The American Left’s Belief that Ideas are Dangerous is Very Scary

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The belief that ideas themselves are dangerous is a theme in American politics which has been growing in importance for some time. It is a cherished ideal of the American Left. It is also a belief all reasonable people should find very scary.

“Angry Republicans”

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For the last seven and a half years the Left has pushed a narrative of angry Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama and have been saying and writing “dangerous” things (“hate speech”) and espousing “dangerous” political ideas. Implied in the narrative is the notion that if Hillary Clinton does not win the next election we will instead have a Republican president who is a racists, sexist, homophobe who wants the homeless and poor people in general to suffer while dying a slow death.

The Thought Police

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The concept that ideas can be dangerous is actually very scary. One example are “hate crimes.” If a person murders someone for money they receive a certain amount of jail time. In some states, someone who is convicted of the exact same murder will receive many additional years of prison if they were motivated to commit the crime by hatred of a particular group of people. This means that individuals are being kept behind bars for what goes on inside their heads. The thought police have arrived and are prosecuting people for thought crimes.

The insanity of thought crimes can be easily seen in the example of a case that worked its way through the justice system not long ago. A man was arrested for a series of muggings of gay men. He admitted that he was singling out homosexuals and was charged with hate crimes. However, he said he only robbed gays because he assumed there was less chance they would fight back. Should he have been charged with a hate crime even though he did not act out of a hatred of homosexuals?

Attacks on Free Speech

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The notion that ideas can be dangerous also plays out in the Left’s attacks against free speech. The Left justifies speech codes that restrict free speech on university campuses because of this notion. The same can be said for efforts that have been made to bar Conservative speakers from addressing college students and shouting down those that have made it on campus and tried to speak.

Donald Trump

bigger3.jpgIn the last several months Leftist have made a concerted effort to, in their own words, “shut down” Donald trump’s campaign events. They wish to deny Trump the right to speak and his audience the chance to hear him. The protestors argue that it is dangerous to allow Trump to speak and his audience to listen.

Another manifestation of this twisted logic is the Left’s belief that people who dare to do things such as speak out in opposition to gay marriage should not just be fired from their jobs but be blacklisted and never be able to work again. Many examples of people which this has happen to could be cited.

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I wish I could be optimistic and suggest that one day the American Left will realize that believing Conservative beliefs are dangerous is just as bad as the McCarthyism and blacklists of the 1950s. I would be lying if I wrote this. One day the question may be asked: “Are you now, or have you ever been, a Conservative.”

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What Happen at Donald Trump’s Planned Chicago Rally Represents a Declaration of War Against All Republicans

Even if you support one of Donald Trump’s GOP rivals, you must understand that what happen at Trump’s planned Chicago rally last night represents a declaration of war against not just Trump but all Republicans. It should be looked at as a call to arms by every patriotic American.

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Untitledtrump2.pngIt was very disheartening to hear Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Marco Rubio and Governor John Kasich blame Trump for the protests that led to the cancellation of his Chicago campaign event. The evidence is overwhelming that MoveOn.org and Black Lives Matter were behind what was a planned effort to deny Trump the right to speak and his audience the chance to hear him. Some of the protesters were paid to disrupt the rally.

Cruz, Rubio and Kasich are delusional if they do not understand that the protests we saw last night will not just continue but escalate regardless of which Republican ultimately secures the nomination. The reason is simple.

Barack Obama won two presidential elections despite a record low percentage of the white vote because he motivated minorities to turn out for him at were likewise record rates. The politics of racial division won for him eight years in the White House.

Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street

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The supporters of Secretary Hillary Clinton realize that she has no hope of winning any more white votes than Obama did and she may very well lose the general election if minorities do not cast ballots for her in similar numbers to what they did for Obama. The Occupy Wall Street movement was secretly funded by wealthy Leftists and was a conspiracy to motivate the Democrat base to go to the polls. This is why the Occupy movement disappeared literally the moment the last votes were cast on election day, 2012. Black Lives Matter is secretly funded by the same people who financed Occupy Wall Street. It is a conspiracy to drive minorities to vote for Clinton at the same high rate they turned out for Obama.

The Left Will Get More and More Extreme, Dirty and Uncivil

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The protests that shut down Trump’s cancelled Chicago rally were just the beginning. As we move closer to November the tactics of the Left will get more and more extreme, dirty and uncivil. This will be true, as previously mentioned, no matter the particular person the GOP settles on as its presidential candidate.

The only hope Republicans have to win the White House in November and the ideological war for the future of the U.S. is not just to fight fire with fire but take things even further than their political opponents. It the Left closes down one Trump event Republicans need to stop two Democrat rallies. If the Left forces the firing of one business leader who contributed to a Conservative cause we must make sure two executives who support Liberal causes get blacklisted. If one Republican gets terminated from her or his job for expressing Conservative views on social media we must make certain two Liberals suffer the same fate. If the Left prevents Ben Shapiro from delivering one lecture we must make certain a Leftist is prevented from giving two talks. If the Left targets anadvertiser of some Conservative-themed media content we must go after two who support content with a Liberal focus. If the Left pays one hundred people to protest at a Trump event we need to pay two hundred to interrupt a Democrat rally.

Monuments to Moderates are Only Found in Cemeteries

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The only monuments you will find to moderates are found in cemeteries. Republican moderates need to stand aside and stay out of the way of those of us who are pragmatic enough to use whatever tactics the Left uses to try and beat us against them. I hereby pledge myself to the fight. Where do you stand?

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A Postmortem on the 2016 Republican Presidential Also Rans as of the Afternoon of February 20, 2016

As of the afternoon of February 20, 2016 eleven Republicans have dropped out of the presidential race. Below are my thoughts on the candidacy of each one. I cover them in alphabetical order by last name.

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Chris Christie

Chris Christie’s Liberal policies as governor of New Jersey did not help him. However, as a Republican from the North East he had to adopt such policies in order to win election. I believe the biggest factor in Christie’s failure to win the nomination was his figurative and literal embrace of President Barack Obama just a few weeks out from the 2012 presidential election. It was a shameful act. Christie had to have been aware that putting his arm around Obama and showering him with praise over his handling of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New Jersey would raise the president’s standing in the eyes of the public and make it harder for his fellow Republican Mitt Romney to win the presidency. I feel showing such disloyalty to one’s own political party is disgusting under any circumstance. The voters agree. Christie would make a good Attorney General. For more on Christie see: “My Thoughts on Presidential Candidate, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/my-thoughts-on-presidential-candidate-new-jersey-governor-chris-christie/).

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Carly Fiorina

What hurt Carly Fiorina had to be that she has never held elected office. She would be a strong vice presidential pick. For more on Fiorina see “Can’t Figure Out Carly Fiorina” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/i-cant-figure-out-carly-fiorina/).

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Jim Gilmore

Who?

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Lindsey Graham

Talk show host Jay Severin refers to him as Linda Graham.

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Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee was a Liberal governor of Arkansas. It is nonetheless surprising that someone who had a hit cable news show for many years and so was so good at connecting with the public would have fared so poorly in the race. He could find a place as a future cabinet official. I am sure Fox news would have him back.

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Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal was one of the brightest people running. He had all the right positions on the issues. Lack of enough charisma that was his undoing. I hope to see him as a member of the next president’s cabinet or a senator.

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George Pataki

George Pataki was a good governor of New York but there was never any reason to be excited about his candidacy.

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Rand Paul

I appreciate Rand Paul as a voice in American politics very much. However, he will never be any more than a Kentucky senator and the foremost spokesman for Libertarian ideals. For more on Paul see: “Senator Rand Paul’s Presidential Candidacy” (https://ridethebomb1.wordpress.com/2016/01/23/senator-rand-pauls-presidential-candidacy/)

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Rick Perry

Rick Perry did an excellent job as governor of Texas. The economy during the Obama years has been stronger in Texas than in any other state. Unfortunately, he never recovered from his temporary memory loss during a 2012 presidential debate. The type of brain hiccup he had happens to all of us. It was too bad for him his happen on national television.

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Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum is a moral man who performed admirably as a senator from Pennsylvania. The people of the Keystone state would be wise to send him back to the upper house.

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Scott Walker

Scott Walker has been a great Wisconsin governor. Among other things, he stood up to the public employee unions that are destroying the country. He deserved much more support than he got. It is a mystery to me why he did not get more traction.

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The Presidential Candidacy of Republican Governor Jeb Bush in 233 Words

AP_jeb_bush_2_jt_150218_16x9_992.jpgThe Bush extended family are good people with miles of integrity. I nonetheless do not want Jeb Bush to win the Republican nomination.

Liberal Republicans

George Bush lost to Ronald Reagan in the primary season that preceded the 1980 election because from a Conservative standpoint he paled in comparison to Reagan. It came as no surprise than that his presidency represented a step back from the Reagan Revolution. One might even say his raising taxes after promising not to do so was a betrayal of that revolution.

George W. Bush, as president, was even more Liberal than his father. Does any person doubt that Jeb would be even more Liberal still? I most certainly do not.

Jeb was an effective administrator as governor of Florida. He would be an effective administrator as president as well. However, he would lead the country in a Liberal direction.

Phrase “Act of Love” Phrase Disqualifies Him

His using the phrase “an act of love” to describe illegal immigrants who commit a felony and cross over into or remain on U.S. soil without legal authorization was in itself enough to disqualify him from the presidency.

Voters and caucus goers across the nation must stop Jeb Bush from winning the Republican nomination. The failure to do so will be detrimental to the U.S. and its people. Get out there and vote because a bad showing in South Carolina tomorrow night could mean the end of Jeb’s presidential run.

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Thoughts on the Presidential Candidacy of Republican Senator Ted Cruz

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After finishing first in the Iowa caucus and third in the New Hampshire primary, Republican Senator Ted Cruz’s campaign has built up a head of steam. This makes me happy. I believe he would make the best president of all those running for the office. Read on to find out why.

A Principled Conservative

Although the 2013 federal government shutdown caused me considerable personal difficulties, I believe it was one of the most principled Conservative political stands of my lifetime. President Barack Obama has never been willing to compromise with the Republicans on anything and so was not going to give in this situation. After a week the point had been made and the GOP should have caved. That it was allowed to go on for sixteen days was a strategic mistake on behalf of Cruz. Nonetheless, the shutdown signaled Cruz as the standard bearer for Conservative ideology in the U.S. Congress.

Illegal Alien Amnesty, Citizenship and Voting Rights

With a single exception, I do not believe that Cruz has ever done anything to diminish his Conservative credentials. This one exception is, admittedly, a big one.

Cruz did, for a time, argue in support of a bill co-authored by fellow Republican presidential candidate, Senator Marco Rubio that would have granted illegal aliens amnesty and allowed them to eventually become U.S. citizens and voters.

What follows is text I wrote for a blog post on Rubio: “Illegal alien activists have done their best to downplay the number of such immigration criminals in the United States. The truth of the matter is that no one knows precisely how many illegals reside in the country but some have placed the number as high as thirty million. Regardless of how large the number is, what can be said with certainty is that if they become voters the Republican party, which offers opportunity and not handouts as the affirmative action supporting Democrats do, will never again win a presidential election. This is because 90% of these additional voters will cast their ballot for the Democrats.

The Democrats know this and it is why they are pushing so hard for citizenship for illegals. They have run this play before. In 1965, Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy completely rewrote the U.S. immigration policy. Prior to that time the vast majority of those who were allowed to relocate to the U.S. and become citizens and voters came from Europe. They were natural constituents of the Republican party. Kennedy’s rewrite of the law flipped things around. Ever after it has been very difficult for a person from Europe to gain citizenship and voting rights. Since the passage of Kennedy’s legislation in America the vast majority of new Americans have come from third world countries and have been natural constituents of the Democrat party.”

Cruz eventually came to oppose Rubio’s bill and went on record saying so. He has stated that he does not support amnesty and citizenship for illegal aliens. I am willing to believe that he has seen the light on the issue.

Alleged Dirty Campaign Tactics

Recently Cruz and his campaign have been attacked for what has been referred to by some as “dirty” campaign tactics. I admire that Cruz seems to have a bit of Tony Saprano in him. For the last almost sixty years members of the Democrat party have often conducted their campaigns like street brawlers and fought for electoral office with a no-holds-barred approach. This has often given them an edge over Republicans whose campaigns typically reflect the manners of gentleman and gentleladies. I am certain Cruz, if he gets the nomination, will fight fire with fire and match whatever tactics the eventual Democrat nominee may use against him. We know the Clintons are dirty. It could get real ugly.

Likeability

Another knock against Cruz is that he is alleged to be not liked by his fellow members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Cruz graduated near the top of every school he attended. Liberal icon Alan Dershowitz has said Cruz was the brightest law student he ever had at the Harvard Law School. He has argued nine cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Cruz has performed very well in debates. There can be no doubt he is the smartest person running for president in either party.

People as smart as Cruz are often arrogant, aloof and dismissive. It would not surprise me if he is as unlikeable as his critics claim. Why in the world would this matter to a voter? When I vote in my own state primary I will not be casting a ballot for the person I think would make the best friend. I will be voting for my party’s nominee.

When I vote this primary season I will be voting for Ted Cruz because he is the most Conservative candidate running and therefore will make the best president of the bunch. I hope you will as well.

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Thoughts on the Presidential Candidacy of Republican Senator Marco Rubio

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Republican Senator Marco Rubio has a number of things going for him in the presidential race. He is youthful, has charisma and woman presumably find him to be handsome, all of which could work to his advantage in the general election. I nonetheless could never support him for two reasons.

Debate Performance

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The first is his abysmal performance in the last debate. His repeating rehearsed lines over and over again was embarrassing. I worry that he could be thrashed in debates with the Democrat’s nominee and lose the election as a result.

Illegal Alien Amnesty, Citizenship and Voting Rights

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A much bigger issue for me is Rubio’s co-authorship of a bill that would have granted illegal aliens amnesty and allowed them to eventually become U.S. citizens and voters. Illegal alien activists have done their best to downplay the number of such immigration criminals in the United States. The truth of the matter is that no one knows precisely how many illegals reside in the country but some have placed the number as high as thirty million. Regardless of how large the number is, what can be said with certainty is that if they become voters the Republican party, which offers opportunity and not handouts as the affirmative action supporting Democrats do, will never again win a presidential election. This is because 90% of these additional voters will cast their ballot for the Democrats.

Illegal Aliens and Democrat Political Strategy

The Democrats know this and it is why they are pushing so hard for citizenship for illegals. They have run this play before. In 1965, Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy completely rewrote the U.S. immigration policy. Prior to that time the vast majority of those who were allowed to relocate to the U.S. and become citizens and voters came from Europe. They were natural constituents of the Republican party. Kennedy’s rewrite of the law flipped things around. Ever after it has been very difficult for a person from Europe to gain citizenship and voting rights. Since the passage of Kennedy’s legislation in America the vast majority of new Americans have come from third world countries and have been natural constituents of the Democrat party.

I fear that if Rubio is elected president he will use the power of the executive branch to get his illegal immigrant amnesty and citizenship bill passed. Therefore making Rubio the Republican nominee could prove to be suicidal for the GOP. We cannot take the chance.

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My Review of Episode Four (“Home Again”) of the Return Run of “The X-Files” (Some Spoilers are Revealed Below)

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In my review of the premier of the return run of “The X-Files,” I longed for episodes that were based on monsters rather than extraterrestrials, but related I would “probably enjoy shows about ‘little green men’ as well as long as they do not come with a dose of blue state men’s politics” as was the case in the premier. It was good that we were given a monster installment last Sunday night. Unfortunately, by “The X-Files” standards the show was weak overall and both political and preachy in a blue state sort of way.

Trashman

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Having the monster mysteriously appear from behind an equally mysterious garbage truck as the vehicle drives off was a nice touch. The concept of the monster itself was more silly than scary.

The Band-Aid Nose Man monster, played by John DeSantis, is born from the angry thoughts of a homeless artist known as “Trashman” (Tim Armstrong) who becomes upset over the city of Philadelphia’s insensitive treatment of the homeless. His clay sculpture comes to life and begins killing powerful people who show a particularly high lack of empathy towards the homeless.

The Homeless and the Collective “We”

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In an exchange between the artist and Scully the two articulate one of the themes of the episode. The artist remarks that the homeless “ain’t got no voice. They get treated like trash.” After he makes a few more comments Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) responds: “You are responsible if you made the problem. If it was your idea then you’re responsible. You put it out of sight so that it wouldn’t be your problem. But you’re just as bad as the people that you hate.”

On the surface, Scully is chastising the artist for creating a killer monster. But her words are also intended by the show to leave the viewer with the impression that the collective “we” are responsible for the fact that people are homeless.

Just to what degree are “we” responsible for the homeless? Democrat Mayor Ed Koch, one of the most effective mayors any big city has ever had, came up with a solution to much of the problem of homelessness in the 1980s. Koch accepted what all reasonable people know. A great many street people live the way they do because they are severely mentally ill. Koch decided he would send out a large team of professionals to interview and medically examine the homeless. Those who were determined to be so mentally ill that they could not care for themselves would be institutionalized. If Koch’s plan had been implemented, a large portion of the homeless would have had a warm, safe place to live, healthy food and free health care. If at some time their mental health problems improved to the point that they could care for themselves they would be released. Unfortunately, the awful American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which undoubtedly shares the same political ideology as the shows writer[s], successfully stopped Koch’s plan in the court system. The next time you see a poor unfortunate soul shivering in the gutter while arguing with himself and stewing in his own bodily excretions, thank the august ACLU. Are “we” responsible for what the ACLU did? Only those amongst us who are supporters of the ACLU are responsible for that segment of the homeless population that is homeless due to severe mental illness.

Some homeless are so because of poverty. A research study completed in the recent past showed that if a person living in the U.S. never gets arrested, completes high school and waits until marriage before becoming a parent there is a 93% chance that person will never spend a day in poverty and therefore never become homeless.  Only a minority of those who become homeless for economic reasons therefore become so for reasons other than bad life decisions. Since individuals have free will the collective “we” are not responsible for the bad choices some make which lead them into homelessness.

I believe that another portion of the homeless population can be attributed to drugs and alcohol addiction. During a visit to Manhattan late last year I walked about forty minutes north from Penn Station and noticed an average of one nodding off, begging opiate addict per block. It was unsettling to see how bad things have gotten under comrade Mayor Bill de Blasio in the world’s greatest city.

As I have gotten older I have begun to wonder just how effective is drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Is the reason why AA refuses to release statistics on how successful the program is because its success rate is so dismal? Perhaps some are just born with a physiology and psychology that is so heavily inclined toward addiction that throwing away their lives away on drugs and alcohol is almost an inevitability and no amount or type of rehab will save them. Are “we” responsible for the way people are born?

I do believe that society can and should do a better job of treating mental illness and educating people about how to live their lives in a manner that allows them to avoid poverty. However, I nonetheless strongly disagree with the episodes writer[s] on the degree to which the collective “we” are responsible for homelessness and the homeless.

Concept that Ideas are Dangerous is Very Scary

The same homeless artist also states: “An idea is dangerous. Even a small one.” Once he lets go of his hate his clay sculpture stops murdering people. I believe what the installment is shooting for with this theme is a connection with American politics.

The Left in the U.S. has a short memory when it comes to the presidency of George W. Bush. Rotten fruit was thrown at his limousine as he was driven to the White House on his first day in office. He had barely been in office long enough to get his office chair warm before Democrats started calling him the “worst president in history.” The refrain continued for eight years. One Liberal columnist even went as far as penning a piece that attempted to “prove” that Bush was mentally retarded.

Yet for the last seven years the Left has pushed a narrative of angry Republicans who oppose President Barack Obama and have been saying and writing “dangerous” things (“hate speech”) and espousing “dangerous” political ideas.  I think the episode reflects the fear of the writer of the installment that if Hillary Clinton does not win the next election we will instead have a Republican president who is a racists, sexist, homophobe who wants the homeless and poor people in general to suffer while dying a slow death.

The concept that ideas can be dangerous is actually a lot more scary than anything ever seen on “The X-Files.” One example are “hate crimes.” If a person murders someone for money they receive a certain amount of jail time. In some states, someone who is convicted of the exact same murder will receive many additional years of prison if they were motivated to commit the crime by hatred of a particular group of people. This means that individuals are being kept behind bars for what goes on inside their heads. The thought police have arrived and are prosecuting people for thought crimes.

The insanity of thought crimes can be easily seen in the example of a case that worked its way through the justice system not long ago. A man was arrested for a series of muggings of gay men. He admitted that he was singling out homosexuals and was charged with hate crimes. However, he said he only robbed gays because he assumed there was less chance they would fight back. Should he have been charged with a hate crime even though he did not act out of a hatred of homosexuals?

The notion that ideas can be dangerous also plays out in the Left’s attacks against free speech. The Left justifies speech codes that restrict free speech on university campuses because of this notion. The same can be said of the left’s belief that people who dare to do things such as speak out in opposition to gay marriage should not just be fired from their jobs but be blacklisted and never be able to work again. Many examples of people which this has happen to could be cited.

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Other Plot Lines

Two other plot lines in the show may at first seem to have nothing to do with the show’s homeless theme but actually do. When Scully’s mother Margaret, portrayed by Sheila Larken, lies dying she calls for her estranged son, Charlie. The take away here is supposed to be that a parent is doing the responsible thing by attempting to reconcile with her son before she leaves the earth. Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully later fret over their own responsibility for the son they were forced to give up for adoption and have never seen since. Just as Scully’s mom and Mulder and Scully feel responsible for their sons,” The X-Files” wants us to feel more responsibility for the homeless. It is an interesting manifestation of the Leftist notion that government should be our mommies and daddies.

My thoughts on all this are summed up well by a comment I made in a different blog post about another television program. I wrote: “No one likes to be lectured. That those doing the preaching come from an entertainment industry that is often hedonistic and peopled with many who would sell their mother for fame and fortune is particularly irksome.”

I do not want to be entirely negative. The episode did have some very funny lines. Despite its drawbacks it was still more entertaining than most everything else on TV. Let all of us fans of “The X-Files” hope these last two installments can end the miniseries on an upward trajectory.

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