President Trump’s state of the union speech was fairly reasonable and presidential in my opinion. I don’t agree with every policy Trump advocates but this speech was acceptable. Some of the hero guests he pointed out were even inspirational. The North Korean defector whose legs were amputated and used crutches to escape through China was an excellent example of this group of people.
His proposed pathway to citizenship for daca dreamers is just common sense and in line with the values of the United States. His idea of a “Great Wall” across the southern border of the United States could be done but is not needed and would be a severe eye sore across many areas of pristine landscape. Walls are appropriate for many border areas but drones, other technological devices and an increased number of border agents would be a more intelligent solution. Great Walls are ugly in an open landscape, they are not cheap and they can be breached.
Changing the Afghan war rules of engagement was the appropriate thing to do. Obama’s rules of engagement were getting Americans killed. Wars are not won and ended by choir boys.
Trump’s personal life and harsh stupid statements do not concern me as much as the policies he advocates for our country. Not everything Trump advocates is wrong and Democrats should work with him on areas that are clearly acceptable to anyone with some common sense. Democratic obstruction will only cause their party to lose the next election. If Trump stays with the tone and policy he demonstrated in this speech he will win the next presidential election no matter what the democratic party does.
A group of college students recently made a video showing their hatred of police. Police were depicted as anti-black, pigs and were beheaded in the video. It certainly looked like hate speech to me. I don’t think hate speech should be totally prevented even if it is extremely vile unless it used to directly incite a riot. We have freedom of speech in this country no matter how stupid and repulsive. Hate speech needs to be opposed with reason and positive emotional arguments whenever it presents itself. Suppressing any type of speech by law is a slippery slope that will backfire because whoever is in power will use those types of laws to limit their opponent’s ability to have free speech. State resources should never be used to promote hate speech. Hate speech can also be regulated because it is similar to shouting fire in a crowded theater.
Hate speech can come from people of any race. Black hate speech is just as bad as Neo-Nazi hate speech and should be equally condemned. The ability of our society to function is slowly deteriorating because we are so afraid to point out criminal black racist actions and the legal system is skewed to protect criminals of all races in many situations. Excess political correctness is a great philosophy until someone starts looting, kills innocent people, wrecks your town and burns it to the ground. Hate speech by students can incite violence in Wisconsin just like what has happened in other states.
The students producing the anti-police hate video have a constitutional right to produce such a video with their own money on their own time. Were taxpayer dollars used to produce the video or was it some type of class assignment? The university should reject and suspend any student or professor that engages in garbage of this nature using university resources.
The practical solution to any type of perceived police prejudice can only be to have a higher percentage of non-whites represented in the police force. Hate speech against the police is not going to help anyone and it will discourage blacks from entering into police work. Any professor that encourages anti-police or race related hate speech by students should be fired by the university because he is clearly damaging our entire society. We need to accept the fact that people of any race are capable of being prejudiced and there is no way our society can overlook the criminal actions that result from this evil belief. Certainly professors should not teach college students to propagate hate with taxpayer dollars.
The poor should subsidize the rich sometimes? I have met very few people who like to pay taxes but they are necessary for the continuation of our society. We all need roads, police, firemen and other government services whether we want them or not. Everyone benefits from these types of government services so it seems fair that everyone should pay their fair share of the cost. Some people benefit more from these types of services than other people and are getting a good deal. This is true of police and fire services which are really just a type of insurance because you are paying for a service you hope you never have to use . No one wants their house to burn down or be burglarized but there is always a chance it could happen to you so you pay money just in case your number comes up. There are simply not enough rich people to pay for all necessary government services by themselves so government usage fees (taxes) of less fortunate people became a necessity. We have gas taxes, toll booths, wheel taxes, car impound retrieval fees, fines for speeding and other methods of generating revenue which place a disproportionate burden on the finances of less fortunate people.
An oversimplified example: An ultra rich man named Bill Gates gets a $100 ticket for speeding or a poor working mother named Betty with two children and a dead husband gets a $100 ticket for speeding. Neither person should have been speeding but is it really fair to charge Betty and Bill Gates the same fine (tax). I would fine people an appropriate percentage of their income instead of an arbitrary fixed dollar value . Bill Gates would not care if he had to pay some paltry fine so how will he ever learn a lesson from it? If he had to pay even 4 percent of his income he might wake up and smell the coffee. Betty should be charged less because monetary fines are a severe drain on her limited resources and she will learn her lesson easily. Our current system makes it easier for the rich Bill Gates to speed. Why not take a greater significant percentage of a rich speeders money and use it to fund police and road construction? This would improve public safety and revenue collection.
Health insurance/treatment is similar in some ways because it is a necessity unless you want to take a chance on dying prematurely. Few people choose to be ill. Some people are blessed by God with good health and will never need a doctor’s service or at least not much service. Other people may have severe illness such as diabetes, cancer, stroke, crohns disease or some other severe disease that is life altering and expensive to treat. You pay an insurance company but you hope you don’t have to use their services to pay for some dreadful disease. The insurance company distributes this horrible risk among many people. The healthy people pay for the really ill people and most healthy people do not really directly benefit except by having emotional security from being insured in case the worst happens. Health insurance in essence is a transfer of financial wealth from one large group of people to another small group of people who have done nothing to earn the money. Is that a good thing?
An oversimplified example: Bill Gates gets Crohn’s disease and is insured by XYZ insurance company. Bill will need about $200,000 per year in treatments over the remainder of his lifetime to keep his bowels operating normally. Bill’s premium payments amount to $12,000 per year so XYZ insurance company is losing some big time money because Bill has a bad disease. How should this money be recovered by XYZ? Obviously they will either raise their rates on their other members or find someway to get rid of Bill from their plan. It’s not Bill’s fault that he is ultra rich so I don’t believe it is right to eliminate Bill’s treatment and insurance. Less fortunate people should subsidize Bill Gates in this condition because he paid his money into the system in case this type of thing would happen to him. A single mom named Betty should be treated just like she was Bill Gates if she had the same condition.
What’s the point? Some things require us to work together even when we don’t see the direct benefit to us because it’s for the good of our society as a whole. The United States needs some type of insurance plan that includes coverage for all citizens or it just won’t be fair.
Should Trump be removed from office using the 25th amendment?
Quote from a portion of the Constitution of the United States:
“Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President……”
President Trump was fairly elected by the laws and people of the United States. Unfortunately his manners do not seem to have the same smooth political tact as past presidents. His opponents are trying to use his rough edges to have him declared mentally unfit to be president and remove him. I don’t like his twitter activity because it is petty and demeans the presidency but I do agree with some of his presidential actions such as cleaning up the VA, appointing Mad Dog Mattis Secretary of Defense, appointing conservative justices and taking military action against terrorism.
Unless President Trump commits an illegal action or is truly unable to discharge the functions of his office he should not be removed from office in my opinion. The accusation of mental illness is the modern equivalent of leprosy. The accused person becomes a leper that no one wants to associate with because no one wants the taint of mental illness to rub off on them. It is an easy slur to throw around by mental health professionals with their own political agenda. It is even easier for politicians and left wing reporters without any medical experience to smear someone with innuendo of this nature. It would set a dangerous precedent for future Presidents to remove Trump without clear medical evidence that he has some diagnosis of mental illness severe enough to prevent him from doing his job.
I think Mike Pence would make a better President than Trump but the people of the United States elected Trump. The liberals should just get over it and hope they can win the next election instead of trying to destroy our representative democracy. Christians should pray for Trump that God would guide his actions and that he would stop demeaning the office. Personally I think most politicians are unacceptable candidates to lead our country and the Trump presidency at least provides a little entertainment for me. I must confess my fault that I enjoy watching liberals explode with their own righteous anger at Trump’s latest escapade.
I stopped the automatic transfer function from my WordPress blog to Facebook. Facebook is probably not a good place for some of my opinions and is more of a general audience. On the other hand, if you want to see a little extra controversy just head over to my blog Glenn’s Way for more mature content that some people may find offensive. I still transfer some things to facebook and I kept the automatic transfer to twitter because I get most of my followers from twitter. Eventually I would like to advertise my bottle art on the blog so I like to build up a big audience.