Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Myth: "Nobody Likes a Bully"

Tuesday is a big day in Presidential politics and a big day in Georgia.  I don’t think there will be many surprises.  After all, the best woman will win!  If she doesn’t, wake me when it’s over!  And that’s about all I have to say about that “elephant in the room” at this time.

All my life I have heard the saying, “Nobody likes a bully!”  Evidenced by the popularity of Donald Trump, that saying has been proven a false belief.  Trump is the King of Bullying.  Trump’s arrival on the scene made the former Bully King, Chris Christie, look like a piker and knocked him off his throne.  Since life experience taught us that there could only be one King Bully at a time, Chris Christie joined forces with his former rival, Trump, and endorsed him.  That’s not surprising because bullies always have a sidekick and an entourage for backup. 

At the New Hampshire Republican debate, Christy devastated Marco Rubio.  Rubio’s handlers told him to stay on message, no matter what the question.  After repeating the same answer twenty times, Christy called Rubio out and he turned ghostly white.  Whatever Trump said Rubio did in his pants probably happened.  To Rubio’s credit, he didn’t take his marbles and go home.  He had a makeover!  He went from the Boy in the Bubble to  “BULLY THE KID!” And he seems so much happier and less tense since coming out of the closet.    If Rubio keeps the heat on Trump much longer, that last sentence may take on an all-new meaning for you. 

I thought the NRA had gone as far as the American people would let them go…until now.  This past week, the House Legislature in Iowa approved a measure to allow children of all ages to handle a handgun under adult supervision.  Handguns!  I know the proponents of this measure feel parents should not be told what their children can and cannot do.  I don’t know about you, but I know lots of parents that I don’t trust to make that judgment call.  Remember when the strongest admonition we heard was, “Don’t play with that BB gun, you’ll put someone’s eye out?” Now people will tell their children, “Don’t play with that 9mm, you’ll blow somebody’s brains out!”  “Johnny, put that Uzi down and come here so I can change your diaper!”  Seriously?  And we let these people of Iowa play a major role in selecting whom we elect President?

Lucky for us, Monday was deadline for legislation to crossover from one chamber to another in the Georgia Legislature.  Hopefully our legislators didn’t hear of this foolish gun Bill in Iowa in time to introduce during this year’s session.  There’s always next year. 

The fate of the infamous Religious Liberty Bill is questionable now due to the coalition of over 400 Georgia companies vocal in opposition, the hue and cry from voters, and even some ministers and members of faith-based organizations.  Hopefully, rational minds will prevail…or Nah!

There’s no way of knowing what will happen to the Medical Marijuana legislation this session but the language to allow cultivation in Georgia was cut from the bill.  That kind of makes it hard to get the “medicine.”  It seems like much to do about only a little.  But the good news is, the State of Colorado has a great increase in tourism. 

Two measures seeking approval of gambling casinos in Georgia should crossover on Monday also.  If you intend to vote for Donald Trump, it stands to reason you will vote to legalize gambling.  Right?

I’d like to remind all the many Democrats in Monroe County that will be challenging the Republicans in the Fall, the earliest day to qualify as a candidate for the General Primary Election is Monday, March 7th.  If you need additional information, please contact your local Democratic Party and then please let me know who that is.  I joke, but it would behoove Democrats to be represented on the ballot in all races.  That way, when the Republican Party blows up as predicted, it will be a cakewalk to victory for Democrats. 

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