Monday, June 27, 2016

A Most Special Independence Day!

Your beloved Peasant is proud and grateful to be
celebrating our dear country's 240th anniversary
this Fourth of July! I do, of course, know that you,
my fine and wonderful readers, are just as happy
to be celebrating as well. And we do have a lot to

Let us always remember the sacrifices, the sufferings,
and the privations that our forefathers went through
to establish and bequeath our free and wonderful
country to us, and to remember them on this grand
day. When you say Grace before tucking into the
hamburgers, the hot dogs, the potato salad, and
the soda pop, say a prayer for our brave founders
of our country as well, for they made our country,
our freedom, our way of life, and our Fourth of July
picnics possible.

Enjoy our great and good country's big day.
And God bless America! 240 years young and looking


Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Orlando Tragedy, and Washington's Response

The hellish tragedy that befell attendees of a popular
Orlando, Florida nightclub, has had repercussions and
responses innumerable in the days that followed.
We all know the gory numbers: 49 dead, 53 wounded.
We also know that the killer had pledged himself to
ISIS and to their jihad, taking a gun into Pulse nightclub
to make his bloody contribution to the cause he embraced.
Our president's response? At least this time, unlike the
Fort Hood and San Bernadino shootings, Obama actually
used the word "terror" in connection to this horrible event.
But he still couldn't bring himself to use the term
"Islamic terror" to describe it. And his fellow Democrats
on Capitol Hill? They are, as I write this, having a sit-in
a' la the '60s, calling for new federal gun control legis-
lation as a "preventative measure" to ensure that no more
such slaughters will take place in the U.S.

But here's the rub: the shooter was employed as a security
guard, and had been issued a Class 3 licence, which allowed
him to carry a firearm in the course of his duties. He also
had no difficulty in obtaining a firearm for his personal use,
as he had been able to obtain a firearm licence with ease.
He passed a psychological exam as a condition of his employ-
ment. He underwent a background check which produced no
red flags.

But in May 2013 and in July 2014 the killer became a person
of interest to the FBI in connection with remarks he made to
coworkers about having family connections to Al -Qaeda
and being a member of Hezbollah. He was removed by his
employer from his post and the county sheriff reported him
to the FBI. He also made remarks about hating Jews and
other minorities, as well as homosexuals while on the job
and in social situations away from work. Did this bring any
serious scrutiny to bear? Hardly.

And then, on June 12, the murderous jihadist shot up Pulse,
a gay nightclub in Orlando. Obama blamed the slaughter on
a lack of gun control laws and his fellow Dems fell in line
with him. But something noteworthy happened: some gay
people in Orlando, as well as in other cities around the
country, have openly disagreed with Obama and the Dems
as to the cause of the tragedy: they pin the blame on radical
Islam and its adherents, who consider anyone who isn't
Muslim (as well as anyone who is gay) to be fit only for
wiping out. One of the Democrat Party's major constituency
groups isn't buying their party's line on this terrible episode,
and they also are not in agreement regarding any need for more
gun control laws; moreover, many of these folks are planing
on buying firearms and taking training in how to use their
weapons. They must be asking themselves whom does
President Obama and the Democrats place a higher political
value upon, gay Americans or the followers of Islam, be they
citizens or visitors?

These aforementioned gays are not fools; they know who their
enemy is, they know the threat that their enemy poses to not only
them but to us all in the U.S. And they certainly realize that the
president's response to the Orlando nightmare is not merely
inadequate but feckless and irresponsible, for among other things
Obama would not name the very enemy which we must, as a
nation, acknowledge as our enemy, the danger it poses to us,
and the need to actually take steps to resist and repel said
enemy. Political correctness, nicey-nicey thoughts and wishy-
washy sentiments are not going to cut it. The question, then,
is can they get the president, which so many of them supported
for the office, to listen to them and take appropriate action?
And how about the Democrat members of Congress, basking
in their '60s style moralistic self-indulgence?

The Orlando gay community, and all Americans, deserve better
then what Washington is treating us to. This November, we
have an opportunity to get that better thing.


Monday, June 13, 2016

The Peasant Takes A Break

Your faithful Peasant needs just a week or so to take care of some
personal business, and will return to you directly. In the meantime,
enjoy these wonderful online conservative publications:

National Review Online

And let us take a moment to reflect on the tragedy which took place
in Orlando this past weekend, and to pray for the dead and wounded,
and for their families and friends. May the slain in that Orlando night
club rest in everlasting, splendid peace.

Thank you, my understanding and wonderful readers!
I'll be back ASAP!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Bold and Daring Move

A study in retrospect: One of the presidential
contenders has, long before the staging of his
party's convention, chosen a Vice Presidential running
mate. Republican Ted Cruz has offered former presi-
dential candidate Carly Fiorina the position, and the
former CEO of Hewlett Packard happily accepted.
Cruz announced his choice this Spring while attending
a rally for his presidential candidacy in Indianapolis.

Why the early VP pick? Isn't this move not only a bit
premature, but also rather foolhardy, in that it gives
one the impression that Sen. Cruz believes that he
already has the GOP nomination in the bag, or soon
shall have, despite front-runner Donald Trump leading
Cruz by 400 delegates at this stage and the mathematics
of Cruz overtaking Trump before the Republican Party's
convention in July? Actually, this gambit has been
employed before, and by a Republican candidate, before
the party's convention in 1976: Ronald Reagan chose
U.S. Sen. Richard Schweiker of Pennsylvania to be
his running mate just a few weeks before the GOP
gathering in Kansas City. The conservative Reagan
picked liberal Republican Schweiker to run with him
in order to attract delegates who worried that Reagan
might be seen as too conservative for the electorate
in the general election. Although Schweiker was indeed
politically liberal, he opposed gun control and court-
mandated busing to desegregate public schools, making
him at least somewhat palatable to the party's base.
Although Reagan narrowly lost the Republican nomina-
tion to incumbent President Gerald Ford, his ploy was
considered a bold maneuver, one that may well have
netted Reagan nearly enough delegates to wrest the
nomination from a sitting president, the first time that
such a feat would have occurred in over one hundred

Another reason for Cruz' pick of Fiorina: her presence
on this ticket, if Cruz wins the GOP nod, will be a
wonderful counter to Hillary Clinton if she gets the
Democrats' nomination, and at this point that is looking
increasingly likely. But know this: Carly Fiorina is
not simply a hook to get delegates who may place any
stock in playing the gender card in order to battle with
Hillary for the women's vote. This lady is very much
up on the issues of the day, and has strong conservative
stands on them --- pro-life on abortion; economic growth
rather than government growth, especially regarding
lowering taxes on businesses, families, and individuals;
maintaining a strong defense for our country; standing by
our allies rather than turn from them, carping at them all
the while (as our current president has done vis-vis Israel).
And Fiorina has a keen intellect, as well as fine debating
skills (she had exhibited these in the early debates with
the Republican field of presidential hopefuls). She is
neither a  wallflower, nor a shrinking violet.

Cruz explained his borrowing a page from The Gipper's
book thus: "After a great deal of consideration and prayer,
I have come to the conclusion that if I am nominated to be
President of the United States that I will run on a ticket
with my vice presidential nominee Carly Fiorina,".
With these words, he introduced his running mate to the
assembly at the Cruz rally to thunderous applause and cheers.
Carly added, "Ted could not be more right in what he said:
There is a lot at stake, and, in fact, this is a fight, ... for the
soul of our party and the future of our nation ... everything
about the campaign, everything about this election, is
unprecedented ... I think this is a confident leader who knows
what he wants to do for this nation and who wants the nation
to understand who he is, what he believes and who he wants
by his side to fight this fight on behalf of the American

Did this audacious move bring the desired results for Ted Cruz?
Sadly, this strategy did not pan out for Cruz any more than it
did for Ronald Reagan forty years earlier. But when your back
is against the wall, boldness and daring will do more for you than
caution and discretion.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Mayor de Blasio vs. Freedom of Choice (of Where to Have Lunch)

New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio is busying
himself with a campaign of his own concoction
to get his fellow New Yorkers to boycott the
Chick-fil-A restaurants which have recently
opened around old Gotham.

What has incensed the Big Apple's mayor to
the point where he wants to make the city
give a collective cold shoulder to the southern
U.S.-based chicken fast-food business's eateries?
He claims that Chick-fil-A is anti-LGBT (which,
by the way, stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender), in that, according to Hizzoner
their restaurants discriminate against these folks,
especially regarding marriage for gay people.
"I'm certainly not going to patronize them and I
wouldn't urge any other New Yorker to patronize
them. But they do have a legal right," the left-wing
mayor stated. At least he hasn't issued a proclamation
ordering New York's citizenry to avoid Chick-fil-A;
knowing the penchant for nanny-stating the people
in that city that both he and his predecessor in
the office of Mayor have exhibited, this is quite
a blessing.

For their part, a spokesman for Chick-fil-A informed
the public that "The ... culture and service tradition
in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor,
dignity and respect --- regardless of their beliefs, race,
creed, sexual orientation or gender." But Mayor de
Blasio's reason for his hostility to Chick-fil-A with
his accompanying resentment of its presence in his
city is that Chick-fil-A's owners political views are
on the right while the mayor's are on the left. And
even though there are laws in New York City that
prohibit discrimination, as there are anywhere you
go in these United States, de Blasio, being a good
progressive liberal holier-than-thou, more-moral-
than-thou, elitist pig, wants to punish and castigate
any person or organization that politically disagrees
with him. Moreover, New York's mayor who would
be king has neither the business, nor the right, to
tell the citizens of New York where they should eat
lunch or engage in any kind of commerce. This is
one of the freedoms that people in a free society
such as ours is guaranteed and safeguarded, much to
the dismay and discomfort of far lefties like Mayor
de Blasio. By the by, Chick-fil-A also employs the
very people that de Blasio claims the company shuns,
which renders his criticisms of Chick-fil-A devoid of
fact. Where applicable law is concerned, so long as
Chick-fil-A doesn't discriminate against anyone based
on whatever racial, gender, sexual orientation, or any
other category that our government concerns itself
with, then what does it matter what opinions that the
owners of Chick-fil-A hold? The left-wingers haven't
yet rendered illegal the thinking of certain thoughts ---
at least not yet.

In this, and all like matters in the marketplace of goods,
services, and ideas, let the people decide. Free markets
and free minds are the rule in the U.S., and this rule
is inviolable. If the Bill de Blasios of our country can't
handle this, and apparently that is the case, then too bad
so sad for them.