Former United States Ambassador to Japan, Bill Haggerty, a candidate in the Republican Primary to represent Tennessee in the United States Senate, made news recently as he withdrew himself from a nice corporate board of directors job with R.J. O'Brien, a established agricultural services industry firm with which he had a long-term relationship. He did so because he learned that the company expressed its strong support for BLM and its stand. Haggerty noted that BLM has close ties to Marxism and that he would not allow himself to maintain a link with an organization that clearly opposes, in its pronouncements and now also in its actions, the American system of business and lifestyle. And while one might say that he did so because of the election, let me say that by giving up his seat on a large corporation board, he gives up both money, prestige and a number of perks which are available to the privileged few in such positions. And how many other politicians have you seen willing to give up anything? The answer, of course, is very few. I don't write about this encouraging news as an indication of my support for Ambassador Haggerty, for I am not in Tennessee and I'm not fully aware of all the ends and out of either Haggerty or his opponent. In fact, if what I have been able to read is true, it sounds like Haggerty and his opponent are both ardent Trump supporters and share largely the same views. But I write because it is refreshing to see a person seeking political office stand for something where it requires him to give of himself, not just tell Americans what to do while he violates his own recommendations. We need more of that today.
And so I wish Mr. Haggerty the best as his primary nears and if I what I have read is true, either he or his opponent will certainly be a better representative for Tennessee than Lamar Alexander. I think Alexander is a decent man and he certainly has some good credits in his long service to Tennessee, but he has lost touch with the Volunteer State, having been in Washington too long in the closed circle of one hundred which, sadly, the United States Senate has become. What used to be the nation's great debating society, has become a shell of itself as too many have served too long as representatives of people who they no longer represent by the way they often vote. Term limits, anyone? But that is a topic for future discussion, yet I hope whoever the successful candidate is and assuming they then win the general election, will learn something from Alexander's failures from the same old, same old which he has displayed for too many years.
There is one more point I wish to make which is more important than any individual in the Republican Senate and it's one about which most, but not all, should be shamed. How can they remain so silent when the nation is crashing hard, destroying itself from within? I know what the problem is in the House and unless Republicans can change that, Pelosi will continue to spout jargon until the cows come home. But in the Senate, where they have a majority, why are so many silent and some actually agreeing with the tenets proposed about BLM. And since they have plenty of vacation time which, of course, is spent on junkets and campaigning, why can't they take a little bit of time and educate themselves on Black Lives Matter, for it is right on the internet for the entire world to see. Just Google the website and you'll learn many things about which we need to be aware, including that one of it's major tenets is the elimination of the traditional family unit as a principal goal. That has been already pushed strongly with complete changes in social structure, the elimination of biology as a determining factor in what we are and the indoctrination to make school, not the parents, the ones who influence children from the earliest years. The traditional family is alien to their existence even though it has been good for the world for thousands of years. Then also hit the donate button and read real closely what it says. It will refer you to Act Blue, an arm of the Democratic Party. So, if you think it is something that is all inclusive, why would the money go to the Democrats, not to the black lives hurting and oppressed that they seem to claim are so prevalent. Black lives matter, of course, as do all lives, but as we learned this weekend from Indianapolis, when the group walked by and someone yelled BLM in a white woman's face and she merely stated back that white lives matter, she was shot and killed later near the same sight. Just a coincidence, I guess, huh? Now a young child is without his young mother due to the hate that this organization spews behind their veneer which is very thin. U.S. Senators have no business blindly sitting by while division and hate is allowed to fester and grow, and while I know that Democrats really don't care and that is clear from the tripe they speak in the Senate routinely, all Republicans should know better. It's time for more men and women with views like Mr. Haggerty to come to the fore and let the windbags of old go home and count the money they have gained, not earned, by putting themselves above their duty. God help us all.