Retro is back in vogue. But, not necessarily in the way you may think that phraseology implies.
The retro here is for retroactive, such as when say a pay raise is retroactive back to a certain date behind us, but were not compensated at the time at the higher rate of enumeration.
Or when lawmakers have found the courts frown on attempts to make a certain crime or punishment retroactive due to the uproar from the public or their own disgust over a situation.
Lawbreakers have the protection of being tried, convicted and sentenced not on some new law or new enlightenment on a given crime based on the law and sentencing applicable at the time of the crime. To do otherwise would be unfair and violation of one’s civil rights under our Constitution.
Yet, we are seeing a rush to judgment today based on new emotions, new thinking, new intolerance or new toleration for those of fame, money or power when it comes to what is and is not acceptable behavior in dating, in relationships, in attempts to woo or otherwise engage with another in some type of sexual contact.
We thought we had hit the mother lode when Bill Cosby was arrested and sent to his fate before a jury of his peers.
How little did we know that a couple of years later, the whole country is suddenly incensed in a manner similar to the villagers rising up with torches and pitch forks to make the world “safe” from Dr. Frankenstein’s monster.
I can readily understand the desire to get a scrupulous pound of flesh for those within the decade who have been weighed and found wanting in the realm of unwelcomed sexual contact. But when we attempt to apply today’s standards to actions decades (plural) old to destroy a person on what at the time (though wrong at the time) was not activity roundly decried, is not right.
Should these, mostly men acting badly and without thought, transgressors be judged on the distant past and all the good negated and their change in thought and action ignored because now it is suicide to act in such a boorish and insensitive way?
Should the guilty be allowed to continue the good, repent for their past sins and move on?
For those who are still guilty, still transgressing, that is a different venue and the current moral standards and laws apply, no doubt about it.
Remember when Jesus and His disciples were confronted by the mob with a woman who had been caught in the throes of adultery? Jesus squat down and wrote in the sand with His finger.
When He spoke, it was soft, yet firm, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”
After the crowd sheepishly melted away, Jesus was left with the woman. He asked, “Where are your accusers?”
The woman noted they were gone.
Jesus then said the immortal words, “Neither do I condemn thee…”
That’s where most of us stop. But stopping there leaves out the most important part of what Jesus had to say.
The final five words were the key to forgiveness, “Go and sin no more.”
From the Cornfield, what these men did was not right, but we must temper our outrage with wisdom.
For those who have moved on, who have gone their way since their sins and crimes to “sin no more“, should be allowed to apologize, make amends and continue to be a benefit to society.
For those who continue to wallow in the mud and slop of their self-delusion and debauchery, let there be a reckoning.
There is consternation in the chattering class and with the national journalists club members over the low approval number of President Donald Trump. No President in this very early stage of his term has ever had such a low approval percentage.
But does this number mean anything of substance?
The President, as a candidate, had abysmal numbers in the polls. No one, not even the Prez, actually thought he would pull off the upset. No one thought, based on his low approval number, that Queen Hillary Clinton could be prevented from assuming the throne in the Oval Office.
But – the polls did not tell the tale.
And methinks, even now, the polls do not tell the tale on whether the Prez will last or succeed this initial term in office.
The numbers should be of no surprise if we look back at the 2016 election. By nearly 3 million votes, Clinton won the popular vote.
In the Heartland, where Electoral College votes count, Clinton was sank before she could get in the boat.
Here is what happened:
About 139 million Americans, or 60.2% of the voting-eligible population, cast a ballot in November’s elections, according to data compiled by the US Elections Project. That compares with 58.6% of eligible voters who turned out in 2012, but it’s below the 62.2% who turned out to help elect President Barack Obama for the first time in 2008.
The popular vote totals:
Clinton 71 million
Trump 68 million
This was out of 139 million total ballots cast.
Trump scored big in the Heartland amassing 307 Electors. That was pushing close to 40 Electors more than the 270 needed to earn the seat in the Oval Office.
On Meet the Press today, retired distinguished NBC Anchor Tom Brokaw pointed out in a recent trip to the Heartland, he talked to Trump voters. Brokaw noted that some 99% said they would vote for Trump all over again.
In other words, ignore the polls.
It is not about likability.
It is not a beauty pageant.
It is about getting things done.
It’s about hearing someone who “talks like me.”
From the Cornfield, Trump will never get anywhere close to 50%. Let’s put that pipe dream where it belongs – stuffed away in the back of the closet.
The next Presidential Election will be here soon enough. Then we will know what America wants for another four years.
For the overwhelming majority who did not want The Donald in the presidency – sorry, elections are not about getting what you want. For now just deal and wait. The next election will come soon enough.
But remember – the Heartland matters too. It is not just about the Northeast and the West Coast.
Decided this afternoon to take the latest quiz from Pew Research to find out where I land on the political spectrum.
Here is the outcome: Core Conservative
Now take it for yourself and see where you place:
The outcome surprised me. But I was close to the middle of the general public, which more or less make me moderate. There was no moderate listing on the scale.
From the Cornfield, since you can take the quiz right here without leaving the site, comment afterwards your results.
11: Thou shalt not speak ill will against thy fellow Republican in public.
So much that gem of wisdom from the late great President Ronald Reagan. That commandment was not just broken, but smashed to smithereens on Tuesday on the floor of the US Senate, no less, by retiring Republican Arizona Senator Jeff Flake with a scathing dressing down and renunciation of sitting Republican President Donald Trump.
Jumping in and piling on was the retiring Republican Senator from Tennessee, Bob Corker. Corker spoke to CNN and threw kerosene on the fire that had broke out between the Prez and himself.
The venom, the anger in the remarks from the two Republican Senators was akin to that felt by Moses when he came down from the mountain with the 10 Commandments to find the children of Israel in debauchery before the golden calf. In this case,
Flake played the role of Moses. Steve Bannon was acting out Aaron who pronounced that Trump was the new golden calf to prostrate before. Corker filled in for Moses’ right hand man, Joshua.
The result was the same – the shattering of the commandments.
Will Republican elected officials continue their adulterous relationship or will they turn back to their true ideological center?
Can Republicans survive if they stand like the three Hebrew children, not bowing or bending, able to come through the fire of white nationalism and the alt-right?
Will the Grand Old Party be hauled out and rewarded for surviving the ravenous lions in the den of jingoism and xenophobia?
From the Cornfield, has anyone checked Reagan’s grave lately?
We have all been taught or heard that repeating or doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result, is the definition of insanity.
If this is so, we have a wide swath of people who are symptomatic of insanity.
Starting at the top, we have President Donald Trump, who continues to fight, long after the outcome has been determined and the story written.
From his base their will be rousing cheers. From his detractors there will be loud denunciations.
No matter how many times the Prez either picks a fight or responds to an attack, the result is always the same.
Then we have the talking heads and the national press corps showing signs of madness. Each time the Prez does what he does, going off or tweeting with abandonment, the chattering class and media keep asking, “Why doesn’t the President just do this or do that?”
Matters not to them that the Prez is a 70-year-old man, set in his ways, who is not going to change or meet their expectations of what is or what is not presidential.
Trump is Trump.
Finally we have the man and woman in the street.
If you live in the Heartland you shake your head at the Prez and ignore. To their detriment you tune out all things based in Washington, then wonder why the country is in the shape it is.
If you are on the coasts or metropolitan areas, you take to the street at the least little provocation, demanding removal of the Chief by any means. Not getting your way, like a child grabbing his/her bat and ball and going on, you throw a temper tantrum.
Nothing changes and will not change until 2020 – maybe – when the next presidential election is conducted.
From the Cornfield, keeping my fingers crossed and praying this outbreak, this pandemic can be contained.
Remember the Grand Old Party thought they could pull off a Borg and assimilate the Prez when he was a candidate.
Remember how that turned out?
***I highlighted the insanity in teal.
One of the biggest issues facing members of Congress and in the headlines is tax reform.
But from where do the tax dollars come?
Who is paying the biggest slice of the tax pie?
This new study from Pew Research paints a clear picture.
For all the talk about making sure the Middle Class reaps the lion’s share of benefit from reforming the tax code, it is not that sector of American society which pays anywhere the most of the tax burden. In fact, the Middle Class does not even contribute 5% of the haul each April.
Yet when looked at from the perspective of who has the means and stash of disposable cash to shell out in taxes, the Middle Class does come up short. A cut in the rate would be a boon for most in the mid sphere of the US economy.
Some 48% of the money sent to the government comes from individual income tax returns. Compare this to the lament about the corporate rate, reputed to be among the highest in the world, but only results in 9% of total federal revenue.
Do we need tax reform?
Should the Middle Class get priority?
Based off the percentage from corporations flowing to the government coffers, is a tax cut needed? Will the theory of “trickle down economics” produce or prove to be “voodoo economics“?
From the Cornfield, read the full study (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/10/06/a-closer-look-at-who-does-and-doesnt-pay-u-s-income-tax/).
Then, answer these questions.
The hottest show in the digital air continues to be the Realty TV show – The Prez!
The show received a bump this week (as if it needed one) from retiring Republican Senator Bob Corker.
Corker stated the obvious to The New York Times that President Donald Trump is hamming it up in the White House as if he was a Reality Show TV President!
Remember this from March 20, 2016?
Or this from March 6, 2017?
Then there was this on June 23 of this year:
Compounding it all, the national press corp has yet to learn not to swallow hook, line and sinker.
From the Cornfield, from your surprise about the Prez, perhaps it is a confirmation that now is the time to retire, Senator Corker.
By virtue of having been born on the soil of the United States of American at Welborn Baptist Memorial Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, I can proudly proclaim I am an American.
But – what does it mean beyond being an offspring fortunate enough for my nativity to be in this country?
What distinguishes a person as an American other than the site of birth?
How can we tell who is an American versus who may be, say, a Canadian, who speaks and looks like most Americans?
There is no singular ethnicity to set us apart as American.
There is no particular racial classification, but a hodgepodge of all races and sub-sections.
There is no single country of colonization of this portion of the North American continent.
There is no official language.
There is no particular genetic marker to trace who is and is not an American – such as eye or hair color, skin pigmentation. An American, as the words in a children’s song, may be red and yellow, black or white.
Physical characteristics, speech and dialects, none of the usual suspects define an American.
New Americans come into the world almost every day – and not – by birth.
Americans are not persuaded or aligned with a state religion or practice of faith and spirituality. In fact, one can be an American without any belief system that envisions a power greater than ourselves.
Other than a predominance of democracy and federalism, Americans do not pledge allegiance to a universal ideology or political persuasion. Political leanings are all over the map.
Some Americans amble through life with no basis in the alter-verse of politics or ideology.
From the Cornfield, I can beat my chest and swell with pride by virtue of birth to be an American.
But what other than that marks me as an American?
Some can lay hold to the honor of being an American through the process of naturalization, denouncing any and all allegiance to the country of their birth or country of last residence.
Many of these Americans are more patriotic and willing to lay down their lives for their adopted country than those who are homegrown, to their shame.
The belief in and living up to the radical idea ascribed by the Founding Fathers that an American will defend to the death, pledging honor and fortune to protect and uphold the belief that all humans are endowed by their Creator with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is what makes me able to crow, “I am American.”
Not – because I was born in the Cornfield.
If you are an American, what makes you – other than birth – an American?