Quick Takes-Government Control

This week gave us two wide-ranging examples of the desire by some to have the government involved in most everything…yes, even kid’s lemonade stands

Texas Makes Lemonade Stand Legal

Think government interference hasn’t gone far enough and the government bureaucrats aren’t trying to control every aspect of our lives?

The governor of Texas signed a bill into law this week that would allow kids to run lemonade stands on private property. The bill is in response to police who shut down a lemonade stand that some kids had opened to raise money, so they could buy their Dad a Father’s Day gift. The police had responded after a complaint that the stand violated local codes.

A Solution In Search Of A Problem

Speaking of government desire for control, this week will mark a year since the Federal Communications Commission repealed ‘Net Neutrality’, the Obama Administration’s regulation of the internet. The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial this weekend on the hysteria that surrounded the repeal of the Obama era regulation a year ago.

Prior to the repeal, critics said that it would basically be the end of the internet as we know it. Bernie Sanders, socialist and advocate of government control, said “This is an egregious attack on our democracy.”

The Senate Democrats official Twitter account argued that “If we don’t save Net Neutrality, we will get the internet one word at a time”, telling us that the internet would become so slow as to be unusable for normal people who couldn’t or wouldn’t pay increased fees.

Yet that hasn’t happened. On the contrary, internet speeds and bandwidth have increased. How else could so many people have streamed ‘Game of Thrones’? The internet hasn’t fallen apart, it hasn’t become the bastion only of the rich who can pay more for faster speeds and nothing really has changed since before it was regulated.

And if you remember, the FCC did not implement ‘Net Neutrality’ until 2015. Yet somehow the web had grown exponentially prior to that, and web surfers had been fine before then. It seemed like a solution in search of a problem. And despite cries from liberal groups across the spectrum on how its repeal would be disaster, no one has really noticed any change, have they?

China Is Still Bad, And Communism Is Still Evil

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square protests in China. On this day in 1989, the Chinese government mobilized the armed forces to put down peaceful protests, killing hundreds and wounding thousands in Tiananmen Square and around other parts of the city of Beijing. The brutal crackdown on protesters was followed by the imposition of martial law across the country, mass arrests, expelling of foreign journalists, and a purge of Communist Party officials who were thought to be sympathetic to the protests.

About two weeks ago was also the anniversary of the ‘Cultural Revolution’ in China, where the founder of the Communist Revolution in China, Chairman Mao, announced that he had directed that the country be purged of remaining opponents of the Communist Party. This was a massive crack down, lasting for years, that touched every part of Chinese society. An estimated two million people were killed, and tens of millions of people were forcibly taken from their homes and relocated to the countryside, in an attempt to rid the cities of the educated and upper classes for no reason other than they were educated and so considered ‘capitalists’.

These two anniversaries are reminders of the roots of the Communist regime that rules China. Unfortunately, not much has changed in how the Chinese government deals with dissent, or potential dissent, that they view as a threat to their power. Continue reading “China Is Still Bad, And Communism Is Still Evil”

75th Anniversary of D-Day

(Picture: American cemetery in Normandy, France)

75 years ago today, D-Day the 6th of June, Allied forces endured unimaginable death and destruction and landed on the beaches of France, spelling the beginning of the end of Hitler.

Today, it’s hard for us to believe the sacrifice of those who were serving their country on those stretches of beach. At Omaha Beach (one of five landing beaches), 84% of those that landed in the first wave became casualties. Casualties in the second wave were 56%. Yet they fought on.

Thank you to the ‘Greatest Generation’. May we always remember, and be worthy of, their sacrifice.