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April 22, 2013

BOWYER: Save sympathy for bombing victims

There were some interesting articles in Monday’s paper, and the one that really caught my eye was under the title “For Obama, a testing and emotional week.” And don’t you know it went on to mention how the fresh specter of terrorism and the first crushing defeat of his term as president upset him so and how hard it was on him to reassure the nation in the face of the bombings and keep his ambitious agenda on track. Jumping Jehosaphat it must have been really rough on him. Not surprisingly, he admitted it was indeed a tough week. Perhaps a vacation would help.

More gun control, no I guess not. Maybe it had something to do with “Fast and Furious.” You all remember that don’t you? Our own government helped the Mexican Banditos buy guns here on our side of the border to make our country’s dealers look bad for selling to straw buyers. When one of our border guards was killed with one of the guns in a shootout, Eric Holder denied everything and Obama stepped in and shut the whole thing up. Kind of hard to take anyone serious after they had their hand in the cookie jar on that one, isn’t it? Why pass more gun laws when they don’t enforce the ones they have? If more gun laws would help, I would be all for them, but I think we should concentrate on getting the nuts off the streets, and allow good citizens to remain well armed. If we have to shoot it out with a terrorist, you can bet he will have a large magazine for the gun he will be using.

I looked to see if there was anything in the article about how tough it was on the American citizens who were blown up and maimed, but I could find nothing. I guess the big media has to keep its priorities straight. Obama’s feelings are no doubt of more importance than the feelings of those who suffered actual losses and injuries.

It all reminds me of a story my Aunt Dorris used to tell. She really related to it because she was a schoolteacher. It seems there was this mother who brought her child to school and was introducing him to the teacher. She gushed over him as to how bright he was and how excellent he was in all things. As a final note, she went on about how compassionate he was and how badly he felt if others were hurt in any way, feelings or otherwise. So she told the teacher if her boy got out of line, the best way to punish him would be to just slap the kid next to him.

There were a few other headlines that caught my eye. One to the extent that a 7-year-old boy would not be charged with battery for punching his teacher in the nose. He wouldn’t have been charged in my day either, but he would have been leaned over a desk. That always worked pretty good, no matter what your other faults were, you didn’t punch a teacher.

I also noticed the Cass jobless rate was at 9.3 percent. Now that’s a headline I would like to shove under Obama’s nose and ask him if he had any plans to address it other than spending money and supporting lost causes. I am sure all of us in Logansport could have used a little of the money that went to Solyndra and other businesses headed for bankruptcy. Maybe we could start an electric car company here in Logansport. We have built cars here before.

It seems to me that with the help of our government, we are slowly but surely losing control of our country. I remember when we were left to our own means at home and with what little money we sent the government, they ran the country and kept us respected around the world. In that day, the government actually helped on occasion and as I remember the nuts hadn’t started running the asylum yet, they were actually on the inside. Someone said they had the right to walk the streets and it would be a good idea to turn them and a bunch of jailbirds loose, so they did. I haven’t seen the logic in that yet but I guess I live in the past too much to make any sense of what they are doing today.

I do think it would be a good idea to sort out our enemies and announce who they are instead of treating them like friends so we won’t make them angry. It does no good to ignore the fact they are who they are. Being friends with them sounds good, but it’s not working out too well.

Joe Bowyer is a columnist for the

Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached via

email at jjbowyer@hotmail.com.

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