A Break from Beer: Reflection on the Weekend

Typically, I stick to beer, travel and food on here. However, occasionally we need speak up on things that need a voice. I identify as a fiscal conservative and I look like and dress like many of the people that attended the Neo Nazi rallies in Charlottesville. I have been called an asshole by people from many walks of life. However, the events of Charlottesville this past weekend need to be addressed. While I may disagree with many on many issues and they may with me as well, we all condemn the events of this weekend and the Neo Nazis there.

As I fly back from an emotional weekend in California that ended with spending the day on the USS Midway, I reflected on what that ship means. The ship is named for the Battle of Midway, a turning point in WWII. I'll spare you all too much of a history lesson but that war was a war fought over the hate that certain groups of people had for others. Yet, this weekend we saw a group of individuals waving the flag alongside a swastika. That is their right to do but remember the people that died fighting that hate filled symbol to protect that beautiful red, white and blue symbol of hope and freedom. This country has always been about freedom. The Neo Nazis in this country must know that while they can continue to express those opinions, it will never be, and never has been, something we accept as representative of the masses and when you become violent and murder the innocent you are no longer expressing free speech but you are a terrorist. America has never tolerated terrorism and we will not start now. So just know that while you wave your symbol of hate, great men and women died for you to have that right while fighting to make sure your beliefs remain a small minority. You are the small minority. You are alone. Your numbers will shrink and history is not on your side.

This weekend was emotional as we remembered the life of my great aunt. The theme of what many said about her was this idea of love and loving yourself. I leave with this thought for the Neo Nazis as they go to sleep tonight in this country. I pray that you can learn to love yourself so that maybe you can learn to love others different than yourself.


Forget the Election, Worry About the Nomination

The last year has been a political reality TV show episode on par with the Khardashians. While who is elected as our next United States President is important, the death of Antonin Scalia created an even more important issue. Scalia was a strong conservative voice on the Supreme Court. His passing leaves an opening for Obama to literally change the political landscape for a generation. His impact on the country will be shaped more by this decision than anything he has previously done.

Anyone that knows me would say I am far from an Obama supporter. In fact, I think he has been a poor excuse for a President. However, it is his responsibility to nominate a candidate for the opening. While it would have been nice for a republican president (if one was to win) to make that nomination, it is Obama’s decision. The republicans can try to oppose his nominations but I am hopeful, and probably naive of me to think this, that we can have some sort of compromise because we do not need another government inefficiency to slow down progress.

But when have politicians ever been able to compromise?