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Monday, May 12, 2014

Donald Sterling, Marco Rubio, and John Boehner Are All Critical For America's Future

Here's the Nonsense:  America has problems, but they're few and far between.  

Here's the Horse Sense:  America's problems are so numerous it's hard to choose what to comment on.  Here are 3 that are bigger than people will probably realize.

Three topics in the news are critical for America's future:  Donald Sterling asks for forgiveness, should he get it? Marco Rubio says he's ready to be president, but is he? And, did John Boehner sell out the Benghazi Select Committee?  All of these are very important questions whose answers are important for America's future.

1.)  As most Americans know, LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, was in the news causing a firestorm recently for comments he made about blacks.  The result was the NBA commissioner fining him, restricting access to his team, facilities, and NBA events.  Now Anderson Cooper has interviewed him and he's asking for forgiveness.  Saying he was wrong and seeking to reconcile, Sterling has put himself out there to see if the trouble he's gotten himself into can be resolved.


The real issue with this story will be the response of the left.  Will they forgive a man who has admitted fault and asked to be forgiven?  That is the hallmark of the value system upon which America was created.  We are supposed to believe in redemption.  Sure, you might say that we can't trust him or what if he fails again, but forgiveness does not hold something against a person out of fear they may do it again.  That's not the issue.  

Sterling is seeking forgiveness and should be granted that from our society.  If he fails again, we will deal with that at that time. But at this point Sterling is trying to make things right.  My guess is that he won't be forgiven.  But is it the best thing for our society to hold things against someone so they cannot learn from their mistake and move forward?  How does anyone become a better person if we don't give them a chance to start over?

Mr. Sterling, it has been said, has other skeletons in his closet that he is not talking about.  This is the chance to address those with him and see if he is willing to change.  This is an opportunity for us to show what makes America different.  We are a nation that was founded on the belief that fresh starts are possible.

2.)  Senator Marco Rubio was interviewed by Jonathan Karl on ABC's This Week and said he felt he was ready to be president.  Really?  Ready to be president?  He even tries to stand on the fact that he's been in public office for 14 years.  Are we supposed to be impressed by that?  He has never worked at anything other than politics.  He's accomplished nothing and run nothing.  (Sounds a lot like our current Oval Office occupant!.)

Add to that, the Miami Herald reported some serious problems during the 2012 campaign when he was being considered as a possible VP choice saying:

Rubio’s 2010 Senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Commission, according to a just-released report that said it received “prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09.”
By itself, the fine is a pittance for a campaign that raised about $21 million. The errors appear to be relatively small and largely clerical.
Still, it’s sloppy. It’s also a surprise. And it feeds into a broader narrative that Rubio is risky.
The article went on to say:
Still, this isn’t Rubio’s first bookkeeping problem.
In 2008, The Miami Herald discovered he failed to properly disclose a generous home loan from a politically connected bank. About the same time, he appeared to ring up some personal expenses on a Republican Party of Florida credit card that was established for political purposes. The Herald and the Tampa Bay Times then discovered Rubio double-billed taxpayers and the RPOF card $3,000 for flights, the costs for which he then reimbursed the state.
Then, late last year, a Rubio critic alerted the press to the fact that the senator’s official website incorrectly said his parents fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba. They actually had fled dictator Fulgencio Batista’s Cuba.
Rubio is very young to be considered for the most powerful job in the world.  You may say, "But he's 43 years old and you only have to be 35 to be president according to the Constitution."  That's true, but that doesn't make it a good idea these days.  People had to mature much faster in those days.  Thirty-five years old today is different than it was in the 18th century.  At that time the average lifespan in America was 45 years.  Today it's up to 77.6 years.  So, adjusting for average lifespan, 35 years old in colonial America would be equal to 60.3 years old today.  That older age gives a lot more life experience to draw from.  

Senator Rubio has shown he has poor judgment with his embracing of immigration reform that is essentially amnesty.  Some say that Reagan granted amnesty and that's true, but Reagan admitted later that it was a mistake and he never should have done it.  He learned from his mistake, but clearly Republicans who support it haven't.  Rubio's views have exposed him as the RINO that he really is.


No, Senator Rubio is not ready to be president.  In fact, I read a comment on an article about his ABC interview that said he isn't even ready to run a lemonade stand.  I think the commenter is closer to being right than Senator Rubio is and Americans who would encourage his candidacy would be asking for trouble. 

3.)  The Hill is reporting that  in an interview on Fox this weekend, House Speaker John Boehner says he has "no interest" in arresting Lois Lerner, whom the House last week voted to hold in contempt over her refusal to testify about her role in the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.

The report said “'I’m not sure we want to go down that path,' Boehner said. 'It’s never been used,' he said of the provision allowing Congress to arrest individuals and place them in the Capitol jail. The Senate has in fact used that power, but not in the last 80 years. 'I’m not sure that it’s an appropriate way to go about this,' Boehner said.  The contempt charge has been referred to the Justice Department, and Boehner said it is up to Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute Lerner."

As I mentioned in my last post, the chances of the Justice Department prosecuting her are nil.  And just because something hasn't been used in 80 years (even though Boehner thinks it has never been used so he either is denying history or ignorant of it) doesn't mean it shouldn't be used. But Boehner's past performance shows he isn't interested in making waves.  He's interested in getting along with his buddies in the establishment GOP and the Democrat Party more than he is interested in standing up for what's right.  The Washington Examiner is reporting more proof of his establishment commitment saying he's pushing for immigration reform to be pushed through quickly and for Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016.

We are in serious trouble in this country.  Our values, our ability to pick appropriate leaders, and our willingness to get involved and demand change are questionable at best (Gallup's most recent poll shows voter enthusiasm is way down.).  It's time for some soul searching.  We must decide whether we want America to have the future it was created to attain or just want to let it continue in the downward spiral that is dragging us down the drain into the sewer.