We don't know everything.
Our views may not reflect yours.
I had a friend who told me more than once that he did not mind that younger people did not know something, but what really got him riled is that they did not care. We were both 30-something at the time. It was the generation just younger than we were that bothered him. Mike had one the best minds, I want to say of our generation, realizing that phrase will be lost on most readers. I suppose Mike leaned left. Neither of us talked much about politics, except to curse Nixon. Rambling, Mike you were ahead of your time. The last two generations don't give a damn about history. They learned all they needed to know from Jon Stewart. And that is why there is such a great divide today. Some think they know it all. The rest of can only shake our heads their dismal knowledge of the world. They can be no communication as there is no common knowledge.
Random thoughts from the last week.
Frederick Douglass, speaking in 1894 in Manassas, Va., said, “To deny education to any people is one of the greatest crimes against human nature.”
The professional Democratic Party and their ally the teacher’s unions have denied education for decades, especially to urban blacks. Many urban school systems are slowly dying and membership in unions is declining.
I am hopeful that the new Secretary of Education will do everything possible to advance education. We are hopeful that with Republicans in the majority on the NLRB they will put charter schools beyond the union's reach. Teacher's unions have been the great preventer of education for decades. Pols love them, they grant pension benefits and get votes in return.
I read this morning that the now pundit Meryl Streep terms those in favor of the rule of law as Brownshirts. Guess I need to do some shopping for a new shirt, because I sure as hell believe in the rule of law.
There was no one running that we fancied. Not a one. The rule of law is one the most important issues to us. Without it, we devolve into chaos. Doubt it? Look out your window. The rule of law is important to Trump, so we like that about him. We are the opposite pole from him on trade.
One month in, what impression are people getting of the Trump administration? Early dynamism followed by mess. Good executive orders followed by bad, the choice of Neil Gorsuch for the high court followed by the departure of Michael Flynn from the National Security Council.
He merits eye rolling more than paranoia.
Obama piled up $20 trillion in collective debt, nearly destroyed the health care system, set the Middle East afire, turned the campus into Animal Farm, transformed Hollywood into 1984-style widescreen indoctrination, wrote thousands of regulations to stifle business and nearly shut down drilling. Trump has a lot of heavy lifting ahead to discard just some of the mess.
HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR....The saddest part, though, is how quickly Democrats, following their loudest, ninniest voters, have decided to turn Mr. Trump into the Antichrist. One example: In 17 years of Howard Stern interviews, Mr. Trump appears never to have uttered a sentiment unfriendly to gays. He is a lifelong New Yorker. He was a regular at Studio 54. His mentor was a powerful gay attorney. In his convention speech, Mr. Trump offered himself as the defender of “LGBTQ citizens.” Yet many gay activists now join a parade of those pronouncing themselves oppressed by a Trump presidency. Why? Pure cognitive dissonance: Democrats have been busy twisting his admittedly rococo image beyond reason to fit their partisan needs.
The Stock Market All of the indexes are up. After taking our required minimum distribution, we are up 14% for the year. Finally payoff for our energy investments.