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Random thoughts from a sound mind?

Mike Fullilov
Mike Fullilov amccoy@sunherald.com

One of our first freedoms is free speech. That means the freedom to say things and share ideas that not everyone may agree with, or heaven forbid, be offended by. We are not required to listen, we can ignore, or we can “free speech back.” Let all ideas be heard, perhaps even debated in civil discourse — violence is not necessary.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are still viable and good for the ages because they reflect the Founders’ understanding of mankind’s nature. The progressive movement has tried to convince us for more than a century that the Constitution is “living,” and in need of an upgrade. Not so, man hasn’t changed — still fallen, still imperfect, still prone toward the desire to rule over others.

What are we supposed to do to save the earth from global warming besides give millions of dollars to those who are telling us how bad it is? Wait a minute, that sounds fishy. Can’t we just buy “carbon credits” like Al Gore?

The saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” — but why not teach that man to “think” about fishing? If he thinks about fishing he produces a whole industry that feeds a community, a city, a nation.

We all know the commandment, “Thou shalt not steal,” and we believe that. Why then is taking by force from one man (taxes) to give to another man (welfare) not stealing? We call it government redistribution of wealth, a socialist idea.

Naturalists (non-theists) say man was born inherently good. If that is true why do we have to teach our children not to be selfish, not to lie, not to take stuff that belongs to others, etc. — stuff they seem to do “naturally”?

Name me one thing the government can do better than the private sector? . . . Are those crickets I hear?

We have laws for everything under the sun — if we break a law, we are doing something “illegal.” If we cross a national border anywhere in the world without permission — that is considered illegal by those countries. Not in America, it is called “undocumented.”

Why are so many university campuses going loopy? The insanity of political correctness seems to rule the day. We must continue to speak truth to our young people.

Mike Fullilove of Long Beach writes about local, state and national issues from a conservative perspective.