Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WHAT HAS THE LIBERAL'S PANTIES IN SUCH A WAD?

It’s been a year since Donald Trump was elected President. A lot has happened since that election so I thought it might be good to go over this past year and mark both the good and the bad.

I have made no secret that Trump was not my first choice as President. I wanted Huckabee. I appreciated his maturity and his humor. I also thought he best fit the mold of “world leader.” I still like Huckabee and hope that he stays relevant because we need his calming influence in these troubled times.

But, the voters decided differently and elected Trump and I am okay with that choice. Never, however, in my nearly eighty years on this earth, would I have believed what we have witnessed since Trump’s election. It has been pure disrespect, and just plain ugliness. Never have I seen the losing party in such an uproar over their loss. The so-called mainstream media is so far from the mainstream of America as to be unbelievable. They and the Democrat party live in a fantasy world of resistance, resistance to the choice of the voters of America. Some of the wealthiest liberals in this country are buying billboards and ads calling for the impeachment of Trump. They should probably read the Constitution and save their money. Impeachment can only happen if an individual commits high crimes or misdemeanors. That has not happened and it won’t. Sorry, liberals, especially you Tom Steyer, you are spinning your wheels.

So, what are they so upset about anyway? Is it the fact that the stock market has risen almost 39% since Trump took office and that consumer confidence has gone through the roof? Maybe it is because unemployment is at a seventeen year low of 4.1%. Is that it?

Is it that a true Constitutionalist, Neil Gorsuch has been chosen as Supreme Court Justice? And that over the next several years of Trump’s term/terms he will select even more jurists to that court who both read and understand the Constitution? Jurists who know that their job is to referee the law and not to write it. If being a loyal American upsets them so, I can understand why they would be offended by a Trump Presidency.

President Trump said he would make America great again. No doubt he is well on his way to fulfilling that promise. One of his objectives seems to be making the world respect America again as the preeminent world leader in both commerce and protectors of freedom. Making our so-called enemies who are incidentally enemies of freedom all over the world, understand we will defend ourselves and our allies if and when we or they are attacked or even threatened. We will defang the little tin horn wannabe dragons who talk big and just want to cause trouble, like North Korea and Iran among others.

Are the liberals upset that Trump intends to reserve America and her fruits for Americans? While he welcomes immigrants who come to our shores legally and with contributions to make, he will continue to arrest and deport illegal trespassers and send them back to their own countries.

When the Congress finally gets their act together and passes real tax reform, our economy will boom again, as it did after Reagan’s tax reductions. And that upsets liberals? This will doubtless happen with little or no assistance from the Democrats. Oh well.

Attention liberals, and Democrats in general. The election of 2016 is over. The American people made their choice and you lost. You had a terrible candidate who cheated and lied her way to the nomination and she lost. Get over it. Continuing to go through your life with your panties in a wad has got to be uncomfortable. Just think, you’ll probably get to go through this all over again in 2020.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I CRIED, HAVE YOU?

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” I don’t remember when I first heard that, but it was many years ago. I always believed it was one of the best statements I had ever heard to describe how you don’t have to look very far to find someone who is worse off than you. That really came home to me on a recent visit to a VA Medical facility.

I had gone to have a problem dealt with. To me it was a very serious issue, but as I traveled through the lobby of the facility, I was struck by the number of people I saw who really did have problems. The more I witnessed, the more I was left to question how I could call my issue a problem worthy of concern when compared with these veterans with real issues?

I am a veteran and I have a minor service-connected disability which is more an inconvenience than actually debilitating. I didn’t give my life or any of my limbs for my Country. What I did give was some of my time. I’d like to say right here what I have said many times before. I always believed I got more from my time in the service than I ever gave. I was a young hillbilly from Tennessee who went in as a kid and came out as a man. What I saw and learned was immeasurable. My status as an adult was directly impacted and enhanced by my time in the service of my country.

I am left now to compare my contribution with the contribution of these people I saw in various states of disability and disrepair. They were young and old. They were men and women. They were in wheelchairs, walkers, and gurneys, and in all manner of appliances. There were missing limbs. There was blindness. Some would visit but most just seemed to stare off into the distance. I did not hear a single complaint however.

As I watched I was struck with this thought, what they say is true, “Freedom is not free.” We have all heard this, but the way to bring it home is to visit a VA Hospital. I hear so many people complain of our war efforts across the Middle East. I’ve heard complaints about the monetary cost. Then they go about their day, going to work, school, or just anything that is a part of their lives. Do they take for granted their freedom? Do they feel any compassion for those who gave their lives or their bodies as a sacrifice for those freedoms? Do they understand the cost that is being borne by our military to ensure that those freedoms continue? And while we are talking about cost, how much would you charge for your legs? How about your vision? Would it probably be more than the meager pension these veterans are entitled to?

Today, in some quarters, we are witnessing total disrespect for our military, our veterans, and our flag. Our military was even disrespected by a military court who decided that traitor, deserter, Bowe Bergdahl though guilty as charged, should not serve any time in prison. A slap in the face of all of us.  It is also coming from some in the NFL who say they have grievances. Most of those millionaire football players couldn’t shine the boots of the military men and women they choose to disrespect. It is my hope that across this country, fans of the NFL will, on Sunday, November 12, let these players and their owners know without a doubt how we all feel by tuning out the NFL and staying home instead of going to the games. That will be a true celebration of Veterans Day, 2017.

Freedom indeed is not free. Be thankful and remember the people who give their all for freedom this day and every day.

Ron Scarbro
Veterans Day 2017

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

HISTORY IS OUR TEACHER

George Washington is the “Father of our Country.” He served as the first president and served for two terms. He was also a plantation owner where he raised crops and brewed whiskey. As was the custom in that era as a wealthy land owner and grower, Washington owned slaves.

It is said that he attended Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia for some thirty years. The church even placed a commemorative plaque on their wall in Washington’s honor.

Well, apparently some, or who knows maybe one, of the parishioners took offense that a former slave owner was so honored, so they screamed to have it removed. Now mind you, this is the same George Washington who led troops to victory over the British that made America, the country, possible. The same George Washington who presided over the beginnings of this great country. The same Washington whose name is prominently on cities, counties, states, streets, avenues, buildings, schools, currency and all manner of American history.

Sometimes I just have to scratch my head in amazement. Not that someone would take offense at anything, but that a church would bow to such stupidity. There are people in this country who are perpetually offended. They look for ways to be offended. When we acknowledge their offense by acting on it, we are participating in their stupidity.

Shall we now rename Washington D. C. or Washington state? How about Madison, WI? Or Jefferson City, MO? Shall we destroy all currency bearing the likeness of former slave owners? Shall we remove all the statues of our Founding Fathers who may not quite measure up to some of today’s customs or morality? How about Mt. Rushmore? Should that monument now be  scheduled for destruction? Do you have any idea of how many places and streets are named for our founders? Schools, bridges, turnpikes. Beaches. Far too many to name.

We need to start a new movement. We need to identify stupidity and nonsense for what it is. We need to tell the “society of the perpetually offended” that their causes are ridiculous and that we will no longer give them any credence.

There was a civil war. Thousands died and were injured. Battle leaders on both sides of that war have been honored by statues and in all manner of recognition. In many parts of the country people proudly fly the Rebel flag. Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, has highways named in his honor all across the south as well as schools and buildings.

The civil war is a part of our history. Slave ownership is a part of our history. Who among the early founders would be able to stand up to the type of inquiry today’s politicians face? There is probably a dossier on everybody from the credit bureaus to the FBI.

We have all heard the maxim, “If you choose to ignore history, you are bound to repeat it.” I believe that, don’t you? We cannot change our history by tearing down a few statues or changing the names of a few buildings or cities. Our history is our education. We either learn from our mistakes or we repeat them. We either learn from our victories, or we never see them again. Our history is our history and it won’t go away. Whether we acknowledge it or not changes nothing. It is still there.

I am proud to be an American. I have never owned a slave and wouldn’t. But wishing our past was different will not make it so. Our challenge going forward is to learn from our mistakes and be better. We are, and will continue to be, a beacon for the entire world and that is as it should be.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

LET'S REQUIRE AN IQ TEST

There is just so much to talk about I hardly know where to start. It seems ignorance reigns. So, that is where I am going to start.

Maxine Waters, Democrat from California, displayed her ignorance of, or maybe just total disregard for the law by threatening to kill the President of the United States. What a complete moron. She told a gathering, which was recorded and televised, that she may just go and take out President Trump herself. If she isn’t brought before the courts to answer for this there truly is no justice. Imagine if any Republican had said the same thing about Obama. The entire mass media would be apoplectic.

Then we have this cowboy hat wearing clown congresswoman from Florida running her mouth in an effort to gain some publicity. She is an embarrassment to the entire country. Voters in Florida should be ashamed. Through her self-serving efforts to gain notoriety, she has defamed a fallen serviceman, his family, and the entire military. She is no friend to veterans. She and the people who voted for her should be ashamed.

Lest you fear that I am picking on one particular race or gender, remember the Congressman from Georgia who believed the Island Nation of Guam was floating? He opined that to put more service personnel on that island might cause the island to tilt over and spill everyone into the ocean. And this clown is serving in the House of Representatives? Did he even attend school? How could any adult in this country be that stupid? Worse yet, how could any voter in this country vote for such a moron?

Next we have Nancy Pelosi. At seventy-seven and with over thirty years in the House to torment the citizens of this great country, surely she can find a better way to spend her senior years. She told a national audience, if you can believe anyone actually watches “The View,” that since Hillary lost it is imperative that she, a woman, stays at the top of the table. After all, she says, she is a “master legislator” and this country needs a woman in charge. To me and to many in her own party, she is the master of nothing and the sooner she is gone from the national spotlight, the better.

And speaking of people who should avoid the national spotlight at all costs, how about Hillary? Her whole mess is soon to hit the fan. The uranium deal with the Russians and the millions paid to the Clintons is going to get re-examined and believe me, it will not stand up to legitimate inquiry. Doesn’t she understand that everything she has ever said has been recorded and for the most part televised? She is on record and there is no escape. For a person who has been described as the smartest woman in politics, she appears a little dense to me.

I could go on and on about the stupidity of some people who serve in elected office, like the Congresswoman who thought we had landed a man on Mars, or Congresswoman Corrine Brown who was convicted of starting a phony charity to create a slush fund for her personal use. She stole hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her sentencing is scheduled for November.

Therefore, here is my thought. I propose a required IQ test for all sitting members of Congress and for any candidate for public office in the future. Their score should be a part of their resume. Dull witted morons need not apply. Of course there are some on the left who believe an IQ test is irrelevant. If I were a dull witted moron, that’s what I would think also.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER

I have recently been wondering how it would be if I could invite a true, hard core liberal to dinner. Now mind you, this liberal would have to be brutally honest and deal with my questions truthfully. Already you can see my problem. What I would like to understand is just how any true American could believe the way they do. This column is speculation of what my questions would be.

Initially, I suspect the meal itself could be a problem. It would probably be fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and green beans cooked in bacon grease. Dessert would be banana pudding. That might be off-putting for some of the liberals I have seen on TV and out in public. Many of them appear a bit under-fed. Oh, and we may well say grace before our meal. That could create indigestion before a bite was taken.

So, on to the reason for the meeting. First, I wonder why do liberals hate America and her traditions? What is so wrong with patriotism? Why is the flag and our national anthem so offensive to them? One of our traditions is making certain that we have a strong, well equipped military. A military so strong as to discourage any attack from anybody. It is no accident that we are a free society. Our way of life has been earned by the blood and courage of our military. We remain free because of this country’s unfettered support of our military. Why is having a strong military so offensive to liberals? Very puzzling.

My next issue of inquiry has to do with responsibility. Why do liberals have a problem with individuals being responsible for themselves and their destiny? Oh, pass the gravy please. Traditional Americans believe if a person wants to live with another person of the same sex, they have every right to do so. Liberals seem to think that if that situation should exist, everyone should bless their choice and regard it as normal. Well, it’s not normal and no amount of whining is going to change that. That having been said, free Americans have the right to choose their own style of living. They do not have the right to expect me to bless their choice or bake them a cake for their wedding.

As Americans we have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We have the right to travel as far as our legs, and talent will take us. We all have equal opportunity. We do not and have never had the right to an equal outcome. That is based on a number of factors, maybe even including luck. But regardless, our destiny is and should be in our own hands. There is no situation where all wealth is divided up and everyone is given an equal share. Even if that could happen, it would be just a matter of days before that wealth would return to the original holders anyway. Sorry, liberals, but success is based on initiative not government handout. So, how’s your chicken?

I would ask my dinner guest, why do you object to requiring voters to prove who they are before they vote? Traditional Americans like the idea. Is it because liberals know they could never win an honest election? Sure seems fishy that liberals are the only ones who find identity verification so offensive.

Before we tear into the banana pudding, there are just a few points that I want to make. Declaring yourself a sanctuary city, county, or state, is declaring that you refuse to obey the law. There is nothing noble about lawbreaking. And, California, there are only two genders of humans, male and female, and no amount of weenie whining is going to change that. And to the NFL. If you think traditional America is going to forgive you and look the other way, you are sadly mistaken. If you don’t like it here, see the last paragraph.

No, we are not perfect, but we are as close as I have seen. And one more great thing about being an American is, if you don’t like it, you can always leave. The door swings both ways.

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SATISFIED MIND

“How many times have you heard someone say,
If I had his money, I could do things my way,
But little they know that it’s so hard to find,
One rich man in ten with a satisfied mind.”

To those who aren’t familiar with it, those are the words that start the song, “Satisfied Mind.” It was originally recorded by Faron Young in 1955.

I have always liked the song because it has such a deep message. But this is not about traveling down the memory lane of classic country music. No, this has more meaning.

Ever since the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas many have been trying to make sense of the act. They have been looking for a motive, a reason. What would possess an individual to commit such a senseless, heinous act? Did he just snap? How long had he planned this massacre? Did he have an escape plan? Was he just a nut case?  

From all published information, it appears this particular nut case was a millionaire. He owned at least two private airplanes, had a pilot’s license, owned as many as five different houses and had a lot of money in the bank. He had been a very successful real estate investor as well as a lucky high stakes gambler. It has been reported that he made five million dollars last year gambling. He had a girlfriend of many years. I don’t know if he ever had children but from all indications he was an extremely successful man. So, what happened? Why did he snap?

Over the next few weeks and months we are going to hear opinion after opinion from expert after expert as to why. There will probably be long drawn out discussions of psychological explanations to try and put a cause to this causeless action.

Well I, being no slouch and given as I am to wild opinion, have developed one of my own and I offer it here for your consideration. Mind you I do not bring to this discussion degrees in psychology. I do not bring in years of experience in dealing with the criminally insane. No, I just bring common sense.

What if this killer was nothing more than just bored with his worthless life? What if he just found no challenge in anything? He obviously had achieved success in most of his endeavors. Maybe he was just dissatisfied with his meaningless life and wanted to put an exclamation mark on it. Some call it going out with a bang. It is also obvious that he had much more death and destruction in mind before he was interrupted by his own cowardly suicide.

There was material in his car that could have easily been turned into a bomb capable of blowing up thousands more depending on where he drove the car.

So far, the people who knew him could offer no motive. They never saw anything like this in him. His brother said he was just a regular guy. Well, inside this “regular guy” was an evil brewing that would most certainly record his name in the history book of mass murderers. He will have achieved at least one of his objectives, notoriety.

This could be nothing more than an individual who, having lived an unchallenged life, sought satisfaction and couldn’t find it as normal people do. So, he does the unthinkable.

The song finishes this way.

“The wealthiest person is a pauper at times,
Compared to the man with a satisfied mind.”

Ron Scarbro

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

THE END OF THE WORLD

This month, October, will mark my 77th year on this earth. It has been an amazing time to be alive. So much has been discovered. Diseases have been conquered, communications have been perfected to such a degree that one can speak in real time across the world at will. Lifetimes have been extended and improved. And the most amazing of all is that we have only just begun to discover. The next 77 years will probably be even more amazing. It boggles my mind.

As I write this, I recall events from my life. As a very young child I remember sitting in church with my mother and listening to the preacher scare me to death with his predictions of the “end of the world.” He wasn’t the only one with such grim predictions. There were people walking on the street with signs claiming the world was coming to an end.  A Stanford professor wrote a book declaring that the world was overpopulated and could not sustain itself. He called for ZPG, zero population growth. That was about forty years ago. He stated unequivocally that the world would end in ten years. Didn’t happen. Today, those predictions continue. Just last September 23, according to a so-called Christian numerologist, our world would collide with an alien planet and we would be destroyed. Oops, that didn’t happen either. Oh well, back to the drawing board and the calendars.

The point of all this is that the world ends every day for some. Several people, whose only crime was to attend an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, saw their world come to an end when a nut case with automatic weapons opened fire on them. In reality all of us will face the end of our world eventually. Some sooner than others. Christians, like me and most of you, know that this world is not our home, we are just passing through. So, when this world ends, a new and better world awaits. But this world will end for all of us.

The next point of this piece is a suggestion. People in my age group are much closer to the end of our earthly lives than to the beginning. So then my suggestion is this. If you aren’t happy, get happy. If you aren’t loved, find someone to love you. If you don’t love, find someone to love. We only get one shot at this. If you want to travel, travel. If you don’t like the weather where you live, move to where you would be more comfortable. Don’t be the one sitting in his rocker saying “well I could have, or I should have.”

If you are lucky enough like me to have a loving life partner, ask that partner, are we where we are supposed to be and are we doing what we are supposed to be doing? Is there anything else that would make us happier and more fulfilled? If our world came to an end today, would we leave this world happy and satisfied? I believe these are fair questions.

A number of my very close relatives and friends have recently been given some tough news by their doctors. They have had diagnoses of challenging diseases. The good news is that there are new and vastly improved remedies and even some cures available. While the diagnosis is negative, the possibilities of cure are very positive. We are all hopeful. As they read this they know we are with them in spirit and prayer.

This is not, and has never pretended to be, a sermon or a church service. To me it is just common sense. None of us know when our world will end. For me and mine, we plan to live as if the end is truly at hand. We plan to live and love until we cannot any longer and we hope the same for you.

Ron Scarbro