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Is This the ‘New Norm?’

Like most people growing up in the middle of the 20th century, I thought my upbringing was ‘normal.’ At the time, both Grandma P and I thought that we were what was called ‘middle class.’ We did not have any more material possessions than anyone else, but we did have everything that was needed to grow and prosper. We each had two loving parents. My farm family always planted a huge garden. That was because my grandmother was raised during the time of the Great Depression, and was damn well bent on the fact that none of us was ever going to starve! When the peas in the garden were ripe, we had peas for two meals a day until they were gone. (Mercifully, we did not have to eat peas for breakfast!) When the lettuce was ripe…same thing. We were subjected to this kind of diet for every vegetable that could not be frozen or canned, throughout the entire summer.

We were raised to respect authority and our elders. It did not matter if that authority was a teacher, preacher or policeman. I received the do as the cop tells you speech’ at an early age. The second part of that speech was that I should not do anything so stupid as to need a policeman’s involvement. You know those things: speeding, drinking, stealing, yada yada. Some of my most serious discipline, as handed out by my father, ‘Big Daddy G,’ was because he heard that I had misbehaved in class. (Amazingly, the husbands of 3 of my 6 elementary school teachers worked with my dad! He never attended parent/teacher conferences. He got reports every frickin’ day!) By today’s standards, my actions would draw a smile. By ‘Big Daddy G’s’ standards, corporal punishment was required! (And received!) Big Daddy G was a strict adherent to black and white. Shady gray was never a part of his color palette. There was no room for compromise as to what was right, and what was wrong, as that line was never allowed to blur.

I recited the Pledge of Allegiance, every day for my entire 12 years of school. We stood at attention, with our hands over our hearts as we were saying it. This is what you did in a small, blue-collar, midwestern community where practically all of your parents and teachers survived the Great Depression and fought in World War II. They were a tough generation to have survived so much. They had no compunction to be ‘soft’ on the children they brought into this world.

For all of us, the ‘baby boomers’, our childhoods were not draconic. We were being parented! Our parents, because of their experiences, imparted their values on us. They also implanted expectations as to what we could become with effort. They never waivered in their love of country or their belief that America was indeed the ‘land of opportunity.’ For all of us that are from this generation, this was ‘normal.’ So what has happened?

Defunding the Police

This past summer has seen destruction and carnage in many of our major cities. Minneapolis, because of the death of George Floyd. Seattle and New York saw rioting and looting. Portland will probably be in the Guinness Book of Records for allowing a riot to go unchecked for over 100 days. Anarchists seized a multi-block area of Seattle that was allowed to go unchecked for over a month. During my youth, these actions would have been unthinkable. During my youth, there would have been swift justice dealt to the perpetrators of these incidents before the loss of property and the loss of life. So what are the responses of the mayor’s of these communities? Well, in Minneapolis, because of the unfortunate death of George Floyd, there has been a movement to defund the police. The George Floyd incident was the excuse given for all of the rioting and destruction that has taken place. So the media has turned the spotlight on the police as being the villains in this surrealistic scenario, followed by the total lack of common sense and action by the mayors and governors of the affected states and cities. I would like to point out that this anti-cop attitude began with our last black President, who stoked the fires of racism by stating, “If I had a son, he would be just like Trayvon Martin.” There you have it. Black thugs are all good. All cops are bad. Is this the new norm?

Media Bias

There was a time in one of my classes when the teacher had us perform a political debate. This particular debate was about the upcoming election between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. My family were all FDR democrats, so I was on the Kennedy side of the equation. I slam-dunked the election debate in our favor by quoting and producing an article that had been printed in the largest major newspaper in our state. (It still is!) Because of the validity attached to that article and because of the status of that newspaper, the Kennedy side won! How much of what you read or see in a newspaper would you believe today? How much of any media source do you believe today?

I very much remember when Richard Nixon resigned as POTUS, because of the Watergate scandal. Do you remember that this whole scandal was exposed because of investigative reporters? Yup. Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, both working for the Washington Post, exposed the scandal and brought down a presidency. Ah yes….those were the good old days! So where did these investigative reporters go? Have they not heard of Hunter Biden? The fictitious Steele dossier? The Russian collusion hoax? The politicizing of the FBI and CIA? Benghazi? The Clinton emails? The Clinton Foundation? The Uranium One deal? Holy cow! You cannot shake a stick without hitting on what should be a slam-dunk for getting a bushel of Pulitzer Prizes by exposing liberal maleficence! But sadly, the media is liberal, too. So no real investigative reporting has ever been done on any of these subjects. Is this the new normal?

Social Media Bias

Did you know that 65% of all Americans receive their news on social media? Yup. And considering that in our recent election, the big social media outlets took it upon themselves to block any info concerning Hunter Biden as it relates to his father. They had no problem with the fictitious Steele dossier, or anything that was anti-Trump, but they decided that there was not enough evidence to allow the Hunter Biden story.

So rather than being a conduit for ideas, these large social media outlets have decided to discard the first amendment, and inhibit the free speech provided by our Constitution. Trump has been likened to Hitler, but yet, it is the left, biased media that is exerting dictatorial, discriminate authority…much like Hitler! The new norm?

Antifa and BLM

Call me a racist, but I happen to believe that ‘ALL LIVES MATTER!’ And, yes, that includes black lives as well. If you believe that Black Lives Matter is some sort of civil liberties organization, you had better go on-line and read their website. They are a politically socialistic organization with a huge socialistic agenda. Antifa? Antifa keeps trying to purvey, along with the help of the liberal media, that they are a group fighting fascists in America. Fascists? I am pretty sure we killed most of the Fascist bastards with the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini. I am pretty sure that these fascists are fictitious, much like the Steele dossier, in order to justify their illegal actions. And like BLM, they are attempting to put ‘lipstick on this pig,’ to make it appear as a civil liberties organization. Like BLM, they are not a civil liberties organization. Check them out. So here you have it. Two organizations largely responsible for the destruction of property, businesses and the livelihoods of thousands of Americans trying to pass themselves off as civil liberties organizations. The new normal?

There are a plethora of items that could constitute being the ‘new normal’ from when I was growing up in our great nation. Can we not count our election ballots in one night? In 1960, all ballots were manually counted, and we knew who the POTUS was before we went to sleep. Do we attempt to change our history by destroying buildings and statues that represent our past? Is ‘shaking down’ foreign countries by our politicians and their family members the ‘new normal?’ Do we think our country is so terrible, that we have to take a knee during the national anthem to show our displeasure? Is this the new normal?

I will tell you that as a senior citizen, I am not pleased as to what kind of country we are leaving our children and grandchildren. Even though we did not grow up having the technological marvels that we take for granted today, we had opportunity and a burning desire to improve ourselves. Call me naïve, but I believe I grew up in a better America.

P.S. Ode to Beau

My friend, Beau, recently passed away. Beau was the father of the Bijou Mauler, who was my proof reader for the beginning of my blog. Beau always read and commented on each of my blogs. He also forwarded my blogs to his many friends. I jokingly referred to him as my ‘best disciple.’ He was, without question, my most fervent reader. You are sadly missed, because you were a fantastic person, husband, father, and grandfather. Rest in peace, Beau!!

We Need To Chose Our Heroes Wisely!

My! I haven’t written a new blog for quite some time. With so many things happening to us personally and throughout the U.S., it has been rather difficult. Firstly, my 10 year old computer died as the result of an untimely meeting with a Covid-19 hammer. Yup. My next door neighbor maliciously beat its brains out before I disposed of it. It was old, and could not recover from the Covid-19 hammer beating. It refused to wear a mask.

My new computer is much smaller, prettier, and much more capable than the 10 year old computer. So, here I am. Tickling the keys on a new, responsive keyboard.

The biggest challenge for me is to decide what to write about. Covid-19? Who in hell is not tired of hearing about that? I do find it interesting that the news reports the deaths, new cases and new hospital covid-19 patients on a scoreboard. You remember what a scoreboard is? Its those things we not longer see, because WE DON’T HAVE ANY SPORTS! Somehow, that scoreboard usually never reports the number of cured cases.

I could write about the upcoming elections. And…once I am done puking, I may do that, too.

How about those peaceful riots that somehow managed to burn and destroy major U.S. cities in the name of racial equality and police brutality. Apparently, our nation hates the police by wanting to defund them, and finds a myriad of ways to justify all of the destruction to businesses, government buildings, parks and statues. In Minneapolis, the mayor and the governor waited 4 days before attempting to end the massive destruction that destroyed/damaged over 500 businesses! But wait….it gets better. After not taking any action, the Governor of Minnesota had the audacity to request funds from FEMA, because he claimed the destruction to Minneapolis was a natural disaster! So Governor, let me help you out about what constitutes a natural disaster. Hurricane Katrina was a natural disaster when it hit Mississippi/Louisiana. Hurricane DumAss did not hit Minneapolis, it only hit the state capitol building. Wisely, President Trump refused the funds.

So, I have decided that we need to write not about the obvious, but rather play a game of ‘Who Am I?”

Who Am I?

I served in the U.S military for 33 years. I was director of the Defense Intelligence Agency for two years. I was the 24th National Security Advisor. Part of my military career was shaping U.S. counterterrorism strategy for dismantling insurgent networks in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Who Am I?

Who Am I?

I played high school and college sports. I was a hip hop artist. Between 1997 and 2005, I was convicted of eight crimes. I served 4 years in prison for aggravated robbery. I have been arrested nine times and served many months in jail as a result. Most of my jail time was for drugs, theft and robbery. I worked as a bouncer.

OK. For my brilliant readers, you have already figured out that the two individuals are LtG Michael Flynn, and George Floyd. So which of these two individuals is a true hero, and which is not.

Michael Flynn served with distinction is every facet of his life. His military career is impeccable. But Michael made the mistake of being lured into the quagmire of the political arena after military retirement. He resigned his position of National Security Advisor after 22 days on the job. Purportedly, it was because he misled VP Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Unfortunately for Flynn, the government was not done with him, even after his resignation. He became a target in the Mueller investigation. (My previous blogs discuss the validity and motives of that investigation. Investigate all things Trump!) Flynn was set up by an interview with James Comey, As a result of charges, in December 2017, Flynn formalized a deal with Mueller to plead guilty to a felony count of ‘willfully and knowingly’ making false statements to the FBI. He did this because he was facing financial ruination, as his attorney bills exceeded $6 million! In January of this year, (with a new attorney!) Flynn moved to withdraw his guilty plea. On May 7, the Department of Justice announced that it intended to drop all charges against Flynn. But woefully, politically oriented district judges are not dropping the charges. Common sense would dictate that charges would be dropped that were based on a politically motivated investigation that was founded on false documents and personal malice. It appears Michael Flynn’s legal woes will not be over any time soon. Because of his past, and because of his defense of the United States through military service, would he be considered a hero?

Before anyone gets their undies in a bunch, I want to emphasize that the death of George Floyd was a tragedy. I would say, “All lives matter,” including George Floyd’s, but then I would be branded a racist and white supremist. However, let the facts and history show that George Floyd was no saint. He was a criminal that, on numerous occasions committed criminal activities, often with a weapon. In his youth, he was athletic. He played both football and basketball. At 6’4″ and 235 pounds, with a recent job of being a bouncer, he would be a physical force with which to contend. The Minneapolis police department knew him well and of his criminal history. I am not trying to justify the police procedure during his death, or get into the findings of a drug (fentanyl and methamphetamine) laden autopsy. What I am saying is that the death of this ‘non-saint’, resulted in his being buried in a gold casket, with Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy. His death also triggered some peaceful protests which were well-founded and well attended, but were quickly highjacked by looters, vandals and professional ‘hell raisers,’ which resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars damage in many major U.S. cities. Is he a hero?

So what has been the aftermath for these two individuals?

For Michael Flynn, his footnote to history will be that he was the shortest serving National Security advisor at 22 days. His legal problems are spitefully ongoing. My hope would be that if Trump gets reelected, he would be appointed head of the CIA or the FBI. How ironic that he could head one of the two organizations that were largely responsible for his political downfall and public humiliation. There are rumors he may win a very large settlement because of the maliciousness of the actions and allegations against him. Who would pay? Possibly the U.S. government, even though I think James Comey should pay….on his way to prison for politicizing the FBI. The principle reason for LtG Michael Flynn’s woes? He supported Donald Trump. The deep state leftist government hacks could not allow that.

Following George Floyd’s death, many colleges and universities created scholarships in Floyd’s name. Street artists globally created murals honoring Floyd. Depictions included Floyd as a ghost in Minneapolis, as an angel in Houston, and as a saint weeping blood in Naples, Italy. Many other murals depicting his death have been painted in other major cities throughout the world. He has often been referred to as a ‘hero,’ even though there is not one item in his past that would indicate heroism. Unabashedly, the virtual Democratic convention honored him last night with a memorial. No mention of fallen service men and women. No mention of fallen police and first responders. The Democrats decided to bestow ‘virtual sainthood’ on a person least deserving of the honor.

So, like many of you, I am confused and confounded as to how our country went from castigating a person that protected our country, to honoring a person that was pretty much a career criminal. So here is my question for all of you……what would George Floyd’s footnote to history be if the policeman responsible for his death was black? Would we have even heard of George Floyd? Maybe we would still have heard of it, as the mantra ‘racial inequality’ would have waned in favor of ‘police brutality.’ But, I am convinced that the left wing professional agitators would not have missed the opportunity to do their damage, they just needed a cause. Antifa and BLM needed another cause. The democrats and their left leaning media just cannot get enough mileage when a white policeman kills a black thug.

Are either of these men heroes? I guess that would be for you to decide. Personally, I believe Michael Flynn approaches my idea of a hero. George Flynn, does not.

Rest in peace and God be with you, George. We may not have known who you were if it were not an election year.