We Are To Blame for School Shootings

Well, another tragic shooting in another “Gun Free Zone.” And, the reaction from the Left is as it always is after one of these events. “We have to ban guns,” “We have to ban those dangerous automatic assault weapons…” The All Unknowing experts” have spoken.

Instead of addressing the real issues concerning violence in our country, we’ll just talk about stripping law-abiding citizens of their Constitutional, God-given Rights. We will blame inanimate objects with no consciousness, no culpability. We’ll lie about the President placing guns into the hands of the mentally ill. We’ll blame an entire class of people, the GOP, Republican voters, Conservatives…etc. We’ll blame everyone but the individual who actually committed the crime.

Many of us make the point that no one blames the automobile for DUI deaths. We blame the drunk driver. And, like clockwork, some idiot will screech…” but, cars are regulated, licensed and insured!!” So, I’ll posit, “So, if we “regulate, license every gun owner, and, require liability insurance, and some asshole shoots up another school, you will not cry about guns, but instead demand the punishment of the shooter and not every gun owner!” That’s when I get one of two responses, either silence or called a “racist,” “gun-nut,” or “mentally ill person.” I’m not sure what race has to do with this.

The Left will even attack the families of those killed. As evidence, I offer this…

https://www.dailywire.com/news/27215/love-trumps-hate-leftists-attack-trump-supporter-ryan-saavedra

Apparently, you deserve sympathy for the loss of your child UNLESS you voted for our President, then you deserved what happened to you. The left makes the most horrific statements like…”I feel bad for the dead daughter. But, not for the father. That’s what he gets for voting Republican!” And, you wonder why President Trump is where he is?!

The Left goes as far as to BLAME Our President for the shooting. And, the Mainstream Media is all too happy to feed these delusions, misrepresentations, and outright lies. The biggest lie in the aftermath of this tragedy is that President Trump  “rescinded an  Obama era Executive Order that kept guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.” Here are the Facts. Under the Obama administration, the Department of Veteran Affairs was allowed to continue to place the names of veterans on a list and send that list to the FBI. Those names and other personal information were then placed on the prohibited list of individuals prohibited from purchasing firearms. These actions were taken with NO judicial oversight. No adjudication from a court of law of mental incapacity. In other words, the Due Process Rights under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution were denied to these individuals.

So, what was the “mental illness” from which these individuals suffered? Apparently, they had issues with paying bills on time and balancing a checkbook. Seriously. That was the “mental illness.” Here’s the scenario. Grandpa (a Veteran) worked his whole life while grandma always took care of finances (paying the bills). Then one day, grandma dies. Grandpa goes to VA for HEALTHCARE and mentions needing assistance with handling his finances. The definition of “assistance” consists of labeling this veteran, this hero, “mentally ill or incompetent.” then the VA sends his name to the FBI. So, now grandpa gets a letter from the VA telling him that he is no longer “permitted to own or possess firearms.” That was the injustice that President Trump ended. There is no, nor has there ever been a Federal Law stating mentally ill people, cured or otherwise, can not own a firearm. Therefore, President Trump DID NOT “end the law preventing the mentally ill from purchasing/owning firearms.” But hey, why allow FACTS to get in the way of the Mainstream Media anti-Trump propaganda machine.

Whose to blame for these school shooting tragedies? We the American people are to blame. We put more value on wealth and fame than we do our own families. We have security systems in our homes and neighborhoods, guards at our financial institutions, convenience stores, shopping malls, sporting events, nightclubs, public events, and parks. Our politicians have armed security, media figures such as Oprah, celebrities and many well-known “journalists” won’t leave their homes without Armed Security. Why is that we refuse to even discuss placing armed guards or training and arming teachers to protect Our children?!

As a former law enforcement officer/detective as well as, retired military, this pisses me off. I have two young school-age children. When I take them to school every morning, I am armed. I carry concealed and carry one “modern sporting rifle,” i.e. an AR-15 or another rifle in my car. I will not allow my child, your child or any other innocent person to become a victim if I’m present. Late last year, I had to draw my weapon on an individual who was aiming a rifle at passing vehicles, aiming towards my son’s preschool (next door to an elementary school). It turned out that the individual was a 12 year old with a realistic looking pellet rifle. But, what if that kid was armed with an actual firearm? What if he decided to enter the preschool and start shooting people? Under our current environment, there would have been a lot of dead/injured children and teachers.

We should be ashamed of the fact that we refuse to use “common sense” gun laws to place the power to protect our children where they are most vulnerable, outside of the home. There are hundreds of thousands of former/retired military and law enforcement officers who would gladly stand guard at every school in this country to protect Our children. If you’re not in favor of school staff being trained and having access to the tools needed to protect my children, your children, then you don’t deserve to be a parent!

 

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Social Media: The Echo Chambers Meet the Star Chamber.

In the film, The Star Chamber, Judge Steven Hardin is discouraged by the failures of the legal system after seeing hardened criminals go free on technicalities. Acknowledging Hardin’s perspective, his peer, Benjamin Caulfield, introduces him to the Star Chamber, a secret organization that condones vigilante action in cases where justice has not been served.

In today’s world of online Social Media, the Star Chamber is alive and well. The bullies on the block are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google, Youtube, et. al. are the modern and very real Star Chambers populated by anti-free speech progressive (er, Oppressive) left. Don’t believe me? Every account I created on Twitter (4) has been suspended permanently. I regularly end up incarcerated in Facebook jail three to four times per year Thirty days at a time…not an exaggeration. It’s gotten to the point where I now have two separate Facebook accounts so that I always have at least one available to me.

What have I done to merit such outrage?? We’ll get to that momentarily. History has proven that honest, intellectual, and creative freethinkers can be deemed dangerous — demonized and ostracized by their own societies if not murdered outright. Since most on the left don’t endorse literal murder, virtually all of them endorse a social capital punishment to include attempts to force employers to terminate employees who generate numerous complaints and various threats, economic and violent, from anonymous sources.

These individuals are not happy with engaging in any kind of critical discourse utilizing facts. No, they are, for the most part, nothing more than echo chambers of comments made by others with the same ideology they share, spread by agenda driven leftists in mainstream media.

Typically, the “conversations” go like this….”Obama was the greatest President, EVER!!” Then, I reply…”Actually, President Obama violated the Constitution nearly 70 times during his tenure in the Oval Office.” I failed to realize that I just committed the equivalent of bombing Pearl Harbor (not that any of these millennials know anything about Pearl Harbor or any other significant American history at all).

It just goes to hell from there. I’ll be called a racist, bigot, homophobe, and hater of Harry Potter “literature.” The vapid, just name call and move on. The rabid, on the other hand, attack and then keep attacking. They invite their friends to attack, most of whom (on Twitter) just agree and REPOST with NO intelligent replies or remarks of their own. I’ve even had some Google a photo of me in order to determine my identity (which was odd since I used my actual name). Unlike “SnowflakeUnicornLover420,” I do not hide behind anonymity when I post an opinion.

So, these whack-a-Doodles, track my other social media postings, scour my WordPress, Yahoo, Google…etc. They make remarks about my loved ones to include my children, anonymously, of course.

But what makes these “people” so dangerous is the power given to them by social media sites whose own agendas are threatened by people like me. I don’t mean those who are Conservatives, Constitutionalists, Republicans, Christians…etc, although, I do associate or consider myself a member of a few of these classifications.

There’s a sick symbiotic relationship between these media outlets and the dangerous communists, leftists…etc. I started out, years ago, believing the media was just pandering to these idiots in the name of ratings. I quickly discovered, however, the media is populated by these very same liberalists that comprise these groups. The larger conspiracy is the collusion of the mainstream media and left-wing politicians using these people and groups in an attempt to “fundamentally change” Our Constitutional Republic to a European-style socialist “utopia.”

This week, I divested myself from Facebook. These social media monopolies are making it more difficult, if not near impossible, to speak to anyone other than your friends and those “friendly” Echo Chambers. The “other side” has only one response to those like me. Those who believe in an open dialog and actual conversations are screwed. The goal of these idiots on the left is to eradicate the groups and individuals with whom they disagree, by crying like the bitches they are to the powers that be. They run off to mommy and daddy…er, social media administrators (who FULLY support the social views of these whiny bitches), and cry about the big bad racist, bigot, homophobe…etc that gave them butt-hurt with words. Hence, the banishment from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook jail…etc.

The only way to end this is childish behavior is to spank the parent. If enough people just REFUSE to play the game, things will change. Divest yourself of social media. The designers of these platforms publicly admit to using psychological tools and conditioning to promote the release endorphins (Just like DRUGS) to “make” the use of social media feel “good.” How many times do you check a posting for responses? A better question would be, how disappointed are you when no one remarks on one of your posts? We

The only way this situation will change is for We the People who frequent these platforms, to completely divest ourselves of the platforms. Or, at the very least, refuse to “click” on ANY links for advertisers on these platforms. Hit “mommy and daddy” where it hurts…in the pocketbook. Protest these acts of censorship and banishments by taking revenue away from these social media platforms.

Take a page out of the liberal playbook and Target the advertisers and email them with your displeasure and plans to NOT shop their stores nor buy their products. Have all your “friends” do the same. We are not the skinny little guy in the prison shower. We don’t have to take this behavior.

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Join the Social Media “Day of Rage”

Still a Political Prisoner of Facebook or being tossed into FB jail? FB and other social media platforms are acting like tyrannical governments censoring their political adversaries and those who refuse to tow the party line. NOW, FB and Twitter are conducting warrantless searches of the web for “unacceptable” (what they view as violations of “community standards”) viewpoints or statements. They will then use these OUTSIDE sources to impose sanctions on their own systems…i.e. Put you in FB jail or Suspend your Twitter account based upon posting from other social media sites such as REDDIT, PINTEREST or INSTAGRAM. GOOGLE, et. al. are Acting as Totalitarian Regimes drowning out “Free Speech and Expression” that does mesh with their political and social goals.
“The achievement of a truly Free society requires collective motivation on a scale that is only present when the Government has become so oppressive as to be intolerable. The State and Federal Government has adapted to this and tries very hard to avoid any loss of power by being as “tolerable” as possible and making its operations as covert as possible while openly integrating themselves into the everyday lives of everyone.”
 
The above paragraph, the word “government” can be interchanged with “Social Media.” I would like to see a movement where as many people as possible Divest themselves of FB, Google, and Twitter for only One week. To do this in order to show these entities that we can have a direct effect on their cash flow. We CANNOT ALLOW these private corporate interest to CONTROL the public discourse to the benefit of a few.
 
Make February 14th and Social Media Day of Rage and refuse to log on to any social media for the entire 24hr period! Let us send a Clear message…We Control Our Voices, NOT the media.
 
PLEASE Share this with ALL of your friends and family. Let us take back our Collective voices!
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The Queers, the Baker, and the Cake…oh My…

Now before the Supreme Court of the United States, Our First Amendment Rights are on trial. 

All of this began with the introduction of “Public Accommodation Laws” 

Federal legislation dealing with public accommodations include these:

  • Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

In US law, public accommodations are generally defined as facilities, both public and private, used by the public. Examples include retail stores, rental establishments, and service establishments as well as educational institutions, recreational facilities, and service centers.

Under United States federal law, public accommodations must be accessible to the handicapped and may not discriminate on the basis of “race, color, religion, or national origin.” Private clubs were specifically exempted under federal law as well as religious organizations. Title II’s definition of public accommodation is limited to “any inn, hotel, motel, or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests,” and therefore is inapplicable to churches. Section 12187 of the ADA also exempts religious organizations from public accommodation laws, but religious organizations are encouraged to comply.

A more recent phenomenon is the inclusion of LGBT “rights” within the laws granted by the States. Many states have, against the wishes of the majority much of the time, have implemented non-discrimination laws for sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Thus many have reached the flawed conclusion that gay rights are a “Civil Right.” Nowhere in Title II or III are the words Gender Identity, Gay, LGBT…etc.

An estimated 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual and an estimated 0.3% of adults are transgender. • This implies that there are approximately 9 million LGBT Americans, a figure roughly equivalent to the population of New Jersey.

That’s right, 3-4% of Americans think that they have the “right” to force their “lifestyle” down the throats of America..pun intended. There is a reason why they are called the LGBT Mafia. They use threats, intimidation and political power to force or enforce their skewed views upon everyone who doesn’t see things their way. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is federal law meant to protect businesses doing business with the government, but that law does not apply to state and local governments. If you are a religious person with deeply held beliefs at the local/state level and you disagree with their lifestyle, you’re labeled homophobic, bigot, facist…etc., and in many cases, forced into compliance by threatened prosecution, restrictions on your business or, in some cases, put out of business.

The cake baker from Colorado isn’t the first person of faith to be attacked for his religious values. We all remember the Hobby Lobby case. But there have been numerous other small businesses such as photographers who refuse to participate in LGBT events/ceremonies based upon religious beliefs.

The case before the Supreme Court now is the “Roe v. Wade” of our time. 

The case before the Court now revolves around a man named Jack Phillips, who owns a bakery in Colorado. He has never discriminated against any individual or group. He has many members of the LGBT community who shop at his business daily. Then one day, two gay men, from another state, come in and ask that Jack to utilize his Artistic gifts to design a custom wedding cake for them (Even though gay marriage hasn’t been legalized in Colorado at the time). Jack politely declines and offers them other choices in his bakery. He explains to the “couple” that his religious beliefs preclude him from participating in their ceremony.

Instead of politely acknowledging Jack’s 1st Amendment Right to Free Speech and Freedom “of ” (NOT “From”) Religion, the couple decides to take legal action. Instead of going back to their home state, where same-sex “marriage” is legal and contracting a baker there. Thus, began the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, case

The Colorado Civil Rights Commission, took legal action Jack in order to COMPEL him, in violation of his Constitutional Rights to comply with their ruling that he provide services to individuals or groups whose beliefs/lifestyle conflict with his deeply held religious beliefs. The result thus far has been that Jack has lost 40% of his business as he is prevented from making ANY wedding cakes for anybody. 

The case before the Supreme Court appears to be “complicated,” is, in essence, a very simple one. This is the central question at issue:

Can the “State” compel an individual or entity to surrender their Constitutional Right(s) and be compelled to engage in activities or Speech of which they disagree? Does one person’s Rights, perceived or actual, out-weigh another individual’s Rights?

I make no apologies for stating that being gay…etc, is NOT a Civil “Right.” The gay couple’s perceived “Rights” are misguided and wrong. Using the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to violate another’s Rights is a complete misuse and a slap-in-the-face to those who sacrificed and died to ensure racial equality for all. 

Rhetorical question…Will the Colorado “Civil Rights” Commission go after a Muslim bakery for refusing to make a Christian themed baked goods? -Yeah, Riiight!

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Net Neutrality is Awesome: Unless You’re a Conservative or Libertarian!

This article explains it in terms anyone can understand.

In 2015, when writing his dissenting opinion against FCC 15-24 — formally known as the Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order in the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, but commonly referred to as ‘Net Neutrality,” — Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai had this to say:

“This is not only a radical departure from the bipartisan, market-oriented policies that have served us so well for the last two decades. It is also an about-face from the proposals the FCC made just last May. So why is the FCC changing course? Why is the FCC turning its back on Internet freedom? Is it because we now have evidence that the Internet is not open? No. Is it because we have discovered some problem with our prior interpretation of the law? No. We are flip-flopping for one reason and one reason alone. President Obama told us to do so.”

The singular reason why this so-called “Net Neutrality” came to the forefront is that then President Barack Obama ordered it. And who was prodding Obama to do so? Google. Microsoft. Facebook. Twitter. Amazon.

The Tech Left, funded largely by George Soros, had decided to champion under the banner of a benign-sounding “Net Neutrality” campaign and seize a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grab the moral high ground in their determination to allow the giant edge providers to censor the Internet to suit their ideological preferences — ridding the Internet of conservative and libertarian content.

Google was especially vested, as the tech giant helped write the 2015 net neutrality rules and Google employees had more access to the White House during Barack Obama’s term than did Lois Lerner.

The term “forbearance,” in FCC parlance, means that the FCC can elect not to apply rules in specific instances and to specific entities. The FCC can pick and choose whom to regulate vigorously and whom to give a free pass. This is the de-facto creation of winners and losers by governmental fiat.

The truth is the Tech Left crafted “Net Neutrality” rules to regulate the Internet under Title II specifications that defined Internet Service Providers — the companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T that plug you to into the internet — to be bound by “Net Neutrality” rules, demanding that the internet service providers treat all edge providers equally.

But since the giant edge providers — companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter — are content providers, they are exempt from “Net Neutrality” rules, free to restrain content by censoring out all conservative and libertarian views at will, without so much as an explanation to anyone why the objectionable views were banned…

The “Net Neutrality” rules as written by the Soros-funded Tech Left coalition would apply only internet service providers (ISPs), because under Title II only these ISPs (not the giant edge providers) are considered “common carriers,” defined under the Federal Communications Act as if their role on the Internet constituted nothing more than the Alexander Graham Bell telephone companies that were around 83 years ago, when the Federal Communications Act was passed.

The giant edge providers under “Net Neutrality” rules elevate themselves to the new dimension of “Internet information providers” that live in a realm above the lowly ISP “common carrier” Internet plug-in companies.

Abiding in this higher realm, lowly regulators need to concern themselves with ruling upon the wisdom and judgment giant edge providers like Google, Facebook and Twitter exercise in passing their ideological judgments.

Giant internet content providers breathing the refined air of Soros-funded Silicon Valley see no problem defining “Net Neutrality” in a way that negates the First Amendment for conservative and libertarian views they despise. They are confident in their judgment that the First Amendment is nothing more than a primitive rule that derives from a by-gone era when printing presses were the ruling communications technology.

Neuro-linguistic programmatic word-play is a hallmark of the Left.

Consider the “Affordable Care Act” which makes health care less affordable, “Common Core” which lowers education to the lowest common denominator, “Global Food Security” which ironically increases world hunger and the “USA Freedom Act” which decreases freedom and liberty for all Americans.

“Net Neutrality” gives the US Federal Government the power to choose winners and losers, in an egregiously partisan manner. “Net Neutrality,” says nothing about neutrality and everything about governmental control and nepotistic picking of favorites — the very opposite of neutrality.

Picking the winners wasn’t enough for Team Obama and his rabid leftists. They also wanted to create losers by punishing opponents with the cudgel of insurmountable and cryptic government regulations.

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly identifies this point as part of the opening statement of his dissenting opinion:

“Today a majority of the Commission attempts to usurp the authority of Congress by re-writing the Communications Act to suit its own “values” and political ends. The item claims to forbear from certain monopoly-era Title II regulations while reserving the right to impose them using other provisions or at some point in the future.”

He later said, “This statutory shell game seems to be the height of arbitrary and capricious rulemaking.”

The American people were sold a bill-of-goods with FCC 15-24.

We were told that forcing cable providers to allow anyone to use their infrastructure would increase competition and industry investment. Exactly the opposite has occurred. Broadband choice has not expanded and broadband investment actually declined in the years since the passage of the so-called net neutrality rules, undoing a decade-long trend of ever greater investment.

“Net Neutrality” has also failed to keep the internet free and open. By providing forbearance cover to their Silicon Valley political patrons, the FCC functionaries empowered during the Obama administration look the other way as the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans with conservative- or libertarian-minded viewpoints have been trampled.

By establishing itself as the sole regulator and arbiter of the structural basis of the internet, the FCC has legalized censorship, allowing Soros-funded groups to run rampant spreading the most violent messages possible, while at the same time aggressively censoring Trump supporters and patriotic Americans who desire only to make their country great again. In the Obama years, complaints to the single regulating body, the FCC, were expected to fall upon deaf ears.

If Donald J. Trump had not won the election in 2016, there is little question that the vibrant alternative media that exists today would be but a dim shadow of its current self. Even today calls for outright censorship of Breitbart, Drudge Report, and Infowars are screeched out of the same mouths that call for “fairness” of content.

When the Obama-appointed partisans passed FCC 15-24 in their 3-2 vote, dissenter Ajit Pai closed his comments with:

“At the beginning of this proceeding, I quoted Google’s former CEO, Eric Schmidt, who once said: ‘The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand.’

This proceeding makes abundantly clear that the FCC still doesn’t get it.

But the American people clearly do. The threat to Internet freedom has awakened a sleeping giant. And I am optimistic that we will look back on today’s vote as an aberration, a temporary deviation from the bipartisan path that has served us so well. I don’t know whether this plan will be vacated by a court, reversed by Congress, or overturned by a future Commission. But I do believe that its days are numbered.

For all of these reasons, I dissent.”

How fortunately ironic that it is Ajit Pai himself, as the Trump-appointed chair of the FCC, that will pull the plug on the ill-intended act called “Net Neutrality.”

President Trump’s FCC is absolutely right to roll back these rules, which applied only to broadband service providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.

In closing, this glaring example of a ham-handed attempt to abuse governmental power for partisan gain demonstrates clearly that Congress needs to act quickly to establish protections for American consumers so that all companies play by the same rules. Nobody should be allowed to block content. Social media has become the new “public square”, and First Amendment protections equally apply.

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Check your ‘Cognitive Privilege’

It’s becoming more difficult to track the score card of “privileges.” Privilege, by definition, is “a right, immunity or benefit enjoyed only by one person beyond the advantages of most.” Below are the most often heard and discussed “privileges” you may be guilty of.

  • White Privilege. White privilege causes a lot of controversy, mostly because people don’t truly understand what it means to have white privilege. …
  • Socio-Economic Privilege. …
  • Christian Privilege. …
  • Gender Privilege. …
  • Heterosexual Privilege.

Now, however, a SOPHOMORE from the University of Iowa, has, thank God ( Oops. There goes my Christian privilege), has enlightened us as to another “privilege that we must be made aware of…”Cognitive Privilege.”

In the article from the student newspaper this ignorant little turd attempts to explain (in his uneducated and uninformed way), that you should feel guilty if you’re “smart.”

There are many kinds of privilege besides white privilege: cognitive privilege, for example. We now know that intelligence is not something we have significant control over but is something we are born with. We are living in a society in which success is increasingly linked to one’s intelligence. This is not to say that intelligence is the only factor that is important. All that is implied is that below a certain threshold of intelligence, there are fewer and fewer opportunities. These opportunities are being shifted upward to jobs that require heavier cognitive lifting or else are being replaced by robots. Thus, the accident of having been born smart enough to be able to be successful is a great benefit that you did absolutely nothing to earn. Consequently, you have nothing to be proud of for being smart.

Once we have admitted the reality of privilege itself and identified some species of privilege, we are better able to talk about the temperature-rising topic of racial privilege.”

Intelligence is not merely a benefit of great genes passed down from our parents. It takes great individual effort, repetitive learning, and the ability to apply that intelligence in a practical manner. In fact, genuine intelligence is a skill. And, skills demand practice, effort, self-evaluation, self-coaching, as well as teachers who genuinely care about those they teach.

This kid offers nothing more than a sad continuation of the attempt to take over Our culture through espousing more societal pseudo-guilt. Depending upon sourcing, the I.Q. of the average American is 95-98. That ranks us at the number 9 position, behind countries like China (105) and Poland (99). In fact, the United States is in 22nd place on the list of I.Q. rankings.

North America, Europe, and Asia rank highest in I.Q. Interestingly enough, the Middle East hovers around 80 as an average I.Q. The worst scores are in sub-Sahara Africa where the averages are at or below an American child with Down syndrome.

This snot-nosed know-nothing kid in Iowa, Bless his soul, is but another sad case of a self-loathing snowflake. Another child buying into, not the American dream, but the disgust for a country that has afforded him something available nowhere else in the world. The Freedom to live up to his full potential without facing the restrictive and abusive environments found in many other countries. I feel both sad and angry at the lack of critical thinking and critical discourse. I leave him with this quote from someone that many consider having been an intelligent man…

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.” -Albert Einstein

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FATE: A Cosmic Joke or False Comfort

I believe in the strictest term that “fate” is an illusion. There is no “grand plan” for each of us. The journey that we embark upon in life is under our control. The path and the decisions we make every moment of every day is our own creation. 

Yes, I may not be responsible for the occasional horror that may befall me as I am not responsible for the behavior or actions of others. Yet, what brought me to that particular place and time? Was it some mystic cosmic force guiding my every action in life or was it a result of the decisions I myself have made? 

The problem is us, ourselves. We put more effort into deciding what we will eat for supper than we put into planning every aspect of our daily activities. More spontaneity over careful planning is ultimately our undoing. We have become creatures of comfortable non-thinking. Some speak of the inability of people to engage in critical discourse with each other, I believe we have lost the ability to engage ourselves, our own minds. 

We whine and complain about everything. We complain about work, our families, money and our own carnal desires. But we almost never sit down, shut-up and think. We don’t engage in mental “war games” to explore our desires and how to avoid the pitfalls of daily life to get where we want to be tomorrow. 

Yet, I also agree with the stance that sometimes events are outside of our individual control. Some years ago, while driving home on a stormy afternoon, I found myself in this exact situation. While driving on the interstate in a driving rain, a semi-truck struck my vehicle when the driver changed lanes. At 65 mph, this is no small event. My car was sent spinning out of control into a highway construction zone through a large construction sign. 

What happened to me is the opposite one would think. Although I was immediately in fear for my life, that changed in a blink of an eye. As I had a “death grip” on the steering wheel, a sudden feeling of a calming peacefulness invaded my thoughts. I closed my eyes and thought to myself…”Well, if I die then I die. There’s nothing I can do about it now.” When I finally opened my eyes, the rain had let up and traffic was unaffected by the event. And I was, for the most part unharmed. 

Did “fate” spare me? Did I surrender my free will to fate? I would like to think that I was just being pragmatic. I just accepted the situation for what it was. Does fate exist? I don’t know. But what I can say is, sometimes you just got to grab the handles of life and just ride it out.

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