“Sweet Baby James” Should Stick To Singing, And Related News
Let me just say from the outset that I grew up listening to James Taylor. He was a fixture at UNC-Chapel Hill in his early days since his father was a professor there. We North Carolinians always considered him one of our own. His songs are classics, standing the test of time, and I love them still.
But he should shut his piehole and just sing, rather than opening his mouth on political issues about which his reasoning is tremendously flawed. What he is suggesting is bordering on treason, though I doubt many people would hold him to account for that. Specifically, Taylor said this yesterday after he sang for Obama in an interview with the Daily Caller:
[...] “I think the nation is very divided on gun control,” Taylor told TheDC, “but I think the majority of us feel strongly — even the majority of gun owners feel strongly — that we need to make some sacrifice[s] to our freedoms, if that’s the way to put it. We need to make some sacrifices to what we might want to have, in order to safeguard our children.”[...] (Click here to read the rest).
I’m sorry, what was that? Sacrificing some of our FREEDOMS will help to safeguard our CHILDREN? Please, please expound on your logic, and justification, for such an assertion. I would love, LOVE, to hear how Americans becoming LESS FREE will help future generations of Americans.
Wow. Are you kidding me with this??? Never mind that even FBI statistics have made clear that as gun ownership has risen, the rates of murders and violent crimes have gone down. Statistics have also demonstrated that the stricter the gun control law, the worse the gun violence is. Don’t take my word for it, go take a stroll in areas of Chicago or California or DC and find out for yourselves.
I say this as someone who is not a gun owner. As I have stated before, guns scare the bejeezus out of me. BUT – I cannot abide using fallacious logic to make an emotional, irrational argument, especially one that would restrict our Constitutional rights. I have issues with that, especially when the logic is so flawed. Again, as Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.“
Precisely. But that is what too many people do in the throes of an emotional argument – disregard facts and treat their opinion as if it is a worthy substitute for actual data. Uh, yeah, NO.
While Mr. Taylor is suggesting we abdicate some of our freedoms, I would sure LOVE for him to tell this mother why she should have to give up some of her freedoms “to safeguard” her children:
This woman did everything she could to AVOID a confrontation with this intruder, fleeing from room to room, and finally into the attic. He was hellbent on doing harm to her, as is indicated by his pursuit, and breaking down locked doors. But she did what she had to do to protect her children. (And not for nothing, but considering the intruder’s rap sheet, just why the hell was he not in prison?? Just 6 months for Battery? What the hell?)
And along the lines of those who wish to dismantle the United States, just GUESS who the Association of Teacher Educators picked as their keynote Speaker for their convention in Atlanta next month? Did you guess Obama buddy and Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers? I’m sorry, I meant to say, “UNREPENTANT” Domestic Terrorist, since that is what he is. Don’t believe me? Well, check out this little NY Times interview given on – Wait For It – 9/11. Yes, 9/11/01, when the terrorists struck our nation:
”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. ”I feel we didn’t do enough.” Mr. Ayers, who spent the 1970′s as a fugitive in the Weather Underground, was sitting in the kitchen of his big turn-of-the-19th-century stone house in the Hyde Park district of Chicago. The long curly locks in his Wanted poster are shorn, though he wears earrings. He still has tattooed on his neck the rainbow-and-lightning Weathermen logo that appeared on letters taking responsibility for bombings. And he still has the ebullient, ingratiating manner, the apparently intense interest in other people, that made him a charismatic figure in the radical student movement. [...] (Click here to read the rest.)
The only difference between Bill Ayers and Timothy McVeigh is that anti-Capitalist Ayers had a rich daddy, which enabled him to get off. And his response to his acquittal? “Guilty as sin, free as a bird.”
But that wasn’t the only incendiary thing Ayers said. He also advocated this:
“Kill all the rich people. … Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.”
Again, Ayers grew up in a wealthy home. But please don’t dismiss this as just the rhetoric of a young domestic terrorist. Oh, no. Ayers said this just this past March:
Never mind that he has done pretty well for himself. And never mind that he wouldn’t have a salary without capitalism. Whatever. More of that pesky logic that is so easily dismissed…
It just begs the question: why would the Association of Teacher Educators have this man, this unrepentant domestic terrorist and anti-Capitalist, as their Keynote Speaker? If you can answer that for me, I’d sure appreciate it, because I do not get it.
Just like I don’t get fellow citizens who so easily suggest giving up our Constitutional rights based on nothing more than emotionalism.
But that’s just me. How about you?