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December 16th, 2012
 

Kevin’s Korner: Gun Control, Obamacare in Iowa and Spiker’s 2nd Term

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.

Honestly, it’s been difficult for me to write for this week’s column. I’m still deeply bothered by Friday’s tragedy in Connecticut. I cannot fathom the anguish of a parent who dropped their kindergartener off at school in the morning, only to learn a few hours later their child was murdered inside her classroom. My heart grieves for those families …

Four teachers are being hailed as heroes for their actions during Friday’s shootings. They sacrificed themselves to save lives. God bless them …

Our society is sick. This madness has to stop. And that can only be done by changing the culture … And no, I am not talking about gun control … It didn’t take more than a few minutes for the liberals to start calling for new gun control laws in the aftermath of the school shooting tragedy Connecticut. Would stricter gun laws have saved anyone’s life on Friday? No.

Besides, Connecticut already has pretty strict gun laws, especially on school grounds … If you really think guns will go away if they’re made illegal, you’re kidding yourself. How did that work with drugs? Or alcohol during prohibition? Or speeding on I-235?

Our liberal blogger friend John Deeth joined the chorus with this tidbit: “Guns don’t kill people, the NRA says, people kill people. True. But people without guns kill far fewer people. You can’t stab 27 people – that’s the body count at this moment – in minutes.” …

John clearly missed this story from Friday, where a knife-wielding man stabbed 22 kids and one adult at school in China … Or a similar occurrence in 2010, when a man slashed 28 children, two teachers and a security guard at a kindergarten in eastern China …

Some are calling for the assault weapons ban to be renewed. Again, this would not have mattered, because the shooter did not use an assault weapon, despite earlier reports to the contrary. He used four hand guns that were stolen from his mother. He was also rejected when trying to buy a rifle earlier in the week …

Instead of better gun laws, maybe we should focus on better mental healthcare. And maybe the media should stop glorifying these tragedies when they happen. The wall-to-wall coverage helps plant the seeds in these psychos’ brains …

I also think it is time to station an armed, uniformed officer in every school in America. Our children should feel and be safe at school. Having a cop there would help.

Friday’s tragedy completely overshadowed the news that Governor Branstad has agreed to pursue a state/federal partnership healthcare model. This means that Branstad, unlike some other Republican governors, will set up the Obamacare-affiliated exchanges for purchasing health insurance …

This decision will surely cause Branstad a lot of flak among Iowa conservatives, and likely be used against him by whoever decides to challenge Branstad in a 2014 primary … And yes, I’m sure someone will challenge him. And fail …

I’m of two minds on this decision. The conservative fighter in me would like to see Branstad resist Obamacare and continue the fight. But I also realize this fight is pretty much over. Congress passed it, the president signed it, the Supreme Court upheld it and Obama got reelected. I’m not sure there is much else we can do to resist this monstrosity

If the states refuse to set up the exchanges, the federal government will do it for them. The Federalist in me would definitely prefer the state make this decision instead of the feds. This will give Iowa some autonomy in the decision-making and also keep costs down.

RPI Chairman A.J. Spiker is going around telling people he has the votes locked up to ensure his reelection … That means, despite any visible signs of success, but plenty of evidence of failure, National Committeeman Steve Scheffler and Gopal Krishna have likely decided to vote for Spiker. Again …

It also means the social conservatives on the State Central Committee fell for Spiker’s transparent pander to them when he came out in favor of the ‘No Wiggins’ effort … For those who wondered why the chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa publicly got behind that ballot issue, now you know why …

I mentioned last week that Pastor Terry Amann was considering running for RPI chairman. He decided not to run. The only other announced candidate is current co-chair Bill Schickel.

I commend Spiker for hiring Shane Vander Hart to run RPI’s website and social media. I like Shane and I’m sure he will do a good job … RPI needs a propagandist to deflect criticism of their failings, and judging from Shane’s recent columns, they found the right guy …

Shane is convinced that Spiker is a man of “integrity”, despite plenty evidence to the contrary. A man of integrity would not have said, more than once, Mitt Romneyhas my full support,” when he planned all along to vote for someone else at the RNC convention.

I will commend RPI for the pro-life event they have planned for February 23 in Waukee. There is no issue more important than protecting life … I’m curious to see the details of the event and hope the organizers are wise enough to keep Iowa’s Westboro Republicans away from the podium.

BTW, good news for the Paulistinians: Heroin use is on the rise among teenagers. Liberty!!

Susan Rice out, John Kerry in. Instead of someone who lied about the root of the Benghazi attacks, our likely next U.S. Secretary of State will be someone who lied to Congress about atrocities in Vietnam that never happened, lied to receive war medals although his most serious injuries were treated with Neosporin and someone who boasted about throwing those same war medals away … I’m so proud …

Meanwhile, current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton allegedly fainted and suffered a concussion last week. Why do I say allegedly? Because Clinton was scheduled to testify this week before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the Benghazi disaster. Now she won’t have to. How convenient.

Robert Griffin III, aka RG3, is the most popular man in Washington, D.C. The rookie QB for the Redskins is an amazing athlete and fascinating person. He’s also “not black enough” for one ESPN commentator. RG3 told reporters on Wednesday that he does not want to be defined by the color of his skin

That prompted ESPN’s Rob Parker to call RG3 a “cornball brother” and say, “He’s not really down with the cause. He’s not one of us. He’s kind of black, but he’s not really, like, the guy you want to hang out with because he’s off to something else.”

It didn’t stop there … How is RG3 “kind of black”, according to Parker? He has a white fiancée and he might be…a Republican!! The horror!!

You’ll recall ESPN quickly fired Rush Limbaugh back in 2003 when he said the Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was overrated because “the media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well.” … Earlier this year, ESPN parted ways with Hank Williams Jr. after he said President Obama golfing with John Boehner was like “Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.” …

In contrast, what did ESPN do to Rob Parker for his clearly racist comments? He’s suspended … No double standards there.

Finally, major kudos to Ankeny native Colton Smith. He is the winner of season 16 of “The Ultimate Fighter” … Smith, who is an Army Ranger, completely dominated opponent Mike Ricci to earn a six-figure UFC contract … Like a true Hawkeye State native, Smith relied heavily on his superior wrestling skills.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. I will not say, do not weep. For not all tears are an evil.

Photo by Dave Davidson


About the Author

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for TheIowaRepublican.com.




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