Today: Trump, militias, criminal Texas AGs, the military business, the Second Amendment and other alien life forms, questions and three-dot stuff
By Mike Perry, Daily Planet columnist
As a self-defense mechanism, I’ve decided to resurrect my old somewhat daily or annual column. Mostly talking about seriously snarky or snarkiously serious commentary on stuff I read and see or feel.
So, daily or weekly or monthly, sometimes annually, I’ll trot out a bunch of commentary about what people are talking about, thinking about or doing to each other. Apologies ahead of time, but I just need to write about what I think.
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot lately, a bit of fiction, a lot of history; I’ve been watching videos of Tea Party (the party once known as Republican) presidential candidates, the strangest, most-twisted bunch of knuckle draggers since the Neanderthals took their turn at survival. No offense meant, knuckle draggers or Neanderthals.
Also been watching broadcast media, plus much of print media spew their analysis of a horse race named the Presidential Sweepstakes. No issues involved, just horse race results, polls, lies, manipulation, gossip, innuendo.
So, to save a bit of wear and tear on my psyche, thought it might be fun to ask a few snarky questions, maybe take a cheap shot or two, possible some reverse innuendo and flip-flop gossip.
As Hoyt Axton once said, here’s what’s runnin’ round my feeble brain.
Trump as management? Sarcasm, right?
Donnie Trump answers so many questions with this hazy, lazy answer, “It’s called management. That’s what I do.” What does that mean?
Trump is not a manager. Never has been, never will be. I wouldn’t trust him to manage the convenience store down the street. He’s ownership. He wants to own everything. He wants to be king, not president. And he wants you and me to do anything he tells us to do (not asks, tells).
As for the people who buy the “management” answer, what in the world do they think management is? They keep talking about how he’s a businessman. Do they think being a businessman or woman grants you some kind of magical, mythical powers?
Most of the business folks I know are aware that running a business is all about hard work, people skills, solving problems, planning, preparation, seven days a week. ‘Tiny’ does none of that.
Betting on the heavyweights
Any thoughts on the over-under on Trump’s weight? Or better yet, the over-under on the combined weight of Christie and Trump. As a recovering fat boy, I’m just another inquiring mind who wants to know.
I’m guessing combined they’re running at something in the 650-pound range. Absolutely worthless train of thought on my part, but I find it entertaining. It seems fat bullies with deep insecurity issues are back in style.
Must all Texas attorneys general be criminals?
At best, Greg Abbott and Ken Paxton, the past and current Texas attorneys general, are criminals. And not even well-intentioned criminals.
The both seem arrogant, entitled, ego-driven, and a bit fascist.
First, Paxton is charged in all kinds financial sleight of hand and influence peddling.
Then, Abbott, out newest worst-ever governor, says we should give Paxton a pass, wait for the legal system to play out. Sounds great, right?
Well, Paxton is the mean, vicious bully who accused thousands of Texans, mostly Latinos and old Democrats of voter fraud. Then he found 40, all Democrats, all Latino and/or senior citizens. None of them were guilty, they tried to sue to recover their reputations, and then Abbott treated them like crap. Look it up.
What in the world is wrong with Texas voters … and those irresponsible citizens who didn’t vote, and those responsible citizens who were not allowed to vote under Draconian passed by our Tea Party (the party formerly known as Republican) legislature, the worst legislature in the history of Texas?
And as Molly Ivins is my judge, that says so, so much about Texas politics. Shoot, looking back, LBJ was Mother Teresa-esque compared to what we have today.
Now, to piss everyone off, we bring you the 2nd Amendment
Been reading a lot lately about the Constitution and the middle and upper class white men who put it together.
Despite not being particularly representative of the confederated states, these guys were pretty smart. Real visionaries. Very diverse in their thinking.
They put a pretty good Constitution together, one that can evolve – they hoped – as the circumstances warrant.
One thing they certainly did not see evolving was the need for a democratic republic. Nor did they ever intend that a huge professional military be built. They firmly believe a democratic republic can only survive with a volunteer, citizen army always ready to meet a challenge to back up a small professional army. The professional army was never intended to fight our major wars. That was the case until now. Think about it, every major war (until the unnecessary ones of the past two decades) has relied on citizen soldiers, draftees, enlisted volunteers.
They envisioned organized citizen militias (organized under the auspices of, say, a National Guard), who trained regularly, who were ready (as citizens) when the republic is threatened.
That does not impugn the integrity of “a” professional army. But the professional army we have is too big, too tied into the military/industrial complex. Again, no criticism intended toward our military men and women, officers and enlisted. With great honor, they uphold the mission they are given by our elected representatives.
We need to restructure – over time – and get back to the real mission, a mission that doesn’t cost thousands of American lives each year, a mission that doesn’t cost hundreds of thousands of foreign lives.
Our professional military is honorable; it follows orders from civilians, which is very rare in human history. That’s now. In the future, if we continue this way, that will change. Anything as large as our military/industrial complex will eventually spin out of control.
We can’t do it all at once, which would be an even bigger mistake. But over time, we need to convert back to a small, professional military that can be our defender, not the world’s police. That kind of military can man the barricades, year in and year out. When needed, the citizen soldiers will take over.
And then there’s that 2nd Amendment
I read it and I read it and I read it. It says:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Granted, there is a fair amount of talk about placement of commas, but it’s fairly apparent that the commas don’t much matter. For one thing, they don’t make sense, particularly Jefferson’s version.
Mostly, I’m thinking, all they really mean to say that a well-regulated militia – a small, well-regulated militia – was needed, rather than a gigantic military threatening the sanctity of our republic and/or sucking even more gigantic bushels of money.
And the Founding Dads sure didn’t want every swinging doodah out there pointing a gun at his or her neighbors. Screw the commas, “militia” and “well-regulated” are the keys to this amendment. Nothing about unregulated freelancers or unregulated commandos or unregulated guardians or whatever they’re calling themselves these days.
I just don’t see the Second Amendment having anything to do with guns. Nothing for guns, nothing against guns.
The Second Amendment does have that “well-regulated” bit, though.
Doesn’t it seem odd that … the elite wants to shut down Planned Parenthood, but is lovin’ on those fertility clinics. … The colleges with huge endowments – Harvard, Yale, UT (yeah, my guys), several others – spend more money on consultants to manage their endowments than they do on making college more affordable. I think Yale pays some financial wizards (an oxymoron) $420 million a year to manage its endowment. Couldn’t they spend a bit of that endowment and the money manager fees in reducing college costs, or endow a few more professorships. … Texas once celebrated the birth of Jefferson Davis, a slaveholder and traitor. … Our new land commissioner wants to kill Hill Country birds. … Our national and state parks are in danger. … Our Supreme Court decided that the wealthy owned our election process. … Home schooling is barely regulated, for education, for safety, for health … Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker cut college funding by $250 million and shortly thereafter found a way to recommend giving $250 million to the owners of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. … 6 percent of Americans are in favor of Social Security cuts but all the Tea Party (the party once known as Republican) presidential candidates want to do is cut it. Doesn’t that mean that 94 percent of Americans favor something 100 percent of the Tea Party wants to get rid of?
Three-dot stuff … What’s the over/under on when a drone the size of sugar ant will be flying throughout our civilization, and in every household, on a need-only basis, of course? I like drones, but. … High school football season starts tonight, thank God. Think I’ll go watch the Lake View Chiefs against the Andrews Mustangs. … Ken Paxton’s lead lawyer just quit. Now, if Paxton would just quit. … Darryl Dawkins, who arrived in professional basketball as a gigantic teenager and became one of the game’s fiercest dunkers and most notoriously lovable characters, died on Thursday in Allentown, Pa. He was 58. … Did you know the largest lobbyist in Washington (and many other national capitals) had $79 billion in billings a couple of years ago. How much is it this year? … Wondering if I’ll ever write another one of these columns? Well, that’s always the question.