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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill."
It is rain'n and 40 degrees as I pen this column. Fall has fallen and winter seems on its way. The Indian Summer we had allowed fer much field work ta be caught up.
By now you will have enjoyed the "Full Moon" of last Tuesday. I always enjoy the fullness of the moon, whether I can see it or not. It has been up there in the sky fer a very long time, and a lot of folk have viewed it, just as we can in modern times. Jesus Christ, George Washington and all of our grandfathers and grandmothers observed the same glorious spectacle up there.
I received the follow'n information from a good friend in California concern'n San Francisco's response ta the election of Donald Trump"
Response ta Trump Election
San Francisco's official response to the Election of Trump
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution, introduced by Board President London Breed, in response to the election of Donald Trump. The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by president-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City. We will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city great, and who represent over one third of our population. This is the Golden Gate, we build bridges, not walls; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women's rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted. And just as important, we will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in San Francisco. We began hosting gay weddings twelve years ago, and we are not stopping now. And to all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone: You matter. You are seen; you are loved; and San Francisco will never stop fighting for you; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we still believe in this nation's founding principle of religious freedom. We do not ban people for their faith And the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray together; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That Black Lives Matter in San Francisco, even if they may not in the White House. And guided by President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, we will continue reforming our police department and rebuilding trust between police and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That climate change is not a hoax, or a plot by the Chinese. In this city, surrounded by water on three sides, science matters. And we will continue our work on CleanPower, Zero Waste, and everything else we are doing to protect future generations; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we have been providing universal health care in this city for nearly a decade, and if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, San Franciscans will be protected; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we are the birthplace of the United Nations, a city made stronger by the thousands of international visitors we welcome every day. We will remain committed to internationalism and to our friends and allies around the world, whether the administration in Washington is or not; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That San Francisco will remain a Transit First city and will continue building Muni and BART systems we can all rely upon, whether this administration follows through on its platform to eliminate federal transit funding or not; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That California is the sixth largest economy in the world, The Bay Area is the innovation capital of the country. We will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for your dollar; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election's wake. That although the United States will soon have a President who has demonstrated a lack of respect for the values we hold in the highest regard in San Francisco, it cannot change who we are, and it will never change our values. We argue, we campaign, we debate vigorously within San Francisco, but on these points we are 100 percent united. We will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms. We are one City. And we will move forward together.
There ya have it then. It seems a bit like the San Francisco Board of Supervisors reaction ta Mr. Trump's election mimics the Deep South's reaction ta the election of Abraham Lincoln. They just don't plan on cooperati'n with the new president elect.
On the contrary a midwestern friend sent me the follow'n information on his conservative views entitled PUT ME IN CHARGE:
Put Me In Charge
Put me in charge of food stamps no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to use drugs, alcohol, or smoke, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. if you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell you 22-inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the "common good."
Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self-esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices
AND while you are on Gov't subsistence, you no longer can VOTE! Yes, that is correct. For you to vote would be a "conflict of interest!" You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting while you are receiving a Gov't welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
Well it is quite apparent the philosophy of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is diabolically opposed to the Midwesterner wish'n ta be "Put in Charge."
So why include those two philosophies in this week's column? Well, Hillary Clinton bested Donald Trump by 1.4 million votes, which by the way was not the "majority" of the voters as it represents only 48 percent of the total vote.
California, which is the least competitive state in the U. S. , was primarily given credit fer that 1.4 million vote margin. If'n ya eliminate California the total changes ta Clinton trail'n Trump nationally by 1.25 million votes. Quite a noticeable change from what the 'despondent Liberals' are a quack'n about.
The Electoral College addresses the problem of one large state such as California or perhaps 16 other states that could dictate how a president is elected.
The expense, time consumption, and decisiveness of a strict popular vote try'n fer a majority (over 50%) would not be good fer our nation. The midwesterner (Put Me In Charge) would have a hard time continually swaller'n the likes of the philosophy of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's attitude toward follow'n only the laws they like and ta thunder with what the rest of the nation deems desirable.
The Found'n Fathers of our nation, through the Electoral College, had the fore thought ta address the problem of Large states bully'n Small States.
The heart of the matter is 'ya can't blame a worm fer not want'n ta go fish'n.' In other words, the Electoral College has withstood the test of time as it was intended fer over two hundred years. It serves as a firewall ta control the inflamed passions of large overwhelm'n states.
It's process is not the problem. The problem lies with those who do not benefit from it.
Well, that's it fer this week. Some food fer thought fer the boys ta dwell on fer a spell. It'll be enterest'n ta see the conclusions they come up with.
Have a good rest of the week.
Hope'n ta see ya in church this week.Remember; Wherever ya are, whatever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!'
Keep on Smile'n
Catch ya later