By Alden L. Benton
On Giving Credit When Credit is Due
To prove that once in a while, a Democrat can do something right, I give California Governor Jerry Brown credit for vetoing legislation that would bring back the discriminatory practices of affirmative action to hiring in California government. Brown said he thinks the courts should decide the fate of California’s Proposition 209, passed by the voters in 1996, that eliminated race and gender-based hiring policies in government statewide. The bill the governor vetoed would have scaled back provisions of Proposition 209. However, even the ultra-liberal California Supreme Court, in a decision handed down last August, ruled Proposition 209 was constitutional. Bills such as this are blatant attempts by the Democratic-controlled legislature to subvert the will of California voters. After all, THEY know better than we, what is good for us. Brown’s decision was the right decision, but for the wrong reasons. He does not support the elimination of race, gender, etc. as criteria for government hiring, but hopes that higher courts will make the decision for him. That is the way of an unprincipled political hack with no integrity. Leadership like this is why the once golden state is slipping into the abyss of financial ruin like Greece.
On Steve Jobs
Last week the world lost a creative giant in the person of Steve Jobs. Through his unique vision, he changed the lives of millions around the world. Some people are afraid that with Jobs’ passing, his company will falter. I disagree, because Jobs did more than create products, he also created an atmosphere where creative individuals could come and work together. A Steve Jobs comes only once a century. However, as unique as he was, Jobs success stemmed from more than is creative gifts. Without the freedom to create that our society and economy provide, Jobs’ gifts to the world would never have materialized. While we mourn the passing of this genius, we must be ever vigilant in guarding the system that allowed him to create, and yes, prosper. Without free enterprise, the creative genius of people like Steve Jobs would be wasted, and we all would be the worse for it.
On the People’s Republic of California
The once great state of California has taken a giant leap towards becoming a government-controlled police state. Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation (AB 144) that bans carrying an unloaded handgun in plain sight. The measure, supported by the state’s top cops, was passed by the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature. Also on Sunday night, Brown signed another anti-gun bill (AB 809) which will require the state to maintain records of long guns sold or transferred in the state after Jan. 1, 2014. (Brown Bans Open Carry of Unload Handguns) Currently, only handgun purchases and transfer records are retained by the state Department of Justice. The passage of these bills, if they withstand court scrutiny, erodes the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Second Amendment, ratified December 15, 1791, states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” [emphasis added] What part of this do the Democrats not understand. The language is clear and precise. I guess Governor Brown and the Democratic Party are not smarter than a fifth grader, or any of the rest of us who can read and understand plain English.
On the Passing of My Friend David Aquino
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”
~John Donne (1572-1631), Meditation XVII
To all who knew him, David was a kind and gentle man. He committed his life to his family and to those he helped every day. David was an intelligent and funny man from whom I learned much about his world, and of life. Cancer took him from us, but he, and the things he selflessly did for others, will never be forgotten. I am a better man for having known David for a short time. David, we mourn your passing because we will no longer enjoy your gracious company, but if we truly believe that you have gone on to a far better place, we should celebrate. So those of you who knew David Aquino, raise a glass and toast his life, and wish him a safe journey to his place in heaven at the foot of God’s celestial throne. Goodbye, my friend.
©2011 Alden L. Benton/Independence Creek Enterprises