“Things do change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau
I really, really hope President Obama lit up the White House in red, white and blue colors on July 4 after he decided to make a political statement by using rainbow color-lighting to signify the legalization of gay marriage last week. If he did the right thing, kudos to B.O. If he chose to ignore America’s birthday, then he deserves every criticism ever hewn down upon the presidency. For this country’s sake, I really hope he chose to light it in Old Glory’s colors. (This column, you see, is filed on Fridays.)
We have changed our country’s mindset in the last couple of years like no period in my lifetime. I can’t speak for those who endured World Wars I and II and the Revolutionary War and the Civil War hardly classify as modern times, but those events took shaping a country to a level in which NONE of us will ever understand.
When did we make it OK for our country’s Fortune One company, Walmart, to make a birthday cake for ISIS (in Louisiana) but it’s not OK for re-runs of a B-television series, Dukes of Hazzard, to continue to be shown to its millions of fans all because the car in the show has a Confederate battle flag painted on its top?
Perhaps we should just strike anything that offends us from the history books. That will be a sure way to make it appear as if they never existed (insert tons of sarcasm).
When did it become OK to speak your mind if you are in favor of Islamic tolerance, gay marriage or a 32-team college football playoff system, but not OK to speak out against our country’s borders needing to be better guarded in order to keep out rift-raft which entered illegally?
Why do we make Caitlyn Jenner some kind of hero because he/she switched genitalia, but criticize Chris Kyle for performing his military duties to perfection? (Freedom of speech should be used by those with a brain, not the Michael Moores of the world.)
“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.” – W.C. Fields
When did we make it OK for Mark McGwire to coach in Major League Baseball despite all of his illegal substance use that helped him obtain silly records (also, see Barry Bonds), yet we keep continue to keep Pete Rose out of the Hall of Fame? (Incidentally, my friend R.A., whose column is below, and I greatly disagree on the latter.)
Why is it that someone who stopped someone else from burning an American flag can be arrested, but NO ONE went to jail over the B.P. oil spill that wrecked havoc from Texas to Florida for several years, destroying lives both of the human kind and otherwise?
Why is it that a pathological liar such as Brian Williams keeps his job with his company, even if it is fact-free MSNBC?
Why does Al Sharpton get a voice in times of despair when he is the walking and talking definition of more trouble?
Why do some people make out Ohio State as some powerhouse when it lost to lowly Virginia Tech last season?
“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought, which they seldom use.” – Soren Kierkegaard