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  • Today is Memorial Day, when Americans remember brave men and women in uniform who do the

  • necessary work and take the necessary risks to preserve freedoms for othersfreedoms

  • that can never be attained by entitlement.

  • Freedom is neither free nor guaranteed.

  • It must be earned and preserved.

  • Today we pause to honor those who do that for us.

  • At the recent NATO conference, Britain’s Prime Minister May confronted President Trump

  • about leaks from within an administration Congressional Democrats have blocked Trump

  • from replacing.

  • There seems to be no word so far on May’s view of Obama hiring people in the leaky administration

  • or the Democrats for not encouraging leakers to be replaced more quickly.

  • Montana’s Republican Congressman finally did what many people have wanted to do to

  • news reporters.

  • Greg Gianforte reportedly body-slammed a reporter from the UK Guardian and broke his glasses.

  • And, you know what they say about hitting a guy with glasses.

  • Perhaps the reporter lacked the foresight to see it coming.

  • Or, maybe he didn’t understand the very news he was covering, so he made the news

  • instead.

  • Shoving an uninvited microphone into the face of a Montanan is a bad ideabut Gianforte

  • will have to get used it since he plans on going to Washington.

  • This proved that the new Congressman is not part of the establishment.

  • It wasn’t the first time that a country-bumpkin good olefashion red-blooded American opened

  • a can on the Britts.

  • It’s not the first time and won’t be the last time Americans feel frustration with

  • the news media.

  • Three newspapers pulled theirendorsement”—even though it was probably too late to matter,

  • albeit the news doesn’t endorse candidates, it reports on them, hopefully not provoking

  • assault in the process.

  • Gianforte apologized after he won the election, both to the reporter and the Fox News team

  • on the scene for the trouble.

  • Waiting was the right thing to dostaying his apology until it wouldn’t get him more

  • votes.

  • He was sincere, his supporters in the room forgave him, and it did seem to be about personal

  • respectability and leading by example.

  • His support will likely increase, both for being able to make such a “real-human

  • mistake and for being able to apologize for it.

  • These things could make him a much needed and positive influence on Congress.

  • There is something symbolic to this.

  • With Gianforte’s victory in Montana, a secondbutt-kickerwill soon arrive in Washington.

  • The news industry as a whole is taking a tumble, literally and figuratively.

  • The scripted assault plan from the media playbook is now mounting against Hannity and everyone

  • is responding on cue.

  • Information leaks in Washington continue, all in ways that indicate the previous administration.

  • An obviously predictable change is under way on many levels.

  • But, “obviousisn’t obvious to everyone.

  • Mark Zuckerberg wants a “universal basic incomeand threw GDP under the bus in favor

  • of the ethereal, non-economic feeling tofind a meaningful role”.

  • If a minimum income can be guaranteed then there is no need to study ortry new ideas

  • for that matter.

  • Zuckerberg wants a “cushionso we can try new ideas without feeling economic fear,

  • forgettingor perhaps never learningthat invention’s mother is necessity.

  • If there is no risk then there is no progress.

  • Dostoyevski’s, and many others’, very inspiration came from not having an economic

  • cushion.

  • If Zuckerberg got his way, innovation would diminish, as it has in every economy every

  • time it has ever been tried on Earth, from the Pilgrims to the Russians.

  • But, kids who don’t study their history tend to repeat it.

  • Steve Jobs didn’t speak at Stanford until he had gray hair and, when he finally did,

  • he simply told stories from his life.

  • By contrast, the young Harvard dropout speaking at the Harvard graduation this past weekend

  • couldn’t talk about his life story because he hadn’t lived long enough to have one.

  • Mark can’t say that he got fired from Facebook, started a new company, found his spouse, then

  • went back to prove that only his brains could run the company he started.

  • He’s still green.

  • Even though he talked about innovative-economic theory, he made his fame is from success in

  • software, not success in macro-economic planning.

  • It was a kid telling kids what the kids wanted to hear.

  • The entire generation lacksindependent critical thinking”—the ability to scrutinize

  • one’s own ideas and dispassionately present and welcome arguments, both pro and con, to

  • understand life most accurately.

  • Not knowing what to make of current events, that generation is drunk on the fantasy that

  • Trump only won the election because the Russians rigged it—a leaped-to conclusion no prosecutor

  • has even suggested and an indication that the young voters watch James Bond more than

  • they watch the news.

  • Trump is as green to politics as Zuckerberg is to economics, except Trump has a life story

  • that includes both failure and rebound.

  • He is a business man who reached out to Director Comey, a man he had the power to fire at any

  • time.

  • A good boss does that in the business world, but in politics that pre-firing courtesy easily

  • comes across as scandaleven when it is notespecially in the eyes of those who

  • are already on a witch hunt.

  • If Trump did something truly wrong, it remains yet to be seen.

  • These supposedscandalsin the news about Trump, so far anyway, are mere delusion

  • for the disillusioned, begging the question of whether delusion is all there is to these

  • reported scandals.

  • It would be great if a non-delusion-driven investigation would actually get under way

  • so that there would be something real to report and comment on.

  • And, that day may yet come, even though it is not today.

  • Many votersmostly the kidsare still disappointed after the first time an election

  • didn’t turn out how they wanted it.

  • They are in thedenialstage of that process of grief.

  • If they were as right as they think themselves to be then they would have seen it coming.

  • But, they didn’t.

  • Based on evidence, the world today does not need Zuckerberg’s basic universal income

  • guarantee; we need basic critical thinking.

  • Some people have that basic thinking, the rest wake up every day surprised and disappointed.

  • In such times, everything is seen for what it truly is and, evidently, that trend won’t

  • stop anytime soon.

Today is Memorial Day, when Americans remember brave men and women in uniform who do the

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