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Things that make you say, ‘hmmm’

By Rick Manning


Just a few things that make me say, ‘hmmm.’

Why is it that the removal of a Confederate battle flag first placed on the South Carolina state capitol by a Democrat governor, moved from the capitol building by a Republican governor, and then taken down entirely by a Republican governor along with a Republican state legislature, is somehow a Democrat victory?

Many political prognosticators view President Obama’s perceived performance in office as the greatest single predictor of which political party will succeed in winning the White House in November 2016. President Obama has seen a surge in popularity largely due to the Republican Congress passing legislation that he wants. Making one wonder, is the Republican Congress secretly rooting for Hillary in 2016?

For years, China has been building entire cities without any demand for them creating eerie new ghost towns. Knowing this, why is anyone surprised that the Chinese economy is a fraud? The only wonderment is that its similarly hollow stock market didn’t go into free fall much sooner.

Solar researchers are predicting that the earth may experience a sun cycle starting in just fifteen years which threatens to throw us into a Little Ice Age. Imagine the shock in the Al Gore, Jr. household when he learns that the sun actually has something to do with temperatures on earth.

On the Little Ice Age front, has anyone told Pope Francis that all he had to do was come out against global warming and suddenly scientists are predicting that it is going to get markedly colder? For all of his social justice concern about global warming, he might want to take a peek at what will occur to farm outputs during a cold cycle. Hint, shorter growing seasons mean less food produced and more hunger around the world. Oops.

Jurassic World is the top movie in the world, and Clinton and Bush are frontrunners in the polls for President. What year is it?

As President Obama continues to “negotiate” a nuke deal with Iran, the Iranian legislature recently voted to ban nuclear inspections on military sites while chanting “Death to America.”  Makes you feel all warm and cozy when you think of a nuclear Iran armed with ICBM delivery systems.

U.S. liberals urge increased acceptance of Sharia Law in the United States, while at the same time urging increased acceptance of gay marriage by forcing Christian-owned businesses to provide wedding cakes and flowers. Apparently, liberals view failure to bake a cake as a greater problem than the execution of homosexuals that occurs in places like Saudi Arabia which operate under Sharia Law.

And finally, what kind of crazy, upside-down world do we live in when a celebrity billionaire is the only candidate for President in either political party who is willing to speak for the average citizen who has felt shut out of the political process by the elites?

If the political class doesn’t wake up, they could find themselves Trumped in 2016, and out of power for the first time in a generation.

And that’s something to make you say, ‘hmmm.’

The author is President of Americans for Limited Government.

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