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February 7, 2013

RONN MOTT: Gripe City

I don’t know why anyone would want to be president of these United States.  

First of all, these states are far from being united … held together by a thin cord of laws stemming from the Constitution to state legislatures all over the country. Recently, a couple of county sheriffs have said, “We’re not going to uphold these new gun laws, and you can count on that.” There are no new gun laws at this writing, and those local yokels have no authority in defying laws passed by Congress. So, they have nothing yet to defy, and probably will not have.

And then there’s the case of Chuck Hagel, ex-senator from Nebraska, a Republican good ol’ boy of the biggest good ol’ boys’ club in the world, the United States Senate. He, obviously, has made a terrible error in wanting to serve his country beyond his time in the Senate. And how does this ex-senator from Nebraska dare to take his Republican credentials and stand to serve this leftist-leaning president? He has upset the sanctimonious balance. It goes back to bigotry, stupidity and just plain ugliness for things and people who are not like us. The First Lady is one of the best that has graced the White House … well educated, Harvard Law School, and critics are looking for things to criticize (the NRA’s advertisement on TV criticizing the president because his daughters have Secret Service guardianship). Someone asked the other day why I criticize the right-wingers, and I flippantly replied, “They … make it very easy.”

A recent flap was whether the president actually did skeet shooting. Oh my gosh, you would have thought he had cursed in church. And just before I sat down to write this, the White House released a picture of the president aiming and shooting a shotgun. Frankly, I miss Harry Truman because Harry would have told them to stick it. With social media so pervasive, it’s a wonder anybody can do anything without screams, hollering and somebody accusing you of something.

I’m reminded every day you don’t have to tell the truth on the Internet. In fact, the Manti’ Te’o situation has proven, without a shadow of a doubt, you can hurt people by just telling a big, fat lie. In “Mein Kampf”, Hitler advised his readers to tell big lies because everybody tells little lies and, to get them believed, you must tell bigger ones. (Don’t look for me on Facebook.)

Anyway, the president constantly faces a pile of monkey manure shoveled at him by those who are, evidently, unhappy with this democracy. In the meantime, I’ll subscribe to this old advice … I’ll keep my head down, keep my powder dry, and I would advise the president to do the same.  

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on Tribstar.com, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.

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