'Tis Only My Opinion!

July  2018 - Volume 38, Number 7

Elections Matter!

The Kennedy retirement and its implications

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court clearly brought into focus the problem of "Trump Derangement Syndrome." Immediately following the retirement announcement effective at the end of July 2018, both Democratic politicians and liberal commentators along with the progressive media immediately began to question the legitimacy of any of President  Donald J. Trump's nominees for the Supreme Court.

It is no secret that groups associated with the abolishment of Roe vs. Wade had vetted a list of 25 judges from which President Trump might select to fill vacancies on the federal benches. Many of these groups were clearly in favor of the repeal of Roe vs. Wade which was a position taken by Trump during the campaign..

The media and many Senators are urging that President Trump not ask about a Supreme Court nominees position on the issue.  Of course, they should understand that any on the list are probably strict constitutionalists as well as Pro-Life based upon how the list was selected. Trump has no need to ask about any candidate's position on Roe vs. Wade.

During the Obama Administration the Democrats changed the Senate rules requiring only a simple majority for confirmation. Hence, their efforts and stalling tactics probably will not succeed in blocking Trump's second nominee to the Supreme Court. Hence, Trump's nominee will change the balance of power back towards the limitations set by the Constitution.

What should seriously concern the progressive left is what might occur if a third justice is named by President Trump!

Roe vs. Wade

The liberal establishment is concerned that the 1973 decision in Roe the versus Wade on abortion may be overturned.

An analysis published by the National Right to Life committee in early 2018 indicated there have been an estimated 60,069,971 abortions since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision which allowed virtually unlimited abortions.

After reaching a high of over 1.6 million in 1990 the number of abortions annually performed in the US has dropped back to levels not seen since the late 1970s. Abortion is taken a terrible toll on America we've now lost more than 60 million of our sons daughters friends and neighbors and we are a much poor nation for it.

The number of abortions since 1973 amounts to about 18% of our current total population of about 325 million.

Gun-Deaths versus Abortion

Mass shootings in schools are a problem that finds ample coverage in the media. While liberal politicians make immediate calls for more gun control laws, the number of deaths from abortion is vastly higher. In 2014 as shown above about 926,190 abortions were performed in the U.S.

Murders, not including suicides, from all guns in the same year was only 8,124 according to the official FBI statistics, or less than 0.9% of the number of abortions in the same period.

Moreover, abortions cause major demographic changes in the country over several decades which are barely noted by politicians and citizens.

Separation of children from their parents -- both illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens

Progressives have recently begun wailing about the permanent separation of children from their families as we have seen in the illegal immigrant mess on the southern border.  The demonstrations about a few children who are illegal is simply political theatre. The separation policy has been in effect for many years and is not just a policy initiated during the Trump administration.

Of course, it is simply another manifestation of the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" as well as many having emotional concerns rather than looking clearly at the law and applying it equally. Of course, the laws could be changed but in the present political environment, that is highly unlikely.

Nor is there much anguish and protests about the separation of those Mom's and Dad's who might be arrested and are unable to make bail  from being with their children.

The Pew Charitable Trust estimated that there were about 2.3 million people in jail or prison in 2016. The report found that 1.2 million inmates or more than half of the incarcerated population were parents of children under 18. Two-thirds of those incarcerated parents were serving time for nonviolent crime while one third were serving time for violent crime.

Obviously, progressives are more concerned about 2,200 children being separated from their illegal immigrant parents than the children of the 1.2 million U.S.citizens that are incarcerated.

Just how many children did those 1.2 million incarcerated citizens have? Where's the outrage and protests?

Moving the I.G. Report off the front page

Isn't it just simply amazing how the focus has shifted from acts which might have resulted in an attempt to derail the candidacy of Donald J. Trump during the 2016 election and thereafter implement measures to simply harass and obstruct his agenda.

Were just a few F.B.I. and Department of Justice employees involved in the attempt to derail and impede Trump's election and subsequent administration? Or are employees at other agencies involved, e.g., the CIA, NSA, etc. Reading the 500 page IG report suggests that it was more than just a few high-level employees involved.  Where is the unredacted version?

Depending on your political view, your answers to the following few questions can determine whether you believe our country is a democracy or a constitutional republic.

Just a few questions which should be asked...

  • How did the protests about the separation of illegal immigrants  at the border under Trump and their children become such a tinder-box over-night?
  • Who orchestrated these demonstrations on the border?
  •  What was their rationale?
  • Where was the outrage over the Obama and Bush administrations' immigration policy?


  • Why doesn't President Trump just declassify everything that might involve the Russian collusion case and the Clinton e-mail server?

Obviously, he has the constitutional authority to do so.

Hasn't this circus gone on long enough?

Or is Trump afraid of riots in the streets if the trail leads to the highest levels of the Obama administration?

The real question is simply ... do we believe in equal justice for all ,or does the U.S. have a two-tiered justice system. If it is the latter, our country is on a very slippery slope and the grand experiment which began in 1776 will fade away in the near term.

Of course, elections matter and the "deplorables" continue to want the swamp drained.

Hope you have an enjoyable 242nd Fourth of July!

But then - 'Tis Only My Opinion!

Fred Richards
July 1, 2018


Corruptisima republica plurimae leges. [The more corrupt a republic, the more laws.] -- Tacitus, Annals III 27

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