Arm Yourself!

There is a scene in the movie “Unforgiven” when Clint Eastwood’s shoots a man.  Gene Hickman’s character states, “You just shot an unarmed man!”  Eastwood’s reply, “He should’ve armed himself.”  This is, sometimes, how I feel when folks talk about potential terrorist attacks.  Arm Yourself!

I’m very grateful to live in Kentucky.  A couple of weeks ago, a man, armed with a knife, attempted to rob a store.  Four of the stores patrons pulled their guns (because they have Conceal Carry Deadly Weapons license) and held the man at gunpoint until the police arrived.

The ISIS attacks in Paris were a great tragedy.  But, I bet ISIS wouldn’t try that at a Hank Williams Jr. concert. The point is this.  We have a second amendment right to own and carry weapons in order to be sure that our society remains open and free.  The police simply can’t be everywhere.  If we refuse to exercise that right, more innocent victims will befall us.  Terrorist seem to attack places where people are unarmed.  So, Arm Yourself!

Trump and Immigration

Recently, Donald Trump announced that his new policy is to close the doors on any Muslim immigrants.  These comments are inflammatory at worst and irresponsible at best.  This is extremely short-sighted and feeds into the rhetoric of radical fundamental Islam.  Besides, this wouldn’t have stopped the terrorist attacks in San Bernadino.  What is the plan for Muslims living here amongst us?  What about them?  Should we make them wear yellow stars or round them all up and stick them in camps somewhere?  There is an example in history when these things have taken place and this is not the biblical response.  This is not how Christians should treat people who are fleeing conflict and war.  When we close the borders and propagate hate and suspicion we fuel the radical fundamental narrative.  Trump is actually recruiting for the terrorist with this radical right “fear” rhetoric.  Terrorist simply need to point to his comments and say, “See, I told you the West hates you and wants you out.”  How would you respond if your children were bullied at school and you were harassed at Wal-Mart.  I might respond angrily myself.  I’m not justifying any acts of terrorism but, I am saying, that the way were respond to Muslims will either fuel the radical element or it will diffuse it.  It is love versus hate.  Trumps radical conservative right doctrine fuels the hate side of the equation.  It is madness!  I’m a conservative Republican and I think this is crazy.  Why?  Because before all my political affiliations, I’m a Christian.  We, of all people, should be begging the government for the opportunity to live out the very words of Jesus when he said, “Love your enemies.”  We should what to bless those who persecute us and pray for those who want to kill us.  Instead, we have embraced the rhetoric of a billionaire and excluded these people. We must remain prudent and not allow emotions to fuel a new leader who is already speaking un-biblical policy changes.  He is just as radical as the left only he is on the far right.  Extremes are never a good thing.  We should not embrace this candidate simply because we are fed-up with eight years of left wing liberalism.  We have simply embraced him because he is the polar opposite of what we have gone to vehemently dislike.    We must use discernment and make our decisions prayerfully and not emotionally.

Syria: A Global Conflict

Syria is a mess!  Has been for several years now.  The government of Bashear Al-Asad clings to some type of power supported by Iran and Russia.  Meanwhile, “the rebels” attempt to gain control supported by the United States, France, Turkey, and probably, England.  I’m also sure that Israel has some indirect involvement all along and some direct involvement at times.  In the midst of this chaos, ISIS (Islamic State in Syria) has established a territory of its own.   The Russians are now fighting against the rebels.  The coalition forces are fighting against Bashear Al-Asad forces and everybody claims to be fighting ISIS at the same time.  All the key players want a greater span of influence in the Middle East.  De-confliction efforts don’t seem to be working when Turkey shoots down a Russian plane the, the next day, Russian planes bomb as aid convoy because it is “supporting the rebels.”  Can anyone else smell the potential for disaster here and an escalation of a global conflict?  It seems as if it is only inches away.  Finally, in the midst of this clash of Titans are 1.4 million refugees who simply want to leave war and terrorism.  Wouldn’t you?

Woman in Combat

Recently, the Secretary of Defense opened up all combat MOS jobs in the military for woman.  This was unprecedented in American military history.  It was always the men that went to war.  Was it because men where faster, stronger, and better qualified in combat?  Maybe.  Was it because woman couldn’t meet the qualifications of combat jobs except within the last few years?  Doubtful.  Our history is replete with woman of such character and strength.  While many folks of the woman liberation movement and feminism in general will not appreciate what I’m about to say, it is nonetheless, my, and many of my generation, sentiment on the matter.

Let’s clear up a few misconceptions.  Woman have always been able to meet the standards for MOS combat jobs.  Everybody knows this and has known it for years.  This idea was pushed to the forefront instead of what men in my camp were really thinking.    Mainly, it is not a question of could they go to war but, should they go to war.  Because training for combat and combat are two completely different endeavors.  War is traumatic.  Should we send our woman into battle knowing that it will forever change them.  (The participants of war are always changed).  Should we send them to war knowing they will be traumatized?  Do they ask for something but know not the repercussion of this request?  In the name of equality do we expose them to the horror of war?  It would seem to me, and I’m admittedly old-school, that real men and leaders would want to protect woman from the terrors of war especially those men who have experienced the battlefield.  I do not expect woman to understand this; but, I would hope they would hear the voice of experience.

Poor Doodle-Bot

Poor Doodle-Bot

Sat on the Pot

With no one to wipe her bottom

Her sisters all went

So she yelled her lament

Until her brothers went and got ’em.

Freed from her stool

She’s nobody’s fool

She had to secure a better option

“Bundle, if you please

Don”t ever leave

When I need someone to wipe my bottom.”