Just a lot of words – Plus Gun Debate in the Senate

[This is an old post I’m finally getting arounf to publishing. It ends abruptly. Enjoy.]

I’m in a kinda funk today.

After several weeks of non-stop busy and stress, things at my office and at home slowed for just a little bit. Everything will get crazy again starting next week, and it’ll probably stay that way until at least summer – if not straight through summer. The slight “breather” I’m getting right now isn’t much for keeping me sane, however. I’m finding myself idle way too much.

This morning I managed to get out of the house and off to work an hour late. I visited two construction sites by an inefficient route, then meandered back through town back toward the first site, stopping at a new public library just to kill some time. I wandered by a client’s office and made one site visit an excuse to socialize for a little while. After a lunch meeting cancelled, I wandered back home and took a leisurely lunch, followed by more goofing off, sorting mail, some modest yard work…. you get the idea. Now I’m back at the office just as unmotivated as I was when I left the house.

Part of the issue may be that I’m still awaiting payment for some work I completed last month: not getting paid always kills motivation. Another part, I think, is a lot of the blogs and politics I follow.

I’m sure you can tell by now that I’m on the “conservative” side of the political spectrum – with some notable exceptions.

  • People get to own guns – big guns.
  • Abortion really isn’t a ‘choice’ – it’s more a last resort when every other possible option is off the table.
  • It is immoral to tax one person so you can give that person’s money to somebody else who doesn’t do anything for the money.
  • Religious opinions are irrelevant in when discussing public policy.
  • Women really ought not disregard the strength of men.
  • Homosexual relationships aren’t equivalent to heterosexual relationships; adjusting marriage law to accommodate homosexual relationships harms heterosexual relationships.

Things aren’t going so well for most of those opinions. Throw in a little personal and professional disappointment, and it’s enough to make one consider the cost-benefit to living. Fear not: the benefit side is still pretty heavy.

Back to the list: concerning the gun debate, 16 Republicans voted to begin debate in the Senate. Here are their names and states.

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Richard Burr (N.C.)
Saxby Chambliss (Ga.)
Tom Coburn (Okla.)
Susan Collins (Maine)
Bob Corker (Tenn.)
Jeff Flake (Ariz.)
Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
Dean Heller (Nev.)
John Hoeven (N.D.)
Johnny Isakson (Ga.)
Mark Kirk (Ill.)
John McCain (Ariz.)
Pat Toomey (Pa.)
Roger Wicker (Miss.)

Some of these names shouldn’t surprise us. Kelly Ayotte, Susan Collins, John McCain, and Pat Toomey are so ideologically compromised I don’t comprehend why they’re permitted to run as Republicans. Hell, McCain ought be in prison for his part in the S&L debacle involving the Keating five.

Lindsey Graham has claimed Iraq wat service, but never left the state of South Carolina while serving. In his own words, “If I have lied about my military record, I’m not fit to serve in Congress.” i wish somebody would act on that.

Jeff Flake, like McCain, is an Arizona Senator. Former congresswoman Gabie Giffords, the victim of a man who ought never have had a firearm, and who had a firearm despite friends, family, law enforcement, and mental health professionals knowing he wasn’t mentally fit to be free, much less to possess weapons, is also from Arizona. So, yeah, he’s gotta play the game.

Mark Kirk is from Illinois. He’s got to play to Chicago, or he can’t get re-elected. Chicago is anti-gun, though you wouldn’t know it based on the rate of gun crimes. With over 5 million voters of over 12 million for all of Illinois, Cook County, with Chicago, can swing any election in the state.

Roger Wicker is also in a tough spot. Although he’s from a Republican congressional district, his state, Mississippi, is inexorably shifting from white at 59% and black at 37% to something much closer to 50-50. I wish him luck opposing our African-American president.

Johnny Isakson is similarly challenged. His state is less than 56% white non-hispanic, and 30% black. There’s more variety of minorities, but most of those have ethnic histories lacking a familiarity with firearms in the hands of the citizens.

Richard Burr of North Carolina is already shifting toward a leftist agenda. He sided with Senator Susan Collins in removing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy from the US military. Expect other dominos to fall as soon as he gets some steam under that new course. Gun ownership restrictions are probably the next move for him.

Dean Heller succeeded John Ensign to the Senate. He’s a junior senator to Harry Reid, a successful and powerful Democrat. My instinct here is that Nevada isn’t the place it once was. Despite so many Republican gains, the state went for Obama in 2012. Again, race plays a huge factor here: the state, like many in the south, is only 54% non-hispanic white. Fully 26 percent of the state’s population is hispanic – 20 percent of that is Mexican descent (or Mexican – who knows?). Both Reid and Heller are Mormons. I suspect that plays a part in this mess, also.

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