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Greetings ta ever one in western Illinois and all readers of "The Quill".
Here we are in the middle of April and ever so oft we are gett'n a dose of winter. In betwixt winter weather and Spring weather last week, a few folk got in the fields with farm'n equipment, spray'n, work'n ground and plant'n was accomplished.
By last weekend, with the foul winter-like weather we had, those that had planted was a scratch'n their heads as to whether they was comfortable with that $400 a bag of seed sett'n in 37¼ ground temperature wait'n fer some warmth so's it could germinate.
CHOPPING BLOCK ON GUN RIGHTS
A notice went out last week ask'n folk who want ta protect the 2nd amendment rights ta oppose the follow'n anti-gun bills pending consideration in the Illinois House of Representatives:
It advised call'n your representative to oppose these bills (Randy Frese 1-217-223-0833) and to call Governor Bruce Rauner at 217-782-0244 to ask him to veto HB 1468 and any other gun control bills that make it to his desk.
In addition, efforts are underway to override Gov. Rauners veto of SB 1657 and HB 1273 which would shut down your local gun stores with burdensome and onerous red tape and regulation.
Call the Secretary of the Senate at 217-782-5715 to oppose overiding the veto.
RED & BLUE Alligators
Government seems ta be made up of "Red" alligators and "Blue" alligators.
It seems all forms of Government, both state and federal, is made up of these critters.
The problem derives from the fact they both survive off the same food PAC's, super PAC's, self enterest groups, big corporate contributors, and people peddlin' power.
When ya examine the REDs and BLUES closely, ya soon realize their tactics and goals aren't much different.
Only their talk differs. Their actions are quite the same with "talk" originated to please voters fer re-election.
Back in their offices they act as alligators always do.
A seemingly large number of office holders have announced they are not up fer re-election.
Perhaps the "swamp" will be drained eventually, office holder by office holder. Let's hope so fer our grandchildren and our country's sake.
VERY INTERESTIN' THOUGHTS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP
With those thoughts in mind, maybe ya will be enterested in Krauthammer's take on Donald Trump. It's very enterestin'.
"To my friends "of a different persuasion". I'm not trying to sell anything or anyone, but I do feel this is an interesting take on our very controversial president who I truly believe is not Republican or Democrat. Trump is Not a Liberal or Conservative. He's a "Pragmatist." (someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal, A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn't let emotion distract him or her.)
"We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversations varied from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point, reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative, to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative.
"I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump was a pragmatist. He sees a problem and he understands it must be fixed. He doesn't see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That's a problem that should be applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.
"Viewing problems from a Liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.
"Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and globalism to the detriment of american interests and well-being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff, appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow.
"In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the ass of the Democrat Party.
"Immigration isn't a Republican problem, it isn't a Liberal problem, it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America.
'It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.
"The impending collaspe of the economy wasn't a Liberal or Conservative problem, it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect.
"Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.
"Trump uniquely understands that China's manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it.
"Here again, successful businessmen like Trump who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work, and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn't work, you don't continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it won't.
"As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn't made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in everyone's pocket, free college tuition, and a $15-hour minimum wage for working the drive-through at Carl's Hamburgers.
"I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. they do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.
"You may not like Donald Trump, but I suspect that the reason some people do not like him is because:
1. He is antithetical to the "good old boy" method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians,
2. They are unaccustomed to hearing a president speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackies of those who he owes vis-a-vis donations;
3. He is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology,
4. He says what he is thinking, is unapologetic for his outspoken thoughts, speaks very straightforward using everyday language that can be understood by all (and is offensive to some who dislike him anyway) making him a great communicator, for the most part, does what he says he will do and:
5. He is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.
"Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bill Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to "out crazy" one another.
Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns.
Bush can deny it, but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts is that people don't give tens of millions without expecting something in return.
"We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off?
"Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?
"I submit that a pragmatist is just what America needs right now. People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives (or politicians who never really solved a problem, because it's better to still have an "issue(s) to be solved." so re-elect me to solve it, (which never happens) and those who have always played it safe (again, all politicians) not willing to risk failure, to try and achieve success).
"Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk in running for president and certainly did not need or possibly even want the job; that says it all. He wants success for the U.S. and her citizens because he love his country!"
Well, there ya have it then, just as it was presented. I reckon the "boys will dwell on these thoughts fer a spell whilst they are await'n their fields ta dry out so's they can get back with their Spring work.
That's it fer this week.
Have a good rest of the week fer you and yours. 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
Count yer many Blessings
Catch ya later,