Weighing In On Gun Control


The students of Parkland are kinda right, allowing most 15-year-olds to purchase a semi-automatic weapon may be insane, but, at the same time they are wrong to assume that that kind of restriction will do very much to solve the problem of school shootings.

Semi-automatic rifles, in the wrong hands, (in the hands of the untrained, the mentally and morally challenged or the sociopath who places no value of human life) are nothing less than weapons of mass destruction. Whatever can be done to remove the guns from these ‘wrong hands’ should, obviously, be done. The thing that the anti-gun crusaders are missing is that these weapons are already ‘out there,’ and just as you can’t ‘unthink’ an idea, you can’t unmake a reality. Make AR-15s and other semi-automatic weapons illegal and you are taking them out of the hands of law-abiding citizens and leaving them in the hands of criminals.

Right now, across the country, school administrators are waking up to the fact that school security, in most schools, is a joke. As NRA President Wayne Lapierre suggested this morning in a speech to CPAC: we protect jewelry stores and banks and federal buildings, aren’t our children just as important? Don’t they need the best security available?

The most viable option to protect kids in school is to make it so that the “bad people” who want to kill school kids either can’t get into the schools or won’t want to. If every school had strict access restrictions such as armed guards at limited access points or student id cards with ‘chips’ (like most credits cards now have) it would make it next to impossible for someone who is not supposed to be in the school to get into the school. I predict that most schools, by the end of this decade, will have trained, responsible and armed employees in the building before the students arrive for school. Across the country there is a loud call to allow teachers and other school employees who are trained and licensed to carry a concealed weapon to bring their weapons to school. One county sheriff has offered to train and license the first 300 school teachers who apply at no cost to them. Just imagine how hesitant one of those “bad people” would be to enter a school where the teachers can shoot back.


Does Internet Use Decrease Religious Affiliation?


A research study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion  authored by Paul K. McClure of Baylor University, and quoted in the psychology and neuroscience news websitePsyPostappears to answer that question: Yes (or at least a qualified Yes)!

Quoting from the PsyPost article:

McClure found that the more that individuals use the Internet, the less likely the chance of them remaining “religiously affiliated and religiously exclusive.” Increased internet use, however, was not found to be responsible for decreased participation in  religious activities. McClure states that:

One of my main findings in this study is that increases in internet use correlate with a loss of religious affiliation, and I also discovered that individuals who spend lots of time online are less likely to be religious exclusivists, or in other words they’re less likely to think there’s only one correct religion out there.” 

I will not attempt to debate the results of the Baylor University study but I think the stated “conclusion” Mr. McClure has drawn from this study may be a little one-sided.

McClure states:

To make sense of these findings, I argue that internet use encourages a certain ‘tinkering’ posture which makes individuals feel that they’re no longer beholden to institutions or religious dogma.”

Rather than looking at the study findings in a negative light, which McClure appears to do, I will argue that religious dogma, which relies on blind faith and strict obedience to a religion’s interpretation of ancient, translated text, has met it’s match in the diversity and constant flow of new information provided by the Internet. The Internet has, indeed, set individuals free from the belief that they are beholden to an organized religion or a set of religious dogma.

He’s Not a Saint, but he Could Be America’s Savior


Donald J. Trump certainly has some character flaws, don’t just take my word for it, just turn on CNN.

That seems to be all they do at CNN (and other Liberal news networks): point out our president’s character flaws. They feel compelled to criticize President Trump because he’s an outspoken, unapologetic change maker and the political antithesis of their ‘beloved’ past leader, Barack Hussein Obama. (I always make sure to include Obama’s middle name because I am one of those “evil” minions of the Center Right who enjoys reminding every one that Obama [regardless of where he was born] is a Muslim Patriot who openly disrespected America and what it stands for.)

I do not believe that the Liberal media or the Liberals in Congress will be able to accomplish their stated objective of impeaching President Trump. I don’t believe that the Liberal smear campaign will do anything but strengthen the resolve of those of us who see President Trump as a savior for this nation.

About Those Character Flaws – So What!

No, the media and the President’s other detractors are not making it up! Trump has, at times, very little discipline over his mouth (or his Tweets) and that has damaged him by making some of his supporters into detractors. I have very little hope that he will correct these glaring imperfections in the short term but I am hopeful that, in the long term, the Americans who elected him will come to understand that what he says (and what he Tweets) are greatly overshadowed by what he has accomplished so far and what he will accomplish while in office.

We don’t elect a president as a role model for our personal or family lives, at least I certainly don’t, we should elect presidents to move our country in a positive direction. Trump has done this!

World Net Daily has published a list of 175 major accomplishments during his first 357 days in office. You won’t find this list in the New York Times or Washington Post and will not hear about many of them on Liberal news networks.

Please check out “Big List of 175 Trump accomplishments in 357 days” at http://www.wnd.com/2017/11/4621979/ and remember that in February you will see the first benefits of the tax reform measures that President Trump championed in 2017.

A Personal Disclaimer

I personally disagree with some things the Trump administration is pushing, i.e., doing away with a woman’s abortion option, their opposition to gay rights and their apparent welcome to the involvement of religion in politics but, as I indicated before, that is all overshadowed by he important stuff: the fact that President Trump believes in ‘America First’ and is actively ‘involved in a campaign to “Make America Great Again.”  





Same URL, New Title


I’ve changed the title of this blog from My View From The Center to My Views on Politics and Society, partially because of criticism that my old title implied that my perspective and thoughts represented the “political center”, which they do not and never did. I guess that WAS a bit deceptive.

As I wrote in my Profile (click the little picture up on the top right of any page): “Yes, as I see it, I’m in the Center. Quasi-Conservative, quasi-Libertarian and, for flavor, add some Randian also. No I’m not confused! I’m just an independent soul with a mind of my own.”

Aside from that, the political “Center” keeps moving, as do all of our “centers” if we are true political animals who keep up on politics from day to day.

Finally, I changed this blog’s title because I also blog on social issues, as often as I do on political issues.



Individual Free-Will Racism


If it wasn’t for the extreme anti-Conservative bias of the Media clouding the minds of many Americans, they would be able to clearly focus on the causes of the current social unrest and violence.

One of the primary causes of social unrest, in the summer of 2017, is the absolutely false belief that “institutional racism” still exists.

Right now there are American citizens who are so confused and who hold so much irrational anger that they are attacking statues and monuments, erected to honor people who long ago died for what they truly believed were noble causes. Anger can bring about positive change when it is properly directed but irrational anger changes nothing and is offensive to everyone but the actors.

Today’s confused citizens who are smashing and defacing historical symbols can’t possibly be deranged enough to think that they can change history. The majority of these vandals don’t even understand American history. The War Between the States happened! Slavery happened! Slavery, however, was not limited to the Southern States, nor was it their invention, nor was it the sole cause of the War Between the States.

The Southern States had their own established government, had their own flag and they held those things sacred. The newly organized government in the North was viewed as a threat to their independence and to the very existence of the Confederacy.  The South also had a profitable agricultural economy that was dependent on having workers to plant, tend and harvest crops. The South was fighting to keep it’s economy going, and yes, that economy was dependent on slave labor, but it was also fighting against a government in the North that threatened its very existence; which is the same thing the Northern States would have done if the South had been powerful enough to threaten it’s existence.

Today, there is no doubt that racism still exists and individual groups of racists are still actively trying to make us believe that they are somehow relevant . . . but they are not! Institutional racism, the racism that can be controlled by laws and government edicts, has been all but eliminated; but ‘individual/free will racism’ is still alive. This is the racism that has been passed down by generations; a racism born of fear and ignorance that has morphed into modern society one individual at a time; It is fear and hatred based on tradition, not fact . . . but tradition has a longer memory than fact.

The President spoke about Charlottesville, VA . . . now it’s my turn


In Charlottesville, VA this past weekend, intolerance took control of the hearts and minds of the participants on ALL sides. It’s always been there and the white separatists are partially at blame in this case, but NOT, as the media wants you to believe, totally to blame. These KKK, Neo-Nazi and etc. organizations are indeed “hate” groups but they came to stage a Constitutionally protected and state sanctioned legal protest, as is their right to do. The protest was purportedly against the planned removal of a Confederate War Memorial statue but possibly they came just to stir up the hate groups on the Left they knew would come to challenge them and start trouble. They received permission from the city of Charlotteville to hold their protest . . . but then, sure enough, the troublemakers, the instigators of violence on the Left showed up uninvited.

Granted, this country should have very little tolerance for ANY organizations or groups that promote hatred, but that includes groups not only from the far Right but also from the far Left. The media, of course, makes very little mention of the fact that this was a legal and sanctioned peaceful protest on the part of the white separatist organizations, and it could have been just that, a peaceful protest; but it appears that there are many Americans on the Left who feel that the Constitutional Rights granted under the First Amendment, the right of “freedom of speech” and the “right of the people peaceably to assemble” should not apply to these organizations.

Many ‘counter-protest’ groups arrived (notably, because they are “Lefties” they remain unnamed in the media) apparently for the sole purpose of denying the free speech of the protesters. One ‘black separatist’ organization, BLM, named itself by carrying it’s banner. They had no legal right to be there protesting on that day, they arrived only to stir up trouble.

The lack of tolerance among Americans (and others) is a disease with no real cure. It seems that a basic tenant of humanity is believing you are right, defending that belief, and never admitting you are wrong; even if you are proven wrong and know it . . . all in the name of an ignorant, misplaced pride.

You might have noticed that the Left continues to blame hatred, violence, prejudice, poverty, and even North Korea on President Donald Trump.

Donald Trump was not elected president to champion political correctness, to kiss the posteriors of those on he Left, or to make nice with the media. He was elected president because he spoke clearly and told American citizens what is wrong with: this country’s economy; it’s infrastructure; it’s lack of security; it’s deteriorating cities, and it’s weakened military. By doing this, he clearly defined the damage that Liberalism has caused and continues to cause this country, especially during the rein of President Obama, who clearly hated the United States and what it traditionally stood for. The American people heard Donald Trump speak and clearly agreed with him. In spite of the many misstatements and outright lies you read in the Washington Post and New York Times, I firmly believe that the American people still do agree with Donald Trump.

The glaring fact that the Democratic Party is attempting to block everything that Donald Trump tries to do to keep his promises is not lost to the American people, and if there is any justice left in our political system, the Democratic Party will begin to pay for their lies, dirty deeds, and intransigence during the next midterm elections.


Russian Election Meddling


After President Trump met with met with Russian President Putin for two hours at the G20 summit in Germany, he received the “expected” answers (according to Secretary of State Tillerson) when he asked Putin if the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election: Putin denied any hacking or other meddling.

As Nikki Haley, our UN Ambassador, correctly put it: “Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections; this is Russia trying to save face.”

Another thing ‘everybody knows’ or at least should realize, is that America, in it’s own best interest, will readily interfere in the day-to-day operations of the Russian government or the operations of any foreign government; ally or enemy. There is nothing shady or unexpected about this, it’s expected and fought against by every government, including the U.S. government.

If we are surprised by a foreign government’s actions, or it’s aggression, shame on us; we should have seen it coming. In fact, while we can’t (and don’t, under penalty of treason) publically talk about the spies we have at work in every friendly, neutral or enemy country, it’s not a secret to any government’s security agency because every one of them has spies over here.

After he was back home in the U.S., President Trump made the statement that “it is time to move forward in working constructively with Russia.” Some news outlets, organizations have already begun to criticize him and say that Trump ‘swallowed Putin’s lie’ or that he is being naïve, but as UN Ambassador Hailey wisely argues: working with Russia on cybersecurity “doesn’t mean we trust Russia; we can’t trust Russia and we won’t ever trust Russia. Then she paraphrased the Chinese General and military strategist Sun-Tzu*, ‘you keep those that you don’t trust closer so you can keep an eye on ’em and keep them in check.

(“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” is usually attributed to either Sun-tzu, Machiavelli (“The Prince”) or Michael Corleone (“The Godfather”).