Today, I promise no posts about January 6 or the former guy.
Yesterday I let out a “WHOOP” when the wheels of justice, after turning very slowly, finally picked up momentum and rendered three sentences that were fair and well-deserved. The three killers of Ahmaud Arbery were all sentenced to life in prison, with no possibility of parole for father and son Greg and Travis McMichael. Good riddance to bad rubbish. The other, William “Roddie” Bryan, will be eligible for parole after 30 years because he did cooperate with police and according to his lawyer, showed remorse for his actions on that fateful day.
Some will say this is justice, and it is right and just for the killers, and it is justice in one sense for Arbery’s family but make no mistake … this is still not justice for Ahmaud Arbery. Mr. Arbery is still dead, so there can be no justice for him.
The good news …
I noted in a prior post that no matter what happens, the media cannot seem to give President Biden credit for anything, however they are fighting in line to blame him for almost everything. Today is another example of that.
Over the past year (2021), 6.4 million jobs were created, a new record, and the unemployment rate dropped from 6.2% to 3.9%. This was the greatest jobs growth year in modern U.S. history, and it’s not even close.
- Hiring falters in December as payrolls rise only 199,000 (CNBC)
- US hiring cools in December as economy adds just 199,000 new jobs (Fox Business)
- Jobs disappoint in December, but unemployment falls to 3.9% (CNN)
- U.S. gains scant 199,000 jobs in December as businesses confront labor shortage (MarketWatch)
- U.S. hiring slowed in December as employers struggled to find workers (New York Times)
Nearly 200,000 jobs added in December, despite the surge in Covid cases, and it’s referred to as “only” or “scant” 199,000, despite the good news overall in the jobs and unemployment numbers at the close of the year. I wonder just what President Biden must do to earn a positive headline? Whatever it is, you can rest assured that Congress will keep him from being able to do it.
Granted, the President doesn’t control the economy and doesn’t deserve credit nor blame in its entirety, however he or she (hopefully someday) does play a role with their policies and rhetoric, and throughout history, the press has assigned either blame or praise. Unfortunately, today’s press seems to be under the spell of the former guy and is steadfastly refusing to give President Biden so much as an inch.
The not-so-good news …
The year 2020 saw the highest number of gun deaths in the U.S. in history. Ever. 45,222 people died of gunshot wounds — a 14 percent jump from 2019 and the largest year-over-year rise on record. This record is certainly nothing to be proud of and in my book, it’s well past time to place very restrictive constraints on gun ownership in this nation.
In the past, I have called for “sensible gun legislation”, thinking that the best way would be one step at a time, thus not antagonizing those who believe the 2nd Amendment is the only one that matters. However, given the current level of violence in this nation, and the fact that there are 120.5 guns for every 100 people in the U.S., or about 400 million guns for a nation with a population of 330 million people, it is time for much more aggressive action. Do I believe it will happen? No, certainly not in my lifetime, for the gun nuts care more about their guns than they do about their own families and have fought tooth-and-nail against even background checks or assault rifle bans.
School shootings, mass shootings at malls, religious places, grocery stores, restaurants, etc., have risen over the years and today it is not at all unusual for at least one person to be ‘packing heat’ in your local Kroger store or Applebee’s. Those who worship their guns won’t step forward to protect our voting rights, our way of life, or system of government, but they will fight to the death for their ‘right’ to own as many guns as their garage can hold. SIGH.