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Seems to Me . . . The Democratic debate

(Editor’s Note – Stan Welch’s Seem to Me column appears weekly on the opinion page of The Journal. This one is a day early for your enjoyment, or dismay, before or instead of watching the Democratic debate tonight)

By Stan Welch

I usually write this column on Tuesday, since the events of the day often lead to my choice of topic. I had considered not writing this specific one until tomorrow, Wednesday, even though that is press day, and I would really have to hustle to get it in. I was going to wait until then because the first Democratic presidential debate is going to be on television Tuesday night.

But the more I thought about it, the less reason I saw to delay. I mean, it’s not like Hillary or Bernie or those other two guys whose pictures are on the milk cartons are going to say anything new. The fact is that the liberal Democrats haven’t had anything new to say in a quarter century. And there is no other kind of Democrat.

So desperate is the DNC that they are giving Uncle Joe Biden until six o’clock tonight to show up if he wants to. This, of course, is despite the fact that he has yet to decide and declare officially that he is running. This is an absolutely unprecedented accommodation by the Democratic Party, and is a remarkable sign of weakness.

With that said, here’s a brief viewing guide for tonight’s debate.

Ask a Democrat any question about domestic American policy and their answer is short and simple: more government. Got a problem? Print a bunch of worthless money and throw it at the problem.

Seems to Me . . . Dr. Carson

Note Stan Welch’s Seems to Me column can be found each week in The Journal.

By Stan Welch

Well, I suppose Donald Trump’s campaign organization should be grateful to Dr. Ben Carson for giving their candidate a break from being on the media bull’s eye for a while at least. It isn’t easy to shove the Donald out of the spotlight, but Dr. Carson did it with one hand tied behind his back.

How? Why, he simply answered one question, and the latest media feeding frenzy was on. Dr. Carson was asked if he could support a practicing Muslim for president of the United States. One can only suppose that this question, asked during an election cycle in which a Muslim is about the only type of candidate that isn’t already running, is a result of Trump’s failure to defend Obama when a citizen at a Trump campaign event called the current president a Muslim.

Seems to Me . . . July 4th reflections

By Stan Welch

It’s been a long time since I’ve been through as tough a few weeks as I have these last few. Emotionally, it’s been like one of those crazy whirling teacup rides at the fair or the amusement park. But there’s been nothing fair or amusing about it.

I have two great loves in my life. One is my love for America, land of the free and the home of the brave. I make no apology for my patriotism. I make no apology because my patriotism is not some mindless chest thumping, some pride born of the absence of any true awareness. My patriotism lives despite my knowledge of the many flaws this country has.

Seems to Me. . . Happy Birthday

By Stan Welch

Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday to us! Happy Birthday, Williamston Jouuurnal! Happy Birthday to us.

That’s right. The Williamston Journal is sixty years old this week. That is a remarkable achievement, especially in today’s world of swirling media and social media and a stream of information unprecedented in human history.

When this newspaper was founded, I was a little boy living in Charleston, SC. For the last nine years, I have been a reporter for The Journal, as it is now known. I know for a fact that there have been days when David Meade has wondered what the heck he was thinking when he hired me. There have been days when I wondered the same thing about taking the job.

Seems to Me . . . Ferguson

By Stan Welch

I, like millions of other Americans, have watched the events in Ferguson, MO play out over the last few months. In August, a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot and killed an eighteen year old black man, once again sparking the flames, literally and figuratively, of racial tension.

And once again, amidst the destruction, the opportunity for a real and substantive opportunity to talk about race in America was squandered. It was squandered for many reasons, but the simple explanation is that real and substantive opportunities are difficult to pursue while screaming at each other.

I cannot, as I have been repeatedly reminded, possibly understand how a black man or woman feels about living in America. Why? Because I am not black.

Seems to Me . . . Independence Day

Part 2

(Author’s note: The following is a continuation of the column begun on the front page this week. The total work deals with both the past and the future of our nation. Part is history; part is conjecture and opinion. All is written with an abiding love of country.)

By Stan Welch

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – these words have become a familiar and almost meaningless phrase. Of the fifty six men who declared their God given right to those things, the great majority did not attain them. Lives were lost, happiness was elusive or short lived; but freedom began to ring across America, and it would spread across the world.

America would become known as the land of opportunity, a place where a stout spirit and a willing heart could lift one to heights undreamed of anywhere else on the planet. That reputation, that promise became known the world over; and America became a dream for millions. Those millions came here and learned our ways and pursued their own life and liberty and happiness. And the great majority of them found it, continuing to build the greatest nation ever known.

Seems to Me . . . A bad week

By Stan Welch

You know, sometimes things can go wrong and get you down. A tire goes flat; your dog bites the mailman; your girl doesn’t appreciate your candor when she asks “Do these jeans make my butt look fat?” Suddenly, you’re having a terrible week, and it’s only Tuesday. Take heart, my friends! Do not despair. It could be worse . . . much worse. You could be President of the United States.

Seems to Me . . . Trey Gowdy

Trey Gowdy on Benghazi

By Stan Welch

The public legal system has long been a traditional pathway to higher elected office. Former New York mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani is one of many who went on to bigger things after a career as a prosecutor. And now the Upstate’s own Trey Gowdy is clearly on that path.

Congressman Gowdy, who served as a prosecutor in the Spartanburg area for a number of years, has been selected by Speaker of the House John Boehner to chair the House Select Committee that will investigate the events at Benghazi and those following events as well. If there is a hotter political potato around, few would want to touch it.

Seems to Me . . . Straight Talk

By Stan Welch

It’s almost May, which means there are just about six months left before the November mid-term elections for the Congress, as well as various local and state offices.

It also means the pollsters and the talking head media types are in full swing with their efforts to set up certain candidates so they can go ahead and shoot them down, clearing the way for those they support. Ten years ago, I would have laughed at such an allegation. Today anyone who thinks the mainstream American media is still interested in reporting the truth is a fool.

Seems to Me . . . Good News

By Stan Welch

Well, today is one of those days when I am really glad for cable television. Tonight is the State of the Union speech by whatshisname; and because I have so many channels to choose from, I will be able to avoid the fifty or so that will show the speech and all the talking heads explaining the speech to America.

Seems to Me . . . Benghazi

By Stan Welch

I had the opportunity Tuesday to speak with Senator Lindsey Graham while he was touring the Walgreen’s distribution center. The report of that visit and our conversation appears elsewhere in this issue. The Senator, as always, was gracious and pretty forthcoming.

One topic that we spoke about a great deal was the events that occurred at the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. As you know, four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, were murdered during an attack on the consulate.

Seems to Me . . . The Media

By Stan Welch

As a newspaperman with more than thirty years on the job, I am intrigued by the changes in the business of journalism, in the last ten to fifteen years, especially. There have been numerous and fundamental changes in what once was a craft, and now is an industry, with its own superstars and an unhealthy bent towards entertainment, in lieu of information.

Seems to Me . . .

Isn’t it ironic?

By Stan Welch

As a writer there are few things I appreciate more than irony. It is an essential way of viewing the world, and of expressing one’s view of the world. It often helps one to maintain a sense of humor; for that is basically what a sense of irony is.

So my appreciation of irony is long lived and familiar. I have savored it many times, both personally and professionally. But seldom has it been as delicious as it has been the last few days. I have grinned evilly chortled loudly, chuckled repeatedly and tried not to shoot coffee out of my nose as ship after ship has been sent to the rescue of a research ship caught in the allegedly shrinking polar ice cap.

Seems to Me . . . It runs downhill

By Stan Welch

Before I became a newspaperman more than thirty years ago, I actually worked for a living. I’ve done many things in my life to earn my way, including carpenter, freight handler, elephant trainer, and a few other things as well.

As a carpenter, I spent a fair amount of time around plumbers, and it was from them that I learned the three things you have to know to be a plumber. They are as follows: the stuff that modern plumbing is designed to transport runs downhill; you never put your hands in your mouth; and payday is Friday.

Seems to Me . . . Christmas

By Stan Welch

Christmas, that most traditional of times, is roaring down upon us once again. By the time this column is published, Christmas will be a mere two weeks away.

This year, there has been a pretty loud ruckus kicked up in various quarters, protesting the use of the politically correct phrase Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. Personally, I never took the use of the Happy Holidays phrase as being anti-Christian. I just took it to be easier than saying Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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