Ron often said that our government protects us from the things that do not harm us and subjects us to things that do.
How right he was.
We desperately need more people like Ron Smith, the true voice of reason -- people of integrity and good humor who stand on well-defined principles but can be civil and open to those who don't agree.
A free society cannot exist for long where discussions only take place in competing echo chambers that serve only to inbreed and reinforce ignorance. God help us...
Smith--a common name, an uncommon man. Ron truly was the voice of reason.
Speaking of reason, here are some of reasonable things to consider:
-That current day patriotism is debatable. What is patriotic to some is not so to others. How else can the Democrats vs. Republicans conundrum be explained?
-That we are a divided nation, growing more divided every day.
-That we cannot have a discussion about race without being considered a racist.
-That only 43% of Americans pay taxes.
-That those in power will never vote for term limits so it isn't likely that we will ever have true representation?
-That the red line in the sand in Syria disappeared a long time ago.
-That the loss of our constitutional liberties continues under the pretense of fighting "terror".
-That the "Republican'ts" can’t get the job done. That they don’t know what to do wrong next. Where is the leadership?
All they ever do is cave in or compromise and we all know what that means: Give in, give up, go home and run for re-election.
-That you don’t hear much about John Boehner these days except that Americans’ opinion of the House Speaker has worsened in recent months, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
According to the poll, fifty percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of Boehner while twenty eight percent have a favorable opinion.
I suppose the other twenty two percent of Americans’ asked to participate in the poll chose not to do so.
But it really doesn’t matter, does it? So what if fifty percent of the Americans polled have a lower opinion of Boehner than they did a couple of months ago?
It’s not going to change anything.
They don’t like Boehner. I don’t like squid. That’s that. Even Steven.
This isn’t even a quid pro quo or a squid pro quo. It’s just what passes for news these days.
I couldn’t resist Googling Gallup. They have nearly 40 offices in more than 20 countries with World headquarters in Washington DC and Operational headquarters in Omaha.
There are about 1,200 employees in the privately held company.
Gallup’s current Chairman and CEO is Jim Clifton and there is no annual compensation data available for Mr. Clifton.
Good luck trying to find out Gallup’s net worth. That data isn’t available, either because they are a privately held company.
But I digress…
We are now a glacier nation frozen by political correctness and tolerance and kept in place by the large number of what I call the American Legion of Uninformed Voters.
So much for hope and change. And we have two years and more than one hundred days under the leadership of a president who was re-elected despite a four-year record of failure.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks.