get when someone accuses me of being a racist by people that don't even know me; simply because I'm conservative? Bebe O'Rourke just did that a couple of days ago, simply because I support Trump. Personally, I'd like to slap the crap out of Bebe.
There can be academic discussions and solutions about all our problems. However, the thinking has to be outside the realm of "look at me" politics.
So long as it remains right vs. left, liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican, nothing will get done. There is far too much damage already created at this time. We need a course correction. However, if one STUDIES open minded the Welfare State vs. Free Market issues, and leave the damned politics out of the discussion, we may have a chance. Don't shoot off your mouth......Study and understand economics and civics.......and it will be interesting........perhaps good and rewarding.
A total welfare state supplies everything to any citizen. Citizens may have a job as dictated by the government, like in China, or may not do anything. However, in recent years, China has let a little free enterprise creep in. Their economy began to move upward. I won't even get into the Venezuela situation. It is a welfare state disaster. On the other hand, the USA started out as a total free society. The land was free, but one had to work to gain independence and prosperity. Whatever was made from selling goods or by barter belonged to the person doing the work....period. However, society in general began to recognize it's other needs. There needed to be protective armies, roads, harbors, and soon revenues had to be collected from users. Usually these fees came from tolls, license fees, etc. Income taxes came later.
Both China and the USA had their original economic models diluted by societal needs. That is much of what we have today. Clearly, both our needs are between the two strict economic models and somewhere in between.
This is where we might become intelligent, once again. We have important issues that need legislative work. It is going to require intelligence, not name calling. It is time that we start addressing the differences between the welfare state and free market. No matter one's political party, they should be able to discuss the two economic models without calling someone a name (or should). Some of our "leaders" aren't too smart. The welfare state is probably going to gain some points and the free market state is going to probably lose some points. This is because societal needs are dictating that some changes need to be made that an individual can not change. Something has happened that caused the need for any of these changes. What happened? It's probably a long story and requiring more thought than I am capable of. That's what our smart elected officials are supposed to discuss and discover. How can they when they're playing stupid politics?
I am a gun owner and a concealed permit carrier. However, I know that something has to be done to keep guns out of the hands of killers. I wish that it weren't true, but it is. However, if one thinks I am going to allow some nitwit congressman cancel out my second amendment rights without one hell of a fight, he's crazier than hell. I think they have to be very careful with their "red flag" laws. There is a potential for abuse. But, that's not the whole story. Much money has to be spent on mental health research regarding mass shooters. Where is that money coming from? Well Elizabeth Warren wants to tax all companies making over $50 million per year at the rate of 70%........because they have so much money, anyway. Hell, they won't miss it. Not so fast, Pocahontas. If Ford, GM, Exxon, and Facebook, to mention a few, fell under this new taxation rule, what do you think would happen? After the companies made $50 million, why do anymore? The government will take 70% of everything you make over the $50 million. There would be no business expansions. There would probably even be lay offs. In addition, the circumstances would be present to move the jobs overseas. Then we would have lost much more. This is one issue in which free market wins and the welfare state looses. Have to find money somewhere else.
The above stories are just a small example of the circumstances that Congress and the Senate must deliberate about. You can't do that when everyone is calling everyone else names. It is childish and unbecoming an American, let alone elected officials.
Now, as sad as it is, there are some pretty stupid people now holding elected federal offices or trying to get elected. As a group, the dumbest ones seem to be the 2020 Democratic candidates. The Republicans have their share, but there seems to be less name calling there, except for Trump. All it takes is a dumber one to put a dumb one in office. What are you?