Reflection on Plumb

Measuring the world against the Word of God

The Forgotten
24 Jun 2017

The Forgotten

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31 May 2017

Hate Speech and the First Amendment

Portland Mayor: Let’s not get carried away with this whole “free speech” thing

A lot of people think hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment, but it is. Unfortunately, so is their ignorant speech.

Actually, I think protecting “hate” speech is the reason the First Amendment exists in the first place. The very idea is to protect unpopular speech from government harassment and censorship, especially since a lot of what qualifies as hate speech these days, isn’t, and needs saying more often. For example:

Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven.

They keep using the word “hate,” but it doesn’t mean what they think it means.

27 Apr 2017

Does it bother you that rich people have the same wealth as the bottom half of the world population?

This is part 17 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.


17. Also, does it bother you that tiny #s of richest people have the same wealth as bottom half of entire world pop?

Not at all. I don’t care what or how much other people have. That’s their business, not mine. It doesn’t affect me, and quite frankly, it doesn’t affect you either. The whole idea that we should care what others have reeks of jealousy.

The fact that some people have nothing, isn’t because someone else has more. It’s much more complicated than that, and taking from the rich isn’t going to solve the situation. It a situation that doesn’t need a solution.

20 Apr 2017

How can a conservative square funding for the wall?

This is part 16 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.


16. How can a conservative square the funding request for the wall with past demands that spending be offset elsewhere?

There are things that the Federal Government is supposed to provide. One of those requirements are security. I don’t have a problem with the wall. That’s part of their Constitutionally approved jobs.

But, let’s offset spending anyway, by cutting programs not specifically named by the Constitution, for example, close the Department of Education, cut off all federal funding to colleges, and end government backed student loans and grants.

19 Apr 2017

Haiku

Yesterday was National Haiku Day. This year I wrote several. Enjoy.

The sound of spring nights!

It’s not the crickets chirping,

But the frogs croaking

I like Donald Trump

He makes them liberals cry

Who could ask for more?

Oh, Oh, look at me

I am on a Haiku roll

Get out of my way!

I am a poet,

But I did not know it. Yeah.

It is time to stop.

Last year I wrote one:

The fog, it is gray

It makes for a dreary day

Today is that way

And for fun, the lune version:

The fog’s gray

Makes for a dreary day

Today’s that way

19 Apr 2017

Why should we allow Bannon to wield power and influence?

This is part 15 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.


15. Why should we allow Bannon to wield power & influence?

Honestly, I don’t know much about Bannon. What I do know is that a lot of the hatred and fear directed at Bannon seems to mirror that directed at Trump, as well as Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Betsy DeVos, etc. Remember, everyone who voted for Trump is a racist, and everyone he works with is a racist.

I have, quite honestly, ignored the complaints and figured I’ll wait and see. If I need to be angry, I’ll save it for when the time is necessary.

15 Apr 2017

Why do Conservatives only trust media that flatters current admin?

This is part 14 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.


14. Free press is fundamental to democracy. So why do R’s only trust media that flatters current admin much like state run media?

Hmm. Let me ask a question. Why do D’s only trust media that flattered the past admin much like state run median, and disparages the current admin much like fascist propaganda?

Like John Hawkins says, there are essentially two versions of the media: the left bias and the right bias. I’d like to find a news organization that tells me the facts, and moves on. Don’t tell me how to interpret the facts. If I don’t understand, I look it up. I’ll interpret the facts.

There are varying degrees of flattery that conservatives will put up with. Personally, my favorite news site is Hot Air. They will call out the Trump administration for doing stupid things, but they’re a lot more reasonable about it. They don’t start riots. They don’t call for impeachment. They also point out the positives, unlike leftist media, who twists the administration’s words and actions with misleading narratives, i.e., fake news. They play loose with the facts. You want an example?

The MSM portrays the deportation of illegal immigrants as simply an immigration problem. That’s not the way Trump or his supporters see it. Immigrants are fine, and welcome, when they do it legally. It is those who do it illegally that we have a problem with. The Left’s systematic failure to differentiate between the two appears to be a deliberate effort to mislead the public on the true nature of the narrative. This is one of the reasons they have earned the label “fake news.”

People aren’t opposed to a free press, but they want the press to be responsible. The mainstream media has shown itself to be irresponsible.

13 Apr 2017

Do you still believe Trump's business conflicts won't be a problem?

This is part 13 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.


13. Do you still believe Trump’s business conflicts won’t be a problem after seeing the countries included/excluded in the ban?

Trump essentially gave his kids his businesses, so if he’s involved, his involvement is limited. I also think the fact that he doesn’t have businesses there is a coincidence.

The issue at stake is vetting, something that is difficult to do with citizens of these countries because of their lack of effective government. The ban was put in place, temporarily, while the United States works to improve a process that will, most likely, remain difficult even after the ban is lifted. The ban makes sense.

It’s also not a Muslim ban. Just because the majority of citizens from those countries are Muslim, doesn’t mean it was a Muslim ban. If it was a Muslim ban, there would have been other countries listed, and it would have said, “Muslim ban.”

28 Feb 2017

What would President Trump have to do for me to turn against him?

This is part 12 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.


12a. Where is the line for you? what action could Trump take that would ensure you’d fight against him and his supporters?

12b. Where is your red line? What won’t you sign off on?

12c. I’ll bite. What would have to happen to make meaningful conservative opposition to Trump occur?

This is a stupid question. Really. There really isn’t one thing that would have to happen because I’m not a single issue voter. I can, and will, oppose stances on some issues, because the only President I would agree with 100% of the time would be me. But opposition, such as the left currently wants? I can’t see him crossing any line that would make me oppose him as as a whole?

Obviously some issues are more important than others, but for the sake of conversation here, what would it take? He would have to:

  • Turn pro-choice on abortion

  • Turn a blind eye to illegal immigration

  • Turn against school choice

  • Support industry crippling regulations (think EPA and coal miners)

  • Fall in love with Obamacare

  • Use the IRS as a weapon against political opponents

  • Use the EPA as a weapon against political opponents

  • Use the DOJ as a weapon against political opponents

  • Favor expanding the role of government as a mechanism for “Social Justice”

  • Support mythical problems like White Privilege and Black Lives Matter

  • Support liberal college indoctrination instead of education, as well as safe spaces, and free speech zones

I suppose he could break the law. In that case, I would call for his impeachment, but I don’t see that happening. And it’s certainly not like the liberal hysteria where they see him breaking the law at every turn. Seriously. It seems like all he has to do is sneeze, and they object.

Anyway, I could keep going, but you get the idea. He would have to turn into a liberal.

27 Feb 2017

What is the conservative view of Trump's infrastructure plan?

This is part 11 in a series of 35 questions. It is based on a series of questions answered by John Hawkins for Townhall.com: here, and here.


11. What is the conservative view of Trump’s infrastructure plan? Good, bad, socialism?

I don’t know about all conservatives, but I’m not a fan of it. Basically, I am opposed to all federal government stimulus plans and federal government bailouts. I’m also opposed to subsidies.

When it comes to infrastructure, I believe that is the realm of the states working with the utilities to make sure things aren’t crumbling. Roads, bridges, power lines, etc. are the things states should be involved with, although not necessarily paying for. If a business wants to make money, competition is king. Look at the cellular companies. They’re continuously trying to improve their services, and they’re continuously upgrading their hardware. Government’s not involved. The only thing the government needs to do to protect the consumer is ensure that competition is taking place; no price-fixing please.

As a side note: sports arenas are not infrastructure.

No business is too big to fail. If it’s poorly run, too bad.

Want to stimulate the economy? Cut taxes. Let people keep more of their money. Sure, some people will invest, but a lot of people will spend it. People will spend money at the local level and that money will work it’s way up. Everybody will get a piece of the stimulus instead of a few rich corporations.

Want to stimulate the economy? Lower the cost of living. Remove government red tape and business taxes. Red tape increases the cost of doing business, which gets passed to the consumer. Eliminate business taxes. Businesses don’t pay taxes; they get passed on to the consumer. Both of these items raise the cost of living, which, by the way, hurts the poor. But liberals don’t care about that; regulations and taxes are more important.

Sorry. I’m ranting. I don’t see Trump’s infrastructure plan as socialist in nature, but I’m still opposed to it. Like I said, infrastructure belongs in the hands of the individual states. Just as it’s not the government’s job to bail out failing businesses, it’s not the federal government’s job to bail out failing states.

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