Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Several years ago while still living in Seattle, my wife and I decided not to prepare our traditional Thanksgiving feast. Every year of our marriage we had cooked a huge meal for Thanksgiving with a turkey and all the trimmings. We decided since the kids had left home that this year we would travel down to the Oregon coast and get a motel room right on the beach and just relax and cool it. Our plan was to pick out a great restaurant and have our Thanksgiving meal there. No cooking and no clean up.

That is exactly what we did. The traffic was terrible but finally we arrived no worse for the wear. The room was beautiful. It even had a fireplace along with a supply of firewood. Since we were right on the beach, all you could hear was the Pacific Ocean crashing on the shore and an occasional sea gull. It couldn’t have been nicer.

On Thanksgiving Day we found a great restaurant and ordered the traditional feast. It was very tasty and we enjoyed the meal a lot. Since we were at the shore, we ate a lot of seafood during the next couple of days and all in all it was a marvelous trip.

On Sunday evening we returned home. Again the traffic was ridiculous. But we were refreshed from our mini-vacation and actually looked forward to getting back home.

We got home, but something just didn’t seem quite right. There seemed to be something missing. What was missing was the smell of Thanksgiving. One of the world’s great smells is that of a turkey and stuffing baking in the oven. I soon discovered another item which was missing. That was left over turkey for sandwiches.

Now some would say that anyone can go to the store and buy some deli turkey and make a sandwich. Well, it’s just not the same thing. There’s something about a sandwich made from the leftover carcass that cannot be created by a deli slicer.

I have a friend named Jerry who is a master turkey sandwich maker. It would be truer to call him a master turkey sandwich builder. This is what he does. He takes a slice of bread and slathers it up with salad dressing. I’m talking about the product that you buy that looks like mayonnaise with bits of pickle in it. Then Jerry adds leftover stuffing, heaps of turkey, slices of cranberry sauce, you know the kind that comes in a can, then he slathers the other slice of bread with the salad dressing and closes up his masterpiece and he does all this with the relish of an artist. He then eats it and watching him deconstruct his creation is not a pretty sight. Fortunately Jerry has a big mouth and can navigate the task rather easily.

My idea of a turkey sandwich is a lot easier. I just mayonnaise up a couple slices of bread, any kind, and add mostly dark turkey meat. That’s it. That’s all I need. To me this is one of the great treats available to us mortals. Over the years I have witnessed many variations of this most hallowed of sandwiches, but they all seem to please their creators. Turkey sandwiches, you see, are as individual as their makers.

By not being home and preparing this meal, we missed out on some of the best parts of it and I haven’t even mentioned the pecan pie. That is why we have never even considered going away from home on Thanksgiving again. Some things, like turkey sandwiches, are just too good to miss.

Ron Scarbro November 28, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Why should I be worried? Obama has been reelected and the economy is going farther into the dumper. Israel has fired missiles into Gaza assassinating a Hamas war leader and of course Hamas is and has been firing missiles into Israel. Why should I worry? Should I care that our top military generals are playing house with women other than their wives? Or that we have an inexperienced juvenile Commander-in-Chief who has never served in or had any experience with the military? Should it matter that not only has he had no experience, he also has openly expressed disdain for the military?

This is a dangerous world folks. The Middle East is the hot spot of hot spots in that dangerous world. Israel is not going to sit by and let her enemies continue to kill Israeli citizens. They will retaliate. The absolute last thing we need is to be distracted by all the extra-curricular activities of those we have hired to take care of business. We need everybody on board and paying attention.

Do you remember Mad magazine? Alfred E. Newman was famous for asking, “What, me worry?” That is my sarcastic question with this essay. Syria is exploding. Libya is no closer to democracy than before their recent revolution. Turkey has clearly stated they will not accept refugees from various warring countries. Egypt is a mess with no fix in sight. The entire Middle East is like a boiling pot with a lid on too tight. It is about to blow and here we are with no adults to handle the fallout.

Add all of that to the “fiscal cliff” we are facing. The Democrats re-installed Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi as their leaders while the Republicans re-elected John Boehner as Speaker of the House. In other words, these people have done such a good job we want them to continue in that fine effort. Are you kidding me? Have we lost our minds? These are the very individuals who created the mess we are in. What on earth makes anyone believe they can fix anything?

But wait, as the TV commercials say, there’s more. Obama wants John, I threw my medals away because I hate the military, Kerry to serve as Secretary of Defense and Susan, it was the video not terrorism, Rice to serve as Secretary of State. Have we completely  lost our common sense? Are you telling me these are the best people we can find for these very sensitive positions? If that is in fact the case, we are in deeper trouble than we knew.

A few weeks ago I wrote a column citing the many issues that have been hidden and stalled until after the election. Well they are now starting to hit the fan. Denny’s restaurants and many other franchise fast food types in Florida and other places are surcharging all their customers 5% to pay for Obamacare. They say if you don’t like it, just consider it your wait person’s tip. After all, they opine, Obamacare is designed for their employees anyway. I’m pretty sure the wait staff isn’t going to be thrilled with that. Many other employers are reducing employee hours and lowering staffing to eliminate themselves from the requirements of this new healthcare law and these activities are going to spread.

The Hostess “Twinkie,” which was supposed to be able to survive nuclear war, couldn’t survive the Obama Administration. They filed for bankruptcy on Friday. All of their 18,500 union employees who refused to return to work by the company imposed and judge approved deadline will now apparently lose their jobs if no further agreement can be reached.  If a foreign company buys Hostess and moves it off shore, whose fault will that be? The evil corporations or the unions? Just asking.

This is just the beginning folks. There is much more to come. The people have chosen and the people will have to live with their choice. Are you worried?

Ron Scarbro November 21, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I was watching a discussion the other day between some Democrats and some Republicans. The Dems were saying that this country is in trouble because the Reps are refusing to compromise their positions. The Reps were saying the country is in trouble because of the policies of the Dems and the only way to fix the mess is to turn away from those policies and return to fiscal sanity. The debate reminded me of two football teams facing each other on the fifty yard line with neither side able to move the other. As a result, nothing gets accomplished. Nobody scores.

The election showed us clearly that the country is almost equally divided between those two positions. It also showed us that this situation of deadlock must be desirable because the electorate continued the stalemate by their election choices. When stalemate happens in a football game, the soccer-style kicker is called upon to come out and kick a field goal. That usually is not very satisfying, but it at least brings about an end to the deadlock. I believe what is needed in this country is a good field goal kicker.

I have written before that Republicans do Republican things because that is what they believe. Democrats do Democrat things because that is what they believe. For either side of this debate to say, “Be reasonable, do it my way” is ridiculous. Most Republicans probably think that if they caved to the demands of the Democrats, the country would suffer irreparable harm. I’m pretty sure the Democrats feel the same way. At least I hope their thoughts are more with the country and not just with their political parties or with their own particular political futures. This is what I know however, if compromise is not reached, the country will suffer and possibly more than either side could ever repair. The so-called “fiscal cliff” we are facing is a reality. It isn’t going away. If it happens, Greece will look like a Sunday School picnic.

The people we have chosen to represent us are our employees. They answer to us. They are charged with the responsibility of doing the business of government. The economic mess we are in is their doing. It is not the failure of the American people. It is the failure of their elected representatives. Every citizen in this country needs to write their representative and give them the following message. Put your party affiliation aside, do a quick re-read of the Constitution, swallow your egotistical pride, and compromise for the good of America. Unscrew what you have screwed up. Failure to act is a criminal offense and you will be held liable, period.

The election is over. The country has chosen. For better or worse, the status quo has been re-elected. Many of you do not like the results. Many do. Today it does not matter. What matters is that the people we have chosen to get the job done need to get busy with that job and get it done. Failure truly is not an option.

We all have our opinions as to what is the best policy for this government. The resolution to the fiscal mess we are in will probably have to take on some from both sides. Like a field goal it probably won’t be totally satisfying to either side, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that resolution be found and compromise be reached. Another thing is crystal clear. Both Obama and the Congress are equally responsible for our situation and they both will be held accountable.

Ron Scarbro November 14, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012


One of the things we older people do for entertainment is sit around and remember. We think back on our earlier days. One of my favorite pastimes is considering the decisions I made  that have brought me to this point in my life. I recollect my choices. I ponder what life would have been like had I picked a different path. Of course we cannot live life over again but it is sometimes good to recall how our lives have turned out.

Today I can honestly say that one of the best decisions I ever made was to join the military service at the ripe old age of seventeen. I remember at that time the draft was a clear reality. If you were like me, healthy, unmarried, and without rich parents to get you out of it, you were probably going to be drafted. We were told that by joining, we would have much better choices. That turned out to be not so true, but I was a country boy who had never been away from home and I thought I was ready for adventure. That is exactly what it turned out to be.

I learned more about weapons than I ever thought I could know. I learned discipline. I learned leadership. Mostly I learned what it means to be an American and what we all owe for that privilege. On reflection I can honestly say that I received so much more from my military service than I ever gave. Even today I am cared for by the VA where I get the best care one could receive. I will always be grateful for this benefit from my service.

November 11 is a day chosen to honor our veterans. As a veteran I am honored by just being associated with such a group. I know my service was appreciated as I appreciate all the others who served. Today though, I think of all who have fallen on foreign soil or on far away oceans. I think of all who returned with physical and mental challenges occasioned by the horrors they had to deal with. I think of the families who gave their sons and daughters so that we all could be free. They are all in our thoughts and prayers. We honor them all.

We have all heard that freedom is not free and truer words were never spoken. There is a price to be paid for the freedoms we enjoy. Fortunately, when the call has gone out, Americans have responded. Today we have the finest, best equipped military in existence. They stand at the ready to do anything necessary to make sure our way of life continues. When you see a member of the military, show your appreciation. Thank them for their service. Thank them for the gift they are giving to all of us. Thank them for your freedom.

Today as we remember veterans, we think of those who didn’t return home,  those who returned with severe challenges, and we also remember those who just put their lives on hold to serve as a deterrent to the evils of this world. How fortunate we as a country are to have such people willing to serve. Today we thank the families for their sacrifices. You gave this country your children, your brothers and sisters, your parents. You gave so that we all could live. No greater love exists. Today we honor you too.

In November we celebrate veterans and we also set aside a day of Thanksgiving. We should all be thankful for our military and because of them our way of life.

Ron Scarbro, Veterans Day, 2012


Wednesday, November 7, 2012


To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. But I have been disappointed before. In my years I have seen many elections, winning some and losing some. Such is life. Dealing with this disappointment is always the issue.

This morning, the day after, I heard a commentator say that America is basically changing. I certainly agree.This is no longer the country of my youth. Today two states have approved the legalization of marijuana. Other states have approved same sex marriage. Illegal aliens are being granted in-state college tuition instead of being deported. Some are saying this is just the beginning of huge social changes facing this country. It appears the majority favor these changes by their choices at the ballot box.

I told my grandchildren these changes will not affect me. They will affect you and the other young people around you. The cost of these new social phenomena will be borne by future generations and that cost is not just in money. Morality changes will affect the future of this country and to my mind, in a bad way. Time will indeed tell.

In previous writings I stated clearly that after an Obama reelection, all of the matters he has been delaying will surface. Sadly we will now see what I meant. The true financial impact of Obamacare as well as its detrimental effect on our health care system will soon be known. It will not please me to be right. Several lawsuits are winding their way to the Supreme Court and those outcomes will yet have an impact on Obamacare. This law’s assault on religious freedom is appalling and we still have an opportunity to fix it. Again, time will tell.

What still amazes me is that even this morning the vast majority of those polled believe this country is headed in the wrong direction and yet they voted to continue that direction by their vote. The policies that created our financial mess will continue and this mess is not going to fix itself. Obama says that four years ago he inherited an economic disaster. If he thought that was a problem, look at the disaster he inherited with this election. Who will he blame this time? Only time will tell.

I sat down at my computer this morning to help you deal with your disappointment as well as dealing with my own. The sun will rise today and tomorrow. Life will go on. I cannot honestly say this morning, however, that our country, which is split down the middle, will recover anytime soon. You can’t find your way out of the forest unless and until you know you are lost. It would appear that at least half of our people do not realize they are in trouble. They don’t know that they are lost in the woods. I can only hope that we don’t have to sink too much farther before this country wakes up.

There is good news though. Today I believe as I always have, that idiocy has a time limit. It cannot go on forever. Money and patience runs out. The ideology which has caused our economic woes has a sell-by date. Historically we have always come to our senses in time. Every four years we have an opportunity to unscrew the mess. Will we fix it this time? Only time will tell.

Ron Scarbro November 7, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012


This will be my last post before the election of 2012. Now I recognize that most of my sermons are directed at the choir. I realize that most of you who read these musings are of a similar mindset. On some occasions, though rare, I have heard from you in opposition to something I have written. I always enjoy your thoughts. I also know there are some readers who read just to further reinforce their own attitudes and beliefs. I am happy to have any readers regardless of their politics. To those of you who disagree, perhaps you might discover a different philosophy and a different way of looking at the problems facing this great country. To those who agree with my thoughts, perhaps you might find others with whom you can share these essays to help bring about the true change this country so desperately needs. To all who read these thoughts, I thank you.  

In the news these past several days is all of the speculation about the Benghazi attack and who dropped the ball. What did official Washington know and when did they know it? Personally I have come to expect incompetence and apathy from Obama. He appears today as he has for his entire presidency, aloof and uninvolved. The problem is that his supporters and followers don’t seem to care. I remember Bill Clinton, the consummate work place sex offender who, after lying to a Grand Jury, was impeached and subsequently disbarred as an attorney. His presidency not only survived but he has now become some sort of hero to the Democrats. If either of these people had been Republicans they would have been tarred and feathered and run out of town and the Republicans would have been the ones to do it.

The question then becomes, will this particular incompetence on Obama’s part affect his electability? I seriously doubt it. That segment of the population which votes for these types of people seems to have a completely different agenda. It would seem that incompetence and lying are to be expected from their candidates. All these voters seem to want to know is what is in it for me?

Now a word to anyone reading this who might be still undecided about this upcoming election. If, after seeing all the evidence and witnessing all of the incompetence, you are still undecided, stay home on Election Day. Do this country and the world a favor and stay out of it. Believe me, we won’t miss your vote.

I wrote recently that if Obama is reelected, everything he has been stalling on as well as the true costs of  Obamacare and all of his lefty programs will hit the fan. There is no doubt of this. It will not please me to be right. In fact it will be a tragedy for this country. I keep hoping that since we have survived Carter and Clinton that we can survive another term of Obama, but this time I am not so sure.

I recently heard this from a woman who voted for Obama in the last election. She said, “Last election I voted for hope and change. This time I’m just hoping for a change.” Well said.

And so this is my commitment to you and to this country. Both my wife and I will cast our vote and we will vote to change the direction of this country. We will vote for Romney with the hope that he will be elected as our next president. We will also vote to retain a Republican majority in the House and will try to elect a majority in the Senate. Never, and I do mean never, has this change been more important. Do your part.

Thank you.

Ron Scarbro October 31, 2012