This column is the last bit of the Jp puzzle to be put in place before the issue is shipped off to the printer. I usually sit down and reflect on the editorial package we’ve built and try to pull some personal anecdote or parallel that in some small way relates to the issue’s subject matter. But as I sit in front of my keyboard in mid-May, the only thing I keep coming around to is the political events that have unfolded over the past month.
There’s a saying that political opinion is like a penis. It’s a fine thing to have, but you shouldn’t go waving it around in public. I generally adhere to that rule regarding both, but you’ll have to forgive me because in this editorial I think I’ll make an exception and wave away. Politically, that is. Not my penis. This is a PG-rated magazine, after all.
Terrorist attack on Boston: I’m a Masshole, and Boston Strong just ain’t a saying. It’s reality. I’m proud to count myself one of Boston’s children and send a huge shout of support to the victims and their families. I can’t for the life of me understand why the Justice Department Mirandized the younger Tsarnaev prematurely…or at all for that matter. He’s a terrorist. Get the pliers and blowtorch, extract what info you need, then let the guys from Wicked Tuna use him for bait.
Benghazi scandal: No help being sent, edited emails, changed talking points, State Department whistleblowers contradicting prior testimony, Congress dragging out proof of the truth in dribs and drabs. It’s just like me trying to get one of my kids with cookie crumbs all over his face to admit he had his hand in the jar.
IRS scandal: As if we needed another reason to distrust and hate the IRS. They’re caught playing political bulldog for one side by allegedly targeting people and groups for their political and religious beliefs. All before the IRS gets put in charge of your health care under Obamacare. Quick, find a scapegoat! Yeah, that guy who was leaving the IRS anyway. Let’s fire him. So much for trust in government, huh? Wonder if I’ll get audited for saying that.
AP records scandal: This one is pretty chilling if you know anything about the way the press works or the First Amendment. An intimidating, Orwellian, big-brother grab of office and private phone records of press people by the Justice Department for a leak that it now seems wasn’t even a leak. And when questioned about it by Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t know or remember anything about it. Riiight.
I don’t have powers of clairvoyance to know what, if anything, will unfold from these four events between the time this is written and the time you read it. I do know that I don’t like feeling like our rights and freedoms aren’t of the utmost importance to our Commander in Chief or our lawmakers. And if stuff like this is allowed to slide, what will happen to our Second Amendment rights or our access to public lands? When left to its own devices, big government and the media in general will take the path of least resistance and head straight back to hard-hitting topics like the Kardashians’ vacation plans and whether baseball players are doping. What can you do? Stay plugged in and let your politicians know your feelings on matters you care about. Locate your congressional representative at house.gov/representatives/find/ or your senator at senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and let them know you expect your government to maintain the system of checks and balances our founding fathers fought and died for...and that brave young Americans have and are still fighting and dying for today.
I’ve often said to my wife that those who decry the loudest are often most culpable of that which they decry. Yeah, it’s fancy talk that makes me feel like I got my money’s worth out of college, but in layman’s terms it means he who smelt it dealt it. In short, don’t believe the hype. There are often three sides to every story: yours, theirs, and the truth. So seek out and demand the truth. It’s the American way.