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A Refreshing Knapp – Politics brings joys and ploys

By Ray Knapp

My great-grandfather recalled that South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union back on Dec. 20, 1860, followed by North Carolina six months later on May 20, 1861. Now, it appears North Carolina is pushing to be first to secede and it’s all over toilet issues. Texas and a few other states are siding with North Carolina, citing Federal over-reach.

To me, it’s all a lot of bluff and B.S. on both sides over a transgender population who account for 0.3 of one percent of the U.S. population. I don’t think the presidency of the United States will be won or lost over this issue; this challenge could easily be solved by having a variety of port-a-johns/janes or (john & jane) or vice-versa, placed outside of school buildings. This would solve that problem and certainly stimulate the economy for those who handle that stuff. I have a district in mind where they could dump it.

Turning to the presidential primaries; the front runners of the Democrat and Republican parties have already dug up enough dirt on one another to send an average person to jail. At this point they are just uncovering minor stuff, wait ‘till it gets down to the wire and we see the “Big Guns” rolled out; they might uncover enough on one another to convince the Supreme Court to send them both to jail. My biggest fear is that will happen and the Green Party will win by default.

In all honesty, I’ve never seen such a political fiasco in my lifetime – short of Watergate and Nixon’s subsequent resignation. I guess my great-great-grandfather may have felt the same way when John Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel, and it was all about politics. Power and money seemed to have not just slowly crept into our government system, but leapt headlong into it way back then. Arron Burr was set on becoming the emperor of what later became the Louisiana Purchase—that was after killing Hamilton and, through other like shenanigans, was branded a traitor and fled to Europe.

Through all the muck and intrigue of politics, there is one thing that we in America can enjoy, that is:  jeering, cheering, or criticizing politics without fear of being thrown in jail for our opinion. I give credit to the founders of the U.S. Constitution for that foresight; The First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress …

Of course this amendment has given rise to many law suits, and in my opinion has been watered down considerably from its original intent. Take religion for example: The United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law impeding the free exercise of religion; seems like the Supreme Court has rejected that part of this constitutional amendment. However, they

haven’t taken away my freedom of speech to be critical of their decision; not yet anyway.

My Daddy always said to steer clear of conversations about religion and politics, and here I’ve stirred up a bunch of stuff by including both in this column. So I’ll skip politics and get into what really bugs me about pseudo-government entities that really run things in this country. I’m talking about the Federal Reserve and the IRS.

Janet Yellen is currently Chair of the Federal Reserve. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley where she was the Professor of Business and Professor of Economics. Considering California’s current economy, I don’t see how those credentials qualify her for the job she now holds, and it worries me what she will do next.

Then there is the IRS who purportedly played partisan politics with the tax code during the last presidential election. U.S. Senator Clair McCaskill (D-Missouri) said, “We should fire the head of the IRS. …”

Yes, politics is indeed a joy to talk about and as intriguing as any mystery novel on the market.