Marshall in the Middle

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Three Sensible Bullet Points to Stopping Mass Slayings

By Chuck Marshall

     I've  avoided writing this blog as I knew it would require I dig into the thoughts I have regarding the mass shooting (yet again) in Parkland, Fl.  I'm familiar with that area, it's by Coral Springs, Fla in west Broward county.  I  lived on the east side of Broward in Ft. Lauderdale for 5 years.  It's where I met my wife.  When the place is a little more familiar it's harder to deal with tragedy.  I probably passed by some of those parents, maybe even spoke to some of them at one point or other.  They would have been my age when I lived there as a young bachelor.  They probably would have lived closer to the beach at that time of their lives like most 20 somethings in Ft. Lauderdale.  I may actually recognize some of the faces of the parents of kids at that school.

     I have avoided the news.  I don't want to know about it.  It's not that I don't care, but I feel that the way these things are handled just set us all up for another mass shooting.  It's just a matter of time.  Nothing is done, and so it goes on.   The only people that really benefit are those in the media who love giving us all the gruesome details.  They also profit nicely from the increased attention.  They  trumpet (most of them) the need for more gun control as if there is no other answer.  The right does not think or accept that that is the problem.  I tend to agree with their logic, but that doesn't mean they can just ignore the whole thing.  So-- The media goes  into hyper coverage to maximize their revenues.   The left screeches for gun control.  The government does nothing.  The NRA refuses to budge.  Nothing is done and so it goes on.

     My thoughts on possible solutions that probably nobody will listen to;

1)  Mental Health.  We must invest, at the local level, state level and federal level in a heartier and more severe reaction to mentally ill people.  If someone says they want to "shoot up a school" and they make other comments like this  (as the kid did - his name shall be nameless in this blog) then they need to be interned into a Mental Asylum.  I don't know if we have those anymore because I don't hear about it.  If they aren't around, then build them.

2)  Media-  What motivates these people to kill ? It's the attention !  These sick people feel a need for acknowledgment.  They crave attention.  They need  notoriety and attention in an otherwise meaningless existence. It's what fuels their fire, and the media feeds their flames with what they crave. The first step to stopping these mass killings is we must stop any and all attention regarding the actual killer.  I know it's hard to do, but it serves no use but to amuse us and entertain us to see the monster that committed the crime.  CNN, et al know this.  It's what the sharks feast on.  It's what makes their eyes roll to the back of their heads when they sink their greedy teeth into the meat of the latest mass killing.  "19 year old white male" is all they need to tell us, unless of course he's still on the loose.  Focus on solutions, not "what happened".  We all know what happened.  We've seen it enough times.  

3)  Sensible gun control-  I think the NRA and gun control advocates need to give in a little and agree to restrictions that might close loopholes and keep guns away from maniacs and felons as best can be done.  They should be smart and hire a public relations company and explain their intentions.  Will it make a big difference ?   I doubt it,  but it will keep the left happy and relieve the tension.  You can't just cross your arms and refuse to give up anything - otherwise other ideas are minimized and even ignored.  I don't think it's the NRA's fault, but they aren't being smart about all this and their refusal to react is what's preventing any progress on the other fronts.   Give in a little and demonstrate a very sincere interest in fixing this issue.  Show some flexibility in the name of stopping all this carnage.  

 In my humble opinion.....

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Malevolence Against the American People: Justice Will Be Served

By Chuck Marshall

     The infamous "memo" was released yesterday and the reaction from our classic media sources was predictable.  The mainstream media, which I think would be more appropriately called "Missing in Action Media" saw nothing of importance in the details of the released memo.  I don't know what motivates them, but I see A LOT that was revealed.

1)  Donald Trump was spied on by the FBI.  There is no longer any doubt, but if you remember last year when he tweeted about "being spied on" the Media went nuts !  "How dare you accuse the FBI and Obama administration of doing such a thing" they screeched.  It is now known to be true.  I missed their analysis of this fact !

2)  True journalists do not work for the mainstream media. The classic media have failed the public for their glaring lack of action in the face of obvious malevolence towards Americans and their choice for President.  Their job is to seek the truth not fix a perceived problem with the results of an election.  They do not have the power to decide FOR US the direction of our nation.       

3) The FBI believes it has power that it does not.  What was done by the FBI looks to have been a serious overreach of power and was motivated to conjure up a reason to remove Donald Trump from the White House no matter what.  Are we to understand that from now on if the FBI is unhappy with an election then they can, by all means, scrutinize and work to undo the mistakes of the people ?  Where did that power come from ?

4)  The media may have been complicit in this treason. Some of what went on with the FBI involved the interaction and assistance of the classic Media.   They were not only failing or choosing not to cover an abuse of power, it seems they also participated in that abuse of power.  This aspect of the story is still unclear, but it is obvious if there's leaking going on and it's the media that benefits and uses said leaks, then they are as guilty as the perpetrators of this treason. 

5)  The reason they were and are so nervous.  The FBI, the Democrats and the classic media sources were all in full panic mode to halt the memo that they now say shows nothing. Some of them had the nerve to imply the American public is not intelligent enough to absorb such information.  Why so nervous over this memo since it doesn't reveal much ?  The reason is that now we know crimes were committed and they're at the mercy of congress and public scrutiny, a public that they obviously have no respect for 'nor confidence in.  It's only a matter of time, but I believe justice will be served.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Government Shutdown Should Cause "Formidable Outcry"

By Chuck Marshall

                                                                         Thomas Paine

    I love this quote from Thomas Paine;  "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right".  He was referring to the King of England, however I think today it applies to the two- party system that we suffer for today. This government shutdown (the most current one, there have now been several) is because of their "never-ending" story of childish and greedy posturing.   The  Democrats and Republicans refuse to "cut a deal" with the other.  This refusal to compromise holds all of us hostage.   It is a childish and obstructionist tactic used by each party to try and stall the current party in power.  Why do we allow our government to be run by these two groups of incompetents ?  The Independents are nearly 40% of all voters!  Libertarians also hold a significant share of voter registrations.  How can these two old fashioned groups of malcontents be allowed to rule unchecked when so many of us are not even a part of their show ?!

     The full quote from Thomas Paine is actually the very first paragraph of the Introduction in his historic book "Common Sense" which changed the tide of history in favor of American Independence.  The full quote goes as follows;

  "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general  favor;  a long habit of thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in deference of custom.  But the tumult soon subsides.  Time makes more converts than reason.  

        Perhaps there needs to be a proposal, an effort to move us away from this insanity regardless of the "formidable outcry in deference of custom".  We need to get past the stagnation of the two party system with an alternative that removes their monopoly on power and allows for a more effective government for the good of the people.  That is, after all, the reason they exist in the first place.  It won't be easy, but the "tumult will soon subside" and we can move forward with progress to all people not just the ruling parties.  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Donald Trump Stripped the Mask off the Mainstream Media

By Chuck Marshall

     I know to many Americans Donald Trump is an agonizing nightmare of unequaled proportions and his very existence is a fact that jolts them awake at night from gentle slumber.  I understand.   I was there back in the fall of 2016.  I was a huge Marco Rubio supporter.  When Marco lost to Trump here in Florida I sincerely went into a pretty deep depression.   Marco was everything Donald is not.  He's classy.  He's extremely intelligent in the classical sense.  He's beautifully well spoken in both English and in Spanish.   In addition,  Marco is a relatively moderate Republican who understands compromise.  I wanted Marco Rubio to be the next President of the United States and I sincerely thought he was the bright light for the future of the American middle class.  Maybe he still is,  but in retrospect I don't think he would have been right for us today.  The press would have torn him to shreds and his personality is not strong enough to shrug off their full throttle assaults.  He's too nice.  A lot of his policies to improve our country would have been watered down to ineffective "band aids" in order to earn the blessings of the mainstream media.  Alms must be made to the captains of American political correctness;  NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN the New York Times, etc...  Marco would have been minimized and subjugated to being an ineffective and weak President as the MSM busied themselves looking for the next Barack Obama.

       What we have learned today about our little corner of the world regarding our "so called" free press is thanks to Donald Trump.  Look what has been revealed since Trump won.  The press has shown themselves to be politically leftist and openly hostile to any moderate to conservative philosophy.    I don't even know if what they are has a name, but this fact is very important  to anyone who aspires to a wise government that enables the American middle class.  We cannot have wise government when any conservative or moderate that fairly wins an election is then shredded by the press.  Before Trump,  it could have been argued that the press is "left leaning" but they are "generally as fair as they can be".  That is no longer the case.   Even those who lean far to the left cannot deny the press is manipulating the conversation in favor of the left.  Our success, the success of the middle class, is of NO INTEREST OR IMPORTANCE to these people.  We all know what they are today,  and we have Donald Trump to thank for that.  His policies are stripping the "establishment" of their power and it is most evident watching the  mainstream media and their hysterics.  This is so important because the success  of any future candidates may no longer require the approval of the MSM.   They believe they know what's best for us but WE know what's best for us.  From now on the press cannot hide behind this mask of feigned "neutrality".   Now we know.  Donald Trump is  a necessary medicine who has freed all  future candidates to a reasonable scrutiny.  This last year will not be forgotten for a generation, and perhaps forever.  I do hope they will  change their ways, but the mainstream press (as we know it today) is the enemy of the American middle class and Donald Trump is the sheriff that neutered them .....In my Humble Opinion

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Trump's Nuclear Button

 By Chuck Marshall

     Donald Trump is at it again, upsetting the left with his tweets poking at his enemies and in this case, our country's enemies.  The latest is the following towards Kim Jong Un,  the dictator of N. Korea; 

"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!"

DT January 2 2017

  The left went bonkers over this one, shaking in their boots and ridiculing Trump for his lack of judgment and candor. I have to contradict that idea. Trump is not communicating to an elected and respected leader he's talking to a spoiled, oppressive, murdering butcher who starves his own people so he can have big missiles and taunt the world with his very dangerous toys. He has ABSOLUTELY no consideration for his people and is willing to risk their safety for his own ego. If you read your history and review how Hitler was treated at the beginning of his reign of terror by "decent" leaders of the world at that time you'll understand how such an approach is truly "futile". I would suffice it to say that Trump's approach may be unusual and immature, but the risk of placating Kim Jong Un with more "talks" is much greater than someone finally telling the spoiled maniac that his own skin may be in danger at this point. He is far too selfish and self -absorbed to truly risk his own hide and now his options are narrowing. That is what Trump has communicated to the little creep.

In My Humble Opinion.