So, it's been a while since I've blogged. It's been a busy time working on a number of different projects.
This week has taken me to one of my old homes, the Chicago area. I spent a week here teaching a class. The class was a great experience. I had a room full of technically savvy folks, which makes the teaching process so easy. These guys were sharp and very nice. I met my first DJ - A-Swift (who's real name is Aaron) from California there... Nice guy. Here is his web site:
While here, the Supreme Court announced it's decision on the District of Columbia vs. Heller case, otherwise known as the handgun case. This leads me to Richard Daley, the Mayor of Chicago.
I remember when I first moved to Chicago, I heard Daley open his mouth on the news and thought to myself, "How does someone who clearly lacks even a basic understanding of life manage to not only get put into office, but stay there." As I continued to live here, I found myself disagreeing with Daley on just about every topic you can imagine. What really bugged me is that his logic for his positions was so lacking and so invisible. In fact, there rarely was any logic but more a sound byte, or an insult or some statement that just seems to be filled with air. One of the things that I most enjoyed about moving away from Chicago was NOT having to listen to his drivel and his less-than-well-thought-out opinions.
You see, I don't mind someone who can challenge my point of view with some good logic... a good argument will go a long way to helping me to adjust my point of view. I'm not set in my ways, but you better have a good set of reasons for your point of view, and emotion does not count. Be smart, be succinct, and make sure that in the end you are defending the rights of human beings everywhere if you are going to change my mind. My mind can be changed, it has been many times before.
Daley, in response to the Supreme Court decision said:
"...the Court's decision in District of Columbia v. Heller is "very frightening" for America..." and also he said, "Why don't we do away with the court system?" Daley said. "The old West - you have a gun and I have a gun and we'll settle on the street."
Remember that this was about someones ability to have a handgun in their own home. The criminal is not concerned with the court system or anything else. The court system is small recompense for a dead homeowner in a home invasion, or a homeowner who has the nerve to come home in the middle of a robbery. The court system is of little comfort to the families of victims of these kinds of incidents.
Daley is clearly an "American" that has yet to sit and read the constitution and it's associated Bill of Rights. He had this brilliant statement to make:
"The Supreme Court and Congress has no obligation to keep our country safe. That falls on the backs of mayors and local officials,”
If Daley were smart he might make the argument that the second amendment does not apply to personal ownership of guns. Instead he makes a totally indefensible statement that somehow the federal government has no obligation to "keep our country safe". In light of the pre-amble of the constitution, this must be among the most stupid comments that I've ever seen from any human being, period. Our federal government has every obligation to keep our country safe. Mr. Daley, for your edification, let me repeat the preamble of the constitution of this great nation:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Men like Daley, and their stupid (in my opinion), socialist/communist, get me the left wing votes, un-american ramblings are protected by this same constitution and it's related amendments. I for one am thankful that I don't have to live in an area where I hear all that much from him anymore. Stupidity in politics is one thing, but flaming stupidity is another.
And yet, he keeps getting re-elected. What is in the water in that town?