Knowing Your Rights

Today’s liberal ideology claims “health care” as a right.

It is not.

Inventing a so-called “right” to health care would violate every element of the words of our founders, enshrined in the most well known phrase in the US Constitution … “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  No “right” can be conditioned on compelling someone else to action.  Doing so infringes on the right of the compelled, to the service of the one entitled.  The founders were as concerned with the infringement of rights as they were with their availability.  Creating an obligation on one to the betterment of another is more akin to slavery that liberty.

One’s right to be unmolested, to pursue their own paths, and make their own decisions neither involves nor requires anyone else.  The government’s only legitimate role in such matters is the protection of individual’s freedom in the pursuit of their rights.

While a nation may decide to nationalize health care and collect a tax for its cost, it is not a right.  Believing it to be so exposes at least an ignorance, if not an arrogance for the fundamental theory of freedom and the philosophical underpinnings of this great and free nation.


Pelosi & Libs: “HELP! We’re Melting!”

The liberal playbook relies primarily on emotions over reason.  As Democrat party stalwart Joe Biden famously quipped, “We choose truth over facts,” a chance admittance and conformation of how liberal philosophy actually works, accidentally shared by the Stegosaurus of the party that embraces it.


What America witnessed during the State of the Union address was the undressing of the liberal way.  Like the Wizard of Oz, house speaker Nancy Pelosi had no curtain to hide behind as she sat trapped, forced to listen to perhaps the greatest speech she had ever heard, while watching the back of the head of the man she despises delivering it.  What we were seeing in Mrs. Pelosi’s reactions was the realization that she was being bested by the best in the business.  What we had the privilege of watching was Mrs. Pelosi realizing that her moment in history was about to become just that; history.  We were blessed to not only hear the defining speech of our lifetimes, but to watch at the same time, the metaphoric melting of Mrs. Pelosi, just as we saw the actual melting of her fictional counterpart, ironically also known as the Wicked Witch of the West.


President Trump made an impassioned case for the wonder of the United States, the splendor of our heritage, the uniqueness of our formation, and the nobility of our trajectory in this world.

Only the opaque cloak of hatred and malignant vitriol could possibly mask the magnificence of that speech.  How in God’s name can any American not be moved by the greatness of our country, as demonstrated by the guests in attendance?  A Centenarian soldier, in uniform and still saluting his Commander-in-Chief.  An active duty soldier, reunited at that moment with his family.  A fourth-grader and her mom, receiving the news of a charter school slot opening for her.  A young man of twelve years, the grandson of the Centenarian, already preparing himself to join the Space Force.  This is the greatness of America, her people and their accomplishments.


To watch those blessed with the reins of power, our nations leadership, sit on their hands instead of joining us in celebrating the greatest nation on earth was breathtaking and sobering yet telling.  I encourage liberals; keep it up and show us how you really feel about our country.  Continue to show that your true colors sure as hell don’t include red, white or blue.  Please, stay on message and keep doing what you do.  You continue to do all of the heavy lifting in the re-election campaign for Donald J. Trump.

Make no mistake liberals; this is the United States of America just as Donald J. Trump has defined it.  Your efforts to turn it into Oz have failed.  You and your ideals are to be not compromised with, but defeated.  As Thomas Jefferson famously stated, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  Today’s tyrants live in the Land of Oz.


The Charade of Mass Incarceration

One needs to be very careful before accepting a premise as truth, especially when that premise is coming from far left field.  Add “mass incarceration” to the latest list of phrases invented in the effort to deceive.



Radical liberals love to invoke the likeness of Nazi’s on those who oppose them.  Obviously, the term mass incarceration suggests images of German soldiers herding Jews into boxcars, a shameful shock tactic that is not accidental, but used to displace your logic and replace it with emotion.  Leftists use the same tactic in labeling man-made climate change skeptics as “deniers”, again, attempting to equate challengers with holocaust deniers.  These despicable tactics alone should be enough to awaken even the deepest sleeper in suspecting the quality of the argument.  A sure sign is when logic and reason aren’t adequate to make the case.  Being jolted, literally, out of ones mind and into the irrational state of raw emotional reaction is the tactic, even to the point of equating black imprisonment with slavery.

Mass incarceration is nothing of the sort, but actually the legal system not succumbing to the politically correct theorem of the equality of outcomes.  This is how the left’s theory works, (and also illustrates why it needs emotion absent logic.)  Like Joe Biden famously said, “We’ll take facts over truth.”

Because blacks in America represent approximately 13 percent of the total population but occupy about 40 percent of the country’s jail cells, to the radical left, this is de-facto proof of racism.  If we are to accept this theorem as fact, then it must also follow that blacks and whites commit crimes in the same proportion.  If you however reject this supposition, then according to the radical left, you are the racist.

One glaring problem with this leftist theory is that it requires you to accept that the legal system must be, in its entirety, racist from bottom to top, street cops to the Supreme Court.  That can be the only plausible explanation because if whites and blacks are equally disposed to committing crime, the only way that blacks could outnumber whites in prison is by way of false accusations, false arrests, unfair trials, racist juries, dirty lawyers and uncaring and corrupt judges.

If you reject the notion of a totally corrupt legal system, then you’re left with some disturbingly glaring facts.  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, (BJS), black males are more than 5-times as likely to end up in jail as their white counterparts.  Rejecting the emotionally based premise of blatant and widespread racism leaves rational people with the stark and perhaps uncomfortable reality that blacks commit more crimes than whites do.

The NBA player roster is 74% black.  If you embrace the theory that blacks out numbering white in prison is proof of racism, then the NBA has that same problem in reverse.  How does the radical left explain this juxtaposition?  They don’t because they can’t.



Binghamton University Snubs Squash

WRONG BALL GAME: Binghamton spent a fortune on a scandal-hit basketball program but ignored the merits of squash

Squash group outraged as Binghamton block plans to deliver a paid-for program
By BOB KINGSLEY – Squash Mad Correspondent

One might think that an offer to build squash courts and underwrite the entire cost would be an easy sell to any university.

With that, add the expertise and a willing, volunteer staff to support, form, organize, develop and coach men’s and women’s teams at no cost.

Top it off with garnering the overwhelming support and encouragement of virtually the entire collegiate squash family in supporting the entry of a new school team into their competitive ranks. Sounds like a slam-dunk, a no-brainer right?

“No thanks, this doesn’t fit into our “long-range plans,” says Binghamton University. More about this marvelous, long-range plan in a moment, but first, this is what the squash idea looks like.

Seeing opportunity in the over-built and under-utilized racquetball court surplus at the Binghamton University, (BU) campus in upstate New York, the local, off-campus squash community proposed to underwrite the cost of converting four of those eight seldom-used racquetball courts into a squash center, capable of supporting a fledgling squash program for both men’s and women’s teams; no small gift at a cost of nearly $50,000.

The campus of BU with its nearly 15,000 undergraduates is one of four university centers in the New York State family of 64 college campuses.

Within easy reach of over two dozen other universities with squash programs, BU is positioned to field formidable teams and would be the first New York university to do so.

In collegiate circles, BU is already known as a “public ivy” because of its high academic standards and lofty credentials. What better way for student athletes to expand their collegiate experience than through recreational or competitive squash? What better sport to allow athletic involvement in a healthy pastime that can be played and enjoyed for ones entire life?

The physical, social and political benefits of the squash playing community are truly underestimated at a university that has showcased primarily basketball when it comes to sports and the beloved and unchangeable long range plan which is blind to anything else.

Back to this plan

A long-time NCAA Division III School that had traditionally prided itself on academics over athletics, Binghamton decided in the 90’s that their focus would change slightly from pure academics to sports, specifically basketball.  This led to a strong push from Division III designation to Division II and then to Division I in only four years.

Energizing a strong and locally supportive New York State senator as an ardent cheerleader, BU was able to find 40 million dollars for the construction of a palatial event center to showcase the new basketball program.

Then came the unfortunate incident of a BU basketball player beating a fellow student  nearly to death and into a coma before fleeing back to his home country of Croatia, avoiding trail, immune from extradition and prosecution.

When eyebrows should have been rising, the focus remained on “the plan.”  After recruiting and hiring former Georgetown basketball assistant coach Kevin Broadus in 2007, BU won its first ever basketball divisional championship just two years later, only to have the entire program come crashing down around allegations of grade fixing, illegal recruiting and improper admissions to students not academically capable of the rigors of the BU standards.

Multiple players were arrested for a variety of things from shoplifting, assault and larceny to crack-cocaine drug sales. Star athletes were being suspended, quitting or spending their days in the legal system. All told, six players were released from the team.binghamton1

The Athletic Director was the first to go, followed by the University President herself, on a fast track to “retire.”

Finally, coach Broadus was suspended and subsequently fired, along with two assistant coaches. As a parting gift, Broadus managed to finagle a severance package of more than one million dollars.

Incoming State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher hired a friend’s powerful law firm to “investigate” the abuses and the program.

The pitifully incomplete and woefully inadequate report was basically a cut-and-paste job of already known information, billed out at more than $900,000.00 and telling the public nothing more than it already knew.

The investigation itself became the subject of a mini-scandal all its own, seeming to squander almost $10,000.00 per page to say nothing.

The following year, the assistant coach struggled to manage the beleaguered team to a 13-18 season and the team sat-out the post season as a sort of self-imposed punishment many believe was actually at the strong suggestion of the powers that be at the NCAA.

So, given this series of unfortunate events, this group of community squash players thought that the time was right to get the attention of the new and incoming leadership to see fresh and generous opportunity that was not only good, wholesome, cost-free and worthy; but would take the focus off of the troubling past issues everyone would just as soon forget.

Incoming University President Harvey Stenger was gracious in allowing an audience to hear the pitch for squash but he was quick to conclude with that sad mantra, now repeating itself, “Sorry, not in our plan.”

The obsession to stay with this here-to-fore not working out so well “plan” appears to be not only myopic but counter-productive.

Here is a suggestion for the masterminds at BU.

Obviously planners rule out everything but their own vision. Because no-one at BU has any experience with the magic of a collegiate squash program, there is no connection, no interest and no concept of the value in a scandal-free sport whose existence predates that of the formation of the NCAA.

No-one is suggesting that you change your so-how-is-that-working-for-you-now plan, whatever that grandiose adventure in your mind might now be, but what you might consider is this.

The addition of something new to your holy plan, especially when it costs nothing and creates opportunity where none existed before just might make the right connections for your students as they learn the ways of the world, the joys of competition, camaraderie and a lifelong sport that they can take with them wherever they go for as long as they live.

This is the sort of learning experience institutions use to provide to their students, not just a select few on the varsity basketball team, relegating everyone else to that of spectators.

Sounds like a plan to me.


Bob Kingsley is the former Associate Director of US Squash