As I was drinking my first cup of coffee this morning, Good Morning America came on. I usually watch the first hour to hear the top news stories. My mind was trying to comprehend everything I was hearing. It was too difficult. I thought, THIS WORLD IS GOING CRAZY!! [Knowing how slanted my opinions are to "some" readers, I will now inform you that I am writing this as an ordinary citizen of Iowa and the United States.] Here goes....We have...in this current world...a man who is striving to become a modern Adolph Hitler. Of course, I am referring to Putin of Russia. I believe that he has read Hitler's manifesto Mein Kampf too many times. Why does he feel the need to take over and destroy another country? Power?? A claim on a place in history?? What?? The shocking part is that the man continues to protest that he has committed no war crimes. Anyone who has watched
the news for the last year is well aware that infants, toddlers. young children, teenagers, and old people have been slaughtered. Those are the regular people. Then there are all of the soldiers who have fought and died for their Ukraine and its freedom. Where will it end? Another crazed leader the world must deal with and watch closely is Kim Jong Un of North Korea. Recently joining him on his balcony overlooking his hoards of followers is his daughter Kim Ju-ae. It is the fear of many nations that he is jealous of Putin's power. Biden and the leaders of Taiwan and Japan and South Korea "requested" that he quit firing so many missiles. [This was after one missile landed in the ocean close to Japan.] The North Korean leader flexed his muscles and shot off 7 the following day.] The United States was recently informed that Kim Jong Un has developed missiles that could reach the United States.] Where is his crazed mind headed? It is Monday, May 8th, and we have had 199 mass shootings in our country. Twenty years ago, who would have dreamed a person couldn't go to their bank in the morning or sit in a waiting room before their doctor's appointment without being shot? Now in 2023, you can't turn around in a person's driveway, can't ring a doorbell at the wrong house, turn on your leaf blower, or let a basketball roll into a neighbor's yard. Don't politely ask the man next door to shoot his automatic weapon somewhere else because the noise is frightening your baby. The result is five dead people. [The shooter had been deported 4 times.] Take a trip to the mall with your family on a beautiful sunny day. In the parking lot, a man jumps out of his car with an automatic weapon and begins spraying bullets in every direction. Eight dead and 7 more injured...three of those in critical condition. [The 33-year-old shooter was a White Supremacist.] So...the arguments continue over gun control. Even IF citizens could no longer purchase guns, people who genuinely want to harm or kill people would still find a place to buy them: the trunk of a car, someone's garage... Gun Control will never mean the same thing to different people. Maybe mental health and HATE in this country are our biggest problems!! Now to politics... Everyone who has had the "privilege" of reading my opinions about the topic knows who I am for in the next election. So, I will continue on here unbiased. [Well...I'll try!] We haven't even made it as far as the final P/VP candidates yet, and it's getting ugly!! Looking at the three Democrats makes me cringe. [He's too old. We aren't clear on Kennedy. Who is she?] And then the Hunter Biden mess gets tossed in. Harris's image needs to be improved. That's all we hear. Then the Republicans are a stellar bunch. Really, I only know two. So why the heck do we have or need these "unknowns" hanging around?
Donald Trump has a number of legal problems leaving him teetering on the edge of being the nominee again. One would assume that Trump would go after Joe Biden and the Democrats. Not so! He is digging up everything about Ron DeSantis almost back to his childhood. His best but false campaign ad talks about DeSantis and Social Security and Medicare. So all the seniors are stunned and panicked. If you listen closely to the ad, it was when DeSantis was in Congress. NOT as governor! Stretch the truth...That's what Trump does best! Seems to me Trump is more worried about DeSantis than about Biden. Apparently, Donald Trump is unaware of his biggest tragic flaw: Narcissism. Anyway, this entire Start to the 2024 election is giving me a stress headache! THE BORDER...Need I say more? No, but I will. We already have over 6 million illegal immigrants in this country. Too many!! President Biden is sending 1,500 troops to the border because Trump's Title 42 is ending this week, and he's "concerned" that over 10,000 of these illegals will cross the border every day. [The weekend of April 29th...22,000 crossed the border. This email came from Congresswoman Ashley Hinson.] It would be a blessing to believe first, that Joe Biden cared about the border and second, that these troops would STOP THE FLOW, but they won't. The troops will not mix among them, nor will they have any law enforcement authority. They are there only to help with paperwork for asylum. Really?? I think the 6 million that are already here missed a step. For most of our citizens, compassion has run out. Mayors of New York City, Chicago, Yuma and other cities are pleading for help and more resources. The mayor of New York City [a Democrat] said, "Crossing our fingers and hoping everything is going to be okay isn't working!" Anyone here in America who believes these people aren't a huge problem has their head buried in the sand. We are feeding them, housing them, clothing them, and providing them with healthcare. Do you think you aren't paying for this? I wish I could see the same compassion given to our poor, our seniors, and our vets who fought for our country!! Now to the new King and Queen and all the hoopla over in Britain. All of the Royal Family looked stunning...a magnificent scene. But I never thought that an "in-the-shadows mistress" would ever become the Queen. Will wonders ever cease? Rounding out my topics covered is the Kentucky Derby. Amazing to see a 15 to 1 shot win. But what about the 7 dead horses...2 on derby day? Very unusual, I say. Guess idiocy can occur anywhere. Please notice that I did not mention the topics concerning pronouns, locker rooms, or various sporting events and who may take part. [I'm not stupid!] Time to hit the keyboards guys and gals. Hope I didn't ruffle too many feathers! Ta Ta for now... Peggy Kelley