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Remembrances of Things Past


Exhibit 1: Standing, or Locus Standi, is the capacity of a party to bring suit in court. State laws define standing and at the heart of these statutes is the requirement that plaintiffs have sustained or will sustain direct injury or harm and that this harm is redressable. Once gay marriage bans were overturned by local federal or state courts, we here at the museum were wondering why it should have even come before the Supreme Court, for we are still waiting for someone to show direct injury or harm by gay marriage. As for the Constitution we give you the 14th Amendment, Section 1:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abide the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.“
Therefore if a State grants legal status and certain rights to some of its citizens they must grant those rights to ALL of its citizens.

Exhibit 2: The Big Lie
A Clinton executive order banned weapons on Military bases and now look what happens. How many times have you seen or heard this? “For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is know to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.” A. Hitler in Mein Kempf.
But this was never true; there was no executive order, there was a George HW Bush-era regulation that was put in place during the first months of the Clinton administration with no apparent input by the new President. And it did not ban weapons on bases, as even a cursory look on any military base will demonstrate, but only clarified who would or would not be allowed to be armed on bases (security forces, yes; office clerks, no.). And the military, being notable experts on the proper use of weaponry, has always maintained tight restrictions on how those weapons are issued and carried.

And as a current corrollary to this, No, the Navy has not charged any of its personel in the Chattanooga shootings. This is the same old "One guy in his underwear in his mother basement Syndrome" again. This is not to say that there might be some action as (see above) "office clerks" are not supposed to have side arms, but even the military is subject to Public Relations, so we here at the museum are not expecting to make a Exhibit out of this unfounded rumor.

"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." Goebbels

Exhibit 3: Self Made Men
I’ve never asked the Government for anything, yet they steal my hard earned money at the point of a gun.
Nope, you’ve never asked the government for a damn thing, but you take a lot of things for granted. Good roads to get to work on, good bridges, railways, management of the military and military benefits for war vets, the research that made all your electronics possible, research that made your advanced medical care possible, NASA to launch satellites that provide the GPS your car uses, track the weather, or the Coast Guard, or Border Patrol or the INS. Or the National Parks you vacation in, or the Museums and Military Parks the preserve our History. Or even basic things like clean air, water and safe food.
Yes indeed just like Cliven Bundy who has no use for the Government while he grazes his stock on public lands and yet refuse to pay the owners, which happen to be me and you, anything. Yes, there are thieves everywhere, everywhere you turn…

And at the exit Exhibit 4: Which speaks for itself:
Sister Joan Cittister, O.A.B. “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that makes you pro-life. I think in many cases your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life, that’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”



Uncle Willie loves feedback from both readers who appreciate his point of view as well as from missguided souls who disagree.