Greetings and salutations from the sand, sun and surf of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and the great island of Nantucket! Great to be with you on this Saturday morning, a little after 8 a.m., EDT, in the small hamlet of Osterville, a football toss away from the Kennedy compound where Jack Kennedy was President of the United States of America 51 years ago. The year was 1961, although I was not born quite yet, as I was born in 1965, and never had the privilege of watching him on Walter Cronkite’s most excellent, CBS’s, “The CBS Evening News”, headed up now by the very great Katie Couric, speak to the nation regarding all kinds of struggles we faced back in the early 1960’s in this country. The mood was dark then too, with the onset of Civil Rights to come full circle from the days of slavery and the Gettysburg address, following that very dark day in 1861, where the south would decide to cecede from the north over their rights to own slaves. Kennedy was forced to deal with “smaller” issues at the time, such as the Bay of Pigs crisis which led to the Soviet Missile Crisis which almost led to World War III, but, as “time” marched on, the reality his brother Bobby Kennedy regarding real CIVIL rights came full circle as mentioned before and would force the President, after understanding the KNOWLEDGE of the great work, another prophet, and GREAT leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., leading the way in the south, much to the chagrin of history, which was seemingly repeating itself once again only 100 years later, began to march to Washington, via Birmingham, Alabama, where he spoke the words that are being spoken today, “Free at Last, Free at Last, Free at Last, Thank GOD Almighty, I AM Free at Last.” When we look at history by way of a pendulum, sometimes, perhaps, we notice that the pendulum is somewhat out of balance, such as in one of my baby grandfather clocks, and thus, with a little tweaking can fix the problem of the warped pendulum and, therefore, permanently solve the dilemma, a dilemma that has been plaguing this nation for over, well, well over it’s 236 year existence as a sovereign nation on this little blue rock we call earth and home for the moment. The issue at hand now seems to be gun control, or rather the lack of it, and how the pendulum keeps flowing from a conversion, after a tragic incident such as the most recent blood bath in Tuscon, and as we talk about how we should be putting some realistic restrictions on the sale of guns to people with mental problems, we should really be concentrating on putting restrictions on the insane extended clips for Glock 19s… a nine millimeter hand gun, for example, whose only purpose is to kill people (the extended clips), and, after the NRA lobby, who has the political “powers that be” held hostage it seems, strikes that down, even when 70 percent of gun owners in this country favor more restrictions on dangerous weapons such as assault rifles or the extended clips that only serve to kill a monster from say “Men in Black”, well, you have the pendulum swing back the other way and someone else, who is mentally unstable perhaps, or perhaps worse, is truly out for some political revenge, again, does the same thing, and the cycle repeats itself, ad nauseum–do you see the disconnect here? Their are over 283 million guns in this country, with a population of 308 million. That is not to say that all of those guns are held by irresponsible people, no, most are people just like my grandfathers’ were, men who hunted for sport, as in my grandpa Ball who was a cattle rancher in Kansas and had a giant farm and a need for a gun, to keep coyotes away from his cattle ranch. The NRA, by in large, is not a bad organization either, in fact, it is a very important element in many novice gun owner’s lives who are not crazy, or should feel bad in any way for owing a gun. The problem lies in the sale of the guns without background checks, at gun shows and the like, where they are purchased, then many put on a black market and then sold to criminals, real criminals like the drug cartels in Mexico, who are ruthless killers. As these gun manufacturers make huge profits off of tragedies like the one that just happened in Tuscon, well, you get the picture that the pendulum, that warped pendulum that only needed a few tweaks, by passing the current bill coming forth by way of this tragedy, a bill that is currently, or will be soon, on the House floor, yeah, that one, the one all of you good American people who are concerned with this stuff should follow up with your congressman or Senator on, and if you need more information Google a very good man by the name of Dennis Hennigan, the Vice President of the “Brady campaign to prevent gun violence”, where, again, and I reiterate what I absorbed as Chris Hayes filled in for Keith on “Countdown, with Keith Olbermann”, only on MSNBC, brought to national focus…the problem is the intimidating NRA gun lobby in Washington D.C. that represents a tiny minority of gun owners in this country and are holding new gun legislation hostage because they, the NRA gun lobbyist represent big gun manufacturers such as Glock, Inc. out of Austria, and therefore railroad the American public into thinking that “big government is ‘coming for your guns’, via, presumably black helicopters.” A classic form of brainwashing, mind numbing to those on the outside looking in towards insanity, for WE KNOW the warped process that is going on right now, that keeps that warped pendulum rollin’ along, like a tumblin’ tumble weed, giddy up cowboy, thwarting the national WILL on this most critical issue in a time of deep unrest and misery. Yes, that warped pendulum that keeps on moving ignorantly back and forth, not accurately doing any “time” keeping, will prove once and again, prove that history does continue to repeat itself because no one listened, save a few, to begin with. My continued blessings to Gabby Giffords and her family, all of the victims of that Tuscon tragedy and all victims of violence in this country and indeed world, may YOU all be healed. Have a nice day everybody and week end! PRESERVE THE WILDERNESS! Peace~M
January 15, 2011
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