#BeardParty Essays: A Nation Of Logic

I know some people don’t want our country to be a nation of logic because it conflicts with being a Christian nation (which only became true in the 1950s, not in the 1770s). But I tell you, logic was gifted to you by whatever you believe in as a higher power. Logic and religion go hand in hand. With that being said, could it be that our nation’s logic has hit the apex of the pendulum swing and is now traveling in the opposite direction?

I speak of the flat Earth movement.

Yes. You read me right.

There are both famous and regular people that have subscribed to this movement. One of the famous one is Shaquille O’Neil. According to the last time I checked, Wikipedia said there was about 4,000 believers.

Thank goodness and thank God we are talking about a small cross-section of the population here. In the ranks of the famous believers, it is hard not to ask how many are publically ascribing to this as an attention getter and don’t actually believe.

For those of you under a rock to this situation, people are starting to say that we live on a flat disc, enclosed by a terrarium. The sky rotates around us.

No, I’m not quoting from a history book. I’m quoting from recent articles.

These are also people that say NASA is part of a giant conspiracy in this case. We’re not just talking about people that say NASA faked the moon landing on some back lot in Hollywood. These people are saying NASA has faked SPACE!!!

How can we be expected to be taken seriously?

Oh, we can’t.

Maybe I can make a REAL breakthrough and build a time machine. I could ship all these wackos back to a time when this belief was considered to be true and not questioned.

Something a little more realistic would be to get one of these space start-up companies to donate a rode to space for these 4,000. Let them see the proof.

Let me just leave this right here: The Earth is round. We have irrefutable evidence. When there is irrefutable evidence of a scientific fact, it can not be refuted. The only change is that our understanding can be further enhanced.

#BeardParty Essays: A Nation Of Laws

I have been sitting on this one for a little while only because I have not had time to sit and write. A number of discussions I have been a party to, or witnessed from the sidelines, have had me thinking about this.

“We are a nation of laws.”

That is a statement I can almost put any politician’s name behind because, at one point or another, most of them have made that statement in a speech. Practically every one of those politicians have been either left leaning or right leaning in their ideology. So this statement has meant different things to each person.

Some say the dominant white, Christian, male demographic is often above the law. A lot of people refer to this as “white privilege”. Others cry out that “Black Lives Matter”. I don’t return that with the other cliche of “All Lives Matter” because, well, that is…cliche. There are so many numerous sub-groups in this country, and they all have their social justice rallying cry. I don’t care to get in to a list because that is not the point of this writing.

Our world in its current incarnation will never be Utopian. There will always be a criminal element. When a crime is committed, the punishment prescribed by law must be enforced.

I was in an exchange with someone over the woman recently deported out of Arizona, back to Mexico, leaving her American citizen family behind. I was hit with a litany of “but” on the topic:

  • …but she was only trying to provide for her family.
  • …but she didn’t steal anyone’s social security number. She just made one up.
  • …but she was given a deal that allowed her to stay in the country.
  • …but she was brought to the U.S. before she was an adult.
  • …but she was targeted by a sheriff who was racist.

I was basically told that her being deported was not fair.

However:

  • …she was here illegally.
  • …she mad NO effort to gain her citizenship.
  • …she was duly convicted of a felony in a court of law.
  • …she was originally supposed to be deported over 3 years ago.

Is it going to be tough on her family because of her choices? Yes. But she is the one who chose to do what she did. She could have rectified the situation a LONG time ago, but did not. The fact that she was here as long as she was is not fair to We The People.

If this country is truly to regain its footing, let Lady Justice keep her blindfold on. Laws must be enforced equally.