BRADLEY R. GITZ: Stream of thoughts

Some weeks there are too many topics to restrict a column to just one and/or a backlog of opinions that needs to be cleared; hence the following:

• The most annoying part of our debate over guns is David Hogg, who has been granted oracle status by the liberal media only because of his willingness to spout anti-gun, anti-NRA gibberish consistent with their agenda.

But gibberish is still gibberish, however self-righteously expressed. And someone doesn't acquire moral superiority or insulation from criticism just because they survived a tragedy.

As Derek Hunter put it, "A good rule of thumb in politics is to ignore the musings of anyone who hasn't completed puberty."

• The NFL has a new "targeting rule" that isn't setting well with many of its players, based on the claim of Commissioner Roger Goodell that the helmet should never be "used as a weapon"; which begs the question of how you can play football without ever lowering your head (a natural reaction when you are about to crash into something or be crashed into).

A better solution, before we end up with flag football--get rid of the helmets altogether.

There was, after all, a time when the game was played without them.

• The resort to euphemism is always in the service of dishonesty and mendacity, most recently in the tendency of liberal pundits and politicians to use the phrase "undocumented persons" when referring to people who are in this country illegally.

So does "undocumented" mean that they simply woke up one day and noticed their documents had gone missing? And that they will eventually find them and clear up the misunderstanding?

Is it really that hard to just say "illegal alien?" Has that term now become politically incorrect because it's too accurate?

• Perhaps the silliest phrase in our public discourse is "Twitter erupts."

Why should anyone care? Twitter isn't the real world, or remotely representative of opinions in it. Most people, meaning most normal, well-adjusted people with real lives, have never used Twitter because they have better things to do.

Seldom has technology so obviously contributed to shrill imbecility.

• What's not to like about schoolchildren staging walkouts as a form of political protest? After all, the kids get to play hooky, the teachers get a break, and everybody gets to pat themselves on the back for raising consciousness about this or that, even if they really didn't and the entire exercise consisted of pointless grandstanding.

So we are looking forward to next year's walkouts over the failure to provide properly ventilated doghouses or health warning labels on those 32-ounce sodas at the multiplex. Or maybe just the injustice of homework, grades, and the ACT.

• One of the funniest but ironically revealing juxtapositions of headlines was on RealClearPolitics a couple of days after this year's Oscars ceremony.

The top headline said "The 10 most political moments from this year's Oscars." The one beneath said "Oscars score lowest ratings ever."

Obliviousness is the distinguishing quality of contemporary leftism.

• One of the more peculiar research surveys in recent memory came from the otherwise reliable folks at the Pew Research Center. The survey represented an attempt to assess the level of support among college students for "free speech" versus "inclusion."

But contrary to what Pew suggests, there is no conflict between such values, especially when one considers that any historical effort to make our society more inclusive, from the civil rights movement and women's rights up through same-sex marriage, depended upon the First Amendment and the freedom of speech it guarantees. None of those movements would have gotten off the ground without it.

• How wonderful it would be to have a president like Calvin Coolidge again, a man with a modest (and thus constitutionally appropriate) view of the duties of the presidency, who was committed to reining in federal spending and keeping the budget balanced on the assumption that Americans could tend to their own business if government didn't screw it up.

To have, in other words, "Silent Cal" instead of "Tweeting Donald"; a plain old boring presidency rather than a reality television version of one.

• China's edge in any trade war is its authoritarian system: There will obviously be far less public pressure for China's president for life (Xi Jinping) to cave than for an American president hoping to be re-elected to a second term in two years.

Trade wars are always a bad idea, especially if the foe is a system whose leaders don't care about their people because those people have no means of expressing grievances.

• Donald Trump doesn't read books, or, apparently, much of anything. Let that slosh around the mind for a bit: a political leader so confident of his own genius that he doesn't need to read or listen to the advice of people who do, and doesn't know anything because he doesn't think he has to.

So does this mean that Trump's most ardent admirers don't read either? That he has the "we don't need any stinkin' books" core of the electorate sewn up?

A lot can happen, most of it bad, when the commander-in-chief reads less than your typical 6-year old.


Freelance columnist Bradley R. Gitz, who lives and teaches in Batesville, received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois.

Editorial on 04/16/2018


JDoherty says...

Weeks later, Gitz decides to jump on the alt-right bandwagon devoted to bullying a shooting survivor who's also a child. Pathetic. The D-G should've spiked his column this week, unless they want us to conclude the editors agree with his treatment of a massacre survivor.

Posted 16 April 2018, 7:31 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

"So does this mean that Trump's most ardent admirers don't read either? That he has the "we don't need any stinkin' books" core of the electorate sewn up?" ROTFL. Most of this Gitz column I could attack, but this was a gem at the end. Summing up the issue illiterates.

Posted 16 April 2018, 8:10 a.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

Gitz, you did get the end of the column right, but you completely screwed the first part. Hogg is a spokesperson because he had the presence of mind to interview and record fellow students while the active shooting was still going on. That makes him a better journalist than you automatically.
Second, I suspect you have never been shot at, Mr. Gitz, or your views would be different. Hogg and all those other students, nationwide, are saying what many of us have said and felt for years. Wayne LaPierre may actually be the anti-Christ, and the NRA doesn't represent gun owners any more. They represent manufacturers who want to make the only product on earth for which they have no liability. You watch, those kids anger and passion, combined with Trump just being Trump, is going to dramatically alter the makeup of congress in November.

Posted 16 April 2018, 8:30 a.m. Suggest removal

notbot says...

This guy teaches young people?? Look up gibberish. The teen you speak of doesn’t advocate anti-gun to your dream laden desires. Jealous of the tragic spotlight are you? You picture yourself taking him on? Sad and transparent.

Posted 16 April 2018, 8:56 a.m. Suggest removal

JakeTidmore says...

Sometimes you wonder if there's a hog farm upstream from Gitz's mental stream. Just saying....

Posted 16 April 2018, 8:58 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Florida students should make the gun laws?

When warned that what the Florida students supported would result in the ban of all semi automatic HUNTING rifles, they applauded loudly .

Seems Florida students are as dense as the liberal posters here.....

sjmays..........." ban ALL guns"
PopMom.........." ban all semi automatic rifles"
RBear.............." show need" ( and heavy praise of Germany's strict gun control where the police can enter your home at any time if you own a gun )

haha406............." require registration of all guns "

Hogg and Florida kids are young and naive.
Hogg loves the spotlight of national media.
Most kids would.

Posted 16 April 2018, 9:27 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

speaking of "kids", the liberal anti-gun posters acted like kids while posting immediately after the shooting guided only by hysteria.

Already some of the " usual suspects" have tried distancing themselves from the rabid. hysterical, comments they made soon after the shooting.

You certainly wouldn't want any of the posters I mentioned holding elected office.
Passing laws while foaming at the mouth with hysteria and then back tracking later shows they lack stability in a crisis.

Typical snowflakes !

Posted 16 April 2018, 9:33 a.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

Gitz is afraid of a teenager.

Duly noted.

Posted 16 April 2018, 9:34 a.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

So many good comments. I’d just like to add how delicious it is that a young man like David Hogg sends Gitz and his ilk into such a tizzy. (Btw, Gitz, you d-bag, Hogg is 18; no longer a ‘child’ and eligible to vote.) He’s also intelligent, articulate, passionate, photogenic and fearless. Gitz’ attempts to suggest Hogg’s 1A rights as a gun crime survivor are somehow subordinate to the 2A rights of gun crime perpetrators are lame.

Posted 16 April 2018, 9:41 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

The sad thing about Hogg is he actually could have had a future of getting educated and contributing to society.

Once he has gotten all this media attention, I doubt he will ever reach his potential.
He will end up being an ACTIVIST and contribute nothing to society.

Posted 16 April 2018, 9:46 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

DoubleBlind's post at 9:41 is ridiculous !

His last sentence accuses Gitz of......"suggesting the 1A rights of a gun survivor are somehow subordinate to the 2A rights of gun crime perpetrators "

Nowhere did I read where Gitz favors the shooter be released and Hogg be in custody.
Do you even know the meaning of "perpetrators" before you posted ?

Posted 16 April 2018, 10 a.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

Hogg has been accepted to UC Irvine but will take a gap year to contribute to society by getting people to register to vote and encourage them to actually go to the polls. If he plays his cards right, he could be POTUS by the age of 30.

Posted 16 April 2018, 10:01 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Andy Warhol says everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame.

Hogg better cash in quickly because a year from now he will be obscure.

Posted 16 April 2018, 10:04 a.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

Mac, you are damn right I think every single gun in the country should be registered and the owners held accountable for what happens with their weapons. Please continue to promote my position on every possible post that you can. Get the word out.

Posted 16 April 2018, 10:53 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

I'd like to thank all you "progs'" for your support of the smarmy little creep who drove 100,000 new members to the NRA. Thanks to David Hogg and the idiots who support him, the 2nd Amendment is stronger than ever.
And, thanks to all the "progs'" who finally felt emboldened to tell us what you really believe. I'm beginning to think David "Camera" Hogg was planted by Wayne LaPierre. What a stroke of genius!

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:06 a.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

I’d love to see Gitz’ students write an op-ed to be posted here in which they defend his right to express his @sshat opinions, while stating their opposition to and embarrassment with same. No walkouts; he doesn’t appreciate those. Respond to him in the same forum he uses to denigrate young people and students like themselves.

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:08 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

DoubleBlind..........anyone who actually states they believe activist Hogg could be president by age 30 is not one to have his opinions taken seriously.

You forget to add...SARC...behind that ridiculous opinion.

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:21 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Victims of school shootings are no more qualified to write new gun control legislation than victims of car wrecks are qualified to write new traffic laws.

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:25 a.m. Suggest removal

JakeTidmore says...

The best rule of thumb in politics is to ignore the musings and rants of pathological liars, cowardly trolls, bragging demagogues, and fear-mongering pissants.

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:27 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

" cowardly trolls".....

I laugh at mrcharles, the " cowardly troll" who hides under a porch to keep his anonymity

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:43 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Fake general is up, drunker than a skunk, and ranting all over the map about a young high school student who was one of the organizers of a series of marches that brought out millions across the nation. I guess he is jealous of his ability to motivate crowds with a compelling story. I guess he is jealous that Hogg has accomplished more in a few months than fake has done in a lifetime. No, Hogg is real and fake is ... well, fake.
moz you really do take the tin-foil hat prize. To be expected coming from someone who exhibits Dunning–Kruger like tendencies.
DB while the issue illiterate fake general pretty much showed his ignorance in here by several drunk comments, I do want to point out one thing. Hogg can't be president until he's 35.

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:48 a.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Fake general so you are really Gen. Douglas MacArthur? We've asked that MANY times and you ignore us. So tell me. Who's the coward?

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:50 a.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey JDoherty - David Hogg wasn't a survivor. He was a bystander. Hogg wasn't even a witness. To call Hogg a survivor is a slap in the face to the kids that were shot and actually survived. See Gitz's comments on the dishonesty of euphemism.
Hey hah - Not sure if you're lying or just ignorant of fact. The NSSF represents gun makers, not the NRA. As to those kids making a difference, Kyle Kashuv is a voice of reason.
Hey DoubleBlind - "He’s also intelligent, articulate, passionate, photogenic and fearless." A perfect description of Kyle Kashuv. Nice. Very nice.
"Mac, you are damn right I think every single gun in the country should be registered..." And hah rips the mask away. Hah considers "common sense" gun laws to include registration of antique collectibles, muskets, single shot .410 shotguns, BB guns (so you don't shoot your eye out), and air rifles.
My oh my, with this kind of common sense from libs republicans may not lost the House this fall. Dems have a proven track record of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:51 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

David Hogg, the insignificant little pissant who couldn't get a date with his own fist, is calling for another walkout on 4-20. WOW! A three-day weekend for the smarmy little dopehead!
Even more public support for the 2nd Amendment!

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:56 a.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

You're projecting AGAIN, RB...or is it D-K?

Posted 16 April 2018, 11:57 a.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear asks......." So tell me. Who's the coward"

mrcharles, who hides under the porch with a fake name and spews such gibberish I doubt his psychiatrist daughter can help him.

Posted 16 April 2018, 12:01 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

I figured out Hogg would forego college and become a full time activist.

DoubleBlind then posts that instead of going Cal Irvine, Hogg is going to delay by a year and be a full time activist instead.

I am a genius in figuring out the future path of Hogg and the closest that loud mouth activist will get to the white house is on a drive by in a group tour bus.

Posted 16 April 2018, 12:05 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

So when your ‘activist’, Kashuv, speaks out, it’s to be celebrated; but when Hogg speaks out, you think it’s ok that your fellow Trump troll, Frank Espinoza calls him a ‘b*tch’ and shoots up a photo of him?

Posted 16 April 2018, 12:41 p.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...

My Dad played a little pro football during the little leather cap days. He still suffered a little brain damage. I don't know that there is any medical research that would suggest that there would be less damage without a protective helmet. It seems likely that there would be more.

Posted 16 April 2018, 1:03 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

....."undocumented immigrants"...

If people never bothered getting a drivers license but still drove, could they tell the cop they are " undocumented drivers" ?

That explanation should be suffice if used in sanctuary cities in the US as they are not concerned with legal jargon.

Posted 16 April 2018, 1:10 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Fake that was common knowledge weeks ago. How dense are you and when are YOU going to own up to your fake name, you old crazy loon.

Posted 16 April 2018, 1:24 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey DoubleBlind - No. Any more questions? It would seem both Kashuv and Hogg are intelligent, articulate, passionate, photogenic and fearless. Why is the left only interested in the thoughts of one but not the other?

Posted 16 April 2018, 1:35 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

Please present your drivers license and your gay bath house membership card to prove your first and last names are R Bear.

You and mrcharles are the only 2 posters that are too cowardly to give a first and last name.

Posted 16 April 2018, 1:44 p.m. Suggest removal

TimberTopper says...

imposter, you are the only one on here that has given himself/herself a commission. As a favor to and for you I up your commission from General, to Princess. PrincessMac, now that does have a ring to it. Always forward, I shall address you with this higher commission. There is no need to thank me now for the promotion. Good Day, Princess!

Posted 16 April 2018, 3 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

GM, in fairness he makes no secret that his name is Robert Bear. And, there's another one who's here anonymously: TimberTopper.

Posted 16 April 2018, 3:53 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

It would seem that, due to the fact that Jill McCabe got $675,000 in Clinton cash, and the "very ethical" Comey made McCabe the logical person to oversee the feds’ criminal investigation of the racketeering organization known as the Clinton Foundation, President Trump could fire Robert Mueller with impunity. The "progs" could fall into a fetal position, pee their pants, suck their thumbs and scream; all in vain. Nothing anyone would, or could do.

Posted 16 April 2018, 3:59 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

Kashuv is a tool of his parents and the far right; he’s sponsored by Scaramucci, Spicer and an entire coterie of WH flunkies. He’s using his ‘15 minutes’ to network on his way to the Wall Street job to which he expires. He’s a joke; that’s why the left doesn’t give a rat’s @ss. On the flip side, Hogg is a real threat. Case in point, the NRA has launched a membership drive (seeking 100K new members in 100 days) because “The threat has never been greater.” Got that right.

Posted 16 April 2018, 4:43 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

"on his way to the Wall Street job to which he ASPIRES".

Posted 16 April 2018, 4:58 p.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...


McCabe may be tainted, but all of the others are not. Mueller and Rosenstein have excellent reputations. Nobody has to make up anything on Trump. The guy is a liar and a crook. I can't wait to celebrate his impeachment.

Posted 16 April 2018, 5:08 p.m. Suggest removal

DoubleBlind says...

Thanks for catching that spell check oversight, moz...what a burn on your part!...ouch. I notice you didn’t refute the remainder of my CORRECTLY spelled and punctuated comment. Thanks for your support. So happy I could bring you around.

Posted 16 April 2018, 5:09 p.m. Suggest removal

hah406 says...

Packman, I never said there couldn't be reasonable restrictions on the registrations. BB guns don't kill people. Antique weapons, say manufactured before 1910 could be exempted. Single muzzle load weapons could be exempted. Pretty hard to commit mass murder while having to reload for each shot. On the other hand, I have killed a lot of animals with a .410 shotgun, so that one needs registered. The more pertinent question is why, if you are a "law abiding, responsible gun owner" would you be afraid of registering your firearms the same way you register your car? Something to hide?

Posted 16 April 2018, 5:54 p.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

Princess and Queenie.

I'm sensing a theme.

Posted 16 April 2018, 5:56 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Fake general produce your DL that proves you are the name of a general born in AR. Getting kind of tired of your deflections. I don't think you even know how much of a fool you make yourself to be through your actions. I guess that's why you had to move from MN.

Posted 16 April 2018, 5:57 p.m. Suggest removal

GeneralMac says...

RBear........you are the person who said your name is R Bear.

I'll show my drivers license if you show one that reads R Bear.

Mozarky said your firs name is Robert.
Why do you feel the need to hide it?

RBear, mrcharles, TreeTrimmer....... 3 peas in a pod.

Posted 16 April 2018, 6:45 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

Fake general I've never seen such a childish behavior from someone who is supposedly mature. You have NEVER answered anything about your masquerade as a real general. You attack others, including myself, on the matter as if you have justification. Trust me, my name is R Bear and that's all you're going to get out of me. I don't give out details to crazy people, which you are one.
You've been a bane to these comment boards since you entered. Apparently the excitement of your day is to come in here and rant with incoherent thoughts. It must really suck for that to be your only joy of the day. Have a whatever day. You've pretty much proven how low the Trump demographic can sink to.

Posted 16 April 2018, 7:41 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

BTW fake, how the heck are you going to show a DL in a comment board? Besides, that is probably the dumbest thing to do in these type forums. But why would I expect you to figure that out?
Secondly, just confirmed there IS NO Douglas MacArthur in Harrison or Boone County so maybe you should stop the lying. As if there really was one.

Posted 16 April 2018, 7:53 p.m. Suggest removal

Packman says...

Hey hah - Your abject ignorance is profound. BB guns have been used to kill many people. What's magic about 1910? Why not 1920 or 1930 or 1940 or 1810? No exemption for double barrel muskets? Are you only concerned about "mass murder"? What about air rifles? And crossbows?
Please know what I fear is bad public policy that infringes on individual rights based on ignorance and a wholesale lack of common sense.

Posted 16 April 2018, 7:56 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

No need DB. Hogg is already in a tailspin, Kashuv is in an upward trajectory. The NRA, Constitutionalists, and gun owners have come out of this minor little dust-up the winners.
The NRA is raking in more money than ever, thanks to the rhetoric of you "progs". The truth is finally coming out that a sizable proportion of you want a total ban on guns, and want the Second Amendment repealed.
And it blew up in your faces.
Thanks for allowing us to trick you into coming around to our side, DoublyDumb!

Posted 16 April 2018, 8:03 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

PM, President Trump will NEVER be impeached.
Y'know, PM, I actually like you. You're one of only two "progs" on this forum with a lick of sense; hah being the other. But sometimes I get the sense that you're way behind on recent events. Could it be that you never step out of that leftist echo chamber?
Do you listen to those purveyors of Fake News, SEEBS, MSLSD, NBC, ABC, and worst of all, CNN? They're lying to you, PM, and so is John Brummett.
Please, PM, broaden your horizons.

Posted 16 April 2018, 8:09 p.m. Suggest removal

PopMom says...


I don't think that Trump is going to be impeached because of what I read in the news. It is more because I am a lawyer and a student of history. As a lawyer, you have a sense of reading between the lines. Trump is not a stable person, and he does not follow the law. He is unraveling. I've seen this in law and history too many times.

Posted 16 April 2018, 8:17 p.m. Suggest removal

mozarky2 says...

Alright, PopMom, I'll accept your explanation with all due respect.
You and I see President Trump quite differently; I prefer to see Trump as a possibly flawed genius. He outsmarts his enemies at every turn. Be honest, PM, have you seen even ONE triumph his enemies have had against him?
I see MANY victories he has tallied against his enemies...
And just look at his booming economy!
I stand by my predictions: He'll never be impeached, in November, we'll gain seats in House and Senate, Trump will be re-elected in 2020. And, he did it all with your unwitting help!
You "progs" have had your day.
But I do encourage you all to hang onto those dreams, however fevered!

Posted 16 April 2018, 9:03 p.m. Suggest removal

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