Tuesday, June 28, 2016


An American Culture? Revision II

(Originally published in January, 2012, now with substantial new material.)

Multiple Cultures and Factions Prevail.
Our culture is sliced up into many pieces or factions; so much so that the common elements are very few. Consider the following slices and dices among many:

Rich man/ Poor man









Radical Right/Radical Left


White collar/Blue collar

Religion I/Religion II/Etc.




Truth Teller/Habitual Liar






Cultural snob/Cultural boor




Military Experience/No Military Experience

Pride in Birth Area 1/Pride in Area 2,3...n

Ordinary Citizen/Politician

Ordinary Citizen/Congressman



Federated Republican/Collectivist, or Humanist, or Socialist or Communist (who adopted the term "Progressive" to disguise their affiliation. Hillary is a self-proclaimed Progressive Democrat!)


Business Man/Others

Citizen Today/Citizen Earlier/Citizen Tomorrow


Fluent in English/Not Fluent in English

Born American/Immigrant/Illegal Immigrant

And all shades in between.

It is little wonder that we continuously have serious conflicts, clashes in beliefs, and ultimately nasty invective between opposing views, particularly when beliefs run so strongly, often challenging deeply held religious, emotional, inherited or reasoned beliefs! Many times the opposition uses unfair tactics to shut the citizen up and denigrate him, hoping to send him away.

We are a multicultural hodge-podge living our separate very uniquely human lives, and many, many different lifestyles, but held together socially by at least seven or so very strong beliefs and common goals: The value of strength in numbers; the rule of law; the joys of our freedoms; the best place to raise our children; the opportunities for betterment, a compelling work ethic, and in the love of this country. (There are more reasons, of course…)

All of our diverse cultural components contribute to a peculiar synthesis one might call an “American Culture,” but if examined closely, it quickly dissolves into some or even all of its constituent or factional parts, and even harkens back to quite different historical origins and allegiances. I suppose that if there must be such factions,
it is a real blessing to have so many factions that they tend to cancel each other out.

How many discussions or arguments between two people have been completely biased by their opposing factional belief systems?

The remarkable thing is that this democratic and federated republic form of national government, with its written Constitution as the Law of the Land, has successfully held together for nearly 240 years, despite many sweeping differences along the way. The differences have persisted to this day and have again become a serious divisive force in the nation.

It is time for those who believe in America, its Constitution, its common laws and its founding principles to stand up and fight for them!

Monday, June 13, 2016


Gun Rights Revisited

I support the 2nd amendment, and both open and concealed carry as practiced by law here in Virginia. It is absolute madness to try to disarm the general public while we know the criminal element and the terrorists will find a way to arm themselves in any event. That would take away our last line of defense and leave us helpless in the event of a deadly crisis. It is well established that the police will be at least fifteen minutes away most of the time, so that period must be covered by the citizen.

Likewise, I support the public owning semi-automatic rifles and pistols, since we should be at least THAT well-armed against the intruders. This is yet another reason I will not support Clinton for President. Any terrorist or criminal should be fully aware that he will face an armed citizen most of the time if he tries to do deadly harm. It is also obvious that owners of guns have the responsibility to be trained in their use and safety, and to understand the rules of engagement in their city.


Preventing Terrorist Attacks

One solution I ascribe to to prevent or simply to deter shooters is to place trained, legal and ordinarily dressed guards suitably armed into every medium where there is an expected crowd. Their rule of engagement is simple: See a gunner, shoot a gunner. Training comes in to prevent people having concealed carry weapons from being mistaken for terrorist gunners. These people in turn must be trained also to prevent them from mistakenly shooting a guard.

Obviously, these guards cannot be in uniform, since they would be the first a gunner would shoot. I suspect most guards would be hesitant to shoot a person displaying a gun until they actually used it, which means there would probably be at least some casualties before the gunner is taken out. But there would not be 50 or 100 casualties.

A further thought is for managers of crowded places to offer free entry to concealed carry citizens, thus potentially thwarting a shooter. Even just advertising this would have a somewhat dowsing effect on shooters.

A second line of defense is to screen people entering a crowded venues, perhaps with explosive-sniffing dogs to detect suicide bombers.

The list of crowded places is not too long: theaters; airports; bus and train terminals; stadiums; schools; marches of various kinds; night clubs; large restaurants; markets; auditoriums; demonstrations; race venues; and long outside lines to places of attraction.

Personally, I would pay an extra fee or tax to have guards at these places I might attend. I will, however, keep my concealed carry permit current!

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