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Who’s at fault? YOU are!

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People are going to hate me for this one, but I’m not here to sugar coat things for you.

At this moment people are angry about McCain (R-AZ), Murkowsk (R-AK), and the other Republican senators who refused to repeal Obamacare entirely like they’ve promised to do for years. On the surface their anger is justifiable. Obamacare was a top priority for all of these people for years. Or at least, it seemed to be.

Show votes were made during the Obama years, but that’s all they were: a show in order to gain votes and campaign donations. Sure, this seems obvious in hindsight, but the truth of it is, this was pretty obvious all along.

The majority of the GOP is the same as the Democrats. They have been for a long time. The senators who betrayed their word have been for big-government for a long time. Many who voted for repeal but clearly didn’t want it, like Lindsay Graham (R-SC) are no better.

The thing is, you can’t blame a snake for being a snake, and these people have been snakes for years. All it takes is a few minutes of research to know who you are voting for, and yet the vast majority don’t bother to do that research. You wouldn’t buy a car without doing some research about its safety record, so why are so many so free with their votes without doing the same research?

It’s because most people are lazy to some extent or another. We’re not a democracy, we’re a republic. The people don’t make the decisions, they pick the people who do. The fact is, people need to do a better job picking those who make the decisions.

And so, I don’t blame the GOP Senators who lied, I blame the people who voted for them. Conservatives are big on personal responsibility. So let’s stop blaming the GOP members who lied, let’s start blaming ourselves. Stop getting fooled. Stop having conniptions when your elected representatives lie to you. Instead, do better next time. Take responsibility for the fact that you elected these people, and their actions reflect on you.

Only one of the seven GOP Senators who voted for repeal is up for reelection in 2018 (Collins, R-ME), and she probably figures she’s safe in Maine. The others are COUNTING on you being lazy and having a short memory of their true feelings on a variety of issues, especially this one.

Stop having a short memory. Stop voting for the “lesser of two evils.” Here in Texas, I refused to vote for John Cornyn the last time he ran. I wasn’t willing to take responsibility for whatever Cornyn might do and might not do. I voted for Ted Cruz because, while I don’t agree with everything Cruz does, I was comfortable taking responsibility for whatever actions he took in the Senate.

Sure, Cornyn still won, but his actions are on those who voted for him, not those that voted 3rd party or wrote their votes in. Basically, not on me.

Alaskans could have been rid of Murkowski years ago. Arizonans should have put McCain out to pasture a long time ago, and they had no excuse not to last year. Those who voted for them have no right to feel betrayed. They’ve been big government progressives for years, so why did conservatives still vote them in? Because the Democrats are worse? Based on what?

Demand better. If those running aren’t good enough, don’t vote for them. Who cares if the Democrats win an election? The result is the same, and the next election will be easier for a REAL conservative, someone who shares your values.

Don’t worry about whether or not they’ll win anyway. You do YOU. You worry about YOUR vote. You worry about whether or not the person you are voting for really represents YOU. You might not be part of the “in” crowd who voted for the winner, but if that’s what you’re worried about, you have no business complaining about the results. Frankly, if that’s all you’re worried about, you have no business voting in the first place (looking at you, first-time voter who finally got off your lazy duff for Trump of all people), but that’s another topic for another day.

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  1. Earnest

    July 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Ben, you pretty much hit the nail on the head with this piece. We as voters do indeed need to take more personal responsibility in what had transpired up in D.C. & get the right people in place that are ACTUALLY for representing US & not RESENTING us. Excellent piece.

  2. David L

    July 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I think most would or should agree with where the blame falls.

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Kyrsten Sinema’s socialist thoughts now exemplify over half of Arizona

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Kyrsten Sinema's socialist thoughts now exemplify over half of Arizona

Arizona can no longer be considered a red state. As the Senate election vote counts finish up, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema appears poised to win. It isn’t that a Democrat won that makes me move Arizona from red to purple. It’s that a socialist in moderate clothing was able to pull the wool over the eyes of Arizona voters so easily.

Just an hour of research is enough to break through the Arizona mainstream media’s false narrative that Sinema is a moderate. She is anti-capitalism, in favor of open borders, and had the lowest Liberty Score of anyone in the House representing Arizona.

Then, there’s this:

“A huge dollar bill is the most accurate way to teach children the real motto of the United States: In the Almighty Dollar We Trust… Until the average American realizes that capitalism damages her livelihood while augmenting the livelihoods of the wealthy, the Almighty Dollar will continue to rule. It certainly is not ruling in our favor.”

Arizona chose poorly.

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Trust in Chicago area police was already low. Then they killed Jemel Roberson.

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Trust in Chicago area police was already low Then they killed Jemel Roberson

An armed security guard prevented anyone from getting killed when gunmen returned to his bar after getting thrown out. He subdued them without using deadly force and was restraining one of the alleged assailants when police arrived. That’s when a resolved situation turned ugly.

A Midlothian police officer shot and killed Jemel Roberson, 26, while responding to a shooting inside Manny’s Blue Room Bar in Robbins, Illinois, about 4 a.m. Sunday. Roberson was pronounced dead at the scene.

This appears to be a case of a truly decent person doing his job and losing his life as a result.

Security guard killed by police in Robbins bar wanted to be a cop, friends say

https://wgntv.com/2018/11/12/officer-responds-to-gunfire-fatally-shoots-security-guard-at-robbins-bar/Friends said Roberson was an upstanding guy who had plans to become a police officer. He was also a musician, playing keyboard and drums at several Chicago-area churches.

“Every artist he’s ever played for, every musician he’s ever sat beside, we’re all just broken because we have no answers,” the Rev. Patricia Hill from Purposed Church said. “He was getting ready to train and do all that stuff, so the very people he wanted to be family with, took his life.”

“Once again, it’s the continued narrative that we see of shoot first, ask questions later,” the Rev. LeAundre Hill said.

My Take

Chicago area residents have had many reasons to not trust the men and women charged with keeping them safe. Controversial police-involved shootings, rising crime rates, and tone deaf leadership in city, county, and state governments have been pushing people in the area to give up on law enforcement.

This will make matters much worse.

The optics on this couldn’t get much uglier, especially if the unnamed police officer who shot Roberson turns out to be Caucasian. Roberson, an African-American, was able to detain four assailants without anyone getting fatally wounded. The fact that he was then fatally shot by police adds a new dimension to the rift between police and the people.

In most incidents where police are believed to have used deadly force unnecessarily, it’s a matter of them shooting an alleged criminal when other means of subduing them could have been used. Such is the case with Jason Van Dyke who fatally shot Laquan McDonald. Nobody argued that McDonald wasn’t dangerous. He was high on PCP, had a knife, and was walking in the middle of the street despite police warnings for him to drop the weapon and get on the ground.

Roberson’s situation is the opposite. He was doing his duty as a security guard and very likely saved lives in the process. His death is almost certainly going to start another round of racial tensions and anti-police protests that could cause tremendous turmoil throughout the Chicagoland area.

There is usual gray area in police shootings, but this seems pretty black and white to me. Jemel Roberson acted heroically. Instead of a happy ending for the day and a bright future in law enforcement ahead, he’s gone.

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Stan Lee’s 10 greatest comics

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Stan Lee has died. While modern audiences probably know much more about the Marvel movies and televisions shows that dominate our viewing pleasures, it was his genius in creating so many beloved comic book characters decades ago that fuels Hollywood today.

Looper put out a video with his greatest comics. These subjective lists are usually fodder for debate, but I was so pleasantly surprised by their choices I decided to post it here. It may be the first time I agree with nearly everything in a video top 10 list. Fitting that it surrounds an icon like Lee.

From his quirky cameos in every Marvel movie to his down-to-earth perspectives present in every interview, there’s plenty to love about Stan Lee. But it was his comic book creations that have made a permanent mark on American culture.

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