This past week has been eventful, from the Iowa Caucuses to Super Bowl 50. Here are some of the occurrences, along with my comments.
— Iowa Caucuses: Ted Cruz finished first in Republican Caucus, while Hillary Clinton edged Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Caucus. Whereas Cruz winning Iowa was not a surprise due to Donald Trump skipping out on the previous debate, Marco Rubio finishing third was a surprise — I thought Dr. Ben Carson would come in third. Due to their poor finishes in the Iowa Caucuses, Democratic Candidate Martin O’Malley dropped out, as did Republican Candidates Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Rand Paul (who finished fourth in the Iowa Caucus) also dropped out, which was a surprise, although not a total surprise since he is also trying to be re-elected as a United States Senator.
His withdrawal is also disappointing because, due to his previous Presidential ambitions while seeking re-election to the Senate, Kentucky State Law dictates that the only way he could do both was for Kentucky to have a caucus for the Republican Presidential Candidates, something which Kentuckians were not crazy about it. Why? Because instead of being able to vote for their candidate of their choice, caucus delegates would be chosen by the county and district Republican Parties, who in turn choose the Republican Candidate. Thus, the idea of a caucus in Kentucky is a bad idea. Now Rand Paul (who is responsible for this caucus taking place) has ended his Presidential campaign, but Kentuckians are still stuck with a caucus that they did not want.
— Washington, D.C. officials choosing to pay people not to commit crimes. Seriously, how is that supposed to reduce the crime rate? As John Vernon (portraying the Mayor of San Francisco) said in the film Dirty Harry, “the City of San Francisco does not pay criminals not to commit crimes. Instead, we pay a police department.” Of course, law enforcement in general does little to prevent crime (as pointed out in the book Dial 911 and Die: the Shocking Truth About the Police Protection Myth). But a crackdown on crime, along with lifting restrictions on firearms for law-abiding citizens, would make the nation’s capital a safer place. Otherwise, the tourism industry (and the city’s budget) will take a major hit.
— Acting President Barrack Obama (that is the form of address given to him by some Tea Party members) visits a mosque over concerns of anti-Muslim bigotry (something that has proven unfounded) and claims that “Islam has always been a part of America” — referencing that some Africans brought to America as slaves were Muslims. First of all, the Africans who were of the Islamic faith would convert to Christianity. Second, although there are a few Muslims in America who are productive, law-abiding citizens who also reject jihad and sharia, they are not a significant portion of the Muslim population within the United States. Second, Islam has had little (if any) part of American History, since the number of Muslims in America during most of its history has been relatively low. And although the number of Muslims range from three million to eight million today, that is still a low number (1%-2.7% to be exact).