Sorry for the length, but I didn't have time to write a short blog.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Meme Time...

I have a few memes that have been piling up.

I am also going to be evil and make you look up to see if what I say is true.  So here you go.

History much?
Washington was the only president who was not endorsed by any political party.  Jefferson was a member of the Democratic-Republican party.  Theodore Roosevelt was a Republican who left the party to form the Bull Moose Party and was a leader of the Progressive Movement.  He did reconcile with the Republican leadership but died before he could run again in 1920.  Abraham Lincoln was the first elected president of what we would now consider the current Republican party, but it should be noted that up until the early 1950s it was the Democrats who were considered conservative and it was FDR's New Deal that would move the Democrats to the left.  The South was  largely Democrats who were even referred to as War Democrats in the time of Lincoln. Lincoln, who was fairly liberal, worked with the many divided factions of the Republican, Democrat and the dying Whig party which was more business oriented.  

Does this mean the argument has changed?

If guns gave us freedom then does this now mean that guns do kill people?  You cannot have it both ways.

I know a number of folks who would disagree with this idea, including Mohandas Gandhi who brought the British Empire in India to its knees without the use of weapons, The Selma Freedom Marchers who forced the passage of civil rights voting rights act without the use of weapons, and Nelson Mandella who was also an advocate of nonviolence, although it should be noted he did, before his arrest, work with a group of terrorist saboteurs.  I suppose I could include Martin Luther King and Jesus, but that would just be piling on.

No.  Washington did not say this.
This is what he actually said: "A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as tend to render them independent of others for essential, particularly military, supplies."

Its meaning is just a bit different than the distorted quote.

The next two are just silly, and I include them for fun.
If you didn't survive riding in the back of a truck, I suppose you won't be sharing.
And I simply have no words for this Valentine.

I suppose her Valentine will remain faithful, at least while he is in range.
More soon.