Marshall in the Middle

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Hillary and The Donald


     Our country has truly dropped to a new low with these two as the front runners to be President.   Donald Trump is a wind bag egomaniac with not one ounce of class.  He calls his opponents names and gives out their phone numbers to the public.  It's like watching a mob boss run for President.  He runs his mouth about what he's going to do with no explanation of how he'll do it.  The only thing I've agreed with that has come out of his mouth was the comment he made on O'Reilly that our country is in trouble and on the decline.  He is living evidence of that fact.

     Hillary Clinton is a liar and a hypocrite.  She is most likely the reason for the debacle that was Benghazi (and the deaths of all those people, including our Ambassador to Libya)  and she has been carefully getting rid of evidence to that fact.   She is fake and impersonal and is only in her position because she is married to President Clinton.   It has just come out in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal that she and Bill donated $15 Million to charities  over the years 2007-2014.  The charity?  The Clinton Foundation of which the two of them benefit from greatly - personal jets, political trips, etc... They donated to a charity and the charity is them !  So, she and Bill got tax deductions, ergo "government subsidies",  to support their ambitions..... to run the government !   Now THAT, is rich.
    Once again,  I can't believe how absurd our process of selecting leaders is today.   With 310 Million people we should be able to do much, much better than this.  This is ridiculous.   Why must we go on following what each of the parties select for us when they are of the ilk that Hillary and The Donald are.  They don't come much more crooked than this folks, and they are the front runners for each of our beloved parties.  May God help us all and may God help our country.  

In my humble opinion.....

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Republican Circus and the Inanity of the Political Party

     What has become of the Republican party that they have become a national joke?   Name calling, finger pointing, outrageous comments from several candidates and we've only just begun.  What a shameful situation and I totally agree with the President when he says that America deserves better.
This summer I was in Washington, DC.  The monuments and cathedrals of history were inspiring.  Our  country has so much to be proud of having been founded and borne of noble ideas and the proposition  that every man should have dignity.  All men should be treated with respect and given the opportunity to pursue happiness and fulfillment, liberty and justice without the government interfering with such endeavors.  These men don't respect the everyday man 'nor do they have any interest in progress.   These men aren't discussing liberty and justice or the pursuit of happiness for our citizens.  They are posturing their egos so they can "get" to be  President and show us all how smart they are.   It is all about them and their party.  Something has been lost in the parties.  They no longer stand for us.   They no longer fight for us.  They are fighting for themselves and their "way of thinking".  There is no more compromise, there is no progress involving any problems in our country.  I have  no idea why anyone would want to be President except for  their ego because in today's environment no President will be allowed to get anything done because Congress is little more  than a cluster of insects.   It's all a charade presented by the parties to placate us with the way things are.   There is no dignity, there is no true aim to fix anything.  It is a never-ending game for them., it's a political circus.  I worry for our country that the political parties still have all  the power.  It is very dangerous because they are inept and ineffective.  We are, in essence, without leaders.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Endangered Dixie Relic

By Chuck Marshall

   There has been much talk recently regarding relics of the Civil War.  State capitals and cities and towns all over the south are discussing the removal of the confederate flag from government buildings.   The state of SC is considering removing it from its capital and some towns here in Florida have already removed the flag.   To  southerners the confederate flag is often said to represent the "spirit" of the south and I've been told it should not be taken as a negative.  It's "southern pride" I've heard all my life.    White people from up north seem to see it as a quaint relic of Civil War history- nothing to be taken seriously.   African Americans usually see it as offensive and believe it represents a hate and/or disrespect for their race.   This  issue and the conversation around it is a good one and allows something positive for us to do in honor of the 9 people murdered in Charleston last month.   I can fully understand that African Americans are often offended by the symbol of the confederacy.  A symbol says a lot.   The Swastika of the Nazis is a good example of a symbol that creates instant disgust in most good people.  It is a good conversation to have for all American citizens, and especially southern citizens. 

     As is often the case, however, the issue is getting blown out of proportion.  What was a good conversation regarding a symbol perceived as hateful has turned into an exaggeration of other  Civil War relics that we’re told we should all be removing from our lives lest we be seen as defenders of slavery.   Case in point is confederate memorials.  There is a Confederate Memorial in a park in downtown Orlando that has been the focus of much more attention than it has probably had since it was erected.    There is a petition to have it removed.   But this is a memorial to the soldiers that fought in the Civil War, not the Confederacy itself.   Those were individuals who - in their mind- were defending their homeland.   All young men were and are expected to march into battle under such circumstances.   The dead  were 300,000 southern brothers, and fathers and uncles and sons.  It  dishonors the individual,  his family, and his descendants to suggest all he was doing was fighting for slavery and so all confederate memorials must come down. 

       Some memorials were erected to celebrate men who turned out to be bad men  like Nathan Bedord Forrest- the founder of the KKK.  These are the memorials which I agree should be removed and rolled over to the nearest museum.  But it's important that we uphold the soldiers who fought bravely and died in defense of their people even if it goes against our contemporary sensibilities about the "right" or "wrong" of what it was the fight was about.   Let's not dismiss these young men as we look down from our high horse in the 21st century.    Slaves were owned by the large plantations of the south and I seriously doubt these  young men marched forward with such gusto to defend the rich man’s right to own slaves even if we se e the connection today.      

In My Humble Opinion.....

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Guns and Race in America

By Chuck Marshall

Since the murders of 9 innocent people in South Carolina I feel compelled to write on the topic.  It also coincides with my previous blog in my twin blog, "Journal of an American Malcontent", which elaborated on the absurdity of the lady that "identifies herself as black".   Her name escapes me., but she's a great example of how silly race issues can get.

The loss of lives is the biggest tragedy of the South Carolina mass killings., and I think 99.99% of all Americans are disgusted and saddened.   I guess this must be the 10th mass killing in the last 5 years and  it's getting tragically common.  The tragedy of the South Carolina mass killings - the avoidable tragedy- is that  the story itself turns into another opportunity for our political parties to start debating each other.  Now should be a time to come together and establish some real solutions regarding mass killings;    Gun Control,  Mental Illness, Crime Control and ways to prevent things like this from coming up again.  Our so-called leaders will no doubt get into another pissing match, pointing their fingers at each other and coming to absolutely NO solution but to continue arguing "unwinnable" arguments.  There is no compromise in DC so nothing gets done.  We are essentially a leader-less country with a group of  political extremists that are out for the following things;   themselves, their lobbyist buddies on K-Street (where the real money and power comes from), and of course their "team" the idiotic Republican and Democratic parties.  Notice the glaring absence of the American people on that list.

There is one other culprit in all of this,  the network news media.  And  I do mean the left-leaning networks especially (which are synonymous with the Democratic party).    The networks show no restraint in taking this opportunity to draw their own conclusions with dim-witted comments funneling all of this into the fault of southern white people.  Their narrative is that the confederate flag and the hate of southern white people is a never ending plague upon the black folk of the south.  They also took the opportunity in several cases to blame  Fox Network for "stirring the pot" of racism... .  or words to that effect.   The reality is the guy that killed those people is a lunatic and a psychopath- who is also a bigot.  The problem is with the lunatic part., the bigotry is an ugly aspect of all societies in the world and comes from all races not just the white race.

They-the network media - see themselves as morally superior to the majority of the country.  The reality is they are condescending, arrogant,  self righteous egomaniacs and most of them are better suited to cover Hollywood and all it's superficial happenings., not a real story like this.   This is the reason I stick to reasonably intelligent written media, newspapers and I encourage all my readers to pick up a paper or subscribe to an electronic version of your city's newspapers.  The newspapers usually have thought behind their opinions.

 I am as angered by these murders as anyone but I want solutions not rhetoric.   Our leaders are bending over backwards to use this as another self-congratulatory oration of why they are so superior to the rest of the country and the other side.   President Obama won everybody over by explaining that this never  happens in any other civilized country besides the United States.  Wow, comments like that will sure help things a lot.  Once again, he has shown what an excellent "left leaning" college professor he would be but what a terrible leader he actually is.

In my humble opinion.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

I Identify as a Rich White Man

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Dear Marshall in the Middle Readers !

I have posted to  my other Blog "Journal of an American Malcontent".  I am posting a link below so you can easily click over to it.   I can't tell you exactly what it is but  I've come to terms with who I really am just like Rachel Dolezal and I want the world to know about it !   I can't hide these feelings anymore !

Journal of an American Malcontent- I Identify as a Rich White Man