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Who’s Afraid Of a Little Fascism, Anyway?

Those of us who read the hand-writing on the wall are becoming less concerned about being ‘canceled’ by our friends and family and more rightly worried that our ESG scores will affect our lives in general and specifically where we do business.

And now that we have a REAL “nazi” in the White House the major concern still seems to be focused on the ONE American president in recent history who has obeyed the U.S. Constitution, followed the Laws and warned our enemies to take cover because we weren’t going to take it lying down any longer.

(The dark night of fascism has finally landed in the United States – American Thinker)

Was it “murder”?

Ex-police officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty on all counts yesterday in the death of George Floyd last year. Chauvin now awaits the punishment for his crime. I felt all along that Chauvin should have been charged with manslaughter for killing Floyd. Who really knows what was going through the police officer’s mind as he allowed himself to stay in that fever-pitched moment while subduing his captive. I believe Chauvin not only wanted to keep Floyd immobile, but also wanted to punish him for whatever it was that caught Chauvin’s attention in the first place.

How much thought needs to go into an act of “murder”? What’s the time frame in which one can make the decision to commit murder? Now, manslaughter can happen in a heartbeat; but here in America time and thought determine what kind of homicide it will be, either manslaughter or murder.

Then there’s “depraved indifference,” the one that covers both.

Letter to Walmart CEO, C. Douglas McMillan

Mr. McMillan,

I am a long-time customer of WalMart but more importantly I am supporter of America’s free enterprise system and our economic form of Capitalism, and so it was with great disappointment that I learned you were apparently one of the many participants on a call discussing – and, as I understand it, criticizing – the new voter law in the state of Georgia.

Please understand that I do not disagree with your right to hold any personal beliefs on any subject – public or private – but I do disagree with you using your position as a corporate CEO to try and intimidate customers and sway them toward your beliefs.  The implication would then be that WalMart shoppers are viewed as pariahs if some of us don’t agree with your beliefs.  This newly-minted tactic of marketing via “virtue signaling” is not appreciated in the Mueller household. 

I have never been a fan of boycotting a company as a tactic because it goes against my belief in the free enterprise system, and with enough boycotters it ultimately punishes other customers and more importantly the workers who depend on their employment of the company being boycotted.

As an aside, I can also say that I am disappointed that so many Americans – perhaps like yourself – seem to believe that voting should be “easier” – as one young woman told me during the week of November 3, 2020.  Of course I wondered why a privilege so valuable should become easier to engage in.  But isn’t that the view of many Americans? We’re all so accustomed to everything being “easy.”   To suffer the inconvenience of having to devote extra time to visit the local polling place once every two-or-four years – and stand in a line with other citizens, waiting your turn, it just isn’t worth the effort, is it?  Perhaps paying for the right to vote would make it seem more worthwhile. We do –  do we not – value what we have to pay for?  The higher the price means the more special – or valuable – the item.  What is free for us seems to hold little value for us.  But then again, people would try to conflate “buying a ticket” to vote and the old “Jim Crow” laws.   There’s little appreciation nowadays for things of real value or real importance.  What the “Black laws” of the old South did for segregation, the new laziness of the low-value voters have done to a once-democratic republic.  Today we’ll spend $100 or more on a new tattoo, $99 a year for a subscription to Netflix, or $35,000 for a Dodge Ram pick-up truck.  The only limit on our dreams is the limit on our credit cards.   An oversimplification, perhaps, but true none the less.

Pitchforks and torches

I read in the Chronicle Telegram that Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, told *Kirsten Hill to “explain why she planned this trip and what the goal was, if not insurrection.” 

Am I the only one who sees pitchforks and torches in the Anti-Trump Mob?  It saddens me to hear Kirsten Hill’s good name lumped in with the criminals who wreaked such deadly havoc in the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.  But sadder still has been the rush to judgement by some of Ohio’s elected officials, along with the Ohio State Board of Education (please note the misused word “Education” in their organization’s title).

For those of you who don’t understand the pitchforks and torches reference, it’s the story of an innocent man being hunted down by ignorant townsfolk.  I knew Kirsten Hill long before she ran for the Ohio State School Board and although I don’t know Ms. Fedor, I can’t help but wonder what her motivation was for putting out such a slanderous statement. 

Oh, wait!  I do know why.  Fedor (and the OEA board) have no worries about condemning Hill – along with other supporters of President Donald Trump because –  could it be that conviction and sentencing is now the norm in the U.S.?  No need for a trial any longer, eh? 

Kirsten supports the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law, but no matter.  For the enemies of the president (Trump) that’s not going to stand in their way.  Even an honorable American like Hill has to watch her back now that the OEA and others like Fedor have the reins of unregulated power – not to mention pitchforks and torches.

(*Kirsten is the long-time chairman of the Lorain County OH Totally Engaged Americans.)

How would Dr. King feel about boycotting Amazon?

Speaking of Amazon, I wondered how the company feels about me stopping all purchases. So I went to their web site and dug in looking for the “Who we are” page. I found this page, “Celebrating democracy, justice…” and it contained an interview with Harry E. Johnson, president of the MLK Foundation. Throughout the interview I found all that Dr. King stood for – “democracy, justice, hope, and love…” but there was no mention in the “diversity” talk about diversity of thought and what’s to be done with those people who don’t think like you do.

The contrast between the majority of Americans who probably agree with “democracy, justice, hope, and love” and those Americans who prefer the opposite ideals, (like ANTIFA, or murderers, rapists, pedophiles and thieves) is overlooked in our society. If you are an abuser, murderer, thief or rapist, etc. you’re not as important in the arena of public debate as a “racist.”

We just blithely coast over the criminal element and take on those who are the headliners, the racists. We leave those conversations to the people in law enforcement because we pay them to deal with and make judgements about them. But we feel completely comfortable and justified speaking out about the other – more popular – scourge on our society – the RACIST.

After all, who’s afraid of challenging a RACIST? They’re not as dangerous as a murderer, bank robber, check kiter, child rapist, pedophile, gang members… You get the idea. Celebrating democracy, justice, hope, and love in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (aboutamazon.com)

Amazon chooses shoppers – not the other way around

This is “pick on Amazon day.” How ironic that Amazon would tout its “support” of small businesses (Amazon investing over $5 billion in small business success and stability during difficult time (aboutamazon.com)”

I wonder how many of those businesses are run by supporters of Donald Trump? Has Amazon riffed all those Righties and eliminated them from their Vendor lists? Are people going to have only “correct thinkers” to buy from now?

Amazon investing over $5 billion in small business success and stability during difficult time (aboutamazon.com)